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01 Sep 2019 06:57:19
With rumours of a £3m fee for Monreal, it seems odd that the reported fee was only £250,000. Thoughts?

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01 Sep 2019 07:39:45
For some strange reason we wanted him gone, makes absolutely no sense to me but time will tell as always.

01 Sep 2019 10:48:54
Hi G62 - I have felt that both Monreal and Kolasinac had deficiencies in their game. Monreal lacked pace and Kolasinac lacks defensive ability. Hence why we signed Tierney and unless Kolasinac improves defensively I can see him being replaced in the not too distant future, maybe in one of the next two windows?

As far as selling Monreal, we bank the low sum paid, plus we get his wages off our books. I assume that Tierney will be back soon, so we have 2 options at LB.

As far as the cover Montreal provided at CB, we still have: Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavrapanos, Chambers and at a push Medley, who clearly isn't ready to play PL level yet. Whether we play 2 or 3 CB's that is ample cover. Before people say we should have sold sold Mustafi rather than Monreal, perhaps yes, but we haven't been able to do so.

01 Sep 2019 19:16:35
Hi RG if everything goes according to plan your 6 numbers come up you live a life of luxury but! Just on the off chance your lottery numbers don't come up you need an alternative plan to pay your way until they do come up, Tierney has had injury problems for 18 months and was injured when we bought him and even when eventually he is fit he will moving up several levels from Scottish premier to English premier league and when you take all those things into account Tierney is very unknown risky basket to place all your eggs in unnecessarily.

01 Sep 2019 20:49:48
G62 - what a peculiar comment. The medical team will have checked Tierney and I am sure he will return fit and will be an upgrade on Monreal.

01 Sep 2019 21:42:56
Is it the same medical team that checked Kim Kalstrom :-) .
Hopefully Tierney will be available by October and be a sensation but personally I'd have hedged my bets until it happened rather than replying on hope alone.
Just doesn't make sense to me especially when you consider we only received 70% of one week of Mesuts weekky wage in return for Nacho.

01 Sep 2019 21:43:03
To be fair if you read his goodbye message doesn't he say about wanting to go back home. Guy just went about it in a more dignified way than someone else did.

02 Sep 2019 07:18:36
G62 - surely even you are aware that we have changed the medical set up at the club since the Kalstrom episode.
It appears that Tierney will return after the International break, which would have influenced Emery’s decision to sell Monreal. We have two LB’s, which is normal, perhaps he has player in mind who can play in that position if necessary.
There will be a saving in wages which can go towards the cost of a signing in January. Perhaps we are looking for another left back as I recall Emery has been looking to sign a LB since he arrived as he didn’t seem convinced by either options. We may indeed replace Kolasinac, who lacks defensively.

27 Aug 2019 05:56:30
Rumours of an offer for Monreal, should we sell him, as we have two left backs: Kolasinac and Tierney.

{Ed0666's Note - if Saturdays performance was anything to go by than yes

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27 Aug 2019 17:53:57
Would this seasons squad be stronger if Monreal left? If Tierney doesn't get or stay fit can we play a back 4 without Monreal? Kol is a half decent wing back but a pretty poor full back.
I see it like a Gabriel situation absolutely nothing to gain by parting company at this stage and every chance of regretting it later.

27 Aug 2019 22:51:28
Monreal gets skinned badly by pace, but as the left sided CB, especially as a back 3, he's still a good option to have. Personally I would rather keep him than Mustafi.

28 Aug 2019 10:23:54
It’s not a question of Monreal or Mustafi.
Will Monreal play as we have Tierney and Kolasinac?
At CB we have: Luiz, Sokratis, Holding, Chambers, Mustafi, Mavrapanos and Medley.

28 Aug 2019 18:26:50
Thats the we don't have Tierney yet lose Monreal and it leaves Kol.
RG a few seasons back you criticised Arsene for letting Gabriel go and leaving us short of CBs yet now you want to do exactly same thing at LB?
You are pretending Tierney is both fit and premier league proven and Kol doesn't struggle at left back to support your original opinion when the obvious answer is " ok in hadn't looked at it like that " then simply drop it.

31 Aug 2019 12:36:49
I think it’s a huge silly gamble just like putting Chambers out on loan last season leaving us short at CB. Same mistake again 😉.

25 Aug 2019 07:19:38
Much as I thought, an extremely tough match against a quality Liverpool team. Clearly an improvement on last season's corresponding fixture.
Another tough match against toot next weekend. I would like to see Torreira start.
I am in two minds whether we should start with the trio of Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang, as it leaves us without an attacking option on the bench.
Against Liverpool I thought our midfield was overrun until Torreira came on. Against top 6 sides, I think playing two youngsters, Guendouzi and Willock isn't ideal. Perhaps in a 4-3-3: Leno - AMN Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac- Torreira Ceballos Xhaka - Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang.

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26 Aug 2019 07:23:07
Agreed 911. We need to overrun Spurs in the midfield to starve Kane of service, and I think Torreira/ Willock/ Ceballos (or Xhaka) is the perfect way to do that.

{Ed0666's Note - Ndombele, Winks Sissoko & Le Celso will be a tough midfield to overrun mate.

27 Aug 2019 22:57:21
Ndombele may not be fit, and Lo Celso hasn't yet completed a game for Spurs I think. Torreira will be key to this game I think.

21 Aug 2019 16:15:20
Would any Ed confirm if Robin Van Persie was offered a contract before he left arsenal and as to why he left?

{Ed047's Note - he said himself the other day on SS that he wasn’t offered a new contract with only a year left despite speaking to Wenger and Gazidis so he was ambitious, had the option to go to City or United as well as a European club and chose United.

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21 Aug 2019 18:09:45
That's a bit different to what we were lead to think at the time! Naughty naughty Arsene who I remember at the time saying " I'm confident Robin will stay "
Both RVP and Ashley Cole were portraid as the bad guys when they left but years later Arsene said the clubs contract offer to Ashley which would have left him way behind other top players " was a misunderstanding "
It seems we wanted to cash in on both but didn't want the fans to know so allowed the players to take the flack that should have been directed at the club and Arsene all along.
Not nice that.

22 Aug 2019 07:26:23
I was a great fan of RVP as a player, but not once he opens his mouth.
In response to G62, I recall that Ashley Cole wanted the club to pay his agents fees, which the club would not do, especially as I seem to recall Cole had entered negotiations with Chelsea without the club’s consent.
Two great players that left too early, way too blearily in Cole’s case. At his peak he was one of the best LB’s in the world. RVP was older than Cole when left, if my memory serves me correctly we had seen the best of him and he only had a couple of good seasons at United, before his ability declined.

22 Aug 2019 08:30:35
Arsene himself admitted years later that Arsenal had offered Cole a contract well below that of other players but said it was a misunderstanding, it looks like now the club simply wanted to cash in on both players but didn't have the nerve to admit it at the time.
Cashing in on Rvp and Cole while giving away contracts to the long term injured and aging Rosiky Artetta Mertesacker it's little wonder we went into decline.

21 Aug 2019 08:10:41
Morning ed0oo2

Have you any updates on mustafi and elneny finding new clubs.

{Ed002's Note - Not really - Galatasaray are still interested in Elneny but I don't think their position has changed regarding wanting a loan without a commitment to buy. Roma had representatives in England last week and spoke with three sides about players - one of which was Arsenal about Mustafi. I expect Arsenal may have priced him out of a cash sale and again I would expect they will want a loan initially - perhaps with an obligation to buy, but I doubt it (and they have looked at other options).}

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22 Aug 2019 07:33:08
I hope we can find clubs willing to take:
Mustafi, Chambers, Elneny and Mkhitaryan.
I would keep Ozil, to see if he can provide more in the current team, with the new players. Although I think he may have a problem getting into the starting line up.

15 Aug 2019 17:58:45
Ed I know you don’t like talking money but if DC were to sign Ozil how much do you think they would pay for him?

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained he will not be going there this summer - but if he stays until January there will be a tiny fee or he will be released from his contract removing Arsenal from any obligation to pay any of his wages - then, as I have explained, maybe a sponsor will help out with whatever wages are agreed between the player an the club. I am not really sure why you are asking such an odd question.}

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15 Aug 2019 20:38:26
I think it's pretty well documented Arsenal regret giving Mesut his last contract and equally well documented Emery would prefer him to leave rather than stay.
If someone offered Mesut a pay deal he was a happy with and a place to play where he was happy to go I'm absolutely sure Arsenal wouldn't complicate things by seeking a fee that could blow any potential deal.

20 Aug 2019 07:55:29
If Mustafi Elneny and Ozil go ed in January do u think we will look to add any new faces.

{Ed002's Note - Clubs do not typically plan to buy players in January. Arsenal want the players to go now.}

20 Aug 2019 22:46:16
I'd have thought we have enough players to see us through this season from our summer spending and only something totally unexpected would make us spend again.
By unexpected I mean an injury to a key player or finding ourselves involved in a title race at the turn of the year :-)

12 Aug 2019 14:30:03
Hi ed002

Is there still a chance of out going at the club and if so do you have any information on who could be moving

Thanks mate.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Mustafi and Elneny if buyers can be found.}

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12 Aug 2019 14:41:34
Good man, cheers.

12 Aug 2019 16:14:29
I'd be happy if both found clubs they wanted to join but equally happy if they remained as emergency cover.
I know financially it's good business but I don't see a problem if both are happy to remain knowing they will only be used as desperate measures.
It's like having an umbrella with you, you aren't forced to put it up but if an unexpected downpour comes it can be handy to have around.

14 Aug 2019 07:43:08
I would like to see us offload Mustafi, Elneny and Mkhitaryan, but we must be careful as the squad will then be short of experienced players. I would keep Ozil, as he may well improve playing alongside the new players. If we clear out the three I mentioned it will allow youngster smore game time and provide funds and space for a couple of signings in the January window.

09 Aug 2019 12:45:18
Interesting to see if we can move out some players whilst other windows are still open: Elneny, Mustafi and Chambers.
I believe Galatasaray are after Elneny.

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09 Aug 2019 13:27:33
Afternoon RG.

09 Aug 2019 14:38:01
G62 - RG has booked a room for you and Calum.

09 Aug 2019 14:45:41
Lol G62!

09 Aug 2019 14:51:15
I happy to spend hours lost in Calums eyes RG but I'm note sure about you looking at me looking at Calum, that would just be weird :-)

09 Aug 2019 16:18:36
Elneney yes but I think with the current defensive side injuires we aleady have we would be unwise to to sell Mustafi and Chambers. Would be open to selling Miki though also to make some cash.

10 Aug 2019 05:29:39
Mustafi, Elneny and Mkhi out would do me. I see us playing 3 at the back this season so Chambers should get some time and hopefully prove himself. Good DM cover too.

10 Aug 2019 14:33:42
Ooo risky wire anything but complete hate for Chambers is viewed a crush.


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