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26 Jul 2016 10:52:25
Hi Eds,
Any update on the Ricardo Rodriguez guy coming to AFC? That one has gone completly stale. Was there ever a chance? Or was it just another product of the media rumour mill?


{Ed001's Note - I don't expect him to join Arsenal this window.}



26 Jul 2016 10:52:25
Hi Eds,
Any update on the Ricardo Rodriguez guy coming to AFC? That one has gone completly stale. Was there ever a chance? Or was it just another product of the media rumour mill?


{Ed001's Note - I don't expect him to join Arsenal this window.}



13 Jul 2016 06:58:34
Hey, apparently we have bidded for Rugani, from Juve, and they've rejected us.
Do you think this is a true? If so could we be putting an improved offer in?


1.) 13 Jul 2016 09:53:51
Hope so. Exciting young player I know experience is needed in the prem but he'd be a great addition to our team.

2.) 13 Jul 2016 10:40:46
He's very promising, he and Romagnoli are a great potential future for Italy.

We by all accounts went for Romagnoli before he moved to Milan, but refused to meet Roma's £25m valuation (apparently) and Rugani certainly has a similar level of promise about him.

Thing is, Juve have a rapidly ageing defence, Chiellini is 31/ 2, Barzagli is 33/ 4 and Bonnucci is 29.

I can't see Barazgli playing much longer and Bonnucci is apparently a big money target for City.
Juve have also let Caceres (I've butchered that spelling) go too, so they're slightly low at the back.

All in all, I don't see them letting Rugani go anywhere unless there's sim big money involved, or maybe part of a deal for a certain Chilean.

3.) 13 Jul 2016 18:26:41
Juve are getting Benatia from Bayern i think.




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09 Aug 2016 21:43:49
I want to speak out about something that's really annoyed me this transfer window, the media.

They are saying the most stupid things and people are just gobbling it up.

Jonny Evans to us. A lie created by the Daily Mail, with no source as to how they got this knowledge, now copied by every other player.

Mahrez, I know Ed001 said we had a bid on for him, but the flurry that came up a few weeks ago was created by the S*n and that Algerian Newspaper, and was complete nonsense.

People think we fail in purchasing tons of players, whereas in reality the vast majority we we're never actually in for.


1.) 10 Aug 2016 08:31:01
Totally agree,
The media do stir up a frenzy of BS.

That said, why are we not going after players like Mahrez etc?

Mahrez, Mustafi, Lacazette = £95m and will give us a great chance of winning Prem.

But, the club won't spend the money.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 10:36:08
We can blame the papers all we want all there doing is there job and selling papers or getting clicks, the only person to look at is Arsene all summer he could of addressed two issues a CB and a CF all arsenal fans would have been behind the team and believing we could challenge the fact of the matter is the one person to blame is him and the atmosphere on Sunday will be toxic, he says he loves Arsenal then do us all a favour and leave because i for one cannot stand another season of playing the same S**t system with just giroud up top or god forbid Theo

Rant over.

3.) 10 Aug 2016 11:03:00
Yes whatever the papers write, don't just blame then, they don't purchase players for aresenal football club.

4.) 10 Aug 2016 15:47:25
leicester don't want to sell mahrez, dags, so its not about money. The eds said we had an laid an offer on the table for him, but unless he decides he wants the move it ain't going to happen. Not sure what you want Arsene to do there other than kidnap him?

5.) 10 Aug 2016 15:44:56
The media need stories and many of the rumours are spread through player's agents that want to either increase their players wages or get them a lucrative move. Take Mahrez, we were never going to purchase him as we have the following players all who need to be accommodated in the team at some stage; Walcott, Oxlade, Reinne-Adelaide, Ramsey and Wilshere (all can and may play wide right, Mahrez's position) .

We do not need and will not sign any more DM or attacking midfield players during this window. What we need desperately is a CB and a striker, possibly cover at RB, if as expected Debuchy is either loaned out or sold.
I doubt a purchase is imminent as clubs and players know that we are desperate for a CB and a striker, so Wenger will in all likelyhood go into the opening fixtures without making the signings and will try to tie up a couple of signings late in the window. Take Mustafi, Valencia know we are desperate to sign a CB, so they can push for a higher fee, say £30m, instead of £20m and the player can ask for wages of say £150k per week, insetad of £100k, which cost Arsenal an extra £22.5m in the transfer fee and wages over a 5 year contract.

Multiply that additional cost x2, to sign a forward under pressure and the cost can become around £50m extra for two players. If on Sunday we rush Koscielny back and play him alongside Chambers, with Walcott up front, we still have a strong team, capable of getting results against Liverpool and Leicester, after which I would expect Giroud and Ozil to return, If results are positive then we can try and sign players without being under pressure. If we for poorly, then we have pay the inflated cost of making the signings we need.



29 Jul 2016 21:35:15
We have heard so much about players coming in and deals falling though, but what about departures.
What will happen to Szczesny and Debuchy and Walcott and Gibbs? How about older players like Santi and Per who wanna go back to their home country?
Any idea Eds if anything is happening, or if its all stagnent when it comes to players leaving?


1.) 29 Jul 2016 22:01:54
Cant see Dubuchy hanging around, will be sold/ loaned out. Szczesny Roma have gone cool on him so I think another loan somewhere else. Can see him making it with us.

Walcott needs to be sold but who will fork out his wages. Liverpool would be best bet I would not argue with Walcott + 10 Mill for Sturridge. Santi will stay hopefully stil has plenty to offer. Mert this will be his last season.

2.) 29 Jul 2016 22:39:42
I'm not an Ed and I have zero, maybe less than, knowledge of what goes on at our club, but from a sort of 'common sense' and process of elimination, I'd guess the following.

Szczesny will go back to Roma on loan (I think that's confirmed isn't it) and will come back next year, either to challenge Cech, whilst Ospina leaves or Shezza himself will leave for first team football.

Debuchy will be allowed to leave for a reasonable bid as Jenko (when fit) Chambers and even Holding will be cover for any potential Bellerin injury (please god no) but he's 30/ 1 and on relatively high wages for the type of club that would want him, so could be another loan deal.

Walcott will stay with Arsenal till he's 40, having average seasons till the final year of his deal, at which point he will play like a man possessed, forcing our fans to forget the past 3 years of mediocrity and rage about Walcott not being signed to a new deal, which in turn he will finally agree, each time adding £50k on to his wage and repeating the process till the aforementioned 40th year.

Gibbs I think will remain with us for a while, unless a really tempting price comes in, he's homegrown, been with us since he was a kid and is our only other LB.
With Monreal at the ripe old age of 31 and coupled with the fact Gibbs usually does pretty well when called upon, he Gibbs could have a future at Arsenal as a first teamer, if not certainly a capable deputy.

Per I'm not sure about, he's a big presence in the dressing room, a lot of players like him and he's trusted by the manager (there's a little quote somewhere about how Per is Arsene's debt collector for fines, because of his German effeciency ) so it wouldn't surprise me to see him be made captain even with his longish term injury and stick around a bit longer.
That said, he's mentioned before how he'd like to maybe return to Hannover before he retires and give something back to the club where it all started.

Santi, I really hope retires at Arsenal!
He's just genuine quality and I think he's really under appreciated by not just other fans, but ours too.
He leads by example on the pitch, whilst not really vocal, the way he can move on the ball and how he can use it, is something special.
That said, we now have an abundance of midfielders and there are rumours that Santi could even be used as a makeweight in any potential deal for Shkrodan Mustafi.
Considering Valencia just lost a centre mid in Andre Gomes and Santi's apparent desire to return to play in la liga, it could make sense.

To be honest with you mate, I don't see many if any first team lads leaving this window with the exception of a potential santi swap and debuchy.

But I hope that helped a little, that being said, considering my aforementioned lack of insider info, I could just be talking utter tosh.




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13 Aug 2016 10:27:41
Is your source better than Eds?


{Ed041's Note - apparently so, maybe a lose on Sunday will force wengers hand.



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13 Aug 2016 08:13:48
Why has this only been apparent in the past few years? Or has that been the case for the entirety of Wenger's rein and we haven't been able to notice?




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12 Aug 2016 20:19:50
Ed, Do you see that stance changing when we get closer to the window ending? How quickly would you know if that stance changed Ed?


{Ed001's Note - Arsenal change stance? Not under the current regime. I don't just mean Wenger in that, either, I mean the ownership downwards.}



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10 Aug 2016 09:58:19
Arsene is getting on a bit. I hope he gets to the point where senior people just stop caring and he just goes "F*** it" when it comes to transfer bids.




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19 Jun 2016 15:54:29
Ornstein is reporting he's staying at LCFC, so doubtful.





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