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05 Aug 2021 10:56:55
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04 Aug 2021 09:13:39
Good Morning Ed,

Would it be possible to have a brief overview on outgoings please?
It all seems very quiet on that front.

Thank you!

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed since I last provided an updated just Xhaka being priced out of a move.}

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04 Aug 2021 11:39:45
Hi Ed has anything changed with incomings for arsenal? Have some new names enters or current names now unavailable?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot be expected to answer vague questions like this. Nothing changed overnight as far as I know.}

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04 Aug 2021 12:27:13
Whilst you mentioned xhaka being pieced out of a move something I wondered was you said he wanted to leave. Which I've no doubt he did. Whys he signing a new contract? Perhaps just wants more money or does he feel more valued now. You may have no idea but thought I'd ask 😂.

{Ed002's Note - I rather doubt he was looking for more money. He was stuck because they would not sell so he will agree a new deal.}

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04 Aug 2021 13:55:34
Thought if he wanted out that much he'd just run down his contract like many do these days. Appreciate the reply Ed002.

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04 Aug 2021 16:44:27
Any chance of Onana Ed or is that now completely dead? I’ve seen his move to Lyon has collapsed.

{Ed002's Note - A chance remains.}

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05 Aug 2021 08:36:21
Onana 7m or Ramsdale 30m. Doesn't seem like a hard choice to make really does it? 😂

Onana would be a solid number 1.

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03 Aug 2021 12:13:43
Good afternoon Ed002, following on from your previous post today I'm reading positives regarding a Bellerin/ Martinez deal. Has anything changed in this regard please?

{Ed002's Note - No, someone is teasing you I am afraid.}

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03 Aug 2021 13:01:01
Yeah happens all the time Ed :) thanks for quick reaponse.

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03 Aug 2021 14:41:41
Another quick question for you Ed002 if you're free, reports emerging of Arsenal submitting a player plus for Madisson, can you confirm that?

Also, with Xhakas u-turn, can you give us any insight, If he stays, Does it mean we won't buy a first team CM?

Thanks as always mate.
#COYG.

{Ed002's Note - James Maddison (AM) has been scouted by Manchester City, Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal on a regular basis since moving to Leicester but attempts by Manchester United and Spurs to discuss the player have failed due to them being told that he is not for sale and the likely asking price being very high. Unlikely to leave Leicester this summer unless avery high offer arrives. Arsenal have spoken with his agent and directly with Leicester and have made it clear they would want to include one or perhaps two players as part of a deal. Wages may be an issue to anyone making an offer as the proposal is very steep from his agent. Leicester may look to cash in.

If Xhaka is staying he will not need replacing.}

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03 Aug 2021 17:22:51
Brilliant reply Ed002, makes so many things clear for us. Cheers mate!

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03 Aug 2021 23:45:12
Very interesting thanks a lot Ed! Do you have any idea as to whether Leicester have indicated if they would be interested in the player plus cash deal we’re proposing? Seems like this deal may be a non-starter if they aren’t interested in any of our players. Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know.}

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04 Aug 2021 00:01:14
I recall Leicester being one of the potential loan destinations last season for Willock or Maitland-Niles. Could be their interest is still there, although I can't see Ainsley getting in ahead of Ndidi or Tielemans.

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30 Jul 2021 18:24:25
Latest from Fabrizio

Arsenal are offering Granit Xhaka a new deal until June 2025 with an increased salary - more than what AS Roma are proposing in their contract bid. ⚪️🔴 #AFC

AS Roma last bid was €12m + €3m add ons, turned down. Arsenal are now confident to extend Xhaka contract soon.

You couldn't make it up 😂😂.

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30 Jul 2021 20:38:24
Why should we sell him on the cheap. Rather him in the squad to elneny to be honest.

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30 Jul 2021 21:44:49
Honestly D16 mate so would I over Mo but I find it funny that that he was on the verge of leaving, to now potentially offering him a new contract. I don't want to sell him on the cheap but also understand that we desperately need to raise funds.

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30 Jul 2021 22:12:02
Yep I'd rather he stayed if that's all they were offering, because we are unlikely to find a good replacement for 12m. Sambi and Partey can't play every game, we need the depth.

Thing is though D16 I doubt you'd find anyone willing to give us £12m for Elneny 😂.

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31 Jul 2021 07:26:56
And that's the other issue wire, who is going to give us anything for Elneny! We have a half a squad of players who simply need to leave but interest is very minimal and clubs will try their best to take advantage of that with low offers. It is vital we sell though so we better suck it up. Short term pain, long term gain 👍🏻.

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31 Jul 2021 10:02:33
I hope this is not true, been waiting for Xhaka to leave
since 2017, sorry he is just not good enough, proven by the fact that only Roma want him and at 15 mill, to offer him a new deal plus pay rise it imho utter madness but nothing surprises me anymore from Arteta and Edu, i can only hope Roma offer a few more million.

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31 Jul 2021 10:50:58
Yeah fair point Glenn, we have half a team to shift. I can't see Elneny having any offers.

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31 Jul 2021 16:56:44
The difference between the two is that we only paid about 5m for Elneny, so not being worth with is not a shock. Xhaka on the other hand is about the worst devaluation you could get. I have kept cars that held better value than him.

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31 Jul 2021 19:52:49
We've either gone backwards or failed to progress each and every season since Xhaka arrived, prior to siging Xhaka we had 20 consecutive years of top 4 finishes but since Xhaka joined we've slipped from Cl to El to now not qualifying for European football at all, coincidence? Maybe but even his biggest fan would struggle to make a case for how he's improve us in any away since he arrived.
Surely it's time to accept it didn't work out for us and Xhaka together and move on.

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31 Jul 2021 20:18:57
Couldn’t have put it better myself G62.

{Ed014's Note - me too, just get shot of him

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31 Jul 2021 21:43:55
Cheers Epping mate and Ed014, there surely comes a time when if you want things to be different you've got to accept what hasn't worked out and make that change possible.

{Ed014's Note - I’m truly hoping Arteta is picking up and all these things we see and irons them out.

I must admit seeing that farcical goal we conceded against Watford last week really concerns me though.

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31 Jul 2021 22:37:41
We keep playing out from the back but never seem to get any better at it Ed014 mate, I'm not sure how many times you have to knock yourself out before you come to the conclusion boxing isn't your thing.

{Ed014's Note - I don’t have a problem playing out from the back but I don’t think for starters Leno fills our defence with any confidence because he’s so bad at it. Add Xhaka into that mix and light the touch paper!

That then just compounds everything else and seeing it happening again is just a tad disheartening.

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01 Aug 2021 15:35:54
Elneny was very slopping in that goal we conceded. Really don't see his purpose in the team.

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02 Aug 2021 06:07:54
@G62: Can’t the same can be said to Auba, Laca as well? How can you blame a particular player for the misgiving or underperformance of a team? I don’t understand.

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02 Aug 2021 14:09:24
Sen I wanted to make that point as well. Those stats you just can’t keep using against one player. You could also add it coincides with Arsene leaving.

We didn’t lose a game I believe in the first 20+ games Mustafi played for us. And at one point had a better overall stats than Maguire.

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02 Aug 2021 22:00:44
Hi Senior, hi Yard, Auba joined well after we'd already lost champions league football and the decline didn't start when Arsene left it actually brought about his having to leave, we finish 6th and 5th in Arsenes last 2 seasons.
When Xhaka and Mustafi arrived we were still a champions league club but our failure to qualify began with thier arrival.

I genuinely can't remember when Laca joined and can't be bothered to Google it, but I do think we have finished top 4 with Laca, obviously that would have to be before the arrival of Xhaka if true 😎😆😀.

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30 Jul 2021 12:16:04
Hello Ed002, seeing The Athletic report that Xhaka will be offered a new deal after talks with Roma are going nowhere (Something you had mentioned regarding the brinkmanship Arsenal are showing with Xhaka's departure) .

In your view, Has anything changed? Do you suspect Xhaka might stay or do you see Roma increasing their offer? From what you had said Roma already feel they made a good enough offer.

Thanks as always
#COYG.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any new contract being offered nor why Arsenal would want to keep him with the player so keen to leave and a good offer on the table, and Arsenal in need of sales.}

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30 Jul 2021 12:51:43
Thabks Ed, I absolutely agree with you. If by any chance xhaka is here 1st week of September I will be appalled. That will just expose Arsenal's competency in the market.

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30 Jul 2021 20:28:27
Ed have you still not heard anything about the contract mate? When you say you haven’t heard anything I usually take it as it ain’t happening then.

{Ed002's Note - I have no interest in contracts.}

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30 Jul 2021 20:39:15
Isn't it around 15m euros ed. Doesn't sound a good offer in my opinion.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal want €20M. The player wants out.}

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02 Aug 2021 19:21:36
Ed002 has bottled another one. Why do we continue to believe this person knows any More then the run of the mill Twitter ITK.

{Ed014's Note - I’m only posting this so others will know who the clown is who loses ed02 from the page again.

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02 Aug 2021 21:12:29
You can’t possibly blame me for his shortcomings as an “insider”.

{Ed014's Note - you speak from pure ignorance fella and just make yourself look an utter arse!

Ed02 has a massive amount of knowledge, information and contacts in the world of football.

I don’t need you to believe that, I simply know it as fact from our Ed’s chat group and the circles in which he works.

If he doesn’t want to or can’t give specific information about something that’s a choice he has every right to make.

If you just want to make smug pointless comments because of your ignorance then continue to follow the clueless ITK’s on Twitter which clearly floats your boat.

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04 Aug 2021 03:24:06
That told him! Ha ha!

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04 Aug 2021 03:25:07
LOL yeah what an arse.

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04 Aug 2021 11:52:45
Love it Ed014. We absolutely value Ed002s contribution. Infact, I've been a regular poster and reader for the past decade or so and Ed092 is usually spot on with his information.

Big ups to him. I feeli speak for the majority of us here that we love his contribution and hold his opinion in a high regard.

{Ed014's Note - glad to hear IG there is so much he knows about, it never ceases to amaze me mate.

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27 Jul 2021 18:03:58
Evening Ed,

This is a rumour that I'm not expecting to carry much substance but but reports tonight are suggesting Arsenal are interested in Lautaro Martinez. Is there any truth in this? Could Bellerin be included in the deal perhaps with them being interested?
We would need to raise an incredible amount of funds in the remainder of the window, I just can't see it.

Look forward to your response :)

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Lautaro Martinez (S) Inter don't want to sell and long-term admirers Barcelona and Manchester City are looking elsewhere although Barcelona would like to add him in 2022, but significant sales would still be required and they have added Aguero and Depay. Real Madrid are trying to convince the club otherwise and will offer an assortment of players they no longer want in exchange. Atletico Madrid are interested if he becomes available but money would be an issue without a major sale. With the coach departing Inter the club will be better placed to raise the €140M they need before selling to buy. There is support for him from an ex-Chelsea player who is a potential Director of Football at the club but he would be a little down the list at Chelsea. I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal but they do want a striker. The player would want Champions League football I imagine.}

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27 Jul 2021 19:18:50
Excellent, thank you Ed! If we want a striker then it's a fabulous target. Hopefully whoever else we have in mind is of similar age and ability.

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28 Jul 2021 10:42:22
Ed002,
As always your info and time dedicated here is appreciated, that goes for all the eds.
I know you have strong opinions on how Arsenals hierarchy is structured and you haven’t been happy with current representatives approach to transfers.
But can I ask what you think of the current situation with regards to the approach they are taking because I’m scratching my head here while some fellow fans are being distracted by a couple of new signings and rumoured links.
I’m concerned right now because I do not see a clear plan here. Guendouzi out when we needed that type of CM is fine by me if it’s for conduct and disciplinary reasons, but we still need a player of his type. Saliba is clearly a personal dispute the manager has somewhere and he may have to answer for that sooner rather than later.
Balogun was convinced to stay obviously with a promise of a fair shake within the first team squad this season.
Smith Rowe has signed on and his preferred position is as a 10.
Not expecting you to know the inner workings of a club who it would flatter to call hap hazard in their transfer approach right now, but can you tell me what you think about rumours like this one above where we seem to be targeting players for positions that hamper young players with massive potential while other positions like RB and CM are seemingly seen as less of a priority?
Like I said I know you won’t have details but you have a broad knowledge of talented young players of which we have a few and I’d love to hear your opinion on whether the decision makers here right now have the eye or sense not to panic because it looks to me like Edu cannot be trusted in that department.
Basically I’m saying replacing Bellerin and co with an actual RB is a far more pressing issue than adding another centre forward to a list that has Auba, Martinelli and Balogun already on it even if we lose Lacca and Eddie.
Would you agree?

{Ed002's Note - Edu has an advisor who helps the club out and is likely the person who enquired about Martinez but there has not been a direct approach to Inter - so it would be someone acting on behalf of Arsenal talking to his agent. No doubt they would have been told that negotiations can start around €100M.

In terms of the players you have mentioned, Guendouzi really wanted out and has had a great deal to say about Arsenal to his new side. Saliba has had his career disrupted by Arsenal and wants a permanent exit - there is no option right now but there is an agreement with the lady from Marseille that she can make a proposal later in the season if she wants. In terms of replacing Bellerin the club has a very clear idea who they want - but they need to start bringing in money through sales and with time passing the sale of Bellerin may be getting more difficult. A reluctance to negotiate has made the move of Xhaka difficult and the club need to sort out the situation with Willian to free up wages.

The focus is not immediately on youngsters but on recovering as much of the money spent as they can.}

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28 Jul 2021 12:29:11
I also imagine ED, regarding Martinez regardless of the transfer fee, we’ve got a few strikers on the books that needs cutting back with about 3 youngsters trying to push for a starting spot. And Martinelli will need to start getting playing time otherwise other teams will I’m sure come in for him and I’ve read Arteta sees him as a 9 so be interesting to see what happens there.

{Ed002's Note - It is a good point. I am surprised Martinelli does not get more time already. Lacazette is clearly on is way out. Nketiah is another who is looking at options to move on and kickstart his career. I expect a S will be added but it will be a more modest signing than Lautaro Martinez.}

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28 Jul 2021 16:53:56
Thank you for the speedy response Ed, have a good one 🤙.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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28 Jul 2021 17:10:06
Hello Ed002, Brilliant info as always. Just out of curiosity : (a) Is that advisor Kia?

Also, (b) I think what Shambo wanted to ask you (apologies Shambo if my assumption is flawed) is your opinion on Edu and how good he is in his job. I have heard a few podcasts and some journalists with decent pedigree say that he is 'ruthless' and generally that he is well aligned with what is best for the club.

I also understand that getting deals done and selling players is a much more complicated science than just the competency of a technical director. But someone like you might be able to understand and review the work Edu (and to some extent Richard Garlick) is doing at our club. I remember you mentioning the mess our executive committee had become during the days of Raul.

How far have we come in repairing that?

Thanks in any case
#COYG.

{Ed002's Note - Kia and Edu are close and Kia has been paid as an advisor in addition to transfers he has organised. Remember Kia is a "representative" of players rather than a licensed "agent". Adding Richard Garlick as Director of Football Operations in addition to Edu has seemingly not clarified all of the issues and overlap between staff responsibilities. All of this means that there have been quite a few players unhappy with their lot. Nearly all have left, but not all. Two very experienced players don't think that Arteta is tactically astute enough at this level. What will be interesting is where Coutinho ends up.}

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28 Jul 2021 20:10:39
Thanks Ed appreciate the more detailed and insightful information we have been received especially on this thread. Long may it last.

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28 Jul 2021 23:12:23
Absolutely love this info Ed. Really gives us a reflection of what the club is doing and helps us be more realistic about what we expect. And realistic doesn't . want negative at all.

I feel we'll improve from last season, just how much is not clear. Anyways we'll have a full documentary to watch it in detail, innit?

#COYG.

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29 Jul 2021 02:05:36
Ed, this is some brilliant feedback and much appreciated.
However, it makes me despair to think how incompetent so many people are that are in positions of authority and influence at such a once well regarded and soundly run footballing institution.
I can only assume this is a manifestation born out of absenteeism on behalf of the ownership. It seems their approach has been to balance gradual decline, consciously initiated by using the club to fund other ventures as opposed to investing in it on the field, by offering up strategic compensatory appointments of ex club players to positions of so called influence to decrease the likelihood of all out rejection across the fanbase.
It’s pretty evident Edu was appointed because the romantic side of the fans would find it difficult to attack him initially and this would buy the Kroenkes time. The fact Edu does not trust his own abilities to fulfill his obligations under his own judgement, yet he remains in the role, is evidence of alternate non footballing motivations on behalf of the owners, that or they are even more clueless that originally feared.
To now learn that Kia is being given full remit to indulge his own personal massive conflict of interest, getting paid by us to recommend and supply players to us that he represents in a third party capacity, is absolutely nauseating and again screams of systematic incompetency and gross negligence at ownership level.
The appointment of Arteta, while not confirmed yet as a completely poor choice, should also now be under the spotlight in my opinion to be scrutinised as to whether fans again were played on an emotional level so that the corporate interests of The Kroenkes could be afforded more breathing space at a time where they were facing massive united fan revolt, while we have since learned they were simultaneously planning to participate in a breakaway league which had no bearing again on our ability to perform or strive to be better where it matters most, on the pitch.
It’s no surprise players are not confident of Artetas appointment and tactical proficiency if they care about the club or are aware of the inner workings behind the scenes. There is plenty of evidence of tactical ineptitude and poor man management already so much so that you will find it hard to find one fan who will tell you Arteta has more than this transfer window left to prove himself.
I also understand the Kroenkes have dismissed proposals from fans groups to have a seat at the table and option to buy shares so that we can have influence over the motivations behind some decision making processes we are no longer privy to due to the majority ownership and policy under which they operate.
I can see why ed002 finds these methods so distasteful, we are being run by a very sneaky and unethical corporate driven entity who are soulless when it comes to their so called attachment to our football club or the game itself on a broader level.
Nothing will improve until they are gone and there is a complete overhaul. The best we can hope for is that they buckle in times of pressure and invest, but even if this is one of those times right now we still have corruption and incompetence, let’s call them Kia and Edu, overseeing the distribution of this investment into players like Willian while obscene amounts of money evaporates out of the footballing community into pockets of men like Kia and other ‘third party reps’. Is it any wonder this club is attracting corrupt vultures like Kia and Raul when the absentee landlords are never around to impose checks and balances.
I’m disgusted.

{Ed002's Note - There are other people in the mix as well - some of which had promises made to them that were not kept.}

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29 Jul 2021 18:11:58
This is deeply disturbing Shambo! : (.

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26 Jul 2021 23:16:31
Zakaria has 1 year left on contract and has indicated he will not sign a new contract. So surely he isn't going for 60 mill more like half that unless a bidding war starts but very unlikely.

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26 Jul 2021 23:51:26
Can't see Arsenal going for him. Has the Bisouma rumors died out?

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27 Jul 2021 11:14:59
Zakaria would be a great signing.

With the amount of players we need to shift in the middle of the park though I can't see him or Bissouma happening.

Bringing in Lokonga adds to that and I'm looking forward to seeing him play. Very highly rated, a captain at 21 and looks like he has excellent composure on the ball.

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27 Jul 2021 13:16:14
Brighton want 40 mill for bissouma too much. Very similar to partey too plus acn this year.

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27 Jul 2021 16:40:57
I think the ACN is the big factor. Partey, Elneny and Bissouma would have been to big a chunk of our midfield to lose. Apparently Borussia Monchegemansomething want 30M euros for Zakaria, so that's a no-brainer.

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25 Jul 2021 16:33:23
Are arsenal after xhaka mark 2, zakaria from monchengladbach?

{Ed002's Note - Denis Zakaria (DM/CM) BM will sell but Spurs and Bayern Munich baulked at the €60M asking price in January - he remaims on the list for Manchester City but would likely be beyond the reach of Arsenal.}

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25 Jul 2021 21:23:56
is there anything new about xhaka, Ed? the whole thing has been going on for so long that I fear our transfer genius will mess it up again.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what you are expecting “new”.}

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26 Jul 2021 14:57:39
NO matter if he stays or goes, we're progressing. Signing some good young players, getting commitment from our core, I'm pleased. And if Xhaka stays and plays like he did for the Swiss, amen.

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26 Jul 2021 22:03:45
Xhaka has always played with at international level. The game is as slow as he is.

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25 Jul 2021 17:13:44
Don't shoot the messenger but anytime I hear an Arsenal rumour from a trusted source of mine or a rumour that doesn't seem ridiculous I post on here. This one is from a trusted source, so here goes.

Now that ESR has signed for the long term and has been given the 10 the focus on AM is purely loan only ideally in the 28-32yr old range for experience and the priority looks to be shifting to Coutinho. No concerns with ability but there are concerns about attitude so a loan suits us but Barcelona are desperately trying to sell him first and foremost so we may lose out or have to wait until deadline day.

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26 Jul 2021 03:02:14
Not for me, I think ESR is our future.

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26 Jul 2021 09:20:45
As you said ESR is our 'future', loaning a more experienced AM as opposed to buying supports this.

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26 Jul 2021 10:31:13
I think you misread what I wrote there Davy.
What I meant was that ESR is our future and his development is our priority so instead of buying an established AM who is say 24-26 we are looking to loan in an experienced AM to avoid disrupting ESR’s development in the long term. Ya dig?

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