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24 Jan 2020 19:35:05
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24 Jan 2020 12:06:14
Hi Ed, you said before that arsenal will not be interested in Lemar because of price etc, is this still the case or has something changed?

{Ed002's Note - if the price drops and Oezil or Aubameyangadingdong are sold it makes sense.}

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24 Jan 2020 17:31:41
Thanks Ed, and are arsenal now open to selling Aubameyang or are they still hoping he signs a new deal?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal would like to keep him.}

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24 Jan 2020 17:48:45
Thanks Ed, have a good weekend.

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24 Jan 2020 05:28:47
Interesting reports that we are in for Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid at a reported £40m. Does that mean that Aubameyang will be going over the next 2 windows as his deal is below 2 years and it looks unlikely he will extend. Alternatively, Lacazette's deal will be down to 2 years this summer and he is struggling for form and goals. Another possibility is that he could provide an option wide left. However, I can't see us spending £40m without a sale to fund it.

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24 Jan 2020 08:12:56
I would rather us spend the 30m at CB to secure Mykola Matviyenko if i'm honest. It would need to be partially funded by a player sale though and I don't see that happening this month. Laca, Auba, Martinelli, Saka and Pepe are enough to see us through the remainder of the season. Nelson as well when he returns from injury.

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24 Jan 2020 08:24:13
Agreed Glen. Although we have big problems up top with contracts running down.
Our CB issues need addressing, as realistically next season we will have Luiz, Holding and Saliba.
Chambers will miss a section of next season as he recovers from injury and for me he isn’t good enough. Sokratis should be sold as he will have a year to go and I wouldn’t extend his deal.
Mustafi has to be sold. Mavrapanos has been sent away on loan, will he mature into a quality CB? Medley hasn’t impressed to date, but is still young.

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24 Jan 2020 12:04:17
Although I absolutely love Auba I think we should let him go if he wants a last shot at silverware. His value will be so much less in the summer. I'd like to take a chance with Thomas Lemar. A couple of years ago we were prepared to pay a club record for him and I can't believe he has lost the talent he had then. We should still have enough left over from Auba's sale to get Mykola in this window. Can't see our board doing all this in a week though 😉.

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24 Jan 2020 13:30:29
The danger of selling PEA is that he scores most of our goals. Lemar would be risky as he hasn’t made it at Atletico and perhaps he would struggle with the physicality of the PL, much as Pepe appears to be doing. I certainly wouldn’t sell him in this window unless we obtain a huge fee and spend it on bringing in a quality replacement, a creative midfield player and a much needed CB.
I am concerned that we will cash in on PEA now to bring in a CB and Lemar. So, reading between the lines, get £60m for PEA and sign Lemar and the Ukrainian CB. I suppose a forward line of Lemar, Lacazette and Pepe, with Martinelli and Nketiah maturing, wouldn’t be too bad.

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24 Jan 2020 15:42:08
I think a better option if both Laca and PEA don’t sign or at least don’t confirm in principle that they intend to, is involve Laca in a deal for Lemar if Arteta believes in Lemar that is and keep PEA til summer. I rate Laca tho he’s shy of goal form right now but PEA is captain and his goals is something we can’t afford to lose in Europe knock out stages. Either way, a CB should be our leading focus.

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23 Jan 2020 06:39:46
V Bournemouth:

Ceballos or Ozil?
Holding or Mustafi?
Bellerin or Maitland-Niles?
Guendouzi or Torreira?

Who could play at LB to give Saka a breather?

Should Willock start?

It's a difficult match to decide who to select as we are currently only playing once a week, so rotation against fatigue isn't necessary and Arteta wants players ready to play every 3 days. I believe it will be a strong team.

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23 Jan 2020 08:30:15
Saka doesn’t need a breather.

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22 Jan 2020 19:26:22
hi ed, any truth in Arsenal signing Mykola Matviyenko from shaktar? would be a quality signing IMO. has an awesome left foot. but i only saw him in the game against man city. seems like a very possible signing too.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal would need to spend well over the the odds to ensure a work permit. My understanding remains there is no offer on the table, for Mykola Matviyenko (CB).}

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23 Jan 2020 01:19:15
Is their any updates with players were interested in ED. Theirs all this paper talk about links but what’s true is another story.

{Ed002's Note - A loan may suit until Saliba arrives, or a more economically viable player but don't expect vast sums spent.}

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23 Jan 2020 07:22:10
do you see us bringing anyone in Ed we are crying for cover at the back.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot comment of timings of transfers.}

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23 Jan 2020 14:06:20
ty for your insight ED.

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23 Jan 2020 14:10:24
also ED, he has 26 appearances for the Ukrainian national team, with some of them being in the euro qualifiers. will he still need a work permit?

{Ed002's Note - Of course he needs a work permit.}

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18 Jan 2020 11:40:49
Ed would you shed some light on arsenals interest in PSG full back kurzawa?

{Ed002's Note - A third-party advisor has mugged Arsenal in to looking to a constantly injured money pit.}

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19 Jan 2020 16:50:19
Thanks Ed. You previously said arsenal were not interested in Upamecano this month, do you know if that remains the same?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware that Arsenal have the money to buy him this month and RBl would not sell unless someone were to pay well over the odds. What do you think has changed?}

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19 Jan 2020 19:34:42
You said Leipzig have made him available so thought arsenal would sell try sell some players in order to buy him.

{Ed002's Note - How would that happen?}

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19 Jan 2020 21:14:52
Auba Lacca who else has big value DG mate? We can't keep saying sell Mustafi Xhaka and Elneny to raise money for top player replacements.
I wouldn't be against letting one of Lacasette or Auba go if we could strengthen elsewhere but these are the kind of decisions we have to make it we want to buy.
We gambled everything and more in summer and it will take time to rebuild funds.

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19 Jan 2020 21:15:18
Sell Mustafi, maybe xhaka and one of the strikers, but I assume I’m wrong.

{Ed002's Note - Who to.?}

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19 Jan 2020 23:44:14
I get your point Ed.

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20 Jan 2020 08:24:21
I Just think we need to be honest with ourselves about what is and what isn't possible and what it would require to make any big move possible.
If we could and did sell Mustafi for 10 million that's the type of funds we'd have available to replace him with.
I know it's not very exciting but it is what it is and there are other ways than spending that we can improve.

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20 Jan 2020 08:31:12
i think we should sell Laca and use those funds to buy dayot. that might be the case since arteta has chosen to keep eddie at the club rather than loan him out. i don't see the point in having 2 elite strikers. keeping auba and selling laca will also bring more balance to the team as it will allow martinelli, saka and nelson more game time, something they desperately need. hope arteta decides to take this route as we desperately need a CB.

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20 Jan 2020 21:24:55
Fellows this is what I’ve been saying for sometime. Sell one of the strikers, more so Auba given that he is possibly more sellable and Laca might be easier to bench or rotate without unsettling the whole team. However, the club may think it’s too much of a risk to sell Auba if the alternative doesn’t work out. They would be ridiculed by us the fans and the professionals. In which sense sell Laca as Auba was brought in because he wasn’t finding the net often enough. So why continue to keep him albeit this happen under different management.

Auba, Pepe, Martinelli, Saka and possibly Nketiah can all play across the front three except for Laca - so he might be the vulnerable one. It would be nice to make the decision now and finish the season with that preferred mix and cement the understanding throughout the pre-season.

The club made public they will sell those within 18 months of their contract ending if they haven’t renewed, with a small exception of those 30+

In terms of central defenders I would prefer a PL defender. The problem is which one we could get of real quality for the long term? Sometimes our transfer moves should be aggressive to make a statement. Strikers will normally continue to fear a defender they know they make beat or get the better of. We are crying out for a defender to hit the ground running not needing at least a season to get up to speed. We could end up with two such defenders next season if we buy Upamecano. Image leaking the goals next season with those two if it doesn’t work straight away. 🙁🙁🙁 let's hope not.

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22 Jan 2020 17:30:12
I would sell Auba Martinelli seems to find the net these days. Laca works more across the front line than Auba and given that Arteta wants a pressing working team Auba is not that kind of player.
I also think to get that sort of money now for a player over 30 is a better move than waiting another season when his value will drop considerably.

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16 Jan 2020 16:10:05
We are reportedly after PSG left back Layvin Kurzawa, possibly on a free. Is he any good?

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16 Jan 2020 20:40:46
According to Ornstein Arsenal are in advanced talks with PSG for Kurzawa. Arsenal hoping that a deal can be secured this month for free with his contract expring in the summer. Mustafi will be kept at least until the summer due to lack of options and a LB being prioritised in this window. Not a bad bit of business if we do get him for free 👌🏻.

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16 Jan 2020 23:01:28
I think Mustafi is a reasonable backup for the RB slot. He might get some minutes this season to give Luiz/ Papa some rest. I wonder what we'll do with 3 senior LBs at the club though? Kurzawa, Tierney and Kolasinac are all probably expecting starts. I've been impressed with Kola since Arteta arrived, must say.

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17 Jan 2020 01:23:16
Kurwaza can play further forward, which may appeal once both existing LB’s are fit. Alternatively perhaps long term Arteta may decide to go 4-3-3 and he could be on the left of the midfield 3 or he doesn’t rate one of the two other LB’s and will sell one in the summer.

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17 Jan 2020 06:35:37
I agree Wire mate 3 into 1 doesn't go so if he arrives Kol must be off in the summer or Tierney is being seen as a bit part player because of his injuries.

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17 Jan 2020 08:43:55
Napoli have expressed interest in Kolasinac by all accounts and even though he has been playing well under Arteta, there is no doubt that he's injury prone. He will move on and KT and Kurzawa will fill that void. I wouldn't expect him to play in a more advanced role with Martinelli, Saka and Auba all playing out on the left (Auba may leave as we know) . Nelson and Pepe on right and Laca and Nketiah through the middle. Personally I still want to see a tall and strong centre midfielder brought in to the club which I have wanted for years.

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17 Jan 2020 10:59:20
The beast of North London would be a most welcome addition Glen, Eamauel Petit was a CB before being transformed into our and Frances midfield beast and went on to win the double with us and world cup euros double with France.
If we can't find ready made it might be worth looking to transform someone we already have or buy cheap and transform an average CB into an excellent DM beast.

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17 Jan 2020 11:32:19
We have a problem with our full backs, with the exception of Tierney they have little defensive ability. Hence, next season I expect the LB's to be Tierney and Kurwaza (assuming we manage to sign him) . I have a feeling Arteta may well sell Bellerin in the summer window and bring in a RB with defensive ability. Whether he retains Maitland-Niles will also be interesting.

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17 Jan 2020 13:48:34
I rated Kurzawa when he first moved to PSG, but I haven't seen him in some time, how's his form been?

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17 Jan 2020 16:55:42
Apparently he's prepared to move now in order to play football rather than wait until the summer when he could probably negotiate a much betrer financial package for himself, so that's a good sign.
I just hope if he comes it's because Artetta really wants him and sees a real benefit in having over the next 5 years or so rather than just taking him because he's available for nothing or worse still because Edu and Raul have chosen him.
If he's a genuine Arteta target and signing happy days but we really don't need yet another player to come in and struggle.
As a club we really need some non Sven successful signings rather than more of those who were signed before and since Svens brief Arsenal stay.
Transfer success record is awful and has been for far too long.

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16 Jan 2020 13:12:57
Are arsenal interested in a Brazilian midfielder can’t remember his name, cheers ed.

{Ed002's Note - I assume you mean Bruno Guimaraes (DM/CM) Shakhtar Donetsk have been in discussions with the representative of the player (who they have a close relationship to) and Athletico Paranaense but the asking price is proving to be a major stumbling block. Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Atletico Madrid (who have a tentative agreement), Chelsea, Arsenal, Marseille (as a Gustavo replacement) and Kashima Antlers (who are completely out of the picture) have also a declared interest. Chelsea have discussed taking the player in 2020 with his club but there is a problem that Athletico Paranaense only want to sell 80% of his economic rights - which takes Chelsea and Arsenal out of the picture.

Benfica reached agreement to buy him but there was an issue over cost at the last moment (pen in hand). That has now been resolved and Befica have been given a lower cost. In the meantime, Arsenal have returned to say they want him again - but they would have to have AP agree, and then have to pay an increased price.}

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16 Jan 2020 13:47:14
Thanks ed mate have a good day.

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16 Jan 2020 14:39:06
Ed would he be a replacement for Granit Xhaka.

{Ed002's Note - Potentially Arsenal could let Elneny and Xhaka go if they could bring him in.}

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16 Jan 2020 15:57:18
ED, do you think Arteta’s prime targets will be players that aren’t cup tied. Only my personal opinion here but Europe you’d think is a priority with the likelihood of us getting top 4 a stretch to put it lightly.

{Ed002's Note - No, it will make no difference to him. He needs to try and improve the team with little or no funds. The problems at Arsenal are not improving right now and the stupidity of last summer and the ridiculous structure will continue to bite them on the ass.}

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16 Jan 2020 16:36:03
Did we only buy 75% of Pepe as his only got one foot?

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16 Jan 2020 21:51:43
We paid twice his value SY because we'd be lucky to half his fee back I'd we wanted to sell him right now.
Maybe he Tierney and will all come good and prove to be bargains but so far they both look like really expensive reaction buys.

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16 Jan 2020 23:15:46
Don’t disagree - Lemar at €60m would have been better

It was a joke about how one fitted he is.

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17 Jan 2020 06:49:17
The problem is would Lemar have joined us last summer?
We weren't exactly an attractive proposition for anyone with decent options under Emery with our concede chances for fun mentality, how the first half of the season has played out hasn't exactly stunned football, I think many people totally expected it.

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16 Jan 2020 12:29:46
Hi Eds,
Is there any concrete interest in Bruno Guimaraes?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are interested again after a move to Benfica fell through at the last minute (pen in hand).}

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