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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.


{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.}



21 Dec 2018 20:21:31
Ed is there any chance you could give us an update on transfer targets while we wait for the shark pod? Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer about timescales but Arsenal need RW, CM and CB (but they need to clear the decks of CBs they already have on the books) - and will need a GK at some point soon plus cover for LB. In goal there is interest in Kaylor Navas (G) but he won't sit on the bench. Radoslaw Majecki (G) remains an option if a WP can be secured.

The likes of Declan Rice (CB) have been looked at as a home grown addition - unlikely first pick material just yet.

Julian Weigl (DM) interest is back because he is available but with Lucas Torreira at the club it would mean a change of formation to give him regular game time even with Elneny leaving - remains fairly unlikely diue to interest elsewhere.

Filipe Luis (LB) but Arsenal won't pay the ridiculous asking price but he is out of contract in the summer and may be open to providing cover.

Piotr Zielinski (CM) - seen as an Aaron Ramsey replacement but Aurelio De Laurentiis will try to provide a new contract to look to block any deal for the player
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
Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out
Hector Herrera (CM) - a fallback position but there is interest growing elsewhere and Roma are in discussions.
Pablo Fornals (CM/AM) Elneny is a far more defensive player than Fornals so I don't see him as being a replacement. However, Leicester have spoken with Arsenal about ME and I understand Arsenal are happy to let him move on - but there is a good chance of a change of coach coming there. As for Pablo Fornals, in the summer of 2017 Arsenal set their heart on either Fornals or Jakub Jankto and with the preferred choices for the midfield position (like Rabiot and Zielinski) now probably out of reach perhaps they will consider him again as an option to the likes of Hector Herrera who is available and of interest.

João Felix (AM) Benfica will look to hold on to him and will give him a new contract but but a third party opinion has been sought by an Arsenal scout.

Miguel Almiron (AM) - done to death.

Nicolas Pepe (RW) - Whilst it is a position that Arsenal are short in and they were looking at the likes of Martins and Pavon in the summer and got nowhere, Arsenal were represented at a game against Rennes in August where Pepe was one of the players watched - the other being Thiago Mendes who the scout had recommended to Arsenal before they opted for Lucas Torreira. Arsenal know Pepe is attracting serious attention from elsewhere and may make an early call to see if something can be done.
Cristian Pavon (RW/F) - Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target - there is interest from Barcelona, PSG and from another English side who have been told that when he moves it will be to Barcelona - probably one that will stay another year in South America - probably one to strike from the list
Cengiz Under (RW) Arsenal has an unterest in Cengiz Under but they have also an interst in others like Pepe and Pavon. A number of other sides including Borussia Dortmund who see him as a potential Pulisic replacement and met with Monchi over another player in Milan a couple of weeks ago, so their interest is still there but he is not their first choice. Bayern Munich is another, where he is on a list of four wingers to fill two positions this coming summer. Others like Spurs and Manchester City do not see the value in his price although Monchi did also speak with another side in Milan.}

1.) 22 Dec 2018 09:48:00
Brilliant ed thank you.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 22 Dec 2018 14:55:23
Great info Ed, disappointing we aren't looking at more CBs with the injury problems we've had there, not to mention terrible defending!

{Ed002's Note - The club want a CB and will have scouts looking but they are spewing with the scouting system and have a mass on the books already. You cannot simply keep adding players.}

3.) 22 Dec 2018 17:58:07
i appreciate that, we have a hell of a lot of CBs and none that fill you with any confidence! is there any interest in any of our players we would like to off load?



18 Dec 2018 15:32:40
Any chance of a shark pod ed02? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Before the end of the year - I am struggling time wise right now. It will likely be a long one covering many clubs.}

1.) 18 Dec 2018 15:48:13
Cheers Ed. I'm looking forward to it.



23 Nov 2018 06:57:30
Ed02 are we looking at under from roma for the rw position? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Yes, but only after deciding he is not tall enough as a goalkeeper.}

1.) 23 Nov 2018 13:08:31
He still might be a good shot stopper ed.



05 Oct 2018 12:33:51
Ed02 are we interested in miguel almiron? Apparently the atalanta president says he's joining in January. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am surprised that the Atlanta president has mentioned Arsenal. Miguel Almiron is likely heading to England if a Work Permit can be obtained but does not address Arsenal's issue of a RW and would likely struggle for game time if HM and MO stay - something that was made clear to Raul Sanllehi by one of the scouting staff. Newcastle remain very keen and have been showing an interest for some time. Sam Allardyce had him scouted when he was at Everton and Arsenal have enquired formally. Inter have watched the player on several occasions but accept the player is not keen on moving to Italy.}

1.) 05 Oct 2018 16:05:31
It turns out the quotes about arsenal are fake ed. He just said the player is moving to England in January.

{Ed002's Note - I am aware that he has said no to a move to Italy. If Oezil were to go it would make sense.}

2.) 05 Oct 2018 16:33:40
I hope ozil doesn't leave. Just out of interest ed what does the scout that you know think about smith rowe or nelson filling the rw role next season?

{Ed002's Note - I have never asked but would not see much of the kiddies.}

3.) 05 Oct 2018 17:03:02
Thanks for the replies ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

4.) 05 Oct 2018 22:47:06
Ed you said if HM were to leave. Is Mkhitaryan on the move?


{Ed002's Note - You will need to point me at where I said that.}

5.) 06 Oct 2018 16:02:51
I would think he's ramseys replacement if correct.

{Ed002's Note - He plays in a different position to Ramsey - in fact the same position as Oezil. Piotr Zielinski and Ever Benaga are seen by the club to be potential replacements if Ramsey were to leave.}

6.) 06 Oct 2018 16:54:48
Not sure what Ramseys position is in this team Ed02. Emery has tried him at no10 and ozil has been out wide. I think he likes it more fluid and prefers his players to press, wherever they play. I think Almiron works more like he wants his players to work.

7.) 06 Oct 2018 17:03:26
Ed02, can you see ozil leaving in January, i would have thought because of his wages, he would be hard to move on but i don't see him as an emery player. He isn't pulling up any trees so far.

{Ed002's Note - Possibly, there is interst.}

8.) 06 Oct 2018 17:15:05
Wow, thanks Ed.

9.) 06 Oct 2018 18:17:34
Sorry Ed, you had written if HM and MO stay, so I assumed.

Would be good to clear the books from some of these absurd wages.

10.) 07 Oct 2018 04:29:52
That’s would be great news if Ozil is set to leave.

11.) 07 Oct 2018 19:45:43
Benaga is quality, we could grab two or three decent years out of him if we are quick.




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




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


{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.


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.


{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.


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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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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22 Dec 2018 09:48:00
Brilliant ed thank you.


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18 Dec 2018 15:48:13
Cheers Ed. I'm looking forward to it.




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23 Nov 2018 13:08:31
He still might be a good shot stopper ed.




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24 Oct 2018 17:18:55
We don't seem to have any young lbs at the club ed unless they plan to us maitland niles there.





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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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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.


{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.


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