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01 Jun 2018 12:42:40
Reliably informed that Lichtsteiner has signed. Officials are in Germany, possibly to sign Sokratis and negotiating a midfield player at Bayern.
Apparently the atmosphere has changed at the club for the better. Old backroom staff out. New training regime, as players trained from 10am-12pm, now additional 2 hour afternoon sessions.
Exciting times ahead.


1.) 01 Jun 2018 13:41:01
Would live it to be vidal or tolisso.

2.) 01 Jun 2018 14:30:17
would love for this to be true, but how would anyone know about training regimes when Emery has been away on holiday, hasn't appointed coaches or backroom staff and hasn't even held a training session yet.?

3.) 01 Jun 2018 15:01:19
As much as it would be amazing to sign Thiago or Tolisso, the chances are it will be Vidal. Another 31 year old to tide us over instead of going for the gold straight away.

4.) 01 Jun 2018 15:11:36
If they were to sign Tolisso or Thiago I have to think that would signal the end to the Granit Xhaka era. I don’t think he’ll be satisfied being a squad player and he is not fit to play the role of a #6. I really hope hope we don’t go into the upcoming season without addressing the squad’s obvious biggest need, which is a midfield destroyer eg Javi Martinez.

5.) 01 Jun 2018 17:13:43
This was reliable information from an Arsenal employee, that I have no reason to doubt. Interestingly as we were chatting in Cockfosters, Wenger drove past as we and he pointed him out to me. Wilshere is a friend of his and his Father-in-law owns a hairdressers also in Cockfosters. Apparently Wenger has still been going to the training ground! He was trying to find out from colleagues whether the Arsenal officials were in Germany trying to sign the Bayern midfield player, Tolisso. I would think it would be more likely to tie up things with Dortmundt in respect of Sokratis. In respect of Xhaka he is an excellent player, but played out of position by Wenger and in my opinion would be better used in a more advanced role on the left hand side of the 3 midfield players ahead of the 2 DM's.

6.) 01 Jun 2018 19:14:55
Why is Emery sharing his business with a club employee?
A few years back someone who really does speak to one of our very famous explayers kept sharing information with me from this explayers who is still involved with the club today.
He told me about 2 players who had already agreed to join us that summer, my question was " why is Arsene telling this explayer all his business? " and "how come if he's sharing it with you the media don't know about it?
Needless to say neither player ever arrived :-)
Sorry RG but you might want to try Heimz as your next sauce because they've kept thier recipe a secret for years:-)

7.) 01 Jun 2018 22:14:53
RG - Wenger lives in Totteridge, the training base is in Colney. Unless AW has completely lost his marbles since leaving, or you don’t know North London (or Hertfordshire) Cockfosters is not on the route between those 2 places. Also, out of interest, who’s at the training ground right now that he’d be seeing? A solitary, emotional Arsene haunting the halls of the training ground is a bit far fetched. I get this is a rumours site, but this is BS mixed in with what the headlines are on google. Boring.

8.) 01 Jun 2018 22:18:03
Also, hate to hammer home that this is BS, but unless Cockfosters is in Turkey where AW is currently on holiday according to every news outlet going, with David Dein no less, then you most definitely did not see him anywhere. Mug.

9.) 03 Jun 2018 07:36:58
Wenger is not in Turkey, he was photographed with his daughter in Cambridge, presumably I must have seen his identical twin in Cockfosters! I do wish my comment was read correctly, I never said he was on his way from his home in Totteridge to the training facillities at London Conley. I simply saw him, when the Arsenal employee pointed him out. Time will tell if we have signed Lichtsteiner, as the employee told me. I do wish people would think before they post abusive comments. I have a former PL player living next door and am friendly with Toby Alderwierald who lives locally. I live in an exclusive area near Cockfosters where many Arsenal and Tottenham players have and still live. Toby wants out and Man U is his chosen destination, but he is concerned that Levy will make the deal extremely difficult. Pochettino who also lives locally and I have met and had a few chats at a local restaurants, apperently wants to manage Real Madrid one day, although I very much doubt it will be now. I have a sneaky suspicion that Wenger may be given the role, but I am may be wrong, as it's just a gut feeling as there are not many options at present.

10.) 03 Jun 2018 08:48:12
Yeah. Yesterday. And what I said wasn’t abusive, it was just calling you out on nonsense or stuff that can easily be found by doing a google search.

{Ed001's Note - is Cockfosters by Dartford?}

11.) 03 Jun 2018 12:27:28
Oh no not that ip adress give away again:-)
RG mate if your going to make such fantastic claims then people are going to question you and the more offended you get by thier questions the less believable your posts become mate.
You make fantastic claims about yourself and your life but seem to get maybe just a tad to upset and defensive for anyone to take you seriously mate
Either just be your real self or be prepared to be asked to back up your fantastic claims mate, either one would be good.



30 Apr 2018 11:51:45
Interesting development, Zeljko Buvac has left his position as Klopp's right-hand man at Liverpool for 'personal' reasons. He was at Dortmundt at the same time as Sven Mislintat. Could he be the 'bold' choice Gazidis mentioned and the continuation of the German influence at the club? To depart from Liverpool now until the end of the season, just as the club are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final makes little sense, unless he truly has some personal problem to deal with. Perhaps he has told Liverpool that he is taking up the management role at Arsenal and the club wanted him out. This is pure speculation on my part, but it adds up, as Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Dortmundt defender Papasthatopoulos and are after German keeper Leno.


1.) 01 May 2018 00:19:48
i sincerely doubt arsenal would go for buvac over viera and arteta because all of them are inexperienced but arsenal would rather take a chance on an ex player than someone else. My gut feeling is if arsenal go for a german manager it will be nagelsmann.

2.) 01 May 2018 09:03:44
The words 'Bold choice' from Gazidis made me feel that they had the manager tied up and that he would be a shock choice, which would rule out the obvious experienced managers.
Therefore, the new manager is possibly an ex-player with little or no experience, an inexperienced manager or coach, at the highest level.
Vieira, Henry or Arteta
Buvac or other coaches/ young or inexperienced managers.

3.) 01 May 2018 12:51:30
Is a bit strange now the press are mentioning him as a contender. I swear Ed001 is a liverpool fan. Have you heard anything on this Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he had been bickering with Klopp for a while, he left because he was being marginalised with regards to selection and tactics. I do not know if Arsenal are now in for him, but he has had a number of offers presented to him through the years, they didn't stop when he moved to Liverpool and have increased this season. I couldn't say if Arsenal are one of the clubs that are making him an offer. However I am expecting him to leave Liverpool as he has normally kissed and made up with Klopp by now, as they do bicker like an old married couple at the best of times. They are always falling out and getting back together, which is why no one was really taking any notice initially this time.}

4.) 01 May 2018 13:53:14
It makes complete sense that Buvac is a contender, as he has the German connection, knows Mislintat and is an experienced defensive coach. He is without doubt a bold choice and its odd timing to leave Liverpool on the verge of a possible CL final, with only a couple of weeks to go until the end of the season. He may not be the one, but is there really a stand out option? For me the top two managers are Mourinho and Guardiola, after that there are reservations for almost all candidates that I can think of.

5.) 01 May 2018 14:08:36
Thank you Ed. Wasn't aware they argued a lot. I'm not sure what to make of him tho. I've seen people say how he is the brains behind his work and it seems the others are running the transfer side of things so maybe itll work.

{Ed001's Note - he is a part of things, but I am not convinced he is irreplaceable.}

6.) 01 May 2018 18:07:25
If he was a young guy it would make sense but i really don't get why arsenal would appoint an introverted 56 year assistant manager who doesn't speak english to fill the big shoes left behind by wenger. That rumor doesn't add up. I don't think he is coming to Arsenal as a head coach or even an assistant coach.



19 Apr 2018 07:06:35
Reports that if Wenger decides to go at the end of the season, Vieira is in the frame. Without an outstanding candidate perhaps it would be an idea to bring Vieira in, who lacks PL managerial experience, but will certainly get the fans excited and onboard. He would also be able to attract players to join the club. Thoughts fellow gooners?


1.) 19 Apr 2018 07:23:44
Love Vieira but not as Arsenal manager.

2.) 19 Apr 2018 20:25:18
He would be the perfect bridge between Arsene and the future who everyone would unite behind.
No manager guarantees success or failure come to that (few Leicester fans would have been elated with the Ranieri appointment) but Vieira or Henry both guarantee bring unity back amongst the fans, and that alone would be a great place to start.

3.) 20 Apr 2018 00:38:10
Viera wouldn't certainly be worse than some of the names being mentioned. i.e enrique and brendan rodgers. Luis enrique is a terrible coach. A much as he is a champions league winner, people seem to forget that he finished seventh with a roma team that was full of quality. Brendan rodgers will always be remembered for that title collapse in 2014.Successful managers have that X factor that brendan rodgers seems to lack.

Since tuchel is gone, i'd like us to go for Nagelsmann or tedesco whose work at schalke this season is impressive. They may be young coaches, but they are tactically very good and detailed in their match preparation. If we can't get any of them, i'll like us to for our ex players. Viera or Arteta, whose work at city this season has been impressive, wouldn't be bad. Apparently it is Arteta who did video analysis for city this season. He seems to have the talent to be a coach and he is an ex captain of ours. He wouldn't be a bad shout.

4.) 20 Apr 2018 08:44:12
I posted a few months ago about Nagelsmann. He would be a better appointment than Vieira 100%.

5.) 20 Apr 2018 10:00:44
I fully support your sentiment glenn. Negelsmann is really good. His training is far much advanced than wenger'He has cameras fitted everywhere in training and uses video footage to analyse his own players and how they can improve something wenger doesn't do. nagelsmann with his tactical acumen backed by a bigger transfer budget than hoffenheim would do wonders. My pick is either him or tedesco.

6.) 20 Apr 2018 10:39:43
We can all bleat all we like, Ancelotti is going to be the man given the task (at least short term) to straighten this club out.



06 Apr 2018 09:26:40
Why on earth does Wenger keep taking Lacazette off and destroying his confidence? The player was clearly upset.


1.) 06 Apr 2018 10:59:32
To be fair he has been out since January do we really wanna risk injury. Although in the past it has frustrated me.

2.) 06 Apr 2018 15:50:31
D16, fair comment, but Lacazette was buzzing, having netted twice and on a hat-trick. He was clearly gutted and bemused at being taken off. The loss of confidence that may occur was worth the risk of keeping him on the field.



22 Feb 2018 22:14:55
Shocking performance. To think we sold Gabriel in the summer for £8m and kept Chambers despite being offered £16m by Palace! Iwobi was also absolutely useless.





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23 Jun 2018 06:26:14
Great goal from Xhaka! Looking forward to seeing him improve under Emery's coaching.


1.) 23 Jun 2018 11:59:12
A massive job but let's hope so. don't anyone hold their breath though. Lol.



21 Jun 2018 06:55:53
Assuming the four transfers will complete: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis and Torreira, we still appear to possibly require the following:
A further CB, if Mustafi departs, unless Emery retains and utilises Chambers, Mavropanos and Holding. Koscileny may be available in January 2019.
A further DM, unless Emery uses Xhaka, Elneny and Maitland-Niles, as well as Torreira.
Attacking midfield lacks in depth, if Wilshere and Ramsey depart. We will have Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi. We could play strikers such as Welbeck (if he stays) and Aubameyang wide in the attacking midfield trio.
We really need to sort out where we stand with Ramsey and Welbeck, perhaps this explains rumours regarding Banega.
Emery has done a considerable amount to sort out such a weak and unbalanced sqaud. It will be interesting to see how so many new players knit together, whilst using new tactics and training methods. From a fan's perspective iexciting times ahead.


1.) 21 Jun 2018 07:18:35
I have to say I’m a little perplexed with so much concern over transfers and who may or may not come in or leave.

We, in Torreira, appear to be buying a defensive mid, maybe we’ll pick up another CB I don’t know.

I can’t see Ramsey leaving and I’m sure he would be the kind of player Emery likes.

The big huge massive enormous difference is Wenger has gone, that in itself has to be an extra 10 points a season!

Were about to head into something new with different ideas, different mindsets, some actual tactics and players that had gone backwards have every chance of doing the opposite going forward.

We have some fabulous players going forward and I’m sure it’s not the most hideous task to get this team defending as a unit.

Something Wenger simply didn’t even attempt to do, let alone buy a defensive midfielder. I didn’t think I’d say it but I’m so glad he’s gone.

2.) 21 Jun 2018 07:50:19
Hi Stoner, Wenger will always be an enigma to me; on the one hand the first half of his reign was immense. On the other hand the second half wasn't great and was only saved by 3 FA Cup wins.
The first eleven is looking promising with the signings to date, if we include Sokratis and Torreira as done deals.
Bellerin Mustafi (I would replace) Sokratis Monreal
Torreira Xhaka
Ramsey (if he stays) Ozil Aubameyang

Lichtsteiner Mavropanos Holding Kolasinac
Maitland-Niles Elneny
Mkhitaryan Iwobi Nelson

The problem's are that we may lose Ramsey and Welbeck as they only have a year left on their deals. In addition I would like to see Mustafi depart and a quality replacement brought in. We need a couple more midfield options, which is odd as under Wenger we usually had too many attacking midfield players! However, we have moved on quite a few: Coquelin, Wilshere (going) , Cazorla (gone) , Ramsey (may go) , etc. I would like to see us sign Nzonzi, Golovin and Soyuncu. I would also like to see Iwobi and Chambers moved on.

3.) 21 Jun 2018 08:50:20
Is it only me, or do we need an other winger or inside forward, if we play 4-2-3-1. I don't rate either Iwobi or Welbeck top noth in that role. A lot of the players that keep appearing in the so called reports tend to be more central.

It will be interesting to see what formation Emery plan to use as a preferd formation. I think 4-3-3 looks most likely now.

Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Monreal
Ramsey Torreira Xhaka
Ozil Lacazette Aubameyang

Lichtsteiner Mavropanos Holding Kolasinac
Maitland-Niles Elneny Nelson
Mkhitaryan Welbeck Iwobi.

4.) 21 Jun 2018 09:30:17
Mustafi and Xhaka are not premier league ready, they may become so under Dick but as we stand you can't have a cmf player who can't tackle without giving away free kicks and picking up cards and you can't have a CB who switches off and looks for others to cover him as often as Mustafi does.
I'm pretty sure Dick doesn't have a magic wand and neither player is a spring chicken so it will take time to retrain both and that retraining shouldn't be on the job training where at the teams expense again this season.
Xhaka record on tackling was poor before we signed him so he either has to learn the art or play in the Mesut role where not being able to tackle isn't an issue so much, but a central midfield player who can't tackle is ridiculous, it's like having a striker who can't shoot or a winger who can't run with the ball. If our starting 11 against City includes Mustafi and Xhaka in central midfield we simply aren't giving ourselves the best chance of success.
Personally I never think there is room for passengers in any premier league game but against City more than anyone you need 11 players who fit the job description they are expected to carry out.

5.) 21 Jun 2018 10:06:31
G62 - It will be interesting to see Emery's influence on current players, as the training intensifies, tactics change, defensive coaching improves and we play a pressing game.
In respect of Xhaka, I prefer him played in a more advanced role, between the DM's and the forwards. He has a great range of passing and a tremendous shot on him. He looks better when he is permitted to be more aggressive and can tackle, but clearly isn't at his best played as a DM.
I was a fan of Mustafi before he arrived and for a period he looked decent, until he seemed to lose all confidence. Under Wenger in the second half of his reign, central defenders had little protection as he ceased playing 'proper' DM's. If Mustafi had played with Vieira and Petit or Gilberto in front of him he would have found defending considerably easier. In addition we tended to defend too high up the pitch at times, leaving space in behind the defence and our zonal marking system was awful. Adams admitted that the defence used to sort itself out and ignore Wenger!
Of all the changes that may happen at the club under Emery, sorting out the defensive side of the game out is the most interesting for me.
Another question is what are we going to do with Ozil and Mkhitaryan? We seem to have two overpaid players, even by today's standards, for the same position. Ozil is the better of the two players, but Mkhitaryan is more consistent and I can't see a way of fitting both players into the starting line up. If we could sell Ozil, I would do so, but with absurd wages in excess of £300,000 pw, I cannot see anyone taking him off our hands. rant over!

6.) 21 Jun 2018 10:29:51
I can't see us signing too many more older players just because of the squad registration rule.

Once you count the departures and arrivals already confirmed (and assuming Lucas, Campbell, Jenkinson and Akpom will not be registered) we have room for 3 non-homegrown players born after Jan 1st '97. It seems pretty likely that Sokratis and Torreira will be two of those.

That leaves us with one spot for Soyuncu, Seri, Golovin, Martins, N'Zonzi, Banega, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, the 'next next next next' Vieira, Mbappe, Oblak or Yaya Toure for a £1-a-week.

With Jack leaving, his squad space is available but only if we sign a homegrown player, or register Macey/ Iliev/ Martinez as third choice keeper and move Ospina on - that could make room for one more.

After that we would have to sell before we buy, but by this point most of the dead wood is gone. The core of our squad is pretty strong, and we can't really afford to chop it to bits. Even the idea of moving Mustafi on for Soyuncu concerns me - for all Mustafi's faults, I'm not confident starting a season with one experienced CB who has never played in the prem and our next most experienced, fit centre back being Chambers. I like Chambers a lot but he's still only 23.

It also means that moving on players like Welbeck, Iwobi, Chambers or Holding would deplete our squad as they can only be replaced with homegrown players, which a significantly smaller (and more expensive) pool.

Expectation management is important, but more than consistently dreaming to turn over between 1/ 3 and 1/ 2 of the playing staff every window, I'm kind of hoping Emery just gets the players we have (including Xhaka, Mustafi and Bellerin) playing consistent, good, game-winning football that they certainly have the potential to.

7.) 21 Jun 2018 10:48:05
When Xhaka first arrived at Arsenal Ed007 described him as a thug and his tackling has proved to be crude and it does make him look like a thug, not an apresive midfield player but simple incapable of tackling cleanly and winning the ball without taking the man RG.
As for playing him in a more advanced role where? You can't have both Mesut and Xhaka playing the same way that's to much luxury and not enough graft.
Mustafi reminds of Mertesacker in the sense he never ever takes responsibility for himself and his mistakes, he's always looking for a an official to blame or worse still a team mate rather than put his hand up and accept his mistakes and learn from them., this is a huge problem.
RG they are not yet what you want them to be and 2 poor seasons show that mate, maybe they will improve under Dick, let's all hope so but I doubt it will be in time for City or the early part of next season.
As for Xhaka passing? Mate any 26 year old footballer with time should be able to hit a 40 yard pass to a team mate in loads of space that isn't a rare commodity and as for shooting from range? How many goals has he scored in his career if you take his time under Arsene out of the equation?
I'd have thought to be premier league player you'd need more to you than be capable of the odd great goal and the odd excellent pass.
Arsene bought him to be our Alonso as he did Artetta and neither were upto to it but Arsene wanted them to be because he was desperate for an Alonso type player at Arsenal.
It's back to the training ground for both Xhaka and Mustafi if they want to be the real deal because neither is up to it at present for one reason or another and only working on thier weaknesses will improve them.

8.) 21 Jun 2018 10:56:52
Worth noteing that Torreira has played most of his football this last season at the base of a diamon in midfield. Could we possibly see a 4-1-2-1-2 line up in some games next season? This would allow us to start both Lacazette and Auba whilst playing Ozil in the number 10 role.

Perhaps something like:
Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal/ Kolasinac
Ramsey, Xhaka
Auba, Lacazette.

9.) 21 Jun 2018 11:35:12
G62 - Xhaka's passing is far superior to many players. Under Wenger he was clearly restricted from shooting from distance which is his speciality and something Wenger frowned upon. He describes himself as a 'fake no.10'. A number 10 that plays further back. Particularly away from home, he could play in a midfield three alongside say, Ramsey and Mkhitaryan, which would provide extra defensive cover. He hasn't a great scoring record as he tends to have been played more defensively and if played ahead of the DM's, he provides opportunities for others with his passing and chances from his shooting that can be deflected by defenders or keepers.
Interestingly he was one of the first players to have his contract extended by Emery and I believe may be one of the important 5 players mentioned. We can beg to differ, but let's see how he plays under Emery. I am not as convinced by Mustafi and I think he may well be replaced this summer. Although, I must say that players can play very differently under different managers and different systems.
Yesterday was a great example, as Iran, not a great team by international standards, were superbly coached and they almost held out against one of the top teams in the world, unluckily conceding a solitary goal. If the same players played an open game, team such as Spain would have run riot. So let's see how these players get on under Emery before we judge them. Look at Palace and Everton last season before and after managerial changes. Chelsea under Mourinho finished half way down the table, the season after with Conte, with basically the same squad they won the league.

10.) 21 Jun 2018 12:09:34
RG if your trade mark is yoyr shooting ability then surely it's got to result in lots of goals because if not what use is it?
His passing hasn't been brilliantly accurate and his conceeding possession so often shows.
False 10 for Xhaka free role for Mesut utilise Ramsey a attacking skills plus find room for a Lacasette Pea partnership, where will it end and at what cost at the other end?
We can't rely on Leno to do for us what De Gear does for United every week.

Yes I totally agree you don't need the best players to be one of the best teams but if you ain't got the best players you certainly need to be full of graft all over the pitch and be very difficult to score past.
Vardy and Mahrez got the headlines for Leicester that season but it was all 11 players grafting and a very resilient defence that made them champions.
IF you ain't got the best players you need to work harder to make up the difference and I non grafter is a luxury but 2 or 3 is crazy.

11.) 21 Jun 2018 12:31:04
G62 - We clearly think very differently! Emery likes Xhaka as he has extended his contract, let's wait and see how he does next season. In respect of Mustafi, reports are emerging that Emery isn't keen on him and quite frankly it wouldn't upset me if he is moved on. From what little I have seen of Soyuncu he impresses me. We reportedly made an offer for David Luiz and he is a player I also like and with quality youngsters Mavropanos and Holding coming through, we could play an experienced pairing of Sokratis and Luiz, who could interchange with the young centre backs. I am not a fan of Chambers and I would move him on, particularly if Fulham would pay in excess of £15m for him. One slight problem mentioned is the foreign player quota, which we must be wary of and hence we need to keep at least 6 to 8 overage home grown players in the squad. This makes the decision by Emery not to reassure Wilshere of playing time quite baffling. Unless Emery is aware of fitness problems that make giving Wilshere a deal risky.

12.) 21 Jun 2018 13:01:42
I totally agree on we see things very differently and that Emery rates Xhaka RG mate which leaves the only answer being either Xhaka or Emery will prove me wrong next season.
Emery I rate as a very big asset to Arsenal and that a feeling I hope will be strengthened more and more over next season.
I rate Xhaka as the most over rated Arsenal player for a very long time and a far greater hindrance than asset, this obviously a feeling I hope to feel less and less as next season goes on.
If Dick is right about Xhaka then obviously I'm wrong but if Dick is wrong about Xhaka then ummm maybe I'm wrong about Dick.
Come on Xhaka shut me and Steve up and make everyone happy, including me and Steve ;-)

13.) 21 Jun 2018 14:20:06
Ask any supporter other than arsenal, what they think of xhaka and i have never heard one praise him at all. Get them rose specs off about xhaka and realise he is a liability. Just ask opposition fans, the hate him and they laugh.

14.) 21 Jun 2018 14:34:27
It amazes me that people who criticise my thoughts on Chambers, who I don't particularly rate, are so anti-Xhaka and fail to see that Xhaka was compromised by Wenger's use of him as a DM and the general poor defensive tactics and coaching during his two year period at the club.
Interestingly both Wenger and now Emery clearly rate Xhaka highly and a look at Wikipedia shows what a successful career he has had, depsite only being 25 years of age. He has captained teams and won trophies. Wenger simply wasn't the ideal manager for him. As I have stated, watch how he plays over the whole of next season under Emery.

15.) 21 Jun 2018 15:11:14
RG, personally i don't care where he plays, i would rather someone else play in his place. Push him further forward people say, we have better players than xhaka, players that can actually take people on and go past them. I just don't rate the guy. Big BUT i will give him the chance for a while to prove me wrong when the season starts, everyone deserves that. I don't mind being proved wrong, if it means arsenal fc gain from it.

16.) 21 Jun 2018 15:34:23
Go on the Chelsea Liverpool and Everton pages and put Xhaka into the search bar and you get a more realistic opinion of what most people see Steve or anyone else who's interested.
There is an Everton fan who thinks he's brilliant and if I remember right one Chelsea fan said he wasn't that bad but the rest is not for the eyes of the Xhaka forever club :-)
I've not checked any other pages and certainly not the Spurs page for obvious reasons:-)

17.) 21 Jun 2018 15:39:48
RG we can't even agree on how he played the last 2 seasons as some of us think he's been awful while others say he's been good :-)
I'm not sure next season will change the minds of those who have already been impressed by him, he can hardly get worse :-)
He win a few other from those who currently don't rate him but he would have to work very hard at being bad to lose what fans he has mate :-)

18.) 21 Jun 2018 16:33:52
The last people I would ask are fans in general and certainly not the fans of other clubs. How many of the fans have played football to a high level, been coached to a high level, have any coaching badges, have a deep understanding of tactics, etc?
During Xhaka's time at the club how many of our players actually performed well? We finished 6th last year and I think 5th the year before, which is in effect bottom of the 6 clubs that stand a serious chance of winning a trophy or/ and finishing in the top four. The team were poorly coached, tactics were poor and the quad unbalance. I just discussed Xhaka with my neighbour, a former captain of Reading when they were in the PL, who said he a quality player, but not a DM. I know you guys won't agree, but Xhaka's record speaks for itself, he has been a very successful player, with over 50 international caps at the age of 25 and before you knock Switzerland, they are ranked 6th in the FIFA rankings and just held Brazil to a draw.

19.) 21 Jun 2018 16:34:58
RG, and i'm not picking on you. Please just answer honestly.
Would xhaka play every week (or even in the squad but that's another question) for citeh, utd, chelski, liverpool, toots.
My answer is resounding NO.

20.) 21 Jun 2018 16:50:35
Mustafi is a liability to me and too often looks for a offside flag rather than just defending the situation. If it is true we have the greek lad from Dortmund coming in Mustafi needs selling. I would not have minded selling Bellerin either but it appears Emery likes him.

Xakha is not a DM for sure but i think it is worth seeing him futher upfield in a Emery system Torreira and AMN or Eleneny would be my DM choices in a 4-2-3-1 with Xakha as one option pushed up with Ramsey and Ozil behind Pea then you can plenty of options with Miki and Lacazette available also, I think lacazette could also play behind Pea.

21.) 21 Jun 2018 16:55:27
Steve, I don't feel picked on, everyone is free to have an opinion. However, I will stand my ground if I disagree, unless someone makes a sensible comment that changes my mind. The problem at Arsenal is that on current form very few players would be regulars at the clubs you mention and to sign players of the calibre that United and City sign, you have to spend heavily. Interestingly Xhaka played 70 of the 76 league games over the last 2 seasons. I doubt any other player played more at the club, which meant Wenger rated him highly, as does Emery who has already given him a longer contract.
If we play a 4-1-4-1 as Emery has mentioned and we have the following team, Xhaka will look so much better:
Bellerin Sokratis Benatia (reports that we may sign him) Monreal
Mkhitaryan Ramsey Xhaka Ozil

Ozil in a free role, not wide left.

22.) 21 Jun 2018 17:24:19
RG are you a polititian. Lol. They don't answer the simple questions, straight, either. Yes or No?

23.) 21 Jun 2018 17:29:06
RG Speaking of qualified opinion mate, any news on the club you very successful managed yet? :-) just a clue for you, you need to come up with someone called Robbie who lives in a posh part of London owns his own jet is age 56/ 57 and played non league to a very high standard plus managed very successfully at a high standard too, oh and is mates with Toby and Poch:-)
Good luck finding someone to fit that description mate, if you manage to pull it off I will agree with your next 200 posts out of total respect :-)
Just the club name will do RG I can search the rest myself mate:-) .



20 Jun 2018 07:21:19
Emery has called Bellerin one of 5 untouchables. Who are the other 4?


1.) 20 Jun 2018 07:34:11
Apparently Lacazette and Xhaka are 2 of the others. So surely its Ramsey and Aubumeyang?

Don't know how Emmery rates Ozil and Mhki but hopefully he finds a way to get best out of them as a pair.

2.) 20 Jun 2018 09:34:15
Xhaka, Lacazette and I would say Ramsey and Maitland-Niles.

It could be Aubameyang but he's our best player and has only just signed so I wouldn't of thought it would be him. I think he's highlighting players that have fallen to much criticism and attention from the media more than anything. Maitland-Niles being an exception to that because of his raw talent which would capture the eye some of the big clubs.

3.) 20 Jun 2018 09:56:15
Personally I’d sell Ozil we are a better team when he dosent play.



20 Jun 2018 06:31:15
I find it intriguing that Arsenal are reportedly trying to negotiate a deal for Torreira paying £26.5m to spread the cost of the transfer fee, opposed to simply paying his release clause amount of £22m, as £4.5m seems a hefty additional amount in order to spread the transfer fee. Surely banks would have lent us the money at a far lower cost? Thoughts are that these may have something to do with FFP, hence we need to spread the transfer fee. Thoughts fellow Gooners?


1.) 20 Jun 2018 07:32:07
I think the reason for the steep difference in price is because Sampadoria are losing a key player for a big fee, and will want to be able to reinvest that in their squad. So maybe with Arsenal paying them in installments over a number of years, they're unable to do this, so want a higher fee?

2.) 20 Jun 2018 07:57:01
Hi Paddy, yes that makes complete sense from Sampdoria's perspective, but why do Arsenal need or want to pay £4.5m more for staggered payment? We have virtually broken even in the transfer market over the last few seasons and have substantial funds in the bank. If we needed to borrow money, the banks would provide funds far cheaper than the additional £4.5m additional sum we will pay Sampdoria. I can only surmise that the way we have staggered payments for signings over the last few seasons has caught up with us from a FFP perspective. Little else makes much sense. Unless the additional sum covers agents fees and we have agreed to pay, provided the transfer fee is staggered?

3.) 20 Jun 2018 09:10:34
Really pleased Dick is backing Hector although I know some fans see Belerin the same way I see Xhaka, poor old Steve as he doesn't rate either:-)

4.) 20 Jun 2018 09:54:54
Sounds more like they will have more to spend in this windows budget if they spread the cost.



17 Jun 2018 07:44:19
Assuming we complete the purchase of Leno, which keeper, Cech or Ospina would you retain as back up or would you let both depart and use Martinez and Macey as back up. Alternatively bring in a new number two?


1.) 17 Jun 2018 07:53:35
Following on from my keeper post.
Martinez will be 26 in September and only played 3 times for Gatafe on loan last season. Surely it is time to make a decision on whether to retain him next season. Macey looks promising, he will be 24 also in September. I know keepers tend to mature slightly later than in most other positions, but both of these keep keepers need to play in order to further their careers.




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22 Jun 2018 07:07:52
I wonder if Ramsey's demands will lead to the club cashing in on him and bringing in Nzonzi and Banega?
I would like to see us sign Nzonzi to play alongside Torreira.
Torreira and Banega are very different type of players compared to the type we had become used to. South American bite is just what we need.




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20 Jun 2018 05:11:08
Would like to see us sign Nzonzi, as we only have Maitland-Niles as a true DM and hopefully Torrreira. The days of playing creative/ attacking midfield players at DM are over. Emery may also consider playing Xhaka alongside Torreira, although I have a feeling Xhaka will be deployed slightly fiurther forward.




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19 Jun 2018 12:06:14
Once confirmed, appears a good signing.
Next Torreira?
Confirmed on 1st July? - Sokratis

Future signings?

Then sell/ release? :
Mustafi, if we sign 2 CB's

Contract issues:

Possibly loan out? :




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17 Jun 2018 05:39:40
Thank you Ed.
I did a little research and came across the following on the official site, which proves that he has played in different positions and thus neither of us are worng, perhaps both of us are right!

Report on the official Arsenal site when we signed Chambers:
Tall and athletic, the versatile youngster started his career in midfield, but established himself at right back last season and can also play in the centre of defence.


{Ed001's Note - where they start their career is irrelevant. Jamie Carragher started as a striker, but no one ever imagined he would become one. Gerrard got into the Liverpool team at right back initially. Kolo Toure made his Arsenal debut on the wing. You will find coaches will put them in positions out on the flanks, if possible, to lower risk of their performance causing problems if they mess up.}



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17 Jun 2018 05:21:11
Hi Ed001 - I belive there is some confusion as to Chambers position, as he has played at RB, CB, in midfield and even as a more advanced right-sided player in his youth. Time may be playing tricks, but I seem to recall signing him after he had some outstanding performances at RB for Southamton, covering for Clyne and I stand to be corrected, I recall him playing for the senior England team at RB. I was under the impression that the transformation to CB, came after some unconvincing performances for Arsenal at RB.


{Ed001's Note - if you say so. Your impression was clearly wrong as he played a number of times at centre back for Southampton first team.}




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25 Jun 2018 14:04:41
I am really enjoying the World Cup so far. It usually moves on to an even higher level during the knock out stage.
As regards the players, since TV coverage has grown we see so many matches from all over the world, that very few top players can escape being seen.




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23 Jun 2018 06:51:38
I still can't believe the PL voted against continuing with VAR. It's clearly not perfect, but is the way to go.




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22 Jun 2018 10:45:58
Although there is clearly a problem with young players earning huge sums so young, I am not a fan of wage caps.
There are many young players that, since the increase in academies and emphasis on producing players, have the ability to play at the top level. In fact it has been argued that are too many technically able players emerging from the academies, who then drift out of the professional game through lack of opportunity.
I see the problem these days as a reluctance by the top clubs to give youngsters a chance ahead of reliable, seasoned professionals. The demands on managers to bring quick success means there are few opportunities to play younger players.
Arsenal are a prime example, where we have some young players, such as Macey, Holding, Chambers and Mavropanos, who all have ability, but have players being signed ahead of them. There is talk that we have signed Sokratis and are looking for a second experienced CB. Whilst Macey has Leno, Cech, Ospina and Martinez ahead of him. I suppose only a handful of top notch youngsters will make the grade with the top 6 clubs. I believe some clubs, Brentford and Huddersfield have closed their academies as they are not cost effective and can pick up the cast offs from the big clubs, who are often quality players.




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22 Jun 2018 08:54:41
Thank you for mentioning the two Chelsea teenagers, that didn't appear on the site I had checked. They made 3 late substitute PL appearances between them, which confirms my thoughts that it is extremely difficult for a teenager to play regular PL football these days. Trent Alexander-Arnold seems to be the sole teenager that played a number of PL matches for a top 6 club last season and he will be 20 soon, not 18 like two of the Arsenal three mentioned. There may be one or two others that I have missed. There appears to be a difficulty these days, as players are technically ready at a young age, but not physically ready.


{Ed002's Note - Ampadu would have played more save for a broken leg and appeared regularly in up games. Chelsea won’t play teenagers unless they are ready - it is or about age it is about readiness.}



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22 Jun 2018 08:21:11
The 3 Arsenal players mentioned are all teenagers and last season didn't appear ready for PL football. Liverpool had two teenagers who played PL football last season. One played 1 match, the other played 19 games. Whilst I couldn't find a single Chelsea teenager that played PL football for them. As I stated loan deals are the way to go. Players are so well conditioned these days that teenagers rarely match the physicality now needed.


{Ed002's Note - Two 17 year olds appeared for Chelsea last seasnon, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu. Two 18 years olds featured in the squads but did not play.}