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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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15 May 2019 23:23:54
Please tell me we are not rewarding a Matteo with a double your wages contract after 10 good games? This is crazy when are wage bill is huge and money tight. 😡.


1.) 16 May 2019 09:20:52
We are but not the way media are putting it.
We signed guenduozi from Ligue2 with hope to fill U23 thus had the salary range of U23.
But a good preseason so him promoted to first team which he has done great so will have lenght extended and wages to match 1st team players like Holdin or Torreira.

2.) 16 May 2019 14:19:53
He's on £40k a week already. Arsenal don't tend to pay U23 £40k a week, that would be insane.

Supposedly, he was also given assurances of first team appearances to get him to sign with us (over Spurs and City who were also interested) .

Giving him £75k a week after a relatively average season, just because he was better than we expected a 19-year old to be seems extreme.

3.) 16 May 2019 16:43:22
Guendouzi has been a decent low cost signing and has clearly been appreciated by the manager and played regularly. Having just turned 20, he has a great future ahead of him and Arsenal appear to be looking to protecting their investment in the player by extending the term of his deal, which of course requires an increased salary. We signed him for around £7m, and he must now be worth at least 3 times that amount, so it's a sensible investment.

4.) 16 May 2019 20:50:12
I think the lad has done ever so well in his first season the best debut season we've seen from a young Arsenal player in years, he played a big part in some of our best results not a mere 5 minutes cameo performance.
Our choices are tie the lad down based on what we've seen from him already at premier league level or wait and see just to make absolutely double certain where he gets to hold us over a barrel later when his contract is close to running out. The handling of Ramsey Sanchez Ozil contracts has been quite rightly heavily criticised by us all but we can't have it both ways.

5.) 16 May 2019 21:21:57
Glad we are timing him down but that’s very early and a lot of money for a young man after an average season

anelka and cesc were proper debuts.

6.) 16 May 2019 21:46:31
I think he's the best I've seen since them SY mate and if we are going to change our ways we have to start somewhere mate.
If we had a whole team his age who had all done as well as he has this season and we'd finished 7th I'd be very very excited about the future.
I've been very impressed by the lad without getting carried away and expecting him to be our new Vieira over night.

7.) 16 May 2019 23:28:41
Probably true 62.



12 May 2019 16:07:15
Is the EPL trophy at BRIGHTON ready for C£ty and a replica at Anfield just in case?

What will they do with the unneeded party poppers at Anfield?

Or will everything be helicoptered in once pretty certain of the champs?


1.) 12 May 2019 17:53:03
What's not to celebrate at Anfield mate? 97 points second consecutive champions league final?
I'd be popping those party poppers with emense pride if I were Liverpool mate, what a fantastic achievement and if there is a spare trophy going then surely they should present it just for achieving 97 points with just one defeat at the hands of absolutely unbelievably fantastic champions Manchester City.
198 points over 2 seasons? That's just 30 points of a possible 228 over 24 months. WOW!
CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS pedigree that in anyone's book, surely?

2.) 12 May 2019 18:08:19
A trophy for finishing 2nd? Come on man, behave.

3.) 12 May 2019 18:09:16
Just shows how far ahead of us and the rest these two sides are when Liverpool only lost one game and still be 2nd. Any other year of the whole 38 game PL apart from last and this one 97 points would have blitzed the league. I am backing Liverpool all the way to win the Champions league they deserve to win something after that effort.

4.) 12 May 2019 18:28:29
Jaybo it was in answer to SYs question about there being a spare trophy not a suggestion to create one.
Liverpool have had an awesome season and the likes of which only City wouldn't swap there's for.
I'm sure between Liverpool and City fans there is absolutely nothing but respect for each others incredible performance this season and all other fans of all other clubs have two choices
A dream
B belittle through jealousy.

5.) 12 May 2019 20:20:50
Hats off to both teams - impressive how LFC went toe to toe with an inferior budget. Huge respect to LFC.

My question was all the fireworks, poppers, stands and Trophy required to rightfully celebrate the champions with both being miles apart - how did Sky coordinate in.

Not disrespecting Liverpool at all.

6.) 12 May 2019 21:19:04
No I know that mate, I just think of we had experienced the season Liverpool have had this season I would be out celebrating tonight big style, no trophy but what an amazing tide.
In my opinion only of course, sometimes there is more pleasure and pride in being a fantastic runner up than a poor champion, United won the title with 69 points once and to better that by 28 points and be second is nothing to be dispirited about.
A bit like going the distance with Ali at his absolute best and losing on a split decision apposed to beating a 50 year Larry Holmes on points for me.

7.) 12 May 2019 21:55:48
True but isn’t it like winning the lottery and sharing it with 150 people. You have that performance once in a lifetime and you need it to pay big. You then don’t celebrate but rather look st what could have been in the games they drew rather than won.

I am not knocking them or saying they shouldn’t celebrate or be proud - I was referring to Sky and Just out of interest. I’m weird li, e that. any weirder and I’d vote labour 😂😂😂.

8.) 13 May 2019 09:44:01
Hey SY, I'm going for the green party in the next election mate, labour have become even beyond my imagination anything like worthy of my vote and the Tories never have been anywhere close it.
80% of the earth's species will disappear by 2050 if we carry on like this, 4 out 5 species that my great grandchildren will only know of from history books?
We can't let that happen surely, can we?



12 May 2019 14:15:49
So we start with a strong side for our last game as we slug it out for 5th place. 5th place trophy.

Maitland-Niles. Nacho. Sokratis. Mustafi. Kolasinac
Xhaka. Torreira
Lacazette. Aubameyang

Who should start next season out of these

Leno ✅
Maitland-Niles. ❎ Nacho. ❎ Sokratis. ✅ Mustafi. ❎. Kolasinac ✅
Xhaka. ❎. Torreira ✅
Lacazette. ✅ Aubameyang ✅.


1.) 12 May 2019 14:47:40
Not sure what I was looking at!

Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Monreal; Elneny, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Willock, Iwobi; Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Koscielny, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Nketiah.

2.) 12 May 2019 15:29:50
Would love to see Maitland Niles playing cm next season, yes he can play wing back and has done ok for is there but that's not his natural posisition.

3.) 12 May 2019 16:02:46
Next season or in the future?

4.) 12 May 2019 16:08:52
He gives the ball away enough on the wing, in the middle it’ll be more dangerous, personally I don’t think he’s good enough.

5.) 12 May 2019 17:10:25
Fine as a squad player seeing as he’s a versatile player but I’m far from convinced he’s good enough to regularly feature in the starring XI.

6.) 12 May 2019 17:58:54
Xhaka? Surely the unfailed Maitland Niles is a better option than the tried and failed repeatedly Xhaka option?
If we can bring in proven quality CM then fantastic but failing that I'd be much happier with the hope that Maitland Niles offers than the certainty that Xhaka brings to the table.

7.) 12 May 2019 21:11:32
We must improve CM and CBs - the young man needs to wait in line. Unless we go strong in those areas, we are screwed. I like the player but he can’t plsy CM yet.

8.) 12 May 2019 22:54:42
That's the problem I think for AMN I don't think he has nailed where his best position is yet. Versality is a by word for jack of all trades master of none meaning you only ever become a useful squad player so he does not want to fall into that trap. I think he has the base attributes to be good central midfielder but I don't think Emery will fully trust him there. After now getting quite a few regular starts this term It's big key season for AMN next to see weather he can make it or not. Worth giving him a run instead of Xhaka, I really would be tempted to sell Xhaka at a decent price and give AMN his slot let's see what he is made of.

Emery also has to make a firm decision with Chambers and decide is he good enough if not sell up no point in anymore loans again like AMN what is his best position to me it would be DM but will ever be a good enough DM for us?

9.) 13 May 2019 18:11:22
He's a box 2 box midfielder.



09 May 2019 22:02:20
Well done boys - had a wobble but into the final we go! 👍.




07 May 2019 21:57:41
Congratulations and well played Liverpool - very impressive result and attitude.





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18 May 2019 17:52:40
Ed, if Arsenal bid above 31m for him and the club fail to finish top 4, what areRoma supposed to do?


{Ed002's Note - Anything Roma want to do. If Arsenal want to make a move for the player they should approach Roma with a decent offer and see what they have to say.}



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18 May 2019 17:53:57
If he can’t sign for a club who competes in their own league _ were in 😂😂😂.




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17 Jan 2019 07:18:07
Thank you.




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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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21 May 2019 06:30:35
We need to be sensible, keep an eye on the wage bill, add players who can contribute and look at the last summer window as an example to follow as we don’t have too much money to spend - hold onto your hats and watch out City.
Money can’t buy you love or respect but it sure dies buy trophies. Pre cash Mo 🏆 Vs Current cash 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆.
It should be the Tate and Lyle EPL given the impact of the sugar daddy’s.




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18 May 2019 22:51:04
How many of these didn’t spend loads of money and then tell me the exception.

2018/ 19 Manchester City
2017/ 18 Manchester City
2016/ 17 Chelsea
2015/ 16 Leicester City
2014/ 15 Chelsea
2013/ 14 Manchester City
2012/ 13 Manchester United
2011/ 12 Manchester City
2010/ 11 Manchester United
2009/ 10 Chelsea

Then tell me how City and Chelsea did before their sugar daddy injection.




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18 May 2019 21:16:06
If we could spend 1.5bn like city I am sure we could - still possible but not with 40m budget and a weak squad and Emery at the Helm. Not dissing Emery but he’s not good enough to bridge that gap

We need a complete rebuild and I still believe you can win with kids - require some big decisions by the owners if not then we have to wait for financial fairness.




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17 May 2019 13:14:25
Liverpool gave fine well by selling strong - we’ve not sold well or replaced well. That’s the difference - if we sold one of them for a lot of money and replaced with sensible strong additions then that’s different.
Sell Cesc - replaced by?
Sell Henry and RVP - replaced by
Give away Rambo, Gnarby.
we have to run the club better and we have to have a better structure from the board down. We are weak to the core of the club - no strong foundation to build on.




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16 May 2019 23:28:41
Probably true 62.