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31 Aug 2021 13:54:36
Seeing reports that Kia is having a pop at Arsenal. Could this be the beginning of the end of a beautiful friendship? :)

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31 Aug 2021 14:03:01
His apparent closeness to the club is part of Arsenal's problem. I for one would be happy if he simply disappeared.

31 Aug 2021 17:04:10
Hopefully he’s gone after -

Kia - "Unfortunately, I'd have to say, which player has moved to Arsenal that has not been a disaster in the last couple of years? "

31 Aug 2021 19:05:17
Sounds like sour grapes to me. Wonder how his best friend Edu reacts to this?

31 Aug 2021 19:33:51
I'm sure Kia will be well compensated by the club for his upset and it will be all smiles before bedtime 👍.

01 Sep 2021 08:26:58
I highly doubt Edu will be hear next season so Kia might be taking parting shots. Seems Garlick is taking care of the transfers so I really don't know what Edu is doping.

31 Aug 2021 11:18:27
Gone on the internet and done a bit of research on the Japanese rb. He seems to highly rated hard tackler, good in the air and can play the ball out of defence. I don't know if any the Ed's can give us anymore info on him.
Apologies if the subject has already been dealt with.

{Ed002's Note - Do you mean Takehiro Tomiyasu (CB)? Spurs nearly agreed a transfer and Arsenal have expressed an interest whilst Atalanta were looking for discussions. Much will depend on Bologna replacing him - and they have made a proposal to Chelsea to take Malang Sarr on loan.}

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31 Aug 2021 11:48:07
Thanks for the info Ed
Much appreciated.

31 Aug 2021 11:55:16
Ed002, Is he primarily a CB or RB and more importantly is he coming in to play as a full back or a CB? The confusion keeps piling up.

{Ed002's Note - He is a CB. Arsenal no longer need a Bellerin replacement.}

31 Aug 2021 11:58:58
Why do they no longer need a Bellerin replacement, Ed? Looks like he's off to Betis on loan.

{Ed002's Note - Ainsley Maitland-Niles will provide cover.}

31 Aug 2021 12:28:09
That's worries me there Ed. I mean who does he provide cover to. Cedric, Chambers? Not even sure who our first choice right back is.

{Ed002's Note - There are plenty of choices as you note. The new CB could also perhaps play there as well.}

31 Aug 2021 12:49:40
Thanks for the reply Ed002, Great insight. Do you think Arsenal are working on getting in another player after Tomiyasu with 12 hours remaining for the deadline?

{Ed002's Note - If the can.}

31 Aug 2021 13:49:22
Another well known QUALITY signing…
Where do we keep finding these top players from.

31 Aug 2021 13:55:25
Planning for life in the Championship.

31 Aug 2021 13:38:09
Feel better after the update and clarification Ed - thank you.,

Who is our first choice right back though?

{Ed002's Note - No idea I am afraid.}

31 Aug 2021 14:21:28
Thank you - hopefully Mikel knows but I’m not sure he does either 😂 😂.

31 Aug 2021 14:54:46
I fully expect this guy to be utilised as a RB. White and Gabriel will be a 1st choice pairing with Holding and Mari as backup. Bellerin out and Chambers/ Cedric are not a confident 1st choice for MA.
When fully fit, I am expecting we'll see Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, KT as our back 4.

{Ed077's Note - or White could be utilized as an RB?

31 Aug 2021 17:26:21
Possibly Ed yeah and switch up the CBs. We'll soon see!

{Ed077's Note - whatever way the CBs get deployed, it's still lots of money spent on a position that wasn't in urgent need of revamp. Well at least the next manager will have a few decent players to work with😉

31 Aug 2021 17:47:15
White could play DM as well.

30 Aug 2021 09:52:54
With 1 day to go in the transfer what is everyone's thoughts on our business?
I was expecting:
CM- Sambi looks like he has potential but we should have offloaded Xhaka and brought someone like Bissouma in as well.
RB- Bellerin obviously wants out, and Cedric is not good enough. I'm hoping something happens in the next 24hrs.
Target man- teams have realised that if they force us into wide positions there is absolutely no threat. We should have pushed for Abraham here.
GK- happy with Ramsdale. I think he'll become No.1 over the course of the season.
I still don't get the Ben White transfer. He could end being great for us but did we need him and could £50m have been spent better elsewhere?

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30 Aug 2021 10:24:21
Disappointed in the window - we’ve invested a lot of money and not really improved the starting 11

Concerned about White getting bullied, Goslie not being good playing from the back and not impressed with us not addressing RB, creativity and goal threat. Biggest concern is leadership on the pitch and playing at a slow pace.

It’s sad thinking about it.

I’d be happy with White in a back 3 with Saliba and Holding.

I think if we can get the ball forward faster - pea will score goals especially if he has the freedom to drift from centre to inside left but never on left as he’s a useless winger

I’d be happy if we signed a CM and a RB as we really need those spots.

Here’s a suggestion - 3 at back with AMN and Tierney as Wingbacks.

Partey plus 1 in CM

Pepe PEA Saka

Against weaker teams I’d play ESR or Ode with Partey and stronger teams I’d play Partey and a beast

I’m only suggesting 3 at the back because I’m concerned about White which is crazy as we would then be reducing our attacking players to add 1 at the back because of a signing we didn’t really need especially with Saliba staring on loan.

30 Aug 2021 10:26:18
We really need another rb and cf. I doubt we will get either to be honest. Another cm would be a bonus.

Don't get the whole did we need Ben white to be honest. Only time will tell if we over spent but as for the other cbs we have aside from gabriel they are all useless.

{Ed014's Note - apart from Saliba of course

30 Aug 2021 10:37:19
We probably did need a new CB, D16 but I think in a future window. I would have prefered £50m spent on an experienced CM.

30 Aug 2021 11:52:01
Of course Ed apart from saliba. I. Find it odd as he is young fair enough if he isn't ready then loan him out. But to think he can't be ready with some of the crap we have is laughable.

{Ed014's Note - I’d put money on it he’s 100% ready and it’s just Arteta being an utter arse.

30 Aug 2021 12:04:47
It seems Arteta only wants players he gets on with which is a terrible trait for a manager in any type of business.

{Ed014's Note - well he’s a terrible manager so guess they go hand in hand Glenn 🤣

30 Aug 2021 12:57:26
I wonder if arteta left, would saliba be in the team with a new manager.

{Ed014's Note - without a shadow of doubt that would be yes!

30 Aug 2021 13:35:49
Would we need to wait for his loan to end or the Winter window to bring Saliba back?

{Ed002's Note - When his loan is over but it is doubtful he would want to come back as things stand.}

30 Aug 2021 13:56:10
Apparently Spurs have an agreement with Barcelona for Emerson Royal. Probably the player would should have got as RB. What a joke.

30 Aug 2021 16:01:21
I guess we really don't know what it seems so bad for us. Is it majorly a lack of European football that affects the players we can bring, is it the players we have bought so underwhelming or just the way we conduct business in seeking to buy players? I can see we were determined to spend big money on two players and got the deals done eventually but was that because of lack of competition for those players?

The Ben White deal may later prove to be a good one, but in this moment it is not because of his lack of experience in the EPL. I can see us buying another defender in about 2 seasons from from, especially if Saliba doesn't return unless someone breaks through from the youth team. Holding is capable but just doesn't have the finest and Mari I can't believe is that bad for is experience. Is he lacking confidence or what?

Ramsdale purchase is similar not a good one in this moment unless Leno leaves this window, which is clearly not happening. Even if he becomes number 1 this season it's too much money concentrated in the squad.

Sorry Ed14 it just never looked realistic for Bissouma happening with Partey a mainstay in the team and Sambi Lokonga coming in. I think that would have been three players with basically the same profile. Torriera is different and should have stayed for the difficult games to break up games with less chance of being carded.

Honestly, I worry for us having ESR and Odegaard as our creative mid. They are not top four and doesn't even feel like top 6 in the present moment when we want break back into that group.

The frightening thing is I even worry more about our strikers. We couldn't score goals in pre-season and expect to score goals in the league. It's such a sticky situation because we see PEA as a better goalscorer that Laca and he may score. However, the team score more goals with Laca. How do you bench your captain, apparently best striker and highest earner and make it work?

30 Aug 2021 17:42:56
My biggest concern is Saliba. Ed has repeatedly said he has no future with us.

As for the window, I see the club lowering the wage bill, investing in the future. I am pleased with some signings, verdict's yet to come on a few more. There is a direction, but it is difficult to stomach.

29 Aug 2021 09:55:38
Hi Eds. posting for first time, is koulibaly (Napoli) available? . If we could get him atleast we can make our defence strong. so may not concede these soft goals. may be he is 30.but surely will be a good fit for at least 2 to 3 years.

{Ed002's Note - Koulibaly is available but not moving to Arsenal.}

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29 Aug 2021 15:54:43
Maybe if we had a £27m CB who turned in an impressive performance for Marseille hours after we fielded Chambers and Kolasinac in a 3 man defence. Apparently he isn’t better than these guys. 6’4” too. Just imagine.

{Ed014's Note - it’s beyond belief mate!

29 Aug 2021 16:42:05
My bet is the guy has slept with Mikels wife or something.

{Ed014's Note - what ever Arteta’s lame excuse I’m not having it, it’s pathetic, Arteta’s is pathetic!

29 Aug 2021 17:28:34
Perfect partner for White along with Holding in a back 3.

29 Aug 2021 21:58:52
Why would koulibaly want to join Arsenal at this current point in time?

29 Aug 2021 23:25:49
Why would anyone want to join Arsenal at this current point in time?!

30 Aug 2021 08:31:47
We don’t need koulibaly. People are forgetting how immense Gabriel was at times last season and he will be more adjusted now. Gabriel and White will be a solid pairing in a two or 3 with Holding as the 3rd. Hopefully AMN and Bellarin move on and we actually have someone with personal terms agreed waiting in the wings for a RB purchase. Once Partey is back hopefully Sambi and Partey become the mainstay in the middle with odegaard/ ESR ahead of them Pepe on the right and Saka on the left and Auba/ Laca up top is a very strong team if they can just get a run of results to get the morale up.
Too much doom and gloom at the moment for me.

30 Aug 2021 17:46:12
I'm with you, 👍👍👍.

29 Aug 2021 09:20:54
Hello Ed002, Just to put us Gooners out of our misery, Is there any little treat you can give us with 2 days left?

Do you realistically see us getting a new player in before the deadline?

Thanks as always mate!

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have the opportunity to sign Aouar.}

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29 Aug 2021 11:09:27
That is quite interesting ED, Do you think our priorities are there or if we look to move on some players before the deadline, A RB would be our first move? Whilst I understand it is hard to speculate, it is harder to make sense of anything that is going on right now on and off the pitch.

Thanks mate! Have a good Sunday :)

{Ed002's Note - Unless Bellerin and one of AMN or Soares were to move Arsenal don't need a RB.}

29 Aug 2021 20:08:30
Anyone interested in Soares Ed? Would he even consider going or does he want to leave?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

30 Aug 2021 12:38:19
Thanks for the reply!

27 Aug 2021 15:57:32
£17m for AUBA where do these rumours come from!?!

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27 Aug 2021 22:10:58
Take it and run.

27 Aug 2021 22:39:33
Take it and replace him with who? I swear spoke people think its football manager or something. What world class striker is willing to join Arsenal? Surely you're not banking on Nketiah filling that gap? Lacazette? Neither can get the goals Aubameyang has done.

28 Aug 2021 07:41:54
Never trust the spoke people, they are just too. spokey.

28 Aug 2021 19:36:28
Hey Ed. I know you said it’s early so no need to Panic. But not a single shot against City today? Worrying. I suspect Conte rumours will pick up. Do you think if Arsenal did go that way, could they pull it of?

{Ed002's Note - Why would Conte want to work with Kia and Edus?}

29 Aug 2021 08:53:23
Ed why would any manager want to come Arsenal how the club is run is a joke in my opinion.

29 Aug 2021 12:55:18
Money talks ed lol.

{Ed014's Note - only if you’re willing to spend it Nicky

27 Aug 2021 14:34:10
Would any Ed’s know if arsenal are intrested in belotti thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal has made no approach.}

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27 Aug 2021 01:40:25
Hi Eds, Firstly just wanted to say thank you for all your info this window, its been great and is highly appreciated.
Just wanted to ask in regards to Aoura most likely leaving Lyon this summer and being offered to numerous clubs including Arsenal. With the past interest in the player, is it something the club is looking to do still if they can move players on or has that ship sailed with Granit Xhaka now staying at the club? Appreciate any insight or knowledge that you can provide. thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Houssem Aouar (CM) Lyon were frustrated by Arsenal not taking a realistic approach to trying to complete the transfer of the player last summer and with PSG for failing to make a suitable offer. Having lost out on their primary CM choice there remains a chance PSG could look to him again - although I doubt he is at the top of their list any more. With the impact of the broadcasting losses, clubs in France are facing a difficult time and Lyon have reduced their €60M asking price this summer to ensure a sale. Juventus interest has drifted as they have a preferred target in mind after failed offers including Federico Bernardeschi and Mattia De Sciglio, who Lyon are keen on but they want to separate the deals. But I would not exclude Juventus from making an offer. Lyon are willing to offer the player on a loan with an obligation to buy deal and that might attract Arsenal and Liverpool. There has been concern about his recent form and this was reflected by Real Madrid showing no interest when approached by his agent. Manchester United would need to move on Pogba or van der Beek if looking toward him whilst they also have an eye on Saul, although he now looks to be heading elsewhere. Barcelona were also approached but they will not be in a position to do anything unless Frenkie de Jong is tempted away from the club as they have other priorities in the final days - I doubt they will look again. Fabio Paratici has taken his interest from Juventus to Spurs but after discussions they have stepped away. Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and others have sent scouts to watch him over the past couple of seasons but none have declared an interest or looked to make an offer for Aouar. Arsenal will be told a take it or leave it price that is perhaps not as good a deal as others are being offered and will be expected to pay it - a third party will be used by Arsenal in any direct discussions. Atletico Madrid may offer an option depending on departures. Being available on loan will perhaps accelerate his exit.

Arsenal also still have a major issue selling players and unless they can sell in January or guarantee sales before the end of June are aware of a looming FFP issue.}

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27 Aug 2021 13:24:22
Thanks heaps Ed, hopefully we can get shift the necessary players needed in the next few days. We definitely
haven’t made it easy on ourselves, as it will be a shame if we weren’t able to get a deal done.


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