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17 Sep 2018 15:11:45
Apparently Gazidis is leaving, will we really miss him. I know he eventually held the door open for wenger but that was at least two years too late. We also have increased revenue but by a smaller percentage than our rivals. I don't think he will be missed, the problem may arise, with who replaces him. I doesn't seem that we are trying too hard to keep him.


{Ed002's Note - Trying hard is not really the issue Steve, his question to himself is "am I done"?}

1.) 17 Sep 2018 16:30:42
Or does he want a payrise Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - It is time to move on I would think Steve. There is also a much bigger picture that might well be worth considering when you are laying in bed tonight thinking of Ivan Gazidis.

Milan is currently in the hands of Vulture Capitalists (Elliott Management) who have taken control of the holding company (Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux) as one of the repayments for a loan debt was not made in time. Although they do not have full ownership of the club they do have full control and have committed a fixed figure for investment with a view to putting it back on a firm footing and then selling at a profit. They immediately began a cull which saw the Chief Executive Marco Fassone removed, Massimiliano Mirabelli sacked and Leonardo installed as Sporting Director. They also told Gennaro Gattuso that he would leave after the US tour they were on at the time by which time a legal matter concerning his replacement would be resolved. However, when Leonardo arrived he did not know that Gattuso had been told he would leave and immediately fought to reverse the decision which resulted in a one off payment being made to the replacement who was lined up, and some very red faces.

Regardless, they still need a new Chief Executive to replace Fassone. Ivan Gazidis is top of the list and one who might do a very good job there. He will be attractive given Paul Singer knows IG well, he worked with the MLS for a long time and critically he has successful experience in Europe. Against it would be whether or not IG has decided that he has done everything necessary at Arsenal and that it will likely only be a two year deal as the club will undoubtedly be sold - unless a little something else were to happen. Even if he feels he has Arsenal in a good position, he may want to stay at the helm for a while, or perhaps he will want a new challenge? But I rather expect the move to Milan. In terms of the something else that could happen, there is a good chance that Alisher Usmanov could be looking for a club to buy in full and whilst Newcastle is available in the Premier League I am not aware of any interest being shown at this time, or any approach to Mike Ashley. However, it is not out of the question that he could join Gazidis in Milan after spending the past 6 months mulling over the move. There is another high end Italian side that is "sort of" available and that is seen as an option by Usmanov.}

2.) 17 Sep 2018 16:41:25
Thanks for the info Ed, that would look like a bit of betrayal wouldn't it, joining usminov.

{Ed002's Note - The other way around though Steve - I did post this before.}

3.) 17 Sep 2018 16:51:17
If he goes Ed, do you think a reason why we aren't falling over trying to keep him, is josh kronke.

{Ed002's Note - At that level of the business folks come and go, once they indicate they want to move on businesses do not fall over themselves. I don't know if JK would be the best option for the club nor if he would want such a significant shift in focus.}

4.) 17 Sep 2018 17:16:44
Agree Ed, i'm not sure it is either but it wouldn't surprise me to see JK take over from Gazidis.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal know what is coming, so they will have to be making plans. There will certainly be some negotiation involved over when he departs and when he can start a new role - and that will largely be amicable and used to perhaps cement relationships. It would make sense to have someone with a very good working knowledge of business in the UK/Europe and with extensive experience to me - after all, he (or she) will effectively be running the business. No doubt they will be taking advice from specialists about this already - I would put aside any thoughts or proposals made that Vinai Venkatesham could take the role - he is in no way the answer nor would he be considered.}

5.) 17 Sep 2018 20:08:39
Thanks for the insight Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

6.) 17 Sep 2018 22:27:17
I don't really understand what he does or doesn't do or whether he's done a good or bad Job at Arsenal but what I do know is he wasn't very popular until the rumours of him leaving surfaced and suddenly people stated worrying about him going.
I remember he was blamed for our lack of signings for a long time.

7.) 18 Sep 2018 06:11:26
I was never convinced by Gazidis, as Wenger totally dominated the club in the post-Dein/ Fiszman era.
I like the set up we now have, which appears due to Gazidis. I am not anti-Kroenke per se, but it concerns me if his son replaces Gazidis. Is he up to the job? On the positive side, the more involved he gets, the more he may influence his Father in terms of investing financially in the club.

8.) 18 Sep 2018 18:44:45
Great call Ed02.



02 Jun 2018 09:38:27
Im sure there must be some legs in the ousamme dembeli rumours. A loan and an option to buy seems plausible. Could he be our star buy/ loan this summer.


1.) 02 Jun 2018 11:37:46
Or maybe the 5th best player who comes in for us this summer Steve:-)

2.) 02 Jun 2018 12:48:28
Hope and expectations going through the roof Gunner. Lol.

3.) 02 Jun 2018 16:29:02
I think he’s way to expensive for us.

4.) 02 Jun 2018 19:38:09
Everything is possible at this stage Steve mate :-) no rain clouds on the horizon as we speak and I have high hopes of a bbq season:-)

5.) 02 Jun 2018 20:17:11
My scepticism radar is on full alert. I find it hard to fathom why Barcelona would loan out a player they paid Euro 137m for last summer, with an option to buy, presumably at a fraction of that price making it affordable. I suspect Dembele is a trifle miffed over his game time being cut since Coutinho arrived - it makes sense for his camp to make noise. I would be very surprised if Arsenal were able to attract a player of that calibre, this year at least.

6.) 03 Jun 2018 02:12:48
I see the legs on the Mislintat/ Auba connection, but we're talking serious money here.
Also, to buy a someone of that price, and so well considered as a future world class player, to let him go just the next year? Not so Barca's alike. Seems more like playing FIFA for me.
If there's really something here, it definitely will be time to start taking seriously the on current changes.

7.) 03 Jun 2018 07:13:44
The way he plays just doesn't fit the Barcelona system and they are already talking about replacing him with someone who is a good passer of the ball so yeah if Sven and Raul are creative, this is a transfer that will definitely happen.

8.) 03 Jun 2018 10:14:08
It's worth remembering this is just a tabloid rumour and if it doesn't happen the club and new management team aren't to blame for what the media invented.
One part or another of the media or another will link us with between 70 or 80 players between them this summer and if people let themselves get disappointed over every invented story that doesn't happen then it's going to be a tough tough summer for some.

9.) 04 Jun 2018 06:34:30
Teams don't spend €140m on a player before checking if they fit their style of play jc.



18 May 2018 16:42:27
So its the dream team of arteta no1 cazorla no2 and henry part time.


1.) 18 May 2018 17:16:32
dont forget mertesacker ducking in from time to time.

2.) 18 May 2018 21:01:02
Bloody pathetic.

3.) 19 May 2018 07:27:00
And diaby in charge of players conditioning and fitness.

4.) 19 May 2018 09:10:36
Banbury what's pathetic?, this could work out to be a fantastic appointment. Or the opposite who knows.

5.) 19 May 2018 11:41:24
Arsenal have always been leaders in innovation. From managerial appointments to ground development. There is a set of values within the club and an Arsenal way that other clubs would love to have within their DNA. The appointment of Arteta and the leadership and managerial structure put in place to take us forward could be brilliant, or it may stutter. However I am behind it, football moves forward as so do Arsenal - forward together I say.

6.) 19 May 2018 13:09:15
The whole thing is pathetic it’s a MASSIVE gamble, the stadium could well be half empty by October . MA has absolutely no experience of management. it just suits the board to have a novice they are less likely to ask for pocket money.

7.) 19 May 2018 13:32:24
Agree Banbury, its all very kronk sports.

8.) 19 May 2018 16:09:44
True it could well go either way. However you've just summed up the modern day arsenal fan. Stadium could be empty by October. Now the thought of our fans throwing the dummies out and not going to support us is pathetic. I understood the previous time we did that. But if we do that each time we don't get our way we'd look far more ridiculous as a club than taking a risk with arteta.

9.) 19 May 2018 19:42:35
D i can't agree with you, fans, no, all humans have every right to protest and let people know how they feel. If no one get hurt physically, i support them fully, if they have a grievance. Wenger would still be here if it wasnt for the paying public showing their dissatisfaction. No problem at all with that. If arteta or whoever is good, then i think there will be no problem at all.



16 May 2018 20:27:40
Just another bit of fake news to counter the arteta news. Ancelotti has a pre contract with Arsenal, according to one italian news site.


1.) 16 May 2018 20:58:22
It's not Sky italia by any chance is it?

2.) 16 May 2018 21:13:14
No it’s the Express.

3.) 17 May 2018 01:44:57
More like pizza express.



13 May 2018 21:36:08
Congratulations to our next manager for winning the italian league again. Now arsenal go get our man.


1.) 13 May 2018 22:41:29
Hopefully mate, just hoping Ed002 gives us some information!

2.) 14 May 2018 00:12:49
He said he is staying at juv.

3.) 14 May 2018 00:40:25
My problem is, i'm not sure what we can offer him to leave juve. We don't think like a big club anymore, so we would have to make him an offer he can't refuse. i'm not sure we will.

4.) 14 May 2018 07:45:36
Yeah not looking good he said he is staying.




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08 Dec 2018 19:23:39
Invicibles my ARSEnal, to be invincibles you have to be good enough not to get beat. Bah! Pretenders!


1.) 08 Dec 2018 19:56:48
There’s been many Steve. No one compares to the invincible s mate 🤜🏻 Unless Liverpool do😮 if we’re not in the mix then I’d like Liverpool to win it! As long as they get beat on the way 😁.

2.) 08 Dec 2018 20:32:00
Yesterday is history and Tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift and that's why it's called the present.
Right now the most important Arsenal team ever are the current Arsenal team.
This City team are a brilliant team 100 points in a season is no fluke
This Liverpool team is the best Liverpool team for 20 years and if they can go the rest of the season unbeaten then good luck to them.
I'm not that fussed about looking at old holiday snaps and other people's holiday photos are quite boring in reality for me it's all about the memories this new Arsenal create with our new manager that matters most.

{Ed0333's Note - I bet you have the ladies eating out of your hands with prose like that Gunner

3.) 08 Dec 2018 20:44:23
Oh he’s a complete flake ed0333. Only joking g62 😁.

4.) 08 Dec 2018 20:52:04
They are queuing round the block Ed0333 mate, unfortunately it's not the block i live on :- (.

5.) 08 Dec 2018 21:04:15
Unfortunately for me Sano your assessment of me is closer to the truth than Ed0333s :- (
But the good news is no one does a me impression better than me, it's uncanny:-)

{Ed0333's Note - don’t be modest. I’m sure they call you Ladies Love Gunner

6.) 08 Dec 2018 21:33:37
Put it this way Ed0333 mate not many women kick me out of bed :-) , but then again they have to let you into their bed in the first place in order to kick you out :- (.

{Ed0333's Note - why do you have to wait to be invited into their bed Gunner do what Ed’s 001 does, creep in through the window while they’re asleep.

7.) 08 Dec 2018 22:45:43
I'm far to clumsy to sneak anywhere mate :-)



08 Dec 2018 17:50:06
A win is a win and the win is the most important thing. What is going wrong in the first half and why do we do so well in the second?
As long as we win, i suppose it doesn't matter.


1.) 08 Dec 2018 18:33:57
Perhaps our fitness tells in the second half? It is a bit baffling as we appear to have relegation form in the first half, whilst we have Champions form in the second half!

2.) 08 Dec 2018 18:54:41
Not sure its fitnes, all teams are fit nowadays but there is definitely something amiss in the first half. Maybe Dicks approach is caution, maybe the players don't gel at the start, i don't know but it is not a problem until we get beat, i suppose.

3.) 08 Dec 2018 19:31:35
Maybe, its hippy crack!

{Ed025's Note - love it steve..

4.) 08 Dec 2018 19:54:06
What! Hippy crack Ed. Lol.

{Ed025's Note - never tried a hippy crack steve, but if you know any good looking ones give me a shout.. :)

5.) 08 Dec 2018 20:48:14
I think emery asks the players to size up the opposition in the first half, get info what’s their strengths/ weaknesses where space can be created and relay it back to him at half time. I believe that’s why he changes things up early and why we get better results in second half 👍.



06 Dec 2018 13:12:34
Results against the top 6 are getting more and more competitive under Dick. Performance apart, for us a draw at OT after a win against the spuds after drawing Liverpool is a definite improvement from the wenger final years. Dick is definitely squeezing every sinue out of the squad possible. His decision making so far has produced results or at least improvement. Individual mistakes that are blunting our progress further are not Dicks fault, it is a residue from the previous era. The more players Dick gets in to mould his team, the more those mistakes will decrease. Progression is what we all want and that is what we are getting. You can't help be impressed with Dick, before during and after games. No snivelling like many other coaching and a real breathe of fresh air. The next test will come after a defeat or two, to see what the reaction is but i'm confident of the future.


1.) 06 Dec 2018 17:14:02
"No snivelling like many other coaches"

2.) 06 Dec 2018 18:41:11
And he never mentions “Mental Strength” every five bleeding minutes.

I think Wenger hoped if he said it enough the players would miraculously get some!

3.) 06 Dec 2018 21:51:56
It looks like he is keeping them off the spirit as well.

4.) 06 Dec 2018 22:26:27
I always thought Arsene's words were a contradiction to what he actually saw and felt himself, when he said the player showed great strength he was defending his players from the accusations of lack of effort he knew were coming from the media and fans and the reason he knew what was coming was because it's exactly as the fans inside but was too close to the players to challenge them about it and risk upsetting them and falling out with them.



02 Dec 2018 16:03:25
Three at the back suits us but Dick obviously coaching them how to change as well, mighty impressed with him.


1.) 02 Dec 2018 16:11:20
It was a battering by the sound of it.

2.) 02 Dec 2018 16:15:14
We certainly fell on our feet in getting Emery mate:-)

3.) 02 Dec 2018 16:17:52
To be fair, they scored from two set pieces and did little else and the funniest thing was seeing Sokratis out sprint Harry Kane who was poor as all game.

4.) 02 Dec 2018 16:19:50
Sano, spuds were way off it really. I will go as far as to say it was a right thumping, really. Spuds fed off the crumbs we gave them.

5.) 02 Dec 2018 16:26:25
Stoner, a little known fact, only auba and bellerin quicker than soc at training.

6.) 02 Dec 2018 16:34:44
Hell, never knew that Steve. It was well funny though.

7.) 02 Dec 2018 17:01:44
Here’s another, I think, little known fact, I’ve just read Ed01 say on the United page that until recently Torriera was a tricky little winger!

MOTM accordingly to Sky, I’ve been a little cautious with Emery but he is definitely winning me over.

I’m loving that the whole bench is so hyper during games, players and coaches out of their seats.

It really is a breath of fresh air having Emery here.

8.) 02 Dec 2018 17:12:14
Totally agree Stoner, its a real pleasure watching it all at the moment. And Dick not frightened to stamp his authority.

9.) 02 Dec 2018 17:51:06
For Dick Arsenal come first second and third in order of importance, individual players interests come a very poor 5th behind the fans in 4th place.
He seems like a really nice bloke but he didn't join Arsenal to please everyone and keep everyone happy all the time he came to make Arsenal football club competive again.
Pea Lacasette Ozil Cech none of them are bigger than the club or immune from being left out for the good of the team under Dicks, he doesn't have favourites he simply does what he thinks will most likely deliver 3pts for Arsenal football club.
In 4 short months under Emery we now have a plan A and B that are both working and he also takes into account the opposing teams strengths and weaknesses when deciding who starts and how we play in each individual match.
Yup Dick Emery maybe awful in some people's opinions but I LIKE HIM :-)

10.) 02 Dec 2018 18:31:38
Boy’s doing well in my opinion also - 3 cheers for Emery! And 3 points for us.

11.) 02 Dec 2018 18:43:23
Hi stoner! Your same as me mate. I am so well schooled in not expecting to much from Arsenal, even from strong positions so I have tried to be cool on Emery for now. But I have been rapidly growing into thinking he’s going to take us further, a lot further than wenger would have done. We just needed a change and we have thankfully not got a turnip (or 3) after a legend like united have with there post SAF flings on. I know you as I, had ultimate respect for wenger and I agree with most of what you say mate. You make me chuckle because like me you hate united the most and see spuds as totally irrelevant 😂 you do the united bashing so I don’t have to. I think though mate we really can be a little excited now! Just a little though. I think we will see some quality signings under Emery because he will identify and strengthen positions after position. A wave today. United Wednesday then we can start really getting our hopes up. As Shizxke as united are it’s always a good sign to go to Old Trafford and win.

12.) 02 Dec 2018 19:20:16
Totally Browgun, we’ve gone through the motions for so long as a club it’s been a long road.

Now it’s trying to stay planted and take each game at a time, I had no expectations today and was pleasantly surprised, long may that continue mate.

Spot on about United too, 😂 how they’ve made such a horses arse out of is anyone’s guess but thankfully they have and long may that continue. 😉

There’s without doubt a lot of plus’s, all of which I love but Wednesday is another big one no matter how poor they’ve been and one Wenger would mess up, bless him.



27 Nov 2018 21:16:08
Well we have mike dean against toots, obviously the fa or whoever appoints refs aren't bothered about blatently biased refs against certain teams. Deans statistics for pens for and against and red cards for and against for arsenal are damming and embarrassing. His record for arsenal is tantamount to cheating, i know refs don't cheat but he obviously does. We get nothing from him compared to other teams and the stats stack up to prove it. How a cheat like him is still reffing and reffing us is unbelievable. The cheat is back, don't expect any favours, just for starters.


{Ed025's Note - getting your excuses in a bit early there steve.. :)

1.) 27 Nov 2018 21:54:00
Ha ha, facts Ed025, facts.

{Ed025's Note - probably steve...but you did leave the door wide open mate.. :)

2.) 27 Nov 2018 22:05:44
You don’t be come a football ref if you don’t like football, you must admit it’s crass with dean. I’m sure there’s been arsenal refs over the years but with better acting skills 😂.

3.) 28 Nov 2018 08:09:04
I don't know whether he's a cheat or not but surely the premier league should take into account unusually high stats from refs regarding certain clubs, it's not just a case of being clean is extremely important for the people in authority to be seen to be squeaky clean.
If there is anything that really stands out as questionable then why invite any possible bad publicity by appointing someone who rightly or wrongly has a poor reputation in certain areas.
If it's 50/ 50 who is going to give Dele Ali the benefit of the doubt on diving? And if Mike Dean makes mistakes on Sunday who will give him the benefit of the doubt v Arsenal.
Poor management by the people who make ref allocations in my opinion.

4.) 28 Nov 2018 11:06:10
Alas, most Premier League referees tend to be dreadful. However, I have no reason to doubt their honesty.

5.) 28 Nov 2018 13:30:49
Incidentally Steve of his decisions against Arsenal are there that many which have been shown to be incorrect in after match reviews?
I know for you mate sometimes your opinion can be all the evidence you need :-)
But are there many really contentious decisions with Mike Dean and Arsenal? Sometimes a ref might give 5 penalties against you in 5 consecutive games but if you commit 5 fouls inside your own area that is always likely to happen and it can be the the team not doing their job rather than the ref doing his job well enough.
Apart from opinion is there any real evidence of anti Arsenal from this ref?

6.) 28 Nov 2018 14:47:23
Yes gunner, i read that the opposition are 6 times more likely to get a pen with him than us, nearly the same for arsenal reds. Plus compared to other teams in the league, he is likely to give a pen 6 times to any other team than a one to arsenal, again nearly the same stat for reds. Arsenal is the team he is most likely not to favour in head to heads or compared to other teams decisions over a season. But then again it could all be a coincidence. Lol.

7.) 28 Nov 2018 15:37:43
Fair enough mate but I just wondered if there were stand out decisions that everyman and his dog agreed were awful and how many there were.
Obviously stats given an indication but they are not always reliable and can be manipulated to prove whatever point people want to make.
Personally I don't think refs cheat because once you start thinking that what's the point but I do know they are only human and can have comfermation bias just like the rest of us where we are all guilty of seeing what we want to see sometimes.

8.) 28 Nov 2018 16:09:42
Your so level headed and fair G62, such a nice guy 😁.

9.) 28 Nov 2018 16:44:50
This should tell you everything two fist pumps and one of absolute dismay as spurs fail to capitalise. I do remember though both Mustafi and Sanchez goals last season were a bit iffy 😂

10.) 28 Nov 2018 17:36:07
That's quite damning sanogo! The head shaking in frustration after the tackle in the final video. VAR can't come soon enough in my opinion, less possibility for refs to hide behind fallibility of human error. I'm sick of seeing a poor decision be analysed and be brushed over with the same old excuses "ref had a poor view" "hard to spot during the pace of the game" make sure they have no excuses.

11.) 28 Nov 2018 18:18:57
Sano, his linesman let him down against the spuds. Lol.

12.) 28 Nov 2018 18:31:52
You are right though Steve 😂 it was his linesman.

13.) 28 Nov 2018 18:52:23
I try Sanogo mate:-) being so imperfect (to say the least :-) myself It helps me understand other people's inadequacy more sympathetically.
Xhaka stretches me to the limit though I must admit and Deli Ali has so far proved beyond me completely :-) , although off the pitch Ali does seem like a decent enough bloke it's just on the pitch I completely lose it with him.




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12 Oct 2018 01:19:56
When he starts getting it right at the start of a game, we are going to be dangerous. Lol.




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




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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.}



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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.




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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.}




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12 Dec 2018 23:17:07
Gunner, i can remember the time we used to sit and watch the radio before we had a telly. Jimmy clithero and steptoe and son, on a sunday afternoon. Them were the days.




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12 Dec 2018 21:32:28
Got to say, loving the avatar Stoner.




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12 Dec 2018 17:55:19
And you Derby, keep popping in, the gaps are too long.




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12 Dec 2018 15:13:08
Talking of making up the numbers 12, hows life in mid table obscurity. Hows our good mate Maureen, the guys doing a sterling job. i'm sure in 5 years time when his contract is up, he will pass the club on to someone who is capable of getting you back into mid table. Lol. Loving it.




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10 Dec 2018 22:42:43
Utd and Citeh have spent similar amounts in the last few years. The difference in football quality is universes apart. The coach plays a big part in the way a team/ player performs. Pep is getting the best out of his team, maureen is actually holding them back. Money certainly helps, no question but the coach and back up is just as important.