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15 May 2018 23:37:17
Robert Pires: "I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not? I think all of them could manage Arsenal. "

Robbie went on to agree with Ed about the spoilt fans and being unfair to Wenger.

So that leaves Ancelotti and Arteta - I just realised our strategy - managers first or last name must start with an A in memory of th3 might Arsene and even better if your name starts with a M for Merci.

Clues were there all along and we missed them.

Although I am told a dark horse may enter the race.


1.) 16 May 2018 09:50:40
Some small newspapers from Spain are speculating with an apparent interest in Unai Emery, is that who you are calling the Dark Horse? Apparently he has halted talks with Real Sociedad because of a contact from Arsenal.



14 May 2018 23:36:48
So now it's Nagelsmann Or Ancelotti?




10 Feb 2018 09:46:50
It seems like we identify a position that needs strengthening, go after a target or two but if we fail then we leave the team with that weakness.
I read that Vertonghen was targeted and rejected us in 2012, Evans this window plus others yet no one else came in.
I understand we want quality and we have a budget plus players need to want to sign for us but surly we could have found a CD and not leave us in a weak position.
I read the same in your feedback comments on a regular basis. "If they don't sign X then they will leave it this window"
Why look at Nzonzi and Evens but not fill either. it happens to often & I don't know why it's not addressed


{Ed002's Note - Well all clubs look to players that thye think might make suitable signings but rarely do clubs sign all of their targets. Milan and Inter have both said in the past that they will have an initial list of 10 players for each position. Other clubs will only have one fixed target in mind. Arsenal, like many of the major sides, will not buy just for the sake of it, although I appreciate that in many cases the fans want to see signings and generally don't care who. Arsenal looked at Nzonzi with the idea of brining him in to improve the side - that was not possible. In terms of centre back, Arsenal made a very significant bid for one centre back (their first choice) and they added a youngster. The club has also made significant changes from the management perspective and you need to remember that this was the January window when clubs are reluctant to sell.}

1.) 10 Feb 2018 10:38:29
Good point Ed -, it’s just frustrating to see us not address a few key positions properly yet sign an expensive youngster ( Chambers ) or a cheap youngster Holding yet they go out on Liam leaving us still weak

Winter window is not the best yardstick and I should judge the new set up not old.

We seem to be CB and CDM away from a great side but have been a while.

Hoped Coq going would mean an in coming player

Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - Would you rather the club purchased players which are unwanted or wait?}

2.) 10 Feb 2018 10:39:54
To be clear - I don’t want signings for signings sake. I agree with only adding quality but other clubs add quality at decent prices in positions we require.

{Ed002's Note - So you would be happy to see players who the club don't want joining?}

3.) 10 Feb 2018 12:10:44
Wait for talent yes.

4.) 10 Feb 2018 18:22:48
How long are we going to wait for a holding mid?

{Ed002's Note - Much will depend on what happens regarding other changes in the summer but if AW stays then he will still ahve an interest in Jorginho and N'Zonzi.}

5.) 10 Feb 2018 18:30:26
Jorginho or Nzonzi? An absolute no brainer! Nzonzi is no where near Jorginho level.

6.) 10 Feb 2018 18:38:27
I appreciate that ed, my point being, maybe the summer will be too late. Plus our last buy in that position (xhaka) was/ is a failure, so the longer we wait the more damage is done. We could have got auba lazt summer and by the time we do get him, its too late. We always wait too long and it now isn't working.

{Ed002's Note - There is no opportunity to buy players before the summer Steve.}

7.) 10 Feb 2018 18:42:45
Sano, Nzonzi it is then. Lol.

8.) 10 Feb 2018 18:55:18
Ed, that's my point, it always seems too late. By the time the summer comes, there will be a new obstacle.

9.) 10 Feb 2018 19:10:28
That was kind of my point Steve. We seem to agree too much now.

I am happy waiting for talent and quality but we seem to wait forever while other teams add quality in the same area we are looking for. That’s frustrating.

I don’t want 6 additions for the sake of it but I expect the scouting network to find a quality CB or CDM within two windows.

10.) 11 Feb 2018 05:20:20
Dembele was sublime yesterday. We badly need a top quality midfield combo, Jean Seri comes to my mind, but I don't think he would agree to come to us.

11.) 11 Feb 2018 11:53:17
I think with the new appointments arsenal started to purchase players differently, and for that I hope we will see some quality signings at the back. Although CB are bery rare these days.
However we still need wenger out of the door for any future progress.



21 Jan 2018 19:46:24

What defensive positions are we hoping to recruit for in Jan. Who are the main targets?

Seems like we are addressing the attack again but no point runnng a bath with the plug out.

Thanks and thanks for all your hard work over the years.


{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer questions about timing but between now and the summer Arsenal will continue to look for a goalkeeper (having lost out on at least two of the first three considered), one CB has already arrived but they will add another and a left back.}

1.) 22 Jan 2018 19:27:51
Left back we already have Monreal, kolasinac, Maitland-Niles unless Monreal is sold we don't need a lb if. He is moved onseggason from Fulham and Philip max would be good options but we need a right back to. Challenge Bellerin maybe Schelotto or Danilo Perreira.

2.) 22 Jan 2018 19:11:01
Another Left back? WE currently have nacho and Kolasinac so unless Arsene is considering playing kola in CDM why would we need another LB? especially considering maitland niles seemingly does a good enough job there. Not doubting you ed's just curious.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps they should stop looking then?

3.) 22 Jan 2018 21:11:54
Is rocchia still the lb target ed?

{Ed002's Note - hHe has been of interest.}

4.) 22 Jan 2018 21:37:50
Are we looking at any British players ed? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Maybe not for these positions.}

5.) 22 Jan 2018 22:12:23
Thanks Ed. Appreciate the reply ~ slightly surprised we aren’t looking at a CDM. That’s a concern. I assume the feeling is a Elneny or Granite is sufficient even with coq’s departure. I also assume that we looking at Auba.

Really appreciate the info and know you just deliver the news, you don’t make it.

6.) 23 Jan 2018 10:15:59
Hi Ed002 - Yes, I found it extremely odd that we reportedly tried to get Luke Shaw included in the Sanchez deal, although Wenger has not always include Kolasinac and seems to have moved Monreal to CB more often than playing him at LB.



24 Dec 2017 20:06:20
Ed, do you think we will sign Leon Bailey, Nzonzi and a centrehalf in the Jan window? Do you think we will be successful in improving defence, midfield and attack?


{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly comment on the timing of transfers. Arsenal maintain an interest in both players and a centre half.}




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23 May 2018 21:07:45
Really excited by our new manager :

'I think the history here is a team who loves playing with possession of the ball. 'I like this personality, I like playing with the ball, if you don't have possession, I want a squad who are very, very intensive with pressing.

Sounds like he did a fantastic interview a few weeks ago, super detailed on every squad player and how he will develop them. Also discussed academy players in details. Pulled up videos etc.

Bloody awesome!

Only concern was Arsenal's lack of budget and expectation for next season as they haven't defined their targets yet. Just improve on last year.

Anyway - super excited and hopeful for the future.


1.) 23 May 2018 21:53:24
I agree sy4. Although I do feel there will be a budget and potentially higher than in previous summers. I feel a few will be moved on or swapped etc. I expect 5-6 players maybe a few top names amongst them.

2.) 23 May 2018 21:55:44
We can easily raise some money from sales too if need be to boost our spending power.

3.) 23 May 2018 22:30:46
Was impressed with his effort in trying to speak in English.

4.) 23 May 2018 22:37:35

5.) 23 May 2018 23:25:46
Agree about manager Sy but surely we would have to be verifiable to announce we have 100 200 or 300 million to spend . Oh they have that to spend jack up the price . No one had a clue who the new manager was going to be despite many claiming done deal etc and I for one am happy for the club to do deals on the quiet ( won't stop me being impatient and watching Eds doing there thing during transfer window ) . Only been in a day and someone in the know has announced we are off to Germany 🇩🇪 to sign three or for players Jeez! I think you will find we do things better and quieter and let's hope Benzema / Higuain / Artetttta gate are the thing of the past COYG.

6.) 24 May 2018 05:32:04
If true - Leno, Seri and Papastathopoulos - then that’s a great summer in one sentence ✅.



21 May 2018 21:06:55
So Arteta turned us down!



1.) 21 May 2018 21:36:56
Says the daily star mate who just happen to be bottom of the tabloids accuracy league.
Personally I think the club has let the tabloids and hit seekers do their ownthing while quietly going about its own business all along.
I think the club have played a blinder personally.

2.) 21 May 2018 21:51:15
Hope so.

3.) 21 May 2018 22:19:36
Interview process. Emery came out on top. Let's get behind him. He has a proven record. Maybe not totally top level but at 46 has great experience and still what you would call young in management terms.

Punani will get over us not appointing Tuchel. Dodged a bullet there.

4.) 21 May 2018 22:10:28
Just read online that Emery has has had the same assistant at every club he has been at, Juan 'Bovver Boy' Carlos. He has been described as a lunatic. Always shouting and barking orders.
So the complete opposite to Steve Bould.

5.) 21 May 2018 22:27:13
Paddy bring him on!

6.) 21 May 2018 23:19:11
Agree Steve! Exactly who we need . Shape up or ship out! Stop crying in the corner ( insert name ) ! COYG.



13 May 2018 13:05:01
Could this be our front line and midfield

Lacazette, Aubamayang, and Mkhitaryan up front. Mkhitaryan can be switched with Rambo if required.

Two strong central defensive midfielders plus one of Ozil / Jack / Rambo in the hole.

The two CDM need to complement each other eg one must be a beast while the other must be useful with the ball.

So two new players required unless Granit gets the right partner next to him and plays deeper.

In defence - Bellerin should be sold to fund the rebuild. Sell Mustafi also.

New Full backs and two new experienced central defender who is a leaders.

Chambers, Holding and the Greek boy should be back up / out on loan to get experience

So 4 new players for defence.

New keeper required - can wait a season if funding issues

2 CDM = 50m each
Back 4 = Av 30m each

So £220m required for now with Granit, Danny, Bellerin and Mustafi bringing in 80m between them??

Squad still needs improving outside of these also


1.) 13 May 2018 15:43:18
We are just 24 or 25 players short of a squad, it's so frustrating to be so close yet so very very very very very far away;-)
We've got Pea and he like Sanchez was is 100% good enough every other sigle one of our players has a rather big? Of some kind next to their name.
Let's see what the manager can salvage from this current squad and who the Sven men can bring in to improve us.



13 May 2018 10:53:34
Welcome back Freddie! Great to have more winners in the coaching staff and players of the beautiful game.

"We love you Freddie because you've got red haired. "

Looks like the golden era are coming back and possibly a role for Henry!

May be that's the deal - divide the expensive contract a seasoned manager would demand and spread it over more invincibles / heroes

Question - if it's between Vieira and Arteta, who gets the job?

Clearly Arteta has something special that I haven't seen yet.

If you could bring back one more ex-player into the coaching staff - who would it be and in what capacity

For me it's still Keown. If Arteta gets the role. If Vieira gets the role then it's DB10!


1.) 13 May 2018 11:36:24
If you are going down the explayers route then go for those who associate Arsenal with winning competing fighting with passion in each and every game, those who never went to old Trafford Stamford Bridge or Anfield and accepted getting hammed as a normal way of life, those who associate the word cosy with cuddling the premier league trophy not thier team mates in yet another selfie after yet another surrender.
Personally I associate Artetta with the cosy 4th place trophy years despite his time with Pep, I think we will end up with yet more tippy tappy and still no up and at them steel.
We need a strong manager who demands from players not a best mate who keeps them all happy.
If Artetta gets it is will give him the benefit of the doubt but with serious concerns that I hope he would soon make disappear.

2.) 13 May 2018 11:51:27
Gunner, we don't need anyone from the comfy era at all. If we are serious, we need someone current and winning the big trophies now. At least then we are giving it a go, not fishing.

3.) 13 May 2018 12:05:16
Im interested to know, does anyone know what freddie has been doing these last 14 years or so.

4.) 13 May 2018 13:51:32
He was a youth coach with arsenal up to last year. He left for a club in Germany last year or the year before.

5.) 13 May 2018 15:10:54
Someone winning the 'big trophies now' rules out a lot of potentially strong options. Who had heard of Wenger before he arrived? What big trophies had he won? What matters is their ability to deliver. Remember that after numerous crap choices ManU went for the former; I have yet to meet a ManU fan ecstatic with Mourinho. A record of winning big does not automatically mean a future of the same.

6.) 13 May 2018 15:57:41
There is absolutely no guarantee whoever comes in so all you can do is make the best choice you feel is right for you given the options available to you.
Every time you hire anyone be it in your job or when you buy a car or hire someone to fix your washing machine, a CV and reputation give you some idea of someone's past but the future is all guess work and gut feeling based on the interview.

7.) 13 May 2018 16:31:56
UC you obviously have never heard of form, that's why citeh and liverpool are doing well. They didn't employ ome rookie manager. For every ex player who made it into successful management, there are a hundered who failed. At least let's not start with a guess.

8.) 13 May 2018 17:12:24
People rave about pochetino and for spurs, he has transformed them but won nothing. We coild have him as our manager for two seasons and he improve us but if he wins nothing he has achieved nothing. A manager who wins the big trophies has proved at some point in his career he has managed to win the league or european trophy because he know what is required. The flaw in poch is he doent yet know ow to finish the job. At least a manager who like allegri who has won something know what is required. Why do we need to take a chance on the unknown.

9.) 13 May 2018 17:52:56
Kevin Keegan won nothing with Newcastle while Jose has won the europa league and league cups at United.
Keegan threw away but competed for titles all the same at Newcastle
While Jose hasn't got United anywhere near competing yet.
Keegans Newcastle had the nation glued to the TV during every game
Jose's United have done wonders to boost Bake off viewing figures.

If you only measure success by trophies achieved then Roberto Martinez at Wigan were better than Jurgen at Liverpool to date?
And LVG wws a success at United While Sean Dyche is an abject failure at Burnley where after 4 seasons he's not won so much as a 4th place trophy :-)
Oh and Jive Bunny was better than Elton John too if you only count up no1 hits :-)

10.) 13 May 2018 19:48:28
Did you ever ask yourself why KK never won the league at Newcastle. Newcastle played fantastic football and should have won the league but ultimately pressure got the better. couldn't get it over the line when he should have. He coped with pressure as a footballer better than managing.



12 May 2018 13:57:55
Looks like Huddersfield are showing a huge amount of class for tomorrow

The players and the staff will give him a guard of honour and the club has a present for him as well."

He added: "I can't imagine this can happen again, so this can only show that he has done something extraordinary.

"Words don't describe enough the achievement he has done for this football club and football for this country.

"I am so happy we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years and we are able to host him in these circumstances where we can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves.

"This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it.

"We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we are happy that we play the last game against him and Arsenal."

Guard of honour & a standing ovation at the 22 min mark - well done and thank you

Hopefully we sign off with a win and a great performance

Can't belueve it's his last game - "there's only one Arsène Wenger. "


1.) 12 May 2018 15:07:01
That’s what Yorkshire’s like mate. Warm and friendly (not the weather) people! Country’s finest in my opinion.

2.) 12 May 2018 16:50:29
Undoubtedly northern folk are much more friendlier people Sanogo mate, they speak and say hello to you as you pass in the street whether they know you or not.

3.) 12 May 2018 18:26:21
I always think that when we play Stoke - friendly chaps.

4.) 12 May 2018 18:59:57
Stokes in the Midlands isn't it mate :-)

5.) 12 May 2018 20:30:09
North of the m25 is north.

6.) 12 May 2018 22:16:13
Fair enough mate, that explains why our players always looked so lethargic on match days, all those long huals up north for training each day has to take its toll :-)




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16 May 2018 06:48:04
Punani - I have nothing against Arteta and will support him if given the role but I have reservations:

1. We have a big defensive and mentality rebuild project
2. Arteta has limited experience as a manager but talks a good game about management but a lot about attacking play rather than defence
3. Limited experience handling players like Ozil, PEA, Rambo etc
4. Limited success as a player at an international level or club level. Combined with Management experience is not a great mix
5. Limited pool of managers due to budget and set up - have we limited ourselves to Arteta by our ambition and fears of another monopoly of power situation. Well a full dilution doesn’t work either
6. Will Arteta stand up to the board and what back room staff will he bring to help him or does that need to bed in also.


{Ed025's Note - all good points SY, its a massive job for a rookie to take on and i can see it all ending in tears myself...but who knows mate..



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03 May 2018 23:10:33
Think he’s learned his lesson now Ed - can we use a sin bin approach and let M back for the last home game?


{Ed001's Note - if it was up to me no, and Jelfy would be banned for life from the sites, so I am probably the wrong person to ask! But then I hate the live chats and would happily get rid of them altogether as they just seem to create abuse when people do not have to think about what they say.}



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18 Feb 2018 13:42:19
Sorry Ed, are you saying these are the two only / main options

Simeone and Ancelott



{Ed002's Note - No, I haven't said that.}



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10 Feb 2018 19:10:28
That was kind of my point Steve. We seem to agree too much now.

I am happy waiting for talent and quality but we seem to wait forever while other teams add quality in the same area we are looking for. That’s frustrating.

I don’t want 6 additions for the sake of it but I expect the scouting network to find a quality CB or CDM within two windows.




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10 Feb 2018 12:10:44
Wait for talent yes.





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24 May 2018 05:32:04
If true - Leno, Seri and Papastathopoulos - then that’s a great summer in one sentence ✅.




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21 May 2018 21:51:15
Hope so.




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20 May 2018 13:42:50
62 - plus work with tiny budget and a defence that needs rebuilding plus midfield and squad.

We are a 4th rAte club fishing for a 4th place manager

While the board is happy.




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20 May 2018 12:58:04
Everyone did say be careful what you wish for as we won’t attract a top top coach better than Wenger and we don’t have funds. Not saying Wenger shouldn’t have gone but the venom behind getting him out for years without truly realising what we had as well as what we could attract and spend is funny in a way.
We are where we are but if we thought we would get a Pep and start buying big big players that Chelsea / City or PSG are after then we were clearly deluded. We will have the same type of 4th place budget and we need to get smart and lucky to compete. If the end result of pushing Wenger out is Arteta - then that’s our guy and I will back him and hope 100% of the fans do. If we push him out - who are we going to get?
The issue is the board and the super rich clubs with non football spending powers.




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19 May 2018 02:08:57
No room at the Arsenal Inn for Rafa.