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11 Mar 2019 20:52:20
Hopefully the clubs new strategy :

"Arsenal club chiefs have reportedly confirmed players who have two years left on their contracts and refuse to sign a new deal will be sold by the club. "

Having lost big players for nothing and been held to ransom by others - this new strategy makes sense and a we, come change.

Fingers crossed it works.

I assume that means contracts should be 5 years and very very rarely 3 years in length.

Well done whoever suggested and approved this move.


1.) 11 Mar 2019 23:46:22
Where did you see that SY? Seems like the club publicising that policy would hurt their negotiations, both with the player and with other clubs. Other clubs know we're going to sell so they don't have to offer over the odds, the player doesn't have time to be won over if they are iffy on a new contract. As internal policy, great, but as a publicly visible one, hmmm.

2.) 13 Mar 2019 08:18:21
I think it's both very sensible and very workable.
All it means is you start negotiations on a contract extention with 3 years remaining and if with 2 years left you have no agreement you listen to offers.
It works for all other clubs so why not us? Which other club loses players on free or is held to ransom like Arsenal have been and have done?
It's incredible how many players like Theo Jack Mesut have won contracts well beyond thier football ability simply by playing the club well in the contract stakes and what other club loses so many players for nothing?
Would Aaron have accepted 2 seasons like this season where he is a bit part player? I think he and others would leave earlier for a fee rather than see out 2 years on the bench which would lessen thier options at the end of the two years.

3.) 13 Mar 2019 14:33:18
I wouldn’t say Chelsea are as bad as Arsenal in regards to contracts. But there’s Courtois, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi just in the last season or two. United had something like 11 or so players at the start of the season who were entering the final year of their contract.

I do think it’s a sign of the way things seem to be heading. The price of top end and even average players is sky rocketing and the majority of clubs can't afford to pay those sort of prices. As such players who want to leave are priced out of moves and so the only way for them to move on is to run their contracts down. With the added bonus of being paid double what their market rate is in regards to wages.

4.) 13 Mar 2019 20:41:26
Clubs have to change the way players see running their contract down, if a player doesn't play regularly for 2 seasons he will struggle to find a club to match his current salary let alone double it.
Summer 2017 Man city were ready to pay 60 million and improve Sanchez wages but now in winter 2019 and Alexis would struggle to get Leicester City interested enough to pay 16 million and Match his Arsenal wages.
Football moves quickly and players who are hot prospects now can quickly get forgotten once out of the limelight.

5.) 14 Mar 2019 11:49:40
The clubs contract policy was woeful during the Gazidis era. It simply can't be any worse.

6.) 14 Mar 2019 16:54:33
I agree with the sentiment, but it has the potential for a lot of disruption. Not that I'm agin it, just noting that it's not the win-win it looks.



31 Jan 2019 23:08:28
Is Wenger in charge of this window for us? No defenders, no CDM but a light weight winger from Spain. 😐

That should sort out the second half of the season. #address our problems.


1.) 31 Jan 2019 23:25:20
We have too many defenders on the books and can't sign someone without shipping someone else out. We also don't need a CDM. Also Suarez can play across the midfield and on the wing, like Isco.

2.) 01 Feb 2019 08:39:03
Time will tell SY mate, my worry is in Dick we have found another Arsene who thinks if he ignores our defensive problems they will simply disappear by magic or he shares Arsenes mythical ideology of we can simply outscore our way to a title so defence isn't that big a deal.
My hope is he will come to realise like most fans that the biggest reason we haven't and don't take part in title races or champions league quater finals anymore is because the once legendary Arsenal defence is the missing ingredient.
Gary Nevile said at the start of the season that Dick was picking Xhaka every game in order for Xhaka to either come good and prove his worth or be totally exposed as an incapable weak link, personally I think this season and next especially we are going to find out exactly what we need to know about Dick and whether he's capable or incapable of doing what needs to be done to solve our biggest weakness that has held us back for more than a decade.
None of us know what Dick will or won't do in the future I just really hope he is seen to be aware of and trying to address what simply has to be dealt with by someone somewhere if we are ever to be truly competitive beyond 4th place trophy dreams.

3.) 02 Feb 2019 10:35:04
I think we are waiting for the summer transfer window to sort out our defence where more players become available and at better prices. I’m sure the club is aware of our defensive issues but the next transfer will tell a lot about the club and Emery.
I believe our strategy this window get some players on loan with option to buy as if they can settle and look to handle the PL than ok if not return the player and look for other option rather than a panic buy.
Liech was brought if for more experience and maybe teach Belerin a thing or two about defending, which hopefully in training is way better than what he is showing us on the field.

4.) 04 Feb 2019 16:10:32
A lot of our defensive problems start higher I the pitch. By strengthening our midfield with technical player who can both win the ball and hold on to it without loosing it, we will relieve the defense of to many tasks. You could see the problem yesterday when we were pushed to far in to our own box. And we couldn’t put enough pressure on city’s defense.

5.) 05 Feb 2019 14:04:35
Yes, i think our manager should have ignored the lack of cash available and taken a leaf out of our previous managers book by blowing "in excess" of £35 million on a center half and getting Mustafi. that worked out well.



16 Jan 2019 21:21:22
Ed, will Arsenal bid for Conor Coady? Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of.}

1.) 17 Jan 2019 07:18:07
Thank you.



29 Aug 2018 21:47:07
Hi Eds
Will we see any free transfers coming in or exits before 31/ 8?


{Ed002's Note - Reiss Nelson if Hoffenheim agree to Arsenal's request, perhaps some kiddies going on loan.}



08 Aug 2018 23:01:38
Ed, any chance of a quick run down of likely ins / outs at Arsenal tomorrow?
Really hoping for a few signings.



{Ed002's Note - The list remains the same aside from those previously left: Ospina, Elneny, Welbeck and Jenkinson seem the most likely. Vida might be an option as Besiktas want the money and they would like Ospina as has been explained.}

1.) 09 Aug 2018 08:55:03
What about off loading Ramsey?

{Ed002's Note - If you want, but I would not expect it.}

2.) 09 Aug 2018 09:24:10
Vida might b an option how can we enter the season so light weight at the back it’s been our weakest area for years, the attack looks as good as it’s been for years. Mina going Everton Soyuncu Leicester how can’t we match there offer? Am I the only one who thinks this?

3.) 09 Aug 2018 09:50:27
I haven't heard of interest in Elneny Ed's. Where might he go?

{Ed002's Note - OPtions will be looked at over the coming weeks.}




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14 Mar 2019 22:10:37
Well played boys despite PEA finishing like a clown after he put that stupid mask on.

We will miss Rambo.


1.) 14 Mar 2019 23:41:37
Lool what’s so bad about the mask?

2.) 15 Mar 2019 07:29:34
I loved the mask! Can’t believe he got booked for it, why?

3.) 15 Mar 2019 07:33:37
The mask killed Batman - after he put it on, it was like his super goal scoring powers evaporated.

4.) 15 Mar 2019 07:36:54
Funny but had to be a booking if taking your shirt of is a booking.
Like I say funny but where do you draw the line? All 11 players getting into full fancy dress after each goal?
I wonder what outfit Mertesacker and Tony Adams would share :-)

5.) 15 Mar 2019 10:59:20
I don’t know why all the fuss about it, he got us through and he liked to celebrate in his own way, its not like its his first time doing it, also for him to prepare for his celebration it shows how much he wanted to score and commit.
Well done to him.



14 Mar 2019 19:11:16
Given the injuries etc and I guess 4 at the back as a result - I like the selection tonight Boss. COYG

4 1 👍.


1.) 14 Mar 2019 21:58:14
Good win, pleased with the turnaround.



10 Mar 2019 18:29:44
Well done Boss and well done players. Leno certainly earned his wages and we rode our luck but that's the beautiful game.

Liked his formation from the start and the tempo - well done Boss.


1.) 10 Mar 2019 19:05:44
Best game I've seen Leno have, excellent sweeping and keeping, his speed of thought reactions and concentration were extremely impressive.

2.) 10 Mar 2019 20:52:53
Shame we let Ramsey go, played a blinder, Ozil put in a shift as well.

3.) 10 Mar 2019 23:42:10
Fair play to you SY

Just love beating them.



01 Mar 2019 15:15:14
So enough people moan about Ozil and coach eventually makes the change!

Now Wrighty starts on the forwards:

"I'd try and get both of them in the team and get more players from the defensive point of view, " the former Arsenal striker said on his official YouTube channel.

"We shouldn't be having two strikers as potent as they are and one of them is on the bench. It doesn't make sense.

"It just feels like for 45 minutes we're depending on one man, when we've got two that we could be depending on. Plus there isn't enough goals coming from other areas. We need to have our most potent goalscorers on the pitch. I'd start both of them against Spurs because they would be afraid of that. "

Hopefully coach takes tips on that selection.

Then may be he listens to midfield feedback and then the defence to sort out based on feedback.

Then we get "polls" at halftime to sort out subs and we've fixed our issues 😂😂😂😂😂.


1.) 01 Mar 2019 17:13:23
I think 9/ 10 people would play both up top with Mesut behind them as it does seem crazy to have any of the 3 on the bench while Iwobi and Miki play ahead of them, ok if know miki had a really good game v Bournemouth but he's not due another until late May now going by his precious years with us and United before that.

2.) 01 Mar 2019 19:04:19
Love Wrighty but five goals on Wednesday and five different scorers! Pretty sure Sokratis and even Mustafi scoring recently! Apart from Wednesday my big big bare is not using Auba’s pace! Lethal but we don’t exploit it enough COYG.

3.) 01 Mar 2019 19:26:58
you always need options from the bench if you need a goal and you start with 2 strikers it make it harder to make changes from the bench to change the game, i think that's why on most occasions its only 1.

4.) 01 Mar 2019 19:33:14
Tomorrow Dick can leave out or include who he likes and if we win without playing well no one will care but if he makes bizarre selections and we lose people won't be happy.

5.) 02 Mar 2019 08:16:11
Emery should go to the team page and banter page here to help him pick our best side and formation

To be fair - Wenger could have done better in the last few years visiting here to help on transfers 😂😂😂😂

Both could have benefitted from defence coaching 😂😂

COYG - let’s enjoy the Wembley turf and put on a show - don’t try to keep a clean sheet by crappy defensive selections and dropping Ozil - we aren’t good enough or organised enough to do that. Even crappy Bournmouth with their inept away record created danger early doors and Matteo gifted them a goal. Defending just ain’t us right now.

3 at back 5 in midfield ( Ozil in the hole ) 2 up front - simple and sensible. Put tough hard workers on the flanks - Kola and Jenkinson if you want to be a little safe but please leave 3 at the back. Don’t put one up front as they will get lost.

6.) 02 Mar 2019 09:36:25
Let's hope defending can be us today SY mate because it's unlikely Spurs will be as wasteful as the teams we've faced recently have been.
We need to find a performance like the ones we found at home against Spurs and Liverpool where we attack but also restrict the opportunities we allow Spurs to have.

7.) 02 Mar 2019 10:06:40
62 - unfortunately Emery is that 1 in 10 who just doesn’t get it or can’t handle a big player. What does that say about our ambitions as a club?

8.) 02 Mar 2019 10:10:21
Like Keown stated - he must play Ozil and That’s a defender stating that about us! Says it all. We must come out strong and aggressive in attack. W just can’t defend with confidence.

If we went 2 up in the first 10 minutes -who would say that’s 3 points in the bag? With 80 to play, even against relegation fodder, I would not bet on us getting a win.

9.) 02 Mar 2019 10:31:30
If Dick can get us through these United and Spurs games undefeated then I will be impressed SY if he can get us 4pts from them that's fantastic and 6pts would be extremely impressive, for me It's Dick who gets the plaudits or the stick for results so it's up to him who he picks but the more difficult his selection is for people to understand before the game the more stick he will get If it goes wrong after the game, that's how it works for every manager Klopp Pep everyone.
Arsene or Dick the expectations should be the same and the more bizarre and difficult to understand thier decisions the more their decisions need to pay dividends.
0 points from United and Spurs and Dick will be under immense pressure and those wins against Huddersfield Southampton and Bournemouth will be but a distant memory few even care about any longer.



26 Feb 2019 07:20:28
Credit where credit is due

After 27 games:

2018/ 19 - 53 points
2017/ 18 - 45
2016/ 17 - 50
2015/ 16 - 51
2014/ 15 - 51

So we are back on track where we were the seasons before last. So improvement in points for whatever reason. got to recognise that to be balanced

The question is - can emery identify talent needed, manage the egos, install discipline in defence and maintain creativity to get us back to where we were in the glory years with Wenger. fingers crossed

Well done on the small step Emery and let's Michael J Fox this Team to where we were 15 years ago or so!


1.) 26 Feb 2019 08:01:41
I'm not sure getting back to where we were 15 years ago is possible mate but doing a Liverpool or even a Spurs where we are capable of beating anyone home or away and not being a push over for anyone shouldn't be impossible for a club like Arsenal.
Getting back in the title mix and making all games including city United Spurs Chelsea Liverpool home or away 50/ 50 games again would be a giant leap forward for us.

2.) 26 Feb 2019 13:34:15
Very interesting SY, thanks for posting that.
Out of interest I checked the league leaders too:
2018/ 19 - 53 / 66 (4th)
2017/ 18 - 45 / 72 (6th)
2016/ 17 - 50 / 66 (5th)
2015/ 16 - 51 / 56 (3rd)
2014/ 15 - 51 / 60 (3rd)

An improvement on the last 2 years at least.

3.) 26 Feb 2019 19:09:15
Agreed 62 - I’ve bashed Emery and it’s importsntvto be fair. I don’t expect invincibles but more the excitement and happiness of how they played, expectations were high and they all put a shift in.

Wire - an improvement on the last 2 years and a huge project ahead but you can’t take that leap unless your run up is right. We’ve taken the first few baby steps which should be recognised as well as the gap between today and expectation.

Let’s crlebrate the small wins and hopefully we build on them as you state :)

4.) 26 Feb 2019 20:15:34
A top 4 finish would be a fantastic achievement in Dicks first season and if it happens then fair play to the man but should it not turn out that way next season needs to show us undisputed improvement rather than debatable stats that can and often do only tell part of any story.

5.) 26 Feb 2019 23:01:24
Lads, we are on the right track

Let's give the boss at least another year.

6.) 27 Feb 2019 08:02:13
Two years is fair but if no undisputed improvement is made after 24 months then how long do we wait to see it?
We can't simply watch Dick sleep walk for 5 years as we did Arsene.
If we want different to what we've had then surely we fans need to act differently too.
If our defence is no better this time next year then we should have a Dicks replacement lined up but if he can give us a defence worthy of the name then why would we Want him to go?
Surely there has to be conditions to backing this manager rather than just repeating what we did with Arsene.

7.) 27 Feb 2019 14:20:23
To be fair G62, i just don't see Emery as the type of manager who would be happy to sleep walk for 5 years either. He seems a fairly driven man who has had previous success. If things are not going well i could easily see him walk before he is pushed.

8.) 27 Feb 2019 15:42:14
Hi Epping I really hope he is the man that can and while I accept must have 2 seasons I wouldn't fancy a 3rd if our defence is no better than usual.
It can't be possible for Arsenal to have the only unfixablle defence in history and so if it can be done we need someone who can rather than simply patiently wait for someone who hasn't in 2 seasons.
Hopefully this time next season I will be saying how brilliant Dick is because basically that's what we all want.




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17 Jan 2019 07:18:07
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10 Jan 2019 20:28:42
Bring back Perry Groves - sure he would come back on a loan 👊.




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02 Jan 2019 20:45:02
City found a way round this with false 3rd party sponsorship - surely there are ways around this so they can increase wages by increasing media inflow eg Stadium sponsorship Ethiad springs to mind.


{Ed002's Note - No, Manchester City got in to problems over it. This is one of the reasons to avoid discussing finances.}



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01 Jan 2019 10:39:27
No worrIes Jim - happy New Year. Just been reading up about this se two and wanted a “British core” in defence.

I like Holding a lot so t have 3 or 4 youngsters with quality will set s up for a long good future like Liverpool’s young defence. Similar to Pool, we need a leader of supreme quality to lead the line.




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31 Dec 2018 09:54:03
Let’s go for Joe Worrall or Ezri Konsa

Two strong British centre halves with the qualities we want and age on their sides for the future.

Preferably Ezri if we don’t want too many youngsters.

We need so many positions that we can’t spend 50m on each one.

This along with Mavropanos and Holding gives us the opportunity to build a future defence.

Sokratis being the fatherfigure in the middle for the next couple of seasons. Kos could play that role also.





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15 Mar 2019 07:33:37
The mask killed Batman - after he put it on, it was like his super goal scoring powers evaporated.




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13 Mar 2019 06:18:02
Because the other one is always left.




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12 Mar 2019 20:45:10
Every Soc has at least one hole and some take big feet to fill.




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09 Mar 2019 17:11:11
Really like Holding but needs some good coaching and a role model. That concerns me a little at Arsenal as we can’t coach defending

Matteo - one for the future. Makes a lot of errors, gets caught out of position and not sure he really give Torriera the right partnership at present as we need a strong bad ass partner for him. Again concerned about the defensive coaching at AFC which is not good for Matteo. On a plus side - nice eye for a pass and plays with a lot of energy which I think a lot of fans like as they missed that energy. What we don’t need is a headless chicken at present and he can be a little like that as he develops. I like the kid but he shouldn’t be a regular at present as our midfield should be stronger.




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09 Mar 2019 14:57:56
With our defence - nope. Not confident at all. Hopefully a draw. That’s the height of my ambition at the moment.