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28 Jun 2019 10:38:54
Hi Eds,

Lots of chatter in the papers re. Aubameyang and Man Utd - surely this isn't serious? Can you shed any light on this rumour or if he is likely to go anywhere else?

Also, Ozil and Mkhi, are we anywhere close to finding a new home for either or both?



{Ed002's Note - I know nothing of it.}

1.) 28 Jun 2019 11:04:05
Hope this don't happen but can't see us selling to United again.

2.) 28 Jun 2019 15:22:28
I think Auba to United is fake news, but we are reportedly having trouble attracting suitors for Ozil and Mhiki due to their inflated wages and their age.

Keep your fingers crossed.

3.) 28 Jun 2019 18:39:53
Ozil on £350k, PEA £200k, Mhkit. £180k, £100k for Kolasinac, Mustafi at £90k, Chambers and Elneny at £50k, Jenkinson at £45k.

There is a lot of waste.

4.) 28 Jun 2019 20:16:19
Who would match those wages that Alex quotes even if we gave all those players mentioned a free transfer?
As unpalatable as it is we may have to subsidise these players wages at a new club plus give them away on a free to part company with them should we chose to do so.
If Alex figures are correct that's 50 million a year on players we don't seem to want, surely it makes good business sense to cut our loses as much as possible and make a fresh more sensible new start.

5.) 29 Jun 2019 19:20:11
PEA is wanted and not a waste.



05 Jun 2019 18:44:57
Ed's, completely random one.

Any chance we might get Buffon?



{Ed001's Note - I thought he was retiring.}

1.) 05 Jun 2019 19:45:44
I wasn’t sure. A report I read today said that he couldn’t come to an agreement with PSG over an extension to his contract so he’s left the club. Didn’t mention retirement.

{Ed002's Note - Buffon is not moving to Arsenal.}

2.) 05 Jun 2019 20:06:10
I thought we were trying to get rid of buffoons.



31 May 2019 15:34:27
It would be great if you could give us a state of play inrespect to outgoings, including thoughts on Emery/ coaching staff and it they are deemed as being good enough to stay on for next season by the club.

I remember you saying that Emery signed a 2 year contract with an option to extend - personally I'd be shocked if he was there past the end of next season.


{Ed002's Note - Something like this:

Petr Cech (G)
David Ospina (G)
Emi Martinez (G) Arsenal may try to keep him

Carl Jenkinson (RB)
Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB) will leave
Nacho Monreal (LB) time to go
Sead Kolasinac (LB)

Laurent Koscielny (CB) could leave
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
Callum Chambers (CB/RB)

Mohamed Elneny (DM) will be tough to shift

Aaron Ramsey (CM)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RM) agent wants big money and has spoken to at least one Chinese side

Mesut Özil (AM) if a deal can be found - which will be tough - if he stays then there will be a significant impact on transfer plans

Danny Welbeck (S)

1.) 31 May 2019 19:49:56
I'd be happy if we got rid of all of those players, also Ed, is there no interest in Elneny? Or is it the wages that will make him tough to shift?

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know.}

2.) 01 Jun 2019 02:01:26
Ed do you know if Zaha would still be interested in joining us even thought we haven’t got CL football, going with the premise we find the money somewhere to afford him in the first place

Do you think he’d be a good signing?

{Ed002's Note - I think it very unlikely - as I said it would take a serious chunk of the available funds away. He was only one RW option.}

3.) 01 Jun 2019 08:053:32
The players Ed mentions are either going or need to go. That only leaves the following players, plus youngsters:
G Leno
RB Maitland-Niles and Bellerin (wont be fit to start the season) - hence Meunier?
LB None!
CB Sokratis, Mavrapanos and Holding
DM Torreira, Guendouzi, Xhaka
AM Iwobi
A Aubameyang and Lacazette

That makes 12 first team players, plus: Iliev, Medley, Nelson, Willock, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah and possibly a couple of others. So a total of approx 18 players. Assuming we can't or don't reduce the squad by all the players Ed mentions, we appear to need a minimum of 4 players. However, assuming we keep Martinez, we really need a RB, 2 LB's, 2 CB, 3 or 4 midfield players (including a wide attacking player and cover for the strikers ( possibly a player that can play wide or centrally) . It's a daunting task to sign and integrate so many players, but is the surgery to the squad that is essential.



12 May 2019 12:09:00
Hi Ed's,

Random one - any interest in Tavernier from Rangers? He always looks solid when I see him play, home grown, a position in which we need cover, cost effective.


{Ed001's Note - none that I am aware of from Arsenal.}

1.) 12 May 2019 19:49:06
As a Rangers fan also Arsenal as the english team i prefer, i can say Tav ain't the man for arsenal as good as he is going forward he can't defend at all.

2.) 12 May 2019 20:06:14
Yes agree. Decent SPL level player but would be caught seriously lacking in EPL.



07 May 2019 15:51:18
Hi Eds,

I am hoping you can tell me that we have been trying to find a buyer for Mustafi, as well as trying to find a replacement for him within the squad.

Any news on either?


{Ed002's Note - Shkodran Mustafi will be allowed to leave - in terms of replacements, Arsenal have been looking:
Michael Keane (CB) Arsenal have taken the opportunity to watch him at West Ham recently and it was reported back that the scouts were both impressed by MK and particularly Kurt Zouma
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (CB) Mainz have said they will sell at the right price and have said that Arsenal have returned to watch him with a new scout (the last having been sacked) and that Lille and Manchester City have also looked at him - but the player may want Champions League if he moves from Mainz.
Ibrahima Konate (CB) the player does not want to move to Arsenal
Samuel Umtiti (CB) Barcelona are keen to move him on and UE is keen to take him if the right deal can be figured out - Arsenal want a loan to buy - but could easily be priced out of a move, particularly given injury concerns. Could be a very expensive mistake.
Boubacar Kamara (CB) - very unlikely as talks progress with another side and Marseille would like to keep him - interest raised by a well respected scout who was then sacked by Minislat - the lady from Marseille says that she does not see Arsenal as an option
Djene (CB/RB) has been watched by Arsenal and Leicester (pre Brendan Rodgers) but money may be an issue for Arsenal as he would cost €35M in hard cash - no structured payments - Lille turned down the chance to sign him as they did not see him as good enough for them
Matthias Ginter (CB) enquiries from two EPL sides (including Arsenal) came to nothing. If he did move he would want to be a started which will cut out Bayern, as will him having no interest in being used as cover for multiple positions. He would be expensive and is apparently happy. Don't hold your breath.

1.) 07 May 2019 17:18:25
Is there any updated list for wingers Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I don't think anything has changed so:

Ismaila Sarr (RW) was watched earlier in the season before Arsenal moved on a well respected scout. There was certainly no discussion about the player whilst any Europa league tie but there is interest, although the price may be prohibitive at €50M
Cengiz Under (RW) enquired after but seen as too expensive at €40M
David Neres (RW/LW) has been watched but no approach has been made to Ajax
Nicolas Pepe (RW) is way out of Arsenal's financial reach
Suso (RW) watched again but expensive - although is home grown
Cristian Pavon (RW/F) Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target - there is interest from Ajax, Barcelona and from another English side who have been told that when he moves it will be to Barcelona - but their focus is on another player right now - very unlikely
Zaha (RW) Emery says he likes the player but Crystal Palace will look for around £60M which will take a serious chunk of the available funds away - but perfectly possible as the big buy of the summer
Hakim Ziyech (RW/AM) concerns over one particular issue (which has already made a couple of clubs step back) will end the interest of Arsenal
Samuel Chukwueze (RW) a Villareal youngster in Spain under the Cotonou Agreement that drew attention of Arsenal again recently when they were scouting another player (Pablo Fornals). As a 16 year old he had trials at Arsenal after the Under 17 World Cup but it came to nothing. Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have a declared interest in the player, as does Leicester City but they realised there would be a need to overpay on transfer fee or wages to ensure a Work Permit could be obtained so asked for a price - and stepped back at the €60M quoted.

Ivan Perisic (LW) too old and pricey - won't happen
Benito Raman (LW) watched but concern over the step up - Everton, Burnely and WHU have also looked at him
Leandro Trossard (LW) was certainly watched at the start of the season by an Arsenal scout who has since left the club. He is young but I know that Wolfsburg has also watched him and spoken with Genk. I am not aware of any deal being made and that seems a decent sum of money to pay for a LW when a RW is the real priority.
Ryan Fraser (LW) has the advantage of being home grown

2.) 07 May 2019 20:27:51
Ed you mention available funds when mentioning Zaha. How much does arsenal have available this summer?

{Ed002's Note - It will depend on sales.}

3.) 07 May 2019 21:05:25
And champions league football I guess. Thanks Ed for the information and hope all is well mate.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

4.) 08 May 2019 02:29:49
"Mustafi will be allowed to leave" - much as, I hope, Idi Amin was "allowed to leave" Uganda.

5.) 08 May 2019 07:49:04
Mustafi has been a big disappointment. Before we signed him, I had noticed him playing in the German national team and was impressed. Clearly he needs to go and be replaced. We have had a series of 6ft centre backs and it would be an idea to sign a taller centre back. I was impressed by Brighton’s centre backs and wondered if they could make the jump up to a top 6 club?

6.) 07 May 2019 21:19:09
Awesome insight Ed, great to know who we are after now so we don't get disappointed when we are linked with De Ligt and Co.

I'd like to ask one more thing of you Ed, do you know who our targets are to replace Ramsey? Or are we planning on replacing from within?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed:
James Maddison (CM/AM) is emerging as a summer target for Arsenal (due largely to preferred choices not being available) but Leicester will resist selling him this summer unless a ridiculous offer is made and a move to Arsenal is very unlikely
Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out. Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bonus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides. Don't hold your breath - it won't happen
Kai Havertz (CM/AM) option to Rabiot but won't happen as his future is largely mapped out with a move happening in 2020. I would forget him.
Joe Aribo (CM) remains of interest - but is he ready to step up? Charlton are to offer him the best deal possible.
Nicolo Barella (CM) Napoli and Chelsea failed with approaches in January - and he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy - so very difficult. Don't hold your breath.
Ever Banega (CM) - Emery again likes the player but the club are not so keen, but if the preferred choices are not available he may need to be considered again
Christopher Nkunku (LM/AM) wanted by Emery and PSG may be open to a sale, but there is a dependency in Paris that could change that and interest from elsewhere

David Brooks (AM) Arsenal has watched him and may make an offer if Oezil were to be moved on
Julian Draxler (AM) expect player to be offered to the club
Pablo Fornals (AM) still being looked at

7.) 08 May 2019 12:27:43
Hello Ed. I was wondering if you'd be willing to answer if Chelsea would be willing to sell Zouma to Arsenal as they're their rivals? Perfectly understand if you don't want to answer, and in the case feel free to just delete this comment :)

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have no problems who they sell players to.}

8.) 08 May 2019 12:43:47
Actually surprised to hear that, as I thought most clubs tried not to sell to their direct rivals. Anyways, thanks for the reply - have a nice day!

{Ed002's Note - Cole, Giroud, Cech, Gallas, Diarra, Benayoun ..?}

9.) 08 May 2019 13:25:35
Well I guess I see hos stupid it sounds now hahaha.




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12 Jul 2019 22:30:28
Supporting this club is actual banter.

I don't care if we miss out on Saliba, I hadn't heard of him 5 minutes ago.

Give me a defence with Holding, Chambers and Sokratis, give me some youngsters like Nelson and Smith-Rowe and give me another golden boot for Auba or Laca.

We are where we are and it ain't going to change any time soon. May as well enjoy what we have and bring some youngsters through. I dare say there'd get more support in the stadium than a misfit bunch of no good signings due to our lack of funds.


1.) 12 Jul 2019 23:49:45
I make you right 5ky we'd all get behind a bright young future IF we had a bright young manager with BRIGHT new ideas.
Personally the win 5 3 philosophy makes my heart sink into dispare every time I think of it :- (
It's DOOMED It's doomed.

2.) 13 Jul 2019 07:47:56
Although we improved last season, compared to the previous season, the biggest disappointment was that we didn’t look particularly different than under Wenger. Perhaps this is because we only made 4 long term signings, so the players selected contained a majority of ‘Wenger’ trained players. This is why we must make at least 4 or 5 permanent signings this window, so the team becomes formed by Emery and his methods. This won’t happen overnight so we must be patient.



07 Jul 2019 17:01:14
Hi Ed's,

Am I right in thinking that Emery signed a 2 year initial contract with the option of a further year?

Do you know when a decision will likely be made as to whether or not this is renewed? Or if anything is going on behind closed doors with thinking about a replacement?



{Ed002's Note - That is not how it is structured. It is a three year contract with both sides able to break away from the contract after two years.}

1.) 07 Jul 2019 19:33:59
Ed, just a prediction here, if Emery and Arsenal decide to break away, won’t arsenal be in the EXACT SAME MESS as when Wenger left? We will not have any potential replacement again unless you can correct me?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are not looking for a replacement - if he were to go they will opt for someone like Arteta. The problem is the management structure and a promise made to someone who is in the mix there. I am far from convinced about Emery - but there you go. Within two years they need to fix it or be staring up and West Ham and Wolves - perhaps even Everton.}

2.) 07 Jul 2019 20:37:38
It feels like they’re prepping Ljungberg for me, that is just my own personal feeling though, not a rumour.

Could he be a candidate?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know.}

3.) 07 Jul 2019 21:07:10
Close your eyes, clear your heart. Cut the cord.

Time to make some big decisions - our club is a mess and quite embarrassing. We’ve stagnated and can’t seem to make a decision.

4.) 07 Jul 2019 21:58:26
No manager of proven substance would join Arsenal currently because things are in such a mess everywhere at the club, but desperation sometimes provides opportunities for less fashionable candidates with fresh ideas that can sometimes bring the ingredients needed to get things back on track.

5.) 08 Jul 2019 09:19:36
Desperation can go one of two way - self destruction or hunger for survival

Let’s see what we’re made of.



02 Jul 2019 21:59:09

Are we any closer to selling anyone to raise funds?!



{Ed002's Note - i have no way of measuring closer.}

1.) 03 Jul 2019 15:58:41
Closer than yesterday, a bit closer than that, or so far away its not happening? Not rocket science, any metric will suffice Ed002.

{Ed001's Note - in feet and inches? You don't get it, how can it be closer? In what way? These kind of questions are pointless as there is no way of measuring closeness, unless you want to know how closely they are sat together in discussions and whether they shift seat to be closer or further away during them.}

2.) 03 Jul 2019 16:29:05
For goodness sake, this is a rumours site, closeness in this context is entirely relative. You can't measure a rumour in the way you are implying, yet you will comment on the progress of these every day. I do get it as it happens, and if you don't know, or have heard nothing, then say so. "I don't know" is better, and more honest, than unnecessary snark!

{Ed001's Note - when do I comment on the progress each day? Stop lying and grow up. You are being a dick now. I do not make comments on progress at all. What is wrong with you? Why are you making up lies to suit your ridiculous need for constant updates which we have never ever provided, nor will we ever do. Go play on Twatter with the other needy brats who can't go 5 seconds without a fix of bull**** progress reports if that is what you want. Transfers do not work like that and we do not do that.}

3.) 03 Jul 2019 17:46:37
Didn’t mean to cause a riot - by ‘closer’ I meant have we had any talks progress toward completion for any of our players leaving.

There’s a lot of chatter around who we a making low ball bids for, but it’s very quiet about who we are trying to shift on or had enquiries about.

4.) 03 Jul 2019 18:49:02
Looool well done Walker your comment caused an argument, hope your proud of yourself lool!

5.) 03 Jul 2019 19:42:18
The Eds provide a great, free service 5kywalker. Most of these "journalists" are doing what they do for clicks bruv; it's mostly nonsense. If you've ever arranged any kind of business deal you know that all will be revealed in due time. The Eds simply point out where there is interest, take it or leave it.

6.) 03 Jul 2019 21:45:40
Agree AA, sometimes fans get desperate and ask impossible questions to answer like will we sign Zaha or not? Who can honestly answer that or anything else about the future without the aid of a time machine.
My favourite is when people ask the Eds are Arsenal interested in this that or the other player simply because they like the player themselves even though no one anywhere not the tabloids or even Sky have ever mentioned any connection with that player and Arsenal:-)
Sometimes people definitely ask far too much from the Eds that even if we paid them a £100 a question they couldn't possibly be expected to answer without purely guessing.

7.) 03 Jul 2019 22:10:30
AA, I was just asking for any news of any departures. Not too sure where a journalist comes into it, in fact, quite the opposite. There are no rumours circulating of us actively selling anyone, so I was asking if they knew of anything going on behind the scenes.

If we are all waiting for things to be revealed in due time then why do we come here at all? The witty chat, scelticism and club bashing?

I don’t think so bruv.

8.) 04 Jul 2019 13:25:41
No hard feelings 5kywalker, but the journals do often represent the "source" of many of these rumours, such as Aubamayang to United. Recently there were conflicting reports about Monreal leaving as well, and it will continue down to the end of the window because they know Arsenal fans are desperate.



20 May 2019 15:47:07
Hi Eds,

Do you know of any plans to shift on Reiss Nelson, even in a player swap deal? This seems to be doing the rounds as part of the Zaha transfer rumours.

It would be a shame to lose him as he looks a talent.



{Ed002's Note - No I am not aware of any plans to move him on. A loan perhaps.}

1.) 20 May 2019 23:02:21
Shame that. Would much rather him stay and see if he can break into the first team.

2.) 21 May 2019 12:42:40
If it helps, his Mother and sister have recently moved into a rented house opposite me and word on the street is that he will be back at the club next season.

3.) 21 May 2019 20:06:19
Doesn’t help.



07 May 2019 20:18:52
Are you able to give us some idea about what we might be looking to do defensively in the close season?

Also, after such a poor finish to the season, what is the current feeling in the club with regards to Emery?






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07 Aug 2019 06:37:17
Because they’re not his thoughts Jim. They’re his wife’s cousins. Plagiarism at its finest.




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27 Jul 2019 22:58:04
Cahill is better with someone solid next to him, he can’t be the experienced head in a pair - got shown up at Chelsea when Terry didn’t play/ left. Not sure he’s the answer. Him and Sokratis MIGHT work but I’d rather Chambers or Holding.




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08 Jul 2019 22:27:21
It makes you think it’s easy to pick players from 3 years ago when you’ve seen their performance to now.

We were linked with Chris Smalling once. How you feeling about that one?




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30 Jun 2019 19:32:34
He said Mustafi.




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10 Jun 2019 08:02:59
Great reply Jack. Though my wife’s sister in law in Lithuania has said that her brother in Poland has a friend in Italy who’s uncle doesn’t follow football but said that Praet cooks a mean lasagne.





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16 Sep 2019 22:29:20
Kick it to who? Giroud? Alan Smith? Kevin Campbell?




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29 Aug 2019 23:09:16
Love when RG gets shut down. Talking nonsense as always.




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20 Jul 2019 06:55:31
To be fair, they have to jump over Mustafi on the floor and then sprint to cover him. I see the method.




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07 Jul 2019 20:37:38
It feels like they’re prepping Ljungberg for me, that is just my own personal feeling though, not a rumour.

Could he be a candidate?


{Ed002's Note - I don’t know.}



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03 Jul 2019 22:10:30
AA, I was just asking for any news of any departures. Not too sure where a journalist comes into it, in fact, quite the opposite. There are no rumours circulating of us actively selling anyone, so I was asking if they knew of anything going on behind the scenes.

If we are all waiting for things to be revealed in due time then why do we come here at all? The witty chat, scelticism and club bashing?

I don’t think so bruv.