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04 Aug 2020 17:54:32
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04 Aug 2020 17:45:19
Hi Ed, lots of outlets saying arsenal will sign Gabriel Magalhães. You previously said we need to sell before we buy, is this still the case or could he be signing?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have at least 8 first team centre backs already - two are new this year, one has returned from inury and one has just been given a new contract. The club are is a really serious financial mess and right now three players from Kia are being pushed in via Edu. The club is a complete shambles. One assumes the "lots of outlets" have recearched and proven this story - so I am not the one to ask I am afraid. It is tiresome answering the same things over and over.}

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04 Aug 2020 10:08:12
Ed,
If you have the time could you please clarify the clubs position, to the best of your knowledge, on where they are focusing in strengthening the squad and what players they are targeting please?
Your insight would be great for us to be able to understand the extent of the current poor practice going on within the clubs hierarchy.
Realistically we need a powerful dynamic CM and someone who can play between the lines in an attacking midfield role. Outside of that I feel we have cover in every position if we retain the majority of the squad for at least one more season and see if Arteta can continue to get improvement out of them.
Being linked with Willian and Fernandez and some of these other players is a major concern right now considering we have Saka/ Martinelli/ Pepe etc.
Signings like Willian will do one of two things, stunt the young players or lead to another Ozil situation where our resources are hit for years to come.
This Willian thing smacks of buddy back scratching and that our club is being taken for a ride. It's almost like Stan's lack of presence is getting exploited by opportunism where this agent is concerned.
More and more I am questioning whether Edu is completely naive here or whether he is consciously threatening the long term stability of the club on and off the pitch.
As always your input would be appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - The links to Willian and Fernandes, and the recruitment of Luiz the push for Kurzawa and the discussions over Coutinho are all down to Kia Joorabchian who is indeed, via Edu, taking the club (his club) for a ride. The total cost for David Luiz for the initial one year deal was £24M. I have explained this since last summer when David Luiz joined (and he is not even David's agent). As I have explained elsewhere about Reguilon, if Arsenal lost Tierney he would be offered up.

I will provide a list of players who Arsenal still maintain an interest in when time allows later this week.}

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04 Aug 2020 11:45:06
Thanks Ed.
This is shocking from a club of our size and reputation that it is resorting to player recruitment not through need of suitability but consulting one intermediary who’s motivation lies in the financial reward he stands to attain by facilitating the moves.
Absolutely shocking to think that this guy can declare himself an Arsenal fan and have a reputation for back door dealings and those criteria are the only things he needs to get Edus trust with regards to recruiting players. I can only conclude that Edu is knowingly complicit in this ongoing filtering of Arsenals funds to his mate.
I suppose the next question is, how is this misappropriation of the clubs finances being missed or overlooked by the Kroenkes
Surely this type of dodgy dealing would see Edu removed from his position once the details of the Luiz deal alone were investigated?
Thanks for your reply ed.

{Ed002's Note - This is not misappropriation of funds, just a very badly run club. This has been done to death.}

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04 Aug 2020 11:52:13
I was under the impression Luiz was represented by an agency that Joorabchian is a partner in. But yes, we are letting ourselves become an agent's plaything, presumably with the reasoning that it let's us compete for better players or whatever. Makes me feel a bit ill.

{Ed002's Note - Kia acted as a third party to assist DL’s agents - both were paid very well.}

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04 Aug 2020 17:48:59
If arsenal lost Tierney! I have to assume to injury as they'd be mad to sell him.

{Ed002's Note - No, I have explained that under certain circumstances there will eb interest.}

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04 Aug 2020 08:11:17
Hi Ed, do you expect arsenal to sign Willian? And if he does sign, does it spell the end for Reis Nelson?

{Ed002's Note - There is every chance that Kia will get the three year deal for a 32 that Willian wants but Chelsea won't give him.}

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04 Aug 2020 11:08:39
Ed, I’m sure you are aware, arsenal supporters always voice their anger at the owner (Stan Kroenke) . You previously said that the structure has nothing to do with the owner with edu and other senior management creating a mess with responsibilities, which ultimately led to Sven Mislintat leaving the club. I must say when I hear that Chelsea are getting Havertz, United getting Sancho, I must admit I am jealous. Are those who can change the structure even trying to change it? And if the structure was correct, what does that ultimately change within the club? Is it transfers and targets? Vision? Thanks. sorry for the long message.

{Ed002's Note - It needs someone to come in from outside. Last summer was a financial disaster when the club committed money put aside fro not being in Europe. It is a complete shambles and it is getting worse with Kia doing what he is doing. Does giving a three year contract to someone who will be 32 this coming weekend make sense. Does £24M for the one year deal for DL make sense. Does vastly overpaying for Pepe make sense?}

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04 Aug 2020 11:22:20
But why? Just because Kia says 3 years why do Arsenal feel the need to say yes to that? I just don't understand why they would accept something that is blatantly ridiculous without good reason. It's madness.

{Ed002's Note - Because Willian is not an option to Arsenal otherwise.}

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04 Aug 2020 14:37:27
I know it’s all stupid Ed, it’s just annoying when your saying it and they aren’t planning on fixing it. Makes everything seem hopeless.

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04 Aug 2020 14:58:10
Exactly, so then you move on. Or do they not realise that you can actually walk away if someone doesn't accept your terms? I appreciate that matters involving Arsenal and transfers in general are way more complicated than any of us will understand but it doesn't take a genius to understand when something is bad for business. Sorry Ed, it's just frustrating.

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03 Aug 2020 19:43:46
More transfer news take as you like. Willian deal should be completed by middle of next week. 3 year deal. His agent kia is receiving a hefty fee for this not sure how I feel. Same agent as coutinho and he is trying to push they deal through. As Ed002 said I believe about him he does seem to have his nails in arsenal.

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03 Aug 2020 19:56:26
It is a little concerning isn't it D16!

{Ed047's Note - definitely concerning Sally

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03 Aug 2020 20:28:10
D16.i have noticed that too, it is so worrying to have our deals being driven by agents. if Edu and raul can only do recruitment only through agents, they should both be fired.

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03 Aug 2020 20:29:30
On a good note also heard ceballos is close to joining. Imagine its a Loan again. And martinez has been offered a new deserved contract.

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04 Aug 2020 04:45:44
WTF is the club thinking? Willian is 31 and at best a squad player for Chelsea. We just bought Pepe for 72m and have Saka, Nelson, and the returning Smith Rowe all fighting for places. His wages will probably be huge - wages we need to be offering to new signings in positions we actually need or using to rebalance our books. This is going to be worse for the club than any of the bargain punts we took on Chamakh or Kallstrom by far.

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04 Aug 2020 08:04:47
Don't get me wrong, I think that this would be a stupid deal but only really down to his age and length of contract. If we were talking 2 years I might even be able to look past it because he is still a really good player. 3 years though is madness. However, he is still a very very good attacking footballer which would certainly make us more potent going forward, it's just a strange, expensive and risky deal.

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04 Aug 2020 08:48:29
Cam William play as a cam if so it might stop us going for coutinho.

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04 Aug 2020 10:18:05
An agent in charge of our transfer strategy? What's not to like about that!
Perhaps next we could ask Raver to pick our starting 11 all next season too and ask KFC to provide our players prematch menu.

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03 Aug 2020 13:04:34
A friend of mines father is friendly with somone in the club and said Coutinho deal is close, not sure how true this is do the Ed’s know anything thanks Ed’s.

{Ed002's Note - I have no way of knowing what is meant by "close".}

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03 Aug 2020 15:23:09
Have you heard any thing of a deal.

{Ed002's Note -As has been explained: Philippe Coutinho (AM/LW) after missing out on Bruno Fernandes and Hakim Ziyech Spurs have enquired after Coutinho and been told that a loan fee would €30M for a season with an option to buy at €50M at the end of the season with any loaning club paying half his wages. I would expect any interested side to look for a significant reduction in such a deal. The player is being offered around PL sides. Barcelona will have to keep him if no takers are found although with a small amount of money owed to Liverpool still there may be room for them to negotiate - but I don't expect them to be interested. Leicester might offer a solution to get him off the books - but again there would be a need for some negotiation. Right now Barcelona will likely cut their losses and get the best deal they can as soon as they can - his "representative" may look to some sort of creative deal with an English side - but that could cause a delay but the overall package might need to be something like a loan at a low fee, the player taking a cut on his €215k pw week wages, with Barcelona contributing nothing, and an obligation to buy at a lower figure at the end of next season. Matteo Guendouzi plus some cash might work.

His "representative" has his nails in to Arsenal and is looking to suck them dry as their advisor.}

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03 Aug 2020 17:21:23
Great, someone else trying to use Arsenal for personal reasons, not the way forward in my opinion.
I'd rather take a chance on lower profile more appreciative options.
Arteta had to accept less wages at Arsenal than he was on at Everton to make his move to us happen, obviously he was reluctant to do so initially but he wanted to join us so much he took a chance.

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03 Aug 2020 19:29:00
Can anyone actually work out why we would need him? Maybe if we manage to lose Ozil perhaps, but not exactly the hard hitting central midfielder we so desperately need is he?

{Ed047's Note - no idea Epping, I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole

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03 Aug 2020 21:14:56
I'm sure Welsh would have settled for a simple. sorry, no update since last time. 🙄.

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03 Aug 2020 10:07:59
Any truth in the report that Auba was looking for a move to Chelsea last winter Eds?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, when Chelsea were seeking an additional striker in January (at which time Giroud was leaving) there was a discussion about Aubamayangadingdong but Chelsea did not see value in the requested wages.}

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03 Aug 2020 10:32:08
Very interesting Ed,
Are you privy to what type of wages the player and his representatives were looking for back then?
I’m just curious because reports this morning are that we are offering a 3 year 250,000 per week contract. If Ozil was not on the contract he is I think Auba would accept. However if they naturally want as lucrative a contract as they can get considering it may be his last big one and they see the club paying Ozil that then I would have serious doubts that our reported offer would be enough.

{Ed002's Note - No, just that Chelsea saw no value.}

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03 Aug 2020 10:42:37
Thanks as always Ed.

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03 Aug 2020 11:10:00
Ozils wages shouldn't come into the equation, everyone in football knows Mesuts 350k wage offer was one of footballs most crazy decisions made for all the wrong reasons by people who had complely lost touch with reality at the time, and I'm sure all who were involved in offering Mesut that contract back then are embarrassed by thier decision back then.
Offer Auba the going rate for a player of his abilty and not a penny more and if it's not enough cash in and let someone else pay him more.
It's not fantasy football as I think the Mesut Ozil situation has proved and decisions need to be made logically for the greater good rather than emotionally and regretted later.

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03 Aug 2020 07:43:13
Any truth about raktic Ed’s.

{Ed002's Note - Ivan Rakitic (CM) Being offered in part exchanges and being offered for sale to anyone who will listen. Sevilla are keen. The player has been open that he wants two years in Italy or Spain and then he wants to end his career in the MLS. Arsenal should not be looking at players his age and on his €250k per week wages if they want to move forward but Arteta has praised the player. He has also been offered to PSG and to Inter as part of a deal for Martinez.}

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02 Aug 2020 22:45:36
Hi Ed, rumours we are looking at Diego Carlos?

{Ed002's Note - There would need to be the money found from somewhere and Arsenal is overrun with CBs.}

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