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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.}



30 Jul 2018 09:13:17

Are we having any joy selling players to free up salary cap issues as well as to generate transfer funds.

We've had some limited successes but mainly youth, players out of contract with the exception of Jack.

Thanks .


{Ed002's Note - Wilshere has gone from midfield. Reserve striker Takuma Asano has gone on loan. Per Mertesacker has been replaced. Santi Cazorla has gone from midfield. Jeff Reine-Adelaide has left. David Ospina will look to move. Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell will be on their way out. Nacho Monreal may well move move. Mustafi might look to his options. We will have to wait and see about Aaron Ramsey but if Arsenal want to bring in another midfield player after Torreira, then perhaps he might look to his options as well. Lucas Perez is not wanted by Emery, Lazio has an interest but not at €10M.}

1.) 30 Jul 2018 10:37:38
Thanks Ed. They need to get a move on to free up space, wages and funds so that the new player (S) are ready to go and integrated into the team / system.

Thanks for the great info.

{Ed002's Note - Remember there is no August 9 deadline for selling any to non-English/Welsh sides.}

2.) 30 Jul 2018 11:11:39
True - but doesn’t help balance the books to fund a new incoming player.

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand, sorry.}

3.) 30 Jul 2018 11:19:30
So that would make Aaron Jenks as the most pressing issues to resolve because they would seem the least likely to move away from England.

4.) 31 Jul 2018 02:23:09
Surprised Perez is not wanted as there was all this fanfare about him returning for this season to be given a chance by Emery. Perhaps what he saw in pre-season wasn't enough.

5.) 31 Jul 2018 06:17:44
We need to sort out deals for Ramsey and Welbeck or move them on before the window closes.
Other outs:




02 Jul 2018 13:26:53
Dreams do come true

18-year-old Robbie Burton confirmed he has signed a professional deal with Arsenal, the club he has been at since he was just six.

Well done and good luck.





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19 Jan 2019 17:03:39
So, no Ozil and no width at all. Matteo starting and 4 at the back
Get ready to be exposed with our wingbacks flying forward.

Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Why have we switched from 3 at the back?

At least Laca and PEA start but concerned about creativity and chances they get.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 17:32:58
I'd prefer 3 4 3 SY but that includes Mustafi who is less awful than Xhaka but still full of mistakes.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 18:37:42
Hoping I need to eat some humble pie 👍.

3.) 19 Jan 2019 19:29:07
Was the pie nice SY? 🥧 😬 excellent performance from EVERYONE on the pitch.

4.) 19 Jan 2019 19:36:48
Best pie ever - excellent result and performance. Wash it down with a nice dessert wine 😉.

5.) 19 Jan 2019 19:56:23
Gets some Becks in ya SY man :-)
Yup Dick got it right and deserves the plaudits for it.
It's not important if we get it right or wrong only our opinions are just for guidance and I'm pleased to say Dick ignored us Both SY :-)



18 Jan 2019 19:55:38
Interesting that our Emery debate was played out on radio 5 tonight about limited / no improvement in arsenal since Wenger left and no revolution.
Poor home form, poor against top 6, poor defending, poor use of players, and only 2 points better than last season while better away we were very very lucky on unbeaten run. He is standing his ground, huge upheaval, no money and doing better than some thought they would given the change but generally we've not moved forward and still can't defend for toffee.


1.) 18 Jan 2019 20:15:24
Teams with lesser players defend better which hints at poor organisation from both Arsene and Dick.
The Defensive players we have and have had aren't and haven't been world beaters but I do believe we haven't and aren't getting the best out of them either.

2.) 18 Jan 2019 20:28:58
The kinda said that - they have top 6 squad that should never be outside of top 6 regardless. They asked who could you truly see finishing above Arsenal outside of the top 5 or 6. No one as the gap is so large. They asked what is he doing with Ozil and Rambo. Counter argument was - he’s stamping his mark. Two kinda thought there was zero progress and still terrible while the other guest didn’t see improvement outside of mentality and that they are doing better than they thought ( Top 10 was the expectation given huge changes across the entire club) .

Just glad it’s being discussed to put pressure on club, board, players and manager while establishing expectations.

Believe it’s comment Petit said about zero improvement and why no revolution. need to raad up on thise comments. Just made me chuckle as this site was having exactly the same balanced debate with the exception of a Steve as clearly he loves Emery and got some rose tinted glasses this summer 😂😂😂.

3.) 18 Jan 2019 20:39:06
A win tomorrow will change every perspective. A defeat will mean top 6 simples. It can all be dressed up how anyone wants to but we are two points better off than last year, scored more goals than last year, let in more goals than last year, nearer to first than last year,
More points against top 6 than last year. They are all facts. What people prefer to interpret is up to them.

4.) 18 Jan 2019 20:52:28
Brighton and Burnley Cbs pairings look good but are they really any better or even as good as our current CBs or just betrer coached and organised than our CBs currently are and have been before Dick got here?

5.) 18 Jan 2019 22:02:23
True Steve you can use stats to paint almost any picture you want but the reality is always what we see on the pitch each week and at a after game 38.
My current opinion is no change of note and my predation is pretty much the same end result as last season league wise.
I don't really mind the league position too much in season one its the on field same old same old that really concerns me, I'm really disappointed in no change there.

6.) 18 Jan 2019 22:55:05
Gunner, if we don't go backwards, that's something that's been addressed because we were doing. If we go forwards in any way that's a bonus.

7.) 18 Jan 2019 22:57:43
Where are the tactical:

“I watched the last game with West Ham and I was thinking: ‘how can you put Ramsey on the bench and leave Ozil at home, knowing that you have no creative midfielders? ’.

8.) 18 Jan 2019 23:41:11
Your right Steve we've not gone backwards, I'm not sure why but I'm not exactly excited by that :- (
I'm just one of those impossible to please types I guess :-) .

When change finally arrived I'd hoped for a little more than just a fresh face in the dug out I actually hoped for more than that mate.

9.) 19 Jan 2019 01:29:11
Exactly mu thought SY mate.



12 Jan 2019 14:10:36
Hopeless and uninspiring today - 100% fail with 10 mins to go.




01 Jan 2019 18:19:13
We have Kos back and Mavropanos back but Holding out. Welbeck and Mik out. Rambo and Ozil in a bad place. and will sign 1 may be 2 players in Jan.

What positions do we sign?

For me - Centreback ( promising 23 to 26 year old type of age and talent ) plus a creative player who can play in the hole or as part of a front 3.

Not ideal but that's the world we are in.


1.) 01 Jan 2019 19:00:14
Personally I've always thought build from the back mate, stop conceding so many chances in every game has to be first job.
2 players? A well rounded cmf player who can attack and defended equally well to partner Torreira and the best CB we can Offord and get.

2.) 01 Jan 2019 19:06:53
You’re dreaming if you think they make any signings or substantial deals in January. A loan deal or two, nothing more than that.

3.) 01 Jan 2019 19:52:03
Why not Shane Duffy from Brighton for CB won't be to expensive. Has prem experience, great in the air, can organise a defence and is man of the match most days for the ROI team

For the wing has to be Under from Roma has the look of a young Ronaldo 7 about him.

4.) 01 Jan 2019 21:15:18
2 of Kos Mustafi Papa don't work so if we are going to play 2 cbs we need someone who works along side Papa if we are going to play 3 them we need an upgrade on Mustafi who is cover at best, either way we need a CB. Plus Xhaka Just hasn't got it in him to be reliable defensively.
Firstly Dick needs to decide 3 4 3 or 4 3 3 and go from there at building a solid unit that is hard to get by.

5.) 01 Jan 2019 22:25:12
Its pretty obvious, we are pretty much maxed out on our wages, if no one leaves, no one of significance will come in. In the summer it will improve and targets can be pursued. Boys we may have to be patient and accept, injuries and lack of true quality will mean we have to work with what we have. Dick is trying everything he can to try and improve the problems, it may mean, we will not be watertight this season. He is working within the restraints and circumstances that he was given. Its a pity holding got injured, it is a pity kos is shot, its a pity Mustaffi has so many issues but that's our lot at the moment. I hope mavropanos can come in and be like holding, i hope maybe we can out some players to allow some in but it will be the summer before we get any real targets we may be after. I don't think we will get any player in in january who will magically change our defending. We just have to hope the penny drops with some of our players and we get a few improvements from a few. Dick is dealing with what he has and what he was left, it ain't going o magically improve in january, we jave been shackled by the ozil, myki and auba deals, especially ozil. The decision to give ozil that amount of money was plain stupid and Dick wasnt anywhere near but he has to deal with it. There isn't going to be a quick fix!

6.) 01 Jan 2019 22:38:28
True Steve a quick fix never was on the cards but progress needs to be seen to be backed 100% by everyone.
Dick needs to show that he is the man who can organise our defence into something resembling respectable and stop us being a second half dependant team.
He's got to give fans confidence that he knows what needs to be done to sort our weaknesses that keep getting exposed almost every game.
He's going to be up against it if he doesn't show he's aware of of what needs sorting and is on the case soon.

7.) 02 Jan 2019 11:54:44
If the money is not there to sign a top player then we might as well wait until there is, rather than making yet another rash signing just for the sake of it. We already have plenty of so called squad players (or so-so players who make absolutely no difference whether playing or on the bench) , so i don't see the point of adding any more. Any player we sign needs to be of the type that is a guaranteed first XI starter, and they cost serious cash, whatever the position. In the meantime we need to push the youngsters up the pecking order and give them a go. Its working in Germany, so no reason why it can't for us.

8.) 02 Jan 2019 14:28:03
You’re totally right Epping, stop buying makeweights and buy big important players for the here now and future.

We have to make the most of the real quality players, albeit not many, that we have in the squad now.

9.) 02 Jan 2019 15:34:25
I think Nkoulou (CB) would be a decent buy for us since we won't be able to afford Koulibaly whick is likely. Kos might not be with us next summer. For me this should be his last season with us.

10.) 03 Jan 2019 14:30:59
From a defensive point of view, the biggest disappointment for me is the bad injury to Holding. Its such a shame as I thought he was starting to look a really decent player, and i love how good he is at bringing the ball out from the back (reminds me of how Maguire plays for Leicester and England) . By no means is he the finished article, and i don't think we can put his absence down as a reason for the return of the defensive jitters, but just for his development, its such a shame that he has been set back just as he was stepping up to the plate. I just hope we sign a worldie CD who can partner with Holding in the future, rather than another Gabriel/ Mustafi type player who will make no major difference, except perhaps to push Holding further down the pecking order upon his return next year.



01 Jan 2019 14:59:05
Can't believe I am seeing this -

Where's Ozil ? Emery Out and #emeryout - I am not happy but that's ridiculous to start posting that and it's Halfway through his first season!


1.) 01 Jan 2019 15:18:48
You know how it is mate, you wait a decade for a new boss to come along then you get two or three close together:-)

2.) 01 Jan 2019 15:46:06
I don’t want Emery out but need way more convincing that he is the answer.

Stuck by Wenger way too long and need to see big things before I’m getting carried away with Emery.

3.) 01 Jan 2019 16:13:02
I think that's a fair comment Stoner, we should support Dick 100% but that doesn't mean we shouldn't let him know we are not happy with much of what is being produced by his Arsenal team, yes he inherited nearly all the players but they are still his players now and what they do or don't do is his problem.

4.) 01 Jan 2019 16:26:52
Emery is a fine choice of manager. We have to be patient whilst he rebuilds the poor squad he inherited.

5.) 01 Jan 2019 16:54:03
He has to improve the defence RG with tactics and organisation before he needs worry about the window.




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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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22 Jan 2019 07:12:20
We’ve been tight forever. Leaving deals to last minute to save money ( wages ) . That plus our wage bill and lack of funds plus rubbish show of a board makes it tricky.




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19 Jan 2019 19:37:21
Well played boys and great game Boss.




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19 Jan 2019 19:36:48
Best pie ever - excellent result and performance. Wash it down with a nice dessert wine 😉.




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19 Jan 2019 18:37:42
Hoping I need to eat some humble pie 👍.




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19 Jan 2019 12:50:48
And that’s why I love the site and the people on it. I was 100% wrong about Xhaka and Sokratis being slow plus supporting Wenger too long. You all helped challenge my thoughts in a great way. Some were right and most of mine were wrong but it’s the banter that’s fun! We all love Arsenal and debating with likeminded Eds and readers! COYG 🏆🏆.