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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.



06 Feb 2019 08:40:00
Hi Ed's,

I was curious as to whether our transfer planning or activity behind the scenes would stop or be hindered with Mislintat leaving, or if the wheels are in motion for what we want to do in the summer already?



{Ed002's Note - It will certainly be hindered and there is the potential that the new appointment will derail it completely. However, in the interim it will continue down the road it has been going - but keep in mind some good and trusted people from the scouting side, one in particular, have moved on.}

1.) 06 Feb 2019 15:25:14
That is bad news because we need to buy well and we need to buy at reasonable prices if not better than reasonable prices and scouting bargains was an avenue I hoped we excell in as a way back to being competitive again.

2.) 06 Feb 2019 16:21:51
Ed if I’m honestly I don’t know much about the director of football role, but in this your opinion who is perfectly suited for the role and why?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal already have Raul Sanllehi in the role of Director of Football. What they need is a new chief scout or a bit of a restructure as Sanllehi is very much a football administrator. This means that whoever arrives to replace Sven Mislintat needs to adapt to work in a slightly odd set up where he would be given the title of Technical Director or Chief Scout but would not have the overall say over the football side of things - as that would still be in the hands of Sanllehi - and that could make it difficult to recruit the right person. There is no secret that Monchi is having a bit of a tough time at Roma after a not so good summer, losing focus over players signed for the AM role and a struggle with the owner to some extent. He has been in London this week discussing a player with another club and maybe someone sneaked him a drink and had a chat with him? Perhaps could be convinced that the job is for him - but I rather suspect not having full control over transfers and the youth system might put him off. Overmars has done well in the Netherlands and knows the club well - if he could be persuaded to join it would be necessary to certainly give him powers over the youth system - so again it depends on the job spec.

If money is not going to be available and the hadcuffs are on or the coach interferes or the Director of Football interferes, then Monchi is not the man for Arsenal, regardless of how good he is. Overmars would have certain demands and may suit the club better at this time.}

3.) 06 Feb 2019 21:32:54
It's not sounding good to me as an outsider looking in, sounds like there could be trouble at tut Mill and may well be behind Sven leaving.
I think losing Sven might have set us back further than we will probably ever realise,
Some of our best signings for very long time came in the two 2018 windows he was around.

4.) 06 Feb 2019 23:46:03
Thanks Ed for the info, really interesting. Hopefully arsenal appoint the right man.

5.) 09 Feb 2019 12:38:46
Just caught up on this thank you Ed love reading your comments. I wouldn't mind seeing overmars come to the club. Seems to being a good job over there and if he has a big say in the youth set up I can only see good things coming from that.




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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?





15 Feb 2019 20:45:56

I'm intrigued to know if Emery's stock has fallen as rapidly internally at the club as it seems to be externally.

Are you aware of any discontent at board level? Or will they keep backing him like they did with AW even though results/ performances are less than favourable?

It would be interesting to know if they had considered a 'back up' option.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - He wasn’t the preferred option, got very lucky at the start and now needs to get it back on track.}

1.) 15 Feb 2019 21:49:02
Personally I'm beginning to wonder if the players are starting to doubt him too.
I really hope he turns it round and comes good as he seems a nice bloke but the longer he goes on with no sign of improvement the more and more people from all sides of the Arsenal equation will begin to question him.
He needs to start winning doubters back not increasing their numbers.



18 Sep 2018 22:01:14
Hi Ed02,

You said in a recent post that Vinai Venkatesham shouldn't and wouldn't be considered for replacing IG.

Given the announcement today, would you consider this a bad play on behalf of the board?

I'm really interested in your thoughts on this appointment alongside Raul Sanhelli.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - No, this has been coming for a while and the board would know that. VV has been at the club for a while and has been moving up the ladder - but he has reached his natural peak now. RS was the indicator that time had come for the manager and there needed to be a change. The only issue that could really be argued is that the manager is not the guy they wanted - he was further down the list but that is the choice they made.}



03 Jul 2018 14:45:37
Hi Ed's,

I know that he has recently signed for Roma, but did we/ any PL side have any interest in Kluivert?

I heard a rumour that we were keen but I was surprised that it was done so quickly to Roma without anyone else stepping in.



{Ed002's Note - No. I have told you where the interst has been from Arsenal.}

1.) 03 Jul 2018 16:38:07
Hello Ed002, do you have a list or any idea whether arsenal are looking to buy any more centre backs?

{Ed002's Note - This was the list:
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB) – Will join - and done to death
Medhi Benatia (CB) - first choice in January and if Arsenal were looking to another CB the most obvious - against it is that Juventus met two other clubs in London about players last week and there were no discussions with Arsenal about players.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB) an option to Papastathopoulos
Daniele Rugani (CB) – a bit of a wildcard but has been looked at by Arsenal but heading elsewhere
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) - an expensive and unlikely option
Chris Smalling (CB) - interest left with AW, but being English gives him an advantage. Harry Maguire might have been a better solution}

2.) 03 Jul 2018 18:52:30
Thanks Ed, I thought the list would of changed slightly. Whenever your free can we get a lost of outgoings? But when your free because I know you travel a lot.

{Ed002's Note - I am not so sure too much has happened. The chap I know best regarding what is going on has been at the World Cup on a general type brief. I am not sure of his plans right now. There are. A few Sharkopods to do but Spurs will be first. Maybe an Everton style brain dump update if I am stretched and I need to do Pais and London in the next week so again travel. When I travel it gets tight on time and I need Hunter Thompson’s Breakfast of Champions and spare time to get by.




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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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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.}



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04 Jun 2019 21:28:03
Your ‘sources’ tell you? Or every major news publication that has written anything about Ramsey’s contract withdrawal because Emery didn’t want to keep him? Do me a favour. Sources.




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17 May 2019 06:46:27
Agree with all comments about RG.

Nonsensical comments with nothing to back them up; this is not a great way of promoting debate, especially as your conversation is far from intelligent.




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07 May 2019 15:20:50
So we need this role as well as a chief scout? All sounds a bit of a farce.

Thanks for the info Ed.


{Ed002's Note - That is why the three preferred choices all said no to Arsenal.}




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09 Apr 2019 00:14:14
What exactly do you think the fan base can do to get Kroenke out? Also, why would he go? The one and only time he will consider a sale is if it stops being profitable. No point thinking about him leaving before that.




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10 Mar 2019 23:54:48
We haven’t improved at all when we were struggling for 5th and 6th last season?




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04 Feb 2019 11:09:34
Why do you write all of your posts like a news reporter and always state the obvious? Annoying.




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29 Jan 2019 15:10:02
RG, you’re being overly critical of one of our brightest young players for a long time, who is consistently played out of position, by AW and UE.

Not sure how many goals you expect him to get from wing back or full back, or how he can push on when he’s not a defender.

Stop posting nonsense.




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08 Aug 2018 09:18:00
Chambers needs games to help his development - I think Holding could also do with a loan if truth be told. We aren't in a position where we can rely on an inexperienced 23yr old centre back. We need solid, mature players at the back to help the rest of the team. I like both Chambers and Holding, but this does make sense if he is to become a long term centre back for Arsenal. A season of top flight, Premiership football in a team that will be under the pump for a lot of their games. We will see how good he is, and also he will learn loads. Good luck to him.