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14 May 2018 01:58:32
A few of my mates were at the match today and there was talk among the away fans that there is real opposition among the players of appointing Arteta, and some will actively push for a move if he is appointed.

No idea where this has come from and not sure how legitimate it is, albeit somewhat believable.


1.) 14 May 2018 06:44:55
I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like a bit of a mental appointment to me. There must be something about him behind the scenes, that has got him such a good reputation with out any experience. But I think he would have real trouble commanding much respect and getting people to buy into his ideas if they didn't work quite quickly. But we're any of these fans close to any of the players to know their opinions?

2.) 14 May 2018 09:09:42
Arteta would be a big mistake in my opinion, he was part of the cosy club mentality we had here for too long and would be too pally and weak in my view with the existing players. He appeals to the board no doubt as he would be a cheap option and would not demand the transfer funds we need. If we were to go down the ex-player route I rather Vieria, at least he was a winner and woudl command more respect. We should really be after Allegri for me, a bit of Itaillian defensive disipline would do wonders. The board are still scared of spending though by the looks of it.

3.) 14 May 2018 11:58:17
BIG BIG BIG mistake on a loot of levels.

4.) 14 May 2018 13:30:09
None of my mates are connected with the players as far as I know eden. I agree with the general sentiment that he is a poor choice.



12 Jul 2017 05:17:02
Some news from down here in Australia that Wenger sees Martinez as next season's cup keeper, with Cech set to start in the league and CL. Martinez seems to be highly rated by the boss.


1.) 12 Jul 2017 06:15:29
Which team is cech going to play in the CL for πŸ˜‚.

2.) 12 Jul 2017 06:44:58
It makes sense although Ospina is still at the club and unless someone stumps up the transfer fee Arsenal require then he may remain at the club. If Ospina departs then Martinez moving up to second choice keeper makes sense as I belive he qualifies as 'homegorwn', with numerical pressure coming on the squad.

3.) 12 Jul 2017 10:38:33
ospins deserves to go and be number one. Martinez is worth a shot. good call for both players.

4.) 12 Jul 2017 16:24:53
I'm very unconvinced my Martinez to be honest. Seems just average to me. But again it's not like I've seen him a lot of times.

5.) 12 Jul 2017 18:16:13
Sano, man citeh probably, we are their feeder. Lol.

6.) 12 Jul 2017 19:40:07
Your prob right.

7.) 13 Jul 2017 01:57:26
LOL I guess I'm still in automatic mode about thinking we're in CL. Wenger really has spoiled us.



18 Jun 2017 01:46:49
L'equipe is reporting Arsene has told Giroud he's "not in his plans" to use their words. Strikes me as drumming up a story on a slow day, but I do hope he stays regardless, especially if we can't retain Alexis and even if we sign another striker. Is there any concrete news on his departure? I'd sooner see the back of Walcott to be honest.


1.) 18 Jun 2017 11:14:20
I'm pretty sure Theo will be seeing out his contract with Arsenal, who else is going to offer 140k a week?
As for Olly I hope he stays even though he's not the answer in a one man strike force he's still an asset in many ways.

2.) 18 Jun 2017 14:08:49
Sky saying that West Ham want him. Personally think its a good move. He would do alright for them and not sure he would be happy if we bought in Lacazette (mbappe just ain't happening) .
Definitely want to see the back of Theo but i know he's one of those players that will go somewhere else and start banging in the goals, especially against us.

3.) 19 Jun 2017 12:53:18
Who cares get rid of Theo.

4.) 21 Jun 2017 20:46:30
Who cares get rid of Theo (2)



06 Jun 2017 12:28:49
Hi eds, hope you're having a good summer for the moment because looks like this next couple months will be crazy.

Any news on Arsenal interest in Kovacic? Heard this morning that a club from London is discretely trying to make inquiries but could just as easily be Spurms or Chelsea.



{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 07 Jun 2017 08:50:44
Kovacic forgot about him. Would be a great signing.

2.) 07 Jun 2017 11:42:14
Arda Turan would be a great replacement for Cazorla.

Similar technical ability to ghost past players like Cazorla does.

Ramsey is a talent but can't beat the man directly in front of him.



21 Jul 2015 19:26:46
We're being linked with Moutinho. Impeccable player, always thought he was the real star of the Portuguese team.

Operates predominantly as a central midfielder, but would be a great addition at CDM too. Genuinely excellent player, would be great if this was true.


1.) 21 Jul 2015 20:32:44
not for me.

2.) 21 Jul 2015 22:01:00
Still don't see him leaving Chelsea no matter how you dress it Wire :-)

3.) 21 Jul 2015 22:56:47
Sorry mate, I just can't see Moutinho as a defensive mid.
He's small in height and frame, which, as Coquelin has shown, isn't that big an issue, but more than that, he's not aggressive at all.

I know he's very technical, good passer of the ball and he's been tipped for a move to England with Utd and Chelsea, but if he was played deep, he (in my eyes) could only really play a Cabaye style role, which, if is the case that we want that type of player. we'd of just got Cabaye.

That's just opinion though, I haven't watched too much Ligue 1 lately, my attentions are usually focused on The Prem and Serie A, so maybe I'm just behind the times and he's turned into a defensive monster.

4.) 22 Jul 2015 01:54:40
He's not a better defender than Ramsey, Wilshere, Ox, or Coquelin. I think it would be a waste to sign him

5.) 22 Jul 2015 05:53:54
Someone else who was small in height and not aggressive was makalele he wasn't a bad defensive midfielder!

6.) 22 Jul 2015 08:18:45
Makelele was an out and out defensive midfielder when he was at Chelsea, he had good defensive positioning, could tackle and did have an aggressive side to him.

Moutinho is not a defensive midfielder, he doesn't play defensively.
If anything, admittedly, he's dropped a bit deeper from being Sportings No.10 to playing centre mid for Monaco, but whichever was you paint it, he's still not a defensive midfielder.

7.) 22 Jul 2015 09:26:58
Do not agree at all Wire - good player for sure but not what we need in any way right now.

>>> DM - We need an upgrade on Coq, if anything, or someone to challenge him who could be better now or in the future (i.e. Carvalho, Bender = proper DM players)

>>> Deeper midfielder/ playmaker - Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsay... no place for Moutinho there.

8.) 22 Jul 2015 14:47:29
No bites this time G62. Keep fishing

9.) 22 Jul 2015 15:47:38
To be fair Lars bender isn't even an out and out defensive midfielder. He ventures forward am awful lot. Not like coq. Bender is more of a Ramsey than a coq. Sven hos brother on the other hand seems more disciplined, though I've not heard of interest in him.

10.) 22 Jul 2015 18:06:39
Old bait Brow mate :-) never a good idea, I remember now long after we signed Ozil and he scored 3 goals in 2 games posting how good our new German striker looked, US gooner went ballistic replying ARE YOU SERIOUS? :-)

11.) 22 Jul 2015 20:28:48
It's a difficult thing when you try a bit of wit and tongue in cheek on here mate. Often gets lost on people




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22 Jan 2018 06:08:27
Hi eds, with the Mkhi deal seemingly on the verge of completion and Aubameyang close, do you get the feeling that Mkhi is an Ozil replacement and Auba a Sanchez replacement, with a yet unpursued Walcott replacement on the cards? Or that these two incoming are more a Walcott and Sanchez replacement, with Ozil to stay? I know we missed out on Malcom (given the news) so I suppose it all hinges on whether Ozil signs da ting.

Keep up the great work, despite losing Sanchez I'm more optimistic about this season than I was in the summer.


{Ed002's Note - No, I would not be so sure that Oezil will be replaced by HM. The club remain keen on Malcom to replace Walcott but price is an issue. You are right to stay optimistic, the cleansing will continue.}

1.) 22 Jan 2018 20:41:29
Hasn't poyet said he’s going nowhere.

2.) 23 Jan 2018 03:49:39
Appreciate the response Ed002.



11 Jan 2018 01:22:54
Ed002 I feel like a crack fiend waiting for the next Sharkopod. Ace music choices in the last one btw.


{Ed002's Note - I have literall just flown back in to Farnborough at lunchtime - I will do it as soon as I can.}

1.) 11 Jan 2018 19:58:02
Can't wait I've been on pins lol.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 13:39:10
Sorry to hear your such a skag head jelfy πŸ˜‚.



28 Jul 2017 11:48:52
is heavily implying that Sanchez is faking illness in order to force a move away from Arsenal. Thoughts?


1.) 28 Jul 2017 12:24:17
Er, can't post the source without hitting the word filter I guess? Anyway, it's a big London-based paper.



01 Aug 2016 01:54:14
I have a theory that our real target will be a player at a big team that nobody is expecting us to get, like Ozil or Alexis were. Totally off the radar, highly priced but at least appropriate for the player quality.

Bale anyone? ;)


{Ed007's Note - Well he's not doing any more Batman films.}

1.) 01 Aug 2016 08:28:21
As Les Dennis would say, " if it's there I will give you the money me self" were looking for Gareth Bale to Arsenal is it there? X.

2.) 01 Aug 2016 09:12:22
so after wenger said he won't be spending 100 mill on a player you reckon madrid feel like bale is worth less than pogba?

considering they are having trouble selling the players they want to sell i do not see them selling a player they do not want to sell.

Aubameyang, griezzman are the only two who come in that category which could cost 70 mill and from the two only aubameyang may consider it, cause griezzman is at a club which has made 2 champions league finals.

3.) 01 Aug 2016 11:23:30
Well, Wenger has a habit of timing his big purchases. On the back of Real signing Bale, he was able to sign Ozil. On the back of Barcelona signing Suarez, he was able to sign Sanchez. I still have a strong suspicion that we may get Mahrez, a striker and a CB. There is the whole of August to go and I have a feeling the Pogba deal will kick off several transfers, as Man United offload players to pay towards the deal.

4.) 01 Aug 2016 08:28:08
Nice one Bond :-)

{Ed007's Note - :)

5.) 01 Aug 2016 11:53:38
Perhaps you'll get Rooney once Utd get Pogba? ahah.



27 Jul 2016 17:10:36
Hi eds, any idea where Mario Gomez is going to end up as he is leaving Turkey? Not a bad striker to have on the books, IMO.



{Ed001's Note - try Euro pages mate.}

1.) 27 Jul 2016 17:32:24
Dortmund mate πŸ‘πŸ».

2.) 27 Jul 2016 18:36:16
There is interest in Mario Gomez from Dortmund, Wolfsburg, West Ham and Leicester. Lyon would like to do a deal if their first choice is not available. There is also some residual interest from Napoli although that might have gone for now. Everything else is unimportant so don't ask.




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14 Aug 2018 07:51:56
Yeah me too mate, I'm surprised we haven't won the league yet this season, absolutely embarrassing.


{Ed0333's Note - WENGER IN!!!!



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10 Aug 2018 14:49:20
Bit harsh on Mustafi there BG, he wasn't / that/ bad.




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10 Aug 2018 14:48:15
Never thought of that Ed001, interesting perspective. Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - Just to explain that the vote by the Premier League sides resulted in a 15-5 split giving more than the 70% (14) required to pass the motion - I would think if you did it again today you would not get the 14 votes required.}



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10 Aug 2018 01:16:54
Presumably the FA is leading by example by instituting this now. I like the change, it forces clubs to be decisive and will hopefully reduce inflated panic buys. If it works well perhaps we'll see other countries' FAs follow suit, or even a UEFA-wide move.


{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with the FA.}



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09 Aug 2018 00:51:45
I should also clarify that the club no longer being an entity that was at least in part fan owned and fan accountable is partly why I'm depressed. Stan as an owner won't change much compared to Stan as majority shareholder, but something we had a real stake in, something we co-owned, is now gone and it is a little sad.





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23 Jan 2018 03:49:39
Appreciate the response Ed002.




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02 Aug 2017 01:09:25
I'm laughing out loud at the idea of sponsors in Dubai giving a damn about killing animals when they'll punish you severely for sex outside of marriage.




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02 Aug 2017 01:06:19
Cazorla became so important because he played deep, Nasri is good higher up the pitch but is pretty poor when he plays further back.

I'd have Cesc back though.




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31 Jul 2017 04:19:09
We don't need a DM, we need a replacement for Cazorla. That is why we are looking at the likes of Seri.




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30 Jul 2017 05:27:51
Theo always looks like this for a chunk of the season, before either getting injured of tailing off badly. Still think he's a valuable member of the team - very clinical - but he's at about the level he's going to be for the rest of his career IMO. Great squad option, bad choice to rely on for starting 40 games a season.