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10 Apr 2019 20:18:23
Any chance of a update on transfer targets Ed? Thanks.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Try in a week.}


1.) 16 Apr 2019 10:17:31
Have you got time to do it yet Ed? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - GK, LB, CB, CM, RW wanted

Nick Pope (G) don't rule out a bid

Nicolas Tagliafico (LB) if Kolasinic leaves - as LB may be the lowest priority - interest from elsewhere and his club don't want to sell
Junior Firpo (LB) – looks to be heading elsewhere and very expensive
Alex Grimaldo (LWB) price may be beyond Arsenal and interest from CL sides

Samuel Umtiti (CB) Barcelona a re keen to move him on and UE is keen to take him if the right deal can be figured out - Arsenal want a loan to buy - but could easily be priced out of a move
Ibrahima Konate (CB)
Boubacar Kamara (CB) - very unlikely as talks progress with another side - interest raised by a well respected scout who was then sacked by Minislat
Matthias Ginter (CB) I am not aware of interest from Liverpool - enquiries from two EPL sides (including Arsenal) came to nothing. If he did move he would want to be a started which will cut out Bayern, as will him having no interest in being used as cover for multiple positions. He would be expensive and is apparently happy.

Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out. Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bomus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides.
Kai Havertz (CM/AM) option to Rabiot but won't happen as his future is largely mapped out.
Joe Aribo (CM) remains of interest - but is he ready to step up?
Nicolo Barella (CM) Napoli and Chelsea failed with approaches in January - and he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy - so very difficult.
Ever Banega (CM) - Emery again likes the player but the club are not so keen, but if the preferred choices are not available he may need to be considered.

David Brooks (AM) Arsenal has watched him and may make an offer if Oezil were to be moved on

Ismaila Sarr (RW) was watched earlier in the season before Arsenal moved on a well respected scout. There was certainly no discussion about the player whilst any Europa league tie but there is interest, although the price may be prohibitive at €50M
Cengiz Under (RW) enquired after but seen as too expensive at €40M
Nicolas Pepe (RW) Out of Arsenal's reach
Suso (RW) watched again but expensive - although is homegrown
Cristian Pavon (RW/F) Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target - there is interest from Ajax, Barcelona and from another English side who have been told that when he moves it will be to Barcelona - but their focus is on another player right now

Ivan Perisic (LW) too old and pricey
Benito Raman (LW) watched but concern over the step up
Leandro Trossard (LW) was certainly watched at the start of the season by an Arsenal scout who has since left the club. He is young but I know that Wolfsburg has also watched him. I am not aware of any deal being made and that seems a decent sum of money to pay for a LW when a RW is the real priority.
Ryan Fraser (LW) has the advantage of being home grown

Outbound:

Petr Cech (G)
David Ospina (G)
Emi Martinez (G) Arsenal may try to keep him

Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB) could leave
Nacho Monreal (LB) time to go

Laurent Koscielny (CB) could leave
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
Callum Chambers (CB/RB)

Mohamed Elneny (DM)

Aaron Ramsey (CM)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RM) agent wants big money and has spoken to at least one Chinese side

Mesut Özil (AM) if a deal can be found
Danny Welbeck (S)


2.) 16 Apr 2019 12:54:58
Thank you Ed. Do you think Arsenal regret letting some well respected people go now that Sven has also left?

{Ed002's Note - The problem is the orgainisation at the club. Arsenal already have Raul Sanllehi in the role of Director of Football. What they need is a new chief scout or a bit of a restructure as Sanllehi was very much a football administrator. This means that whoever arrives to replace Sven Mislintat needs to adapt to work in a slightly odd set up where he would be given the title of Technical Director or Chief Scout but would not have the overall say over the football side of things - as that would still be in the hands of Sanllehi - and that could make it difficult to recruit the right person.}


3.) 16 Apr 2019 15:51:09
Thanks Ed, as always great info, some promising targets and departures. Is pope the only GK we are looking at with both ospina and cech leaving?

{Ed002's Note - Right now he is the most likely because Arsenal have too many GKs.}


4.) 16 Apr 2019 16:08:04
Cheers Ed, I would be happy if we were able to get him, probably the best we can obtain knowing they are coming in as a back up.

{Ed002's Note - Right, there is Leno ahead of him.}


5.) 16 Apr 2019 16:56:43
Ed every time you give a list it’s like arsenal can get none of their primary targets. Is that the case or not?

{Ed002's Note - Clubs have to work within their means. Arsenal are a side with a massive wage bill which cannot be ignored.}


6.) 16 Apr 2019 17:03:31
Bennacer and David Neres are two names coming up a lot recently Ed, are we interested in either?

{Ed002's Note - Ismael Bennacer (DM) Napoli has shown an interest in Ismael Bennacer because they see their preferred otion of Bruno Guimaraes heading elsewhere. Arsenal already have Xhaka, Elneny and Torreira in the same position. As for Neres, Arsenal have looked at Ismaila Sarr, Cengiz Under, Nicolas Pepe (won't happen), Suso and Cristian Pavon - I would not put him in front of any of those which puts him down in sixth place for me.}


7.) 16 Apr 2019 18:39:59
Eds do you think Reiss Nelson will comeback and look to regularly start at Arsenal? Does Emery like him? I feel anyone of the Wingers you mentioned will add to our squad depth and Reiss Nelson/ can be a menace coming off the bench.

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt it given the club are looking at numerous RW.}


8.) 16 Apr 2019 18:49:16
They are stupid sometimes Ed aren’t they. Where do u think Umtiti will end up?

{Ed002's Note - Juventus will be offered the player for a lower price than Arsenal as part of some horse trading and may take the risk as they have an aging defence.}


9.) 16 Apr 2019 21:58:53
What about Alaba ed or was that just newspaper nonsense.

{Ed002's Note - There have been no approaches for him at all Munich say.}


10.) 17 Apr 2019 06:30:35
This was amazing. Thanks Ed.


11.) 17 Apr 2019 10:17:36
Hi Ed,

Appreciate you putting the list up

However from the looks of things we are only interested in players we can't afford or who do not want to join us? Would it not make more sense to scout players we can realistically afford? Also regarding LBs, you said Tagliafico could be an option if Kolasinac were to leave - are there any reasons as to why Kalasinac would leave?

{Ed002's Note - Well Arsenal can afford Tagliafico but his club don't need the money so don't need to sell. Umtiti on a loan to buy would be an option; Ibrahima Konate is certainly affordable. Ever Banega is a player that UE likes and he is affordable. Again Brooks, Pavon, Perisic, Pavon, Troussard and Fraser are all affordable. Kolasinac has suggested a conspircay with an old Arsenal player over Tagliafico being of serious interest.}


12.) 17 Apr 2019 11:21:07
Lovely stuff Ed002. The wages situation makes it quite clear we are looking at a 2 season job minimum in terms of restructuring.

Personally I'm at the stage where as long as we clear out Mustafi I'll consider it a good window!


 

 

02 Apr 2019 17:19:08
Ed02 are we interested in solley March and Ryan Fraser? A few stories going around that we want them. Cheers.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - (a) I am aware of on PL side declaring an interest in March, but it is not Arsenal. (b) Fraser makes some sense as a cheap option but the player may need to accept a secondary role and I am not aware of any approach - and a RW is higher priority.}


1.) 02 Apr 2019 19:02:59
What’s the plan with Suarez Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I can not imagine Arsenal taking up the option to buy him.}


2.) 05 Apr 2019 12:00:40
Astonishing amount of time and energy put in to the pursuit of Suarez. to simply sit him on the bench and pay a chunk of his wages. Did they think they were getting something else? Why was their information so poor? Bizarre.

{Ed001's Note - just a mistake. He was poorly scouted, it happens.}


3.) 06 Apr 2019 00:45:17
I think it is why arsenal did want to have an option to buy and have to. He might be good but not build for the PL.


 

 

23 Mar 2019 17:02:37
Ed02 do you know names of any fullbacks that we are interested in? Thank you.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Nothing stands out right now man.}


1.) 24 Mar 2019 09:50:21
Hello ed, can you tell us about Centre midfielders we are interested in?

{Ed002's Note - Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out. Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bomus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides.

Kai Havertz (CM/AM) option to Rabiot but won't happen as his future is largely mapped out.

Joe Aribo (CM) remains of interest - but is he ready to step up?

Nicolo Barella (CM) Napoli and Chelsea failed with approaches in January - but he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy - so very difficult.

Ever Banega (CM) - Emery again likes the player but the club are not so keen, but if the preferred choices are not available he may need to be considered.}


2.) 24 Mar 2019 16:16:46
Thank Ed, where do you think Rabiot will go in the end?

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement, and it could come down to who has been least annoyed by him and his mother.}


3.) 24 Mar 2019 21:31:13
Fed up of this Alaba crap, just because footballers support a team doesn’t mean we will buy them lol.


 

 

18 Mar 2019 16:24:44
Ed02 now that Overmars and Monchi out of the picture do you think Arsène could take the job? Most players we signed in the past said they joined because of Arsène. Also there has been a bit of talk we could promote Steve morrow. Thanks.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - There is no chance that M Wenger will be taking the job of "Chief Scout", it would be a disaster. Promoting Steve Morrow has its merits as he would probably not be concerned about the strange structure the club has, which as I said before would keep Monchi from the job, and with the lack of control my prove to be an issue for Overmars. Morrow obviously is well connected but I am not at this time convinced he would be the right solution.}


1.) 19 Mar 2019 23:37:02
I don’t think Emery would stay if Wenger came back into the frame and to be fair why would he? I can’t imagine many scenarios where a manager would be happy with that setup - bar Ole at Manu who is a puppet with Fergie playing Gepetto and oling the strings ;)


 

 

17 Feb 2019 16:20:29
Ed02 do you know if we are interested in any British players? With Ramsey and welbeck leaving we lack over 21 homegrown players. Thanks.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Suso has been watched again but expensive. Nick Pope or another HG GK will fill one spot I would think.}


1.) 17 Feb 2019 17:47:27
Are we interested in Ben Godfrey of Norwich Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know of interest but I have a note which says RBL, Fulham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Marseille, Leeds and Lyon have looked - and I guess you could assume others.}


 

 

 

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18 Jun 2018 22:25:04
Ed02 do you know if we are interested in ever benaga? Thanks.

ja54

 

 

10 Apr 2018 19:32:12
Any chance of a target list yet ed? Thanks.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Not right now.}


1.) 10 Apr 2018 21:51:26
Remember you said we were close to signing manolas before he joined roma Ed? What a difference he could of made for us.


 

 

16 Mar 2018 18:32:54
Most of us agree we need at least 3 defensive players in the summer. So who would you like us to buy? I want leno, vestergaard and kondogbia.

ja54

1.) 16 Mar 2018 23:43:50
oblak, de vrij, Idrissa Gueye and maybe seamus coleman.


2.) 17 Mar 2018 03:07:32
I think that we need 4, possibly 5 depending on departures as Bellerin is rumoured to be for sale and Mustafi tried to leave last season. definitely need a Goalkeeper, RB, CB and CDM.

So in a semi-relaistic wishlist. i'm going to go for.

GK - Leno from Leverkusen
RB - Cedric Soares from Southampton
CB - Howedes from Schalke (was their captain I believe need a leader at the back, he's experienced in CL and International level, may be available as just spent season on loan at Juventus hardly played there. )
CDM - Nzonzi from Sevilla


Would also take Butland, Gimenez, Koulibaly, De Vrij, David Luiz, Fabinho and/ or Seri (Nice)


3.) 17 Mar 2018 07:08:14
GK - Butland
RB - Soares
CB - Varane
CB - Koulibaly
DM - Lamina
DM - Doucoure'
M - Modric and Lanzini
W - Malcolm

Sell/ release:
GK: Ospina
RB: Bellerin and Jenkinson
CB: Chambers and Mertesacker
DM: Elneny
M: Iwobi, Cazorla and Campbell
F: Perez and Akpom

Renew contracts of Welbeck, Wilshere and Ramsey

We need thiis type of major surgery to the squad, which is highly unlikely to happen.
I believe we will only buy 2 or 3 players if Wenger stays. These will be a midfield player, a wide attacking player or two.

We will sell Bellerin and replace him with Maitland-Niles in order to fund signings.

The base of the squad, if Wenger stays will be:
GK: Cech and Ospina. - Possibly Martinez will return, if Ospina departs.
FB: Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac and Monreal - May use Chambers as cover for Maitland-Niles.
CB: Mustafi, Holding, Koscielny, Chambers and Mavropanos.
DM: Elneny and Xhaka
M: Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi.
A: Aubameyang and Lacazette

Possibles depending upon contracts: Ramsey, Welbeck and Wilshere.


4.) 17 Mar 2018 10:06:49
On second thoughts I would prefer Fekir to Modric, as he is younger.


5.) 17 Mar 2018 10:27:59
Agreed but what would that do to wage bill and FFP regs?

Where’s the money coming from?


 

 

10 Mar 2018 17:33:59
Have you got time to do a list of targets yet Ed? Thanks.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Not right now.}


 

 

10 Feb 2018 21:28:32
This is unacceptable now. Again today we were poor. It's happens against any half decent team. Xhaka was terrible at least usually he tries to tackle. Today he seemed scared. It was all really poor. We created nothing. Wenger needs to go and I've never said that before.

ja54

1.) 10 Feb 2018 22:47:44
You need to go.


2.) 10 Feb 2018 23:05:18
Good reply jack. Did you enjoy the game today?


 

 

 

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16 Apr 2019 17:03:31
Bennacer and David Neres are two names coming up a lot recently Ed, are we interested in either?

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Ismael Bennacer (DM) Napoli has shown an interest in Ismael Bennacer because they see their preferred otion of Bruno Guimaraes heading elsewhere. Arsenal already have Xhaka, Elneny and Torreira in the same position. As for Neres, Arsenal have looked at Ismaila Sarr, Cengiz Under, Nicolas Pepe (won't happen), Suso and Cristian Pavon - I would not put him in front of any of those which puts him down in sixth place for me.}


 

 

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16 Apr 2019 12:54:58
Thank you Ed. Do you think Arsenal regret letting some well respected people go now that Sven has also left?

ja54

{Ed002's Note - The problem is the orgainisation at the club. Arsenal already have Raul Sanllehi in the role of Director of Football. What they need is a new chief scout or a bit of a restructure as Sanllehi was very much a football administrator. This means that whoever arrives to replace Sven Mislintat needs to adapt to work in a slightly odd set up where he would be given the title of Technical Director or Chief Scout but would not have the overall say over the football side of things - as that would still be in the hands of Sanllehi - and that could make it difficult to recruit the right person.}


 

 

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16 Apr 2019 10:17:31
Have you got time to do it yet Ed? Thanks.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - GK, LB, CB, CM, RW wanted

Nick Pope (G) don't rule out a bid

Nicolas Tagliafico (LB) if Kolasinic leaves - as LB may be the lowest priority - interest from elsewhere and his club don't want to sell
Junior Firpo (LB) – looks to be heading elsewhere and very expensive
Alex Grimaldo (LWB) price may be beyond Arsenal and interest from CL sides

Samuel Umtiti (CB) Barcelona a re keen to move him on and UE is keen to take him if the right deal can be figured out - Arsenal want a loan to buy - but could easily be priced out of a move
Ibrahima Konate (CB)
Boubacar Kamara (CB) - very unlikely as talks progress with another side - interest raised by a well respected scout who was then sacked by Minislat
Matthias Ginter (CB) I am not aware of interest from Liverpool - enquiries from two EPL sides (including Arsenal) came to nothing. If he did move he would want to be a started which will cut out Bayern, as will him having no interest in being used as cover for multiple positions. He would be expensive and is apparently happy.

Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out. Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bomus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides.
Kai Havertz (CM/AM) option to Rabiot but won't happen as his future is largely mapped out.
Joe Aribo (CM) remains of interest - but is he ready to step up?
Nicolo Barella (CM) Napoli and Chelsea failed with approaches in January - and he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy - so very difficult.
Ever Banega (CM) - Emery again likes the player but the club are not so keen, but if the preferred choices are not available he may need to be considered.

David Brooks (AM) Arsenal has watched him and may make an offer if Oezil were to be moved on

Ismaila Sarr (RW) was watched earlier in the season before Arsenal moved on a well respected scout. There was certainly no discussion about the player whilst any Europa league tie but there is interest, although the price may be prohibitive at €50M
Cengiz Under (RW) enquired after but seen as too expensive at €40M
Nicolas Pepe (RW) Out of Arsenal's reach
Suso (RW) watched again but expensive - although is homegrown
Cristian Pavon (RW/F) Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target - there is interest from Ajax, Barcelona and from another English side who have been told that when he moves it will be to Barcelona - but their focus is on another player right now

Ivan Perisic (LW) too old and pricey
Benito Raman (LW) watched but concern over the step up
Leandro Trossard (LW) was certainly watched at the start of the season by an Arsenal scout who has since left the club. He is young but I know that Wolfsburg has also watched him. I am not aware of any deal being made and that seems a decent sum of money to pay for a LW when a RW is the real priority.
Ryan Fraser (LW) has the advantage of being home grown

Outbound:

Petr Cech (G)
David Ospina (G)
Emi Martinez (G) Arsenal may try to keep him

Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB) could leave
Nacho Monreal (LB) time to go

Laurent Koscielny (CB) could leave
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
Callum Chambers (CB/RB)

Mohamed Elneny (DM)

Aaron Ramsey (CM)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RM) agent wants big money and has spoken to at least one Chinese side

Mesut Özil (AM) if a deal can be found
Danny Welbeck (S)


 

 

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02 Apr 2019 19:02:59
What’s the plan with Suarez Ed?

ja54

{Ed002's Note - I can not imagine Arsenal taking up the option to buy him.}


 

 

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17 Feb 2019 17:47:27
Are we interested in Ben Godfrey of Norwich Ed?

ja54

{Ed002's Note - I don't know of interest but I have a note which says RBL, Fulham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Marseille, Leeds and Lyon have looked - and I guess you could assume others.}


 

 

 

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02 Oct 2018 07:13:24
I think we should move ozil back into the centre and buy a winger. Pepe would be my choice.

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23 Sep 2018 19:45:00
Banega?

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10 Apr 2018 21:51:26
Remember you said we were close to signing manolas before he joined roma Ed? What a difference he could of made for us.

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27 Mar 2018 20:12:25
I know you told me about the interest. I was wondering if it was going to lead to a bid or not. Thanks for all your replies ed.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - That is not really a discussion we would have - or indeed I would have with anyone. We have never spoken and used any of the hip terms like "serious interest", or "on red alert", or the ubiquitous "preparing a bid". The real world simply isn't like that.}


 

 

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27 Mar 2018 19:38:44
What did he say about lafont Ed? Is he a serious target? Very promising player but also very young. Would he be number 2 to cech for a season? Thank you.

ja54

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal's interest in AL has been there for some years - I have explained that to you over and over.}