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25 Feb 2019 14:04:34
Good day Ed,

I read a somewhat worrying story about Arsenal being willing to sell Guendouzi for €60MM in the summer, with PSG interested.

Are we really in such a financial predicament that we would consider selling Matteo? I think he's going to be a world beater.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans to sell Guendouzi at this time.}

1.) 25 Feb 2019 20:15:25
He's a gooner and looks like he's living his dream at the moment so I doubt very much he would swap our team for PSG squad place and bench should injury allow for a few dollars more at this stage of his career.
The passion he shows both on the pitch and from the side lines doesn't give me the impression he'd swap playing for banking more money.

In 3 to 4 years time he may out grow Arsenal if he starts to deliver on all that wonderful potential and we don't progress with him beyond 4th place hopefuls by becoming genuine contenders but for now I'm pretty sure he's very happy at Arsenal.

2.) 26 Feb 2019 00:11:52
We should be building a team round Gouendouzi if we are looking to break back into the top four. It is obvious that big teams will be sniffing, he is pure class but he is an arsenal fan and i think we will keep him for a few more years. Him and torreira should be the future of a great potential midfield.

3.) 25 Feb 2019 23:45:48
I would be very surprised if Gouendouzi was sold, he is an arsenal fan, playing for his club st 19. As a club the midfield duo of him and torreira are the future for the next three or gour seasons. The club should be building round players like him. I for one would be devastated if he is sold on for profit over progress. I don't see it.

4.) 26 Feb 2019 00:07:31
I never really thought of this until now but it'll be interesting to see how players with such potential turn out at arsenal. Not putting the blame at arsene but so many potential world betters last 5 plus years all seemed to get to a good point and stopped progressing. Ox and Walcott spring to mind im sure there's more but they seemed to look impressive then get to a point at arsenal and just stop.

5.) 26 Feb 2019 09:25:28
No disrespect to anyone of our other youngsters but Guendouzi isn't Arsenal produced and it shows, he's young he's quite raw and full of enthusiasm and passion.
He reminds me more of Petit than anyone in that respect.
He will run through a brick wall for the team but also has real talent to match all that enthusiasm.
Footballing ability is only half the package needed to make to the very top and if you haven't got the heart the desire the passion to go with the ability you will always be talked of as potential, like Theo always was.



16 Jan 2019 00:30:03
Hi Eds,

When you mentioned that Arsenal would need a GK in the summer, did you know that Cech was retiring? That's some amazing foresight, I must say.

From your understanding of the Ozil situation, is it accurate to say that the club are trying to shop him this month but that the player is refusing to leave?

Lastly, with respect to Denis Suarez, are the two clubs at a standoff between loan vs outright purchase? Or do you think they are still negotiating to get this one over the line?

Thanks Eds, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, I knew Petr Cech would leave in the summer. I don't see Owzil refusing to leave - as I have said the difficulty is finding a buyer and the finances. The Suarez situation was held up by Arsenal wanting a loan with an option to buy and Barcelona wanting a loan with a commitment to buy.}

1.) 16 Jan 2019 07:54:50
Cech was clearly leaving as Arsenal made no moves to extend his deal. In respect of Denis Suarez, presumably the club want to see how he gets on during his loan deal before committing to buying him in the summer. We are clearly becoming tougher in negotiations under the new regime. In addition, I am sure we need to clear out the likes off Ozil and Elneny to get the wages off our books and some income to offset against summer signings.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

2.) 17 Jan 2019 03:37:00
Interesting insight Ed, I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't worried about the state of the club.

The behind the scenes moves with Mislintat leaving and no money being available for the new manager to build his squad paint a pretty bleak picture.

Do you think we should be worried? Or do you think between Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham that we are in a better situation than the past regime?

Penny for your thoughts.

{Ed002's Note - I would not worry about it.}



29 Nov 2018 14:19:21
G'day Ed's, I can't believe I'm asking this, but could our polarising enigma, Mesut Ozil really be one of the players that Unai Emery is looking to replace?

Repeated criticism of the player and his absence from the squad in key matches has left me wondering.


{Ed002's Note - The problem the club has is in selling him - finding a buyer who will match his wages. They will be regretting giving him a new contract and payrise earlier this year.}

1.) 29 Nov 2018 15:31:44
Fair point Ed, not many clubs have £350k/ week lying around. Unless Real Madrid are open to taking him back, you think we could be stuck without a buyer?

I would certainly be interested in an Isco-Ozil swap, not sure how possible that is.

It seems Emery is keen on having someone more robust and with a higher work rate, although I find myself in awe of MO10's skill and grace at times.

It's a hard call for me.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will be stuck with him unless they cut him lose of his contract or a buyer can be found. Real Madrid has no interest in him and Arsenal has no interest in Isco.}

2.) 29 Nov 2018 20:47:01
Thanks for the info Ed, the press was reporting interest in Isco from Arsenal and others, hence why I asked.

Thanks for clearing that up.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath about Isco but there is interest in him from elsewhere and it seems a discussion was held during a meeting of various clubs in Milan on Tuesday evening.}

3.) 01 Dec 2018 13:42:24
Judging from team selctions and instinct I have a feeling certain players will ultimately be moved on by Emery. I like Emery's decisiveness.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the following players:
Ramsey: Out of contract this summer. Moving on.
Welbeck: Out of contract in the summer and recuperating from a serious ankle injury.
Monreal: Out of contract this summer.
Cech: Out of contract this summer.
Lichtsteiner: Out of contract this summer.

The following players may also be moved on this summer:

I believe that Ozil and Mkhitaryan may also be surplus to requirements, but as Ed002 stated, it will be difficult to find clubs able and willing to match their extraordinarily inflated wage packets. Unless there is demand from China and the players are willing to go there. Interesting and enjoyable times at the club.

4.) 01 Dec 2018 17:34:28
I don't get why we don't just enjoy having Mesut Ozil, when he's hot he's worth watching any game he graces and when he's not so hot he's never alone.
If Dick doesn't want him that's his choice and I back him in it because he has his own plans of course.
But if Mesut Ozil is ever the worst player on our books we will have some team that's for sure.
Only 3 Arsenal player make the combined Spurs/ Arsenal 11 from voting fans of all clubs and Mesut is 1 of our 3 players, makes you think, doesn't it?

5.) 04 Dec 2018 02:15:07
Combined 11s are a joke g62, but agree with the rest of your post.



15 Nov 2018 12:57:19
Top of the morning Ed, I hope all is well.

I have a very simple question: Do you think Wilfred Zaha will move in January and do you know of ant interest from Arsenal in the player?

Thank you, I couldn't find anything using the search function.

{Ed002's Note - There has been no interest from Arsenal.}

1.) 15 Nov 2018 14:41:40
Thanks for the quick reply Ed, I was hoping it was possible but he would probably cost half the Earth.

Sounds like we have identified Nicholas Pepe as the ideal addition, we wait and see.


{Ed002's Note - There is serious interest in Pepe from elsewhere.}



07 May 2018 14:51:02
Hello Ed,

With Stoke being relegated, do you see Shaqiri leaving?

Is he a player we might be interested in?

Love and respect,

{Ed001's Note - yes, depends on the new man but you have shown no interest in helping him pick his toys up off the floor so far.}

1.) 07 May 2018 15:03:05

2.) 07 May 2018 15:27:26
Why would we want to sign him?
It's our midfield and defence that needs sorting out well before we think of attacking options.

3.) 07 May 2018 15:46:36
Love it Ed!

Agree we need GK and defense settled first, but I think Iwobi could benefit from an experienced wide man to learn from / rotate with.

{Ed001's Note - he would be an excellent rotation option for Iwobi, he does about as much in a game as JJ's nephew.}

4.) 07 May 2018 18:40:46
Mo Farah is a Gooner let Iwobi pick up some habits from him then he might actually become worth consideration for selection.

5.) 08 May 2018 02:59:05
Don't really get why people hate Iwobi so much, he's been stagnating a little but there's still a decent player in there. Definitely a solid squad rotation option for the likes of Ozil and Mkhi, and meets the homegrown quota.

6.) 08 May 2018 12:38:08
Wire, he's a clown and that all he will ever be. Arsenal will never go anywhere with the likes of iwobi, bellerin or xhaka, they are so poor and do nothing.

7.) 08 May 2018 13:58:15
Steve, your'e always sitting on the fence, I would love for you to speak your mind for a change! :)

8.) 08 May 2018 14:27:37
Maybe I'm old school but hatred for our own never sits right with me. I'll show myself out.

9.) 08 May 2018 15:35:55
Wire, being loyal to your own is admirable but that doesn't win you anything. EG LOL i want this team to do well, i can't stand the fact that we aren't and that's down to players that are just not up to it. The truth is some of pur players are the reason we are now looking for a new manager and we are in 6th. I am not loyal to dross but i am to real quality. Some players are steeling money from this club and i hope the new guy sees it. i'm sure he will.

10.) 08 May 2018 17:22:57
I am a bit more mixed on these players as in my heart I would love to see them all do well in our shirt, but you know deep down that there is nothing different between them and all the other nearly players we have had in the team over the years, if they weren't playing for us, they would probably be a nothing special player plying their trade at a smaller club in another league, just like a Vela, Gnabry, or Reyes etc. I mean that they all go on to be OK players for their standard, but they certainly don't set the world alight wherever they end up, and as Steve says, we need more than that if we are to compete at our level. In Economics you have a wonderful thing called opportunity cost, in that its not what taking option A gives you, its more by taking A, what is the cost of not taking option B or C etc. IMO, this is exactly the principal every club should take with their transfers, and their existing personnel. So sadly, I just see the likes of Iwobi as our current option A, and the longer they stay, I fear it stops us getting to option B or C. In real terms this means no squad space (or financial resources) to go sign players who may really make a difference, or no real opportunity for other promising players currently further down the pecking order, such as a Maitland-Niles or Rene-Adelaide.

11.) 10 May 2018 00:47:43
Fair enough EG.

12.) 10 May 2018 19:20:25
Agree totally Steve, we have players that just shouldn’t be at Arsenal

On another how the hell can Wenger say he is leaving the club in great shape? Ermmmm no your not, prior to the last home game the stadium was half empty, our worst seat run since 1966 and leaving the new Manager a rebuilding job. bloody dreamer.

13.) 10 May 2018 21:59:01
Bannury, worst away run, worst season, worst defence, worse points, worse midfield under his tennure and he's leaving us in great shape. Why is he going?

14.) 11 May 2018 19:02:32
Ageee mate

It’s not in great shape.




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23 Jun 2019 20:18:36
Hi Ed's,
Do you have any information regarding the sales of players such as Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Elneny, Mhikitarian, Ozil, or Aubamayang?
I've been seeing links with regards to Koscielny to Lyon, but not much else besides that. There was reported interest in Kolasinac from Schalke, but it's been very quiet.
Is there a lack of interest in these players from other clubs?
We really appreciate your patience with us Ed, thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I don't have time to go through the whole lot.}

1.) 24 Jun 2019 03:29:50
Haha totally understandable Ed, I wasn't expecting a write up on each one, that would be overkill.

That's my wish list of players to sell or move on, I was hoping you would have a tidbit on one or two of them.

Much love Ed,

2.) 24 Jun 2019 10:41:30
You want to sell Aubameyang? Why?

3.) 24 Jun 2019 14:40:36
Wodbod it's controversial, I know. It's not so much that I want to sell him, it has more to do with our needs as a club.
He's 30 now, and could probably fetch £70M in a transfer fee. Couple that with the wages we are paying him, it can go a long way towards rebuilding the squad.

4.) 24 Jun 2019 18:53:42
Fair point, i wouldn’t this summer and try and get champions league football next year and then see, he’ll probably be the difference in getting back in the champions league and not.

5.) 24 Jun 2019 21:04:04
He was joint top scorer in his first full season, playing from the bench for the first half of the season and missed quite a few games in the secound half. No chance i would be happy to see PEA leave! The guys got atleast two more years at this level. We should be able to rebuild with transfer funds/ wages from the useless lot before we look to shift one of if not our best player!

6.) 24 Jun 2019 21:13:09
He wasn't the difference last season so I'm not quite sure how he will be this season but for us he's a huge asset no question, without being disrespectful to one of best players by a mile but simply stating a fact that there is no que of clubs waving 70 million at us for his services.
Who would pay us this amount for him? China is the only realistic option because it won't be Barcelona or Real or Bayern or PSG neither will it be Liverpool Spurs or City or Chelsea, United? I would doubt it but it's a slight possibility but I don't think United are keen to keep trying to spend thier way back willy nilly as in recent years
China is the only place I can think we might just get 70 million for Pea from.



31 May 2019 05:08:26
I really can't understand how some people can call for sacking Emery after one season.

Our full backs can't cross a road, far less a decent ball. We have been utterly mismanaged and allowed our best players to walk away for nothing.

And you think it's Emery's fault? He looked the most gutted and disgraced after the game.

We have players that do not appreciate what it means to wear the badge, Xhaka had to remind the players to go thank the travelling fans in Baku, they were just going to walk off the pitch after that!

Utter shambles, but Emery is not the problem. He's just gotten here, our decay has been festering for some time now.

{Ed001's Note - oh well if he is the most gutted he can't be the problem obviously. Not like it is his job to organise the team on the pitch or anything.}

1.) 31 May 2019 09:29:54
If you owned a business and parted company with your last manager because he was taking your business backwards by failing to organise motivate and utilise your staff effectively why would you then be happy for his replacement to simply carry on where the previous manager had left off.
The answer is obviously you wouldn't be happy at all you'd be extremely concerned and more than a little puzzled as to why the new manager wasn't addressing the obvious issues he knew he was inheriting when he accepted the job which had cost his predecessor his job in the first place.
It's difficult to understand why Emery hasn't gone full tilt at solving the obvious problems the whole of football talked about constantly before he arrived, if he'd tried and failed it would at least show he was on the case but he hasn't he's simply carried on with the free for all shot swapping philosophy that Arsene applied in the false belief his team could outscore other teams.
It didn't work for Arsene and it hasn't worked for Emery and I can't think of any side it's worked for in the past either.

2.) 31 May 2019 10:05:53
Ed001 brilliant again, gunner spot on mate I am lover of all leagues and he was awful in pairs and my mate supports Seville and said he couldn’t organise a p**s up in a brewery, his word.

3.) 31 May 2019 11:10:18
Spot on 62 - no other business would put up with this. I don’t want to waste our limited resources on him this summer. Hate to say it but time to change.

Emery said he would rather with a game 5. - 3 than 1 nil. Well he kinda delivered on that message. His defence is there but we haven’t scored enough goals 😂.

4.) 31 May 2019 11:47:14
I see the poll on emery stay or go is getting close it’s nearly 50/ 50.

5.) 31 May 2019 11:58:35
Emery is most certainly the problem and Kroenke needs to act quickly and decisively, I appreciate he won’t, but any owner worth the name would.

He has not improved the team either as a whole or even improved any single player, some like Torriera even look worse.

He made a total mess of a shoe in for top 4 and oh how we derided the spuds when they finished 3rd in a two horse race.

He seriously hasn’t done a single thing to warrant keeping his job and you’re in denial if you think differently no matter what excuse you try and give him.

The real truth is under Kroenke we will never be going anywhere. He will have to have a total turn around in his thought process re the club and it’s not going to happen.

We look like a genuine mid table pile of dross.

6.) 31 May 2019 13:03:22
That's exactly what Arsene used to say too SY mate, both Dick and Arsene are happy with a multiple chances for both sides thinking their attackers will always outscore the opposition attack.
It's naive school boy mentality that belongs on the local green with jumpers for goal posts that simply can't ever work.
Flip a coin and call heeds everytime and you might call right 20 times on the trot but sooner or later 20 tails in a row will surely follow at some point.
Over a 38 game marathon your football philosophy and methods will always find there level and as both Arsene and Emery have proved over and over again.

7.) 31 May 2019 14:39:17
I respect the opinions expressed here, yours included Ed. If you don't rate Emery, that's fine.

I am a bit surprised by the lack of patience afforded to him given how long the previous manager had our loyalty, despite obvious signs our mighty club was slipping.

I'm not saying Emery is faultless, but in a time where our best players are being allowed to leave for nothing, pointing at the manager who just got here seems a little reactive.

It was a poor season, and although we didn't meet our top 4 targets or win a trophy, Emery should be given until next summer.

Honestly, the way Ozil walked off as if we were winning 3-1 I cannot believe your biggest problem is Emery.

8.) 31 May 2019 14:46:06
Emery also said he's here to get Arsenal competing for top honours once again.

He named the Premier League and Champions League as his targets.

The last manager considered top 4 a trophy.

Give him time.

9.) 31 May 2019 15:10:49

Ranieri turned relegation fodder into league title winners and no one can tell me he had a better squad.

If we’d shown even an inkling of being better I’d be behind him but we are just going to compound problems by sticking with him.

What has he shown you that warrants more time aside from saying he wants to compete, where are the improvements, who has he improved?

Gazidis said we could run with the big boys re transfers, how did that work out.

None of the players especially Ozil come out of this with any credit but Emery is employed to manage, organise, motivate and turn us into something more than the pathetic side we still follow.

10.) 31 May 2019 15:11:34
At the end of his first season as manager Emery finished a place higher in the PL, with more points, closed the gap on top placed Man C and reduced the gap between us and the Toot from 14 points to a single point, whilst reaching the final of the EL. The 4 permanent signings made for £70m have been integrated intelligently into the squad. His hands were clearly tied by the previous regimes wage policy and the weakness of the squad he inherited. Our poor performers were all players he inherited. Would any other manager have done any better with the squad he inherited and having only £70m to spend and having to keep within the PL wage rules?
He has a massive job this summer, having to try and sell underperforming, overpaid players with little or no value and if reports are correct only £40m. Plus sales to spend. The team needs a pair of fullback that can tackle and at least one CB. A wide attcking player and a box to box midfield player. I cn only see a maximum of £50m for the players that seem destined to leave, so he should have a total of £90m ish to spend on 5 players that need to come in. Unless he can sell Ozil and Mkhitaryan, both on absurdly high wages. Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal are others that could be sold, assuming there are any takers. There are some talented youngsters who can boost the squad; Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, Smith-Rowe, etc. He could use the returning Martinez as the back up keeper.
Emery will clearly need a couple more seasons to from the squad to his satisfaction and the fans have to be patient. Look how long it has taken Liverpool and the Toot to get where they currently are and neither manger has won a single trophy, until tomorrow.

11.) 31 May 2019 16:09:27
AA mate what is it about Emery that's impressed you this season?
I'm genuinely interested what you've seen from him that makes you think he might still be the man to make us competitive again?
I didn't expect a dramatic upturn in results or league position but I did expect much much better defensive organisation from whoever replaced Arsene, there is none to be seen under Emery mate?
He's no better no worse than Arsene was in fact the similarity between the two is quite something.

12.) 31 May 2019 16:23:28
Thank you Robbie G, spot on.

Stoner, you mention Ranieri winning the league. You forgot to mention how we beat them twice that season and completely capitulated and bottled winning the league ourselves.

13.) 31 May 2019 17:39:25
How can anyone who was unhappy with Arsene be happy with Emery?
It's the same as not liking cheese sandwiches but enjoying bread butter and cheese put together?

14.) 31 May 2019 17:53:28

I didn’t forget that as I haven’t forgotten how we’ve just capitulated and bottled it in not only missing top four but even making a game of the Europa League final.

You seem to have forgotten to mention what you see as any pluses in Emery’s tenure because I’m all ears.

15.) 31 May 2019 18:01:22

Emery lost his first two league games then took us on a 22 game unbeaten run, including that epic win vs Sp*ds. They had bullied us the last couple years and we absolutely battered them physically and tactically.

Rob Holding and Bellerin both had season ending injuries and we've played AMN out of position ever since.

Did that affect our defensive stats? I think so.

Also, when you play with 2 strikers up top and a number 10, you need your 10 to track back and press and help out defensively. Aaron Ramsey was a massive miss.

16.) 31 May 2019 18:56:31
Hi AA, Emery left Aaron out for the biggest part of the season even though fully fit and quite often both Mesut and Aaron.
As for injuries Jack Caz Theo Ox RvP Kos Aaron (every season) you name them we've used their injury as an excuse for our failings.
How many players have Liverpool had out this season, especially in defence? What about Spurs?, KDB at City? Who wouldn't miss him?
All sides get injuries but it's only us who seem to use them to cover up our failings each and every season.
We have to stop making excuses for ourselves and our managers and expect from our club players and managers every bit as much as Spurs and Liverpool fans enjoy from their Manager and players.
With the greatest respect we are not Leicester city Watford or Wolves we are a huge club and one of the big 6 and it's about time we started acting like it again rather than making excuses for our players and managers like we've done for the last decade.

17.) 31 May 2019 19:02:48
I’m not saying I’m happy with Dick but to bomb him out after one season is mad, if we are no further forward after he has had a transfer window then the pressure will be on, I've said he’s made odd decisions which are baffling but he needs another season, but in reality no matter who is in charge if they haven’t got the money we won’t compete.

Yes Leicester won the league from nothing but look at some of the players they had and I bet many of those would walk into our team right now, we lack so much quality and much of the mediocrity arrived at the club under AW.

18.) 31 May 2019 19:17:35
What’s injuries got to do with common sense in defence and tactics. 2 nil down Vs Liverpool - replace PEA with Laca. WTF! Drop Ozil then make him captain. Say Mustafi can’t play in a back 4 then play him in a back 4. I foul£ organise the defence better. Pay me 1m and flog me in public if I couldn’t get more out of the defence than him.

Wenger earned that time as the most successful manager in our history and still got FA Cups and EL final in his last years. That wasn’t good enough.

Emery is TERRIBLE at organising the team, tinkering and generally not addressing our issues. Sorry to be blunt but what has he done to address the defensive issues. Fullbacks bomb forward, we leave 1 at the back, don’t pick up players in the box, let runners run past us, generally shouting boll because from the touchline that achieves nothing. Rafa could have sorted our defence - any idiot kne2 it was the issue yet he’s done zip. If the defence needed a square peg to fill the only square hole - he would try to fill it with 3 round pegs leaving us weak there and elsewhere on the defence itch.

He’s treatment and dropping of Rambo was plane stupid. He played him when he shouldn’t have and got injured because he refused to stand up to him just like his time in Paris.

Name one club or business that had glaringly obvious issues who hires an expensive experienced manager and accepts the business making exactly the same mistakes over and over again. That’s the definition of stupidity.

If we had money to burn then I would say - throw money at the clown but we don’t and we need to be more like Wenger in his early years - ruthless and decisive. Complete opposite of our attack now.

Let’s sack him and move on. He’s not good enough and sums up the level of competitiveness at our once great club. That final like a number of games - was embarrassing. 2 shots on target and a torn a-hole from Chelsea.

In Emery I no longer trust my club with.

19.) 31 May 2019 19:20:50
Not Just Leicester Banbury mate
What about Spurs? How much has Poch spent? Where were they when he took over? Where were we?
Poor old Arsenal everything is against us, money injury refs decisions and no doubt next season VAR will have it in for us too.
Obviously Spurs and Liverpool are totally out of our league to compare ourselves to and we should stop complaining and celebrate how we finish above a Palace QPR and Chalton consistently despite being of a similar size.

20.) 31 May 2019 19:23:22
Emery before - We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.

Emery now: Arsenal aspired to be in the top 10 teams in the world

Keep lowering that bar like our fans do and we will hit it one day


21.) 31 May 2019 19:50:15
You used an interesting analogy above regarding business and staff. I think your spot on but It is Emery trying to utilise Wengers staff. Of the signings Emery has made all bar Lichtsteiner have done well. I’m not completely sold on Emery myself, he tinkers a lot and he hasn’t organised the defence but I do sympathise as the majority are Wengers players and tinkering can happen when your trying to find your best team. Especially when we can look good with a 3/ 4 at the back one game and then abysmal the next. IMHO we should give him another season definitely. The players must share the responsibility of the capitulation at the end of the season. And that’s where everyone’s frustration comes from. Before the season no one thought we’d be in a europa league final and challenging for top 4. We were written off. The Palace game we dropped points also has to be shared. As disappointed I was in that line up, that line up was strong enough at home to beat Palace. Emery needs to get rid of the deadwood poison players who don’t justify their wage and bring in hard working talent. Hard working talent doesn’t have to be expensive. Just the right players.

22.) 31 May 2019 19:52:49
4th place is a Trophy?
Emery didn't start it SY he's merely maintaining and replicating the decline in Arsenal managers self expectancy and accountability.

23.) 31 May 2019 20:03:35
From what I'm reading, most of us agree boys, we want Arsenal to be firing at full capacity. We're just pointing fingers in different directions.

I'm not making excuses for Emery, I have criticized plenty of his decisions thus far.

At the start of the season most of us were willing to give him his first season to adjust to the EPL while determining who to keep and who to sell.

He must come under scrutiny for the last 6 games of the season including Baku, no doubt. I, for one, would love to know what he told them at half time.

24.) 31 May 2019 20:09:37
All of your points are justified about Sp*rs and Liverpool passing us and doing a far better job at rebuilding and competing. But you are blaming the guy who just got here!

This season, he's had to do his best with what he's got, which wasn't much. We have been left mentally fragile and spineless with no accountability being shown from the top down.

We are one year into the big rebuilding job, where Klopp came 7th in his first year and Poch took 4 years to build that team.

Those other teams also don't allow their prized assets to walk away for free, that is inexcusable.

Emery isn't responsible for any of that. He has failed in his first season but let him honour the 2-year contract. If we are unhappy then we don't have to activate the option for the third year.

25.) 31 May 2019 20:38:41
Hi ATID mate I take your points but it remains true that we don't have the worst players or defenders in the league but they perform as if they are simply because the philosophy tactics and organisational skills of both Arsene and Emery, will changing the personel put right Emery lack of organisational skills?
I'm not saying sack him but equally i see nothing to expect better next season than this, as for this seasons signings only Suarez was Emery choice the others were Svens signings and would have arrived no matter who was our manager.
Is Emerys outscore the opposition 5 4 philosophy really going to come good next season? Is it really possible to compete without being difficult to score past?

26.) 31 May 2019 20:47:37
AA - you agree that our defence was our weakness. Right?

Emery has had a new keeper, two centrehalves ( Sokratis and Mavropanos) plus Lich. He’s had a new CDM.

What has he done to show he can organise a defence?

I can list loads of faults but interested in your opinion as I am certainly not always right and enjoy debate etc

Not picking on you or singling you out in a nasty way so please excuse the direct question.

27.) 31 May 2019 20:59:34
I have to agree AA23 to slate him after 1 season is crazy, I’m not saying Dick is the answer but this transfer window will speak volumes .

28.) 31 May 2019 21:32:45
None of us have a monopoly the truth SY mate we can all only share our own honest opinions mate, the problem with us humans is we have built in confirmation bias where we tend to find facts that support what we already think.

Apparently there is a very successful bloke who has made millions on the stock market who employs a team of 5 people simlpy to argue with him and try and convince him he's investment ideas are wrong simply because he's so aware of how we can all suffer from conformation bias.

29.) 01 Jun 2019 08:26:26

No offense taken mate, we're all gooners, just with different opinions.

To your point, Emery's strength is certainly not in organizing a defence, that much is clear. His teams like to dominate the ball and dictate the tempo of play.

I also agree with others that there was a lot of tinkering with formations and lineups that really seemed to cause confusion at times.

I am not immune to criticizing Emery, and if you want to have a discussion about that, I'm game. I would say though, judging from the eyeball test, he has improved us.

If you take the whole season and not just the last 6 games, we are much tougher and robust as a team when it comes to playing against teams who have bullied us physically and tactically in recent past. That 22 game unbeaten run comes to mind.

Obviously, the wheels have come off at the end, and it's not acceptable. What I like is that Emery doesn't make excuses and owns up to his shortcomings. No blaming of the refs, the pitch, the fans, the fixture schedule etc.

I don't think he likes this current 3-4-1-2 setup but sees it as best for our current personnel. Kolasinac can't defend in a back-four, some would say he can't defend period.

I think he would like to play with one striker and two good wingers on either side, but because our strength is with Auba and Laca he's made concessions and gone with two up top.

What I'm trying to say is that he's not been able to put his stamp on our club yet. This is still pretty much Wengers team, and all his new signings this far with the exception of Lichsteiner and Suarez have been good.

What I want to see is ruthlessness this summer and give him a real chance to prove himself. He's not here to rest on his laurels, that's for sure. He said with regards to Wenger that he doesn't think anyone should manage a club for more than 4 years.

30.) 01 Jun 2019 10:43:10
AA - I get that but wouldn’t any club expect him to be able to sort our biggest problem out - defence. We don’t need our attack sorting. I haven’t seen anything that gives me confidence that he has the know how to sort it. I wanted to give him two seasons but his sheer ignorance in defence and stubbornness plus poor player management has got me to this point. That’s my issue plus we have limited funds.
The other price was that 22 run was covered in so much luck and good fortune. Opposition ran riot on our defence and still kept missing sitters etc. That just papered over the cracks.
I know I sound too ruthless but I am concerned about our future but I do understand he’s had limited time.
Appreciate the banter and making me think.

31.) 01 Jun 2019 10:44:13
Next season will tell us what we need to know AA mate and if the defence isn't much improved then I think Emery will struggle to get a 3rd season with us.
As much as we all want to see sexy exciting football I think almost all Arsenal fans now accept we can't continue to be a laughing stock at the back and until we become at least reasonably effective defensively we will continue to ride on the coat tails of other top clubs.
No one knows what next season brings but I expect Liverpool City to once again be absolutely formidable and Spurs with no world cup hangover and possibly new reinforcements to be much stronger.
United with Ole look dodgy and
Chelsea have no transfer window to use so 4th place is extremely difficult to predict especially if Everton buy well, mind you I've been predicting Everton to enter the top 4 race for the last 3 years:-)

32.) 01 Jun 2019 15:43:52
Agree G62,
That’s what makes missing out on the champions league so much harder. This window is vital. Without the added funds and the attraction of playing CL football, I’m not very optimistic sadly. After that final performance I am jaded.



20 May 2019 19:56:52
Good Afternoon Ed,

I hope you're ready and prepped for the transfer window ;-) .
Do Arsenal have plans to sell Laurent Koscielny? Does the player want to move on?
Personally love the guy, but he looked in pain for the entire season. I think going back to France may have him grimacing a bit less.


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1.) 21 May 2019 06:30:35
We need to be sensible, keep an eye on the wage bill, add players who can contribute and look at the last summer window as an example to follow as we don’t have too much money to spend - hold onto your hats and watch out City.
Money can’t buy you love or respect but it sure dies buy trophies. Pre cash Mo 🏆 Vs Current cash 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆.
It should be the Tate and Lyle EPL given the impact of the sugar daddy’s.



07 Sep 2018 13:37:41
Hello Gooners,

Curious what people's opinions are about Wilfried Zaha as an option for the wing spot. Premier League proven and has been in good form for Palace so far this season.

Ed, is there any interest from Arsenal and do you see the player possibly moving in January?


1.) 07 Sep 2018 17:14:18
Not sure about him at a big club but he's certainly a very good player and an outstanding fish in a less than huge pond.
He'd cost bundles so would be a very risk singing at a very high price, I'd take a punt at 20 million but I think Palace would be wanting 50 million minimum.

2.) 07 Sep 2018 17:32:51
I think he's playing at the right club now, he is a very good middle of the prem player and a not so good top of the league player. Great for palace, he needs to stay at that level.

3.) 07 Sep 2018 17:43:57
And Tbf they would be mental to sell him for less, he's not worth that, but to them he is, he's their only out let, highly likely they go down without him.

4.) 07 Sep 2018 18:41:19
I like Zaha, but we have similar options on the left attacking role in Welbeck and Aubameyang, so he would be an expensive aquaistion. We are far more in need of a left back and a right-sided wing back.

5.) 07 Sep 2018 20:26:35
What's wrong with kolasinac? He looked good whenever he had a chance, and gave us additional physical presence. Although I think he should play DM, Niles was a solid backup too.

6.) 07 Sep 2018 22:01:40
He's injured Jim but was much under used last season despite making a good start with us.
Both him and Lacasette were left out early in their Arsenal careers after making good starts but hopefully we will see the best of them this season.
Someone made the very good point about while back how Kol did well in Germany as a wing back rather than full back so it will be interesting to see how Dick uses him.

7.) 08 Sep 2018 15:05:55
Yeah I agree 62. Although I was frustrated by lac and kol being subbed early or not played, I do believe lac was seen as dropping off more fitness wise in the last 20, and Niles played over lol for his pace to recover when we inevitably lost possession. Lac now seems to be fine and will be interesting to see what Emery does with kolasinac.

I meant what's wrong with him in response to rg61 saying we need a lb. I want Kolasinac to get a fair chance first!



21 Aug 2018 14:28:33
What you lads think we should do with Ramsey? Love the guy, but no one is bigger than the team.

We can't afford another Alexis saga imo.

1.) 21 Aug 2018 15:06:42
We should do whatever is best for arsenal, Ramsey hasn't done enough on a consistent basis to be holding this club to ramsom and messing future plans up. Another big payrise to a player who is not deserving of one could mess up the chance of boosting the squad in january just fpr starters. I all ready think ozils wages are having an impact on who we can get in. Plus does or did he deserve what this club are paying him. I personally wouldn't be too upset if he left rather than line his packet full of unwarranted cash.

2.) 21 Aug 2018 16:05:16
What have we paid Aaron over the years? Say an average of 50k a week for 8 years?
Try and get our 20 million back if we can but if not hey ho learn from the experience and don't allow ourselves to get in this situation again in the future.
Aaron had some tough times in his early Arsenal career with both injury and being fans most disliked player (he got loads of unfair stick before his super season) But his one season wonder form won many fans over unfortunately it also made Aaron think he could live off that season topped up by his Euro 2016 performances, I think it's best for both club and player to part company asap because Aaron isn't a team player now days and we need players who are Arsenal focused.

3.) 21 Aug 2018 17:11:56
Ramsey is very overrated in my opinion and not worth huge wages. I mentioned some time ago that the wages we agreed to pay Ozil were absurdly high and would cause problems in future negotiations with other players.

4.) 21 Aug 2018 19:01:39
With the players we have, do we really really need ramsey?




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17 Jan 2020 13:48:34
I rated Kurzawa when he first moved to PSG, but I haven't seen him in some time, how's his form been?



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23 Jul 2019 14:06:04
Relax guys, all will be revealed soon enough.

Ed has pointed out where there is interest. Whether or not this is a PR tactic to speed things along, or if we have really ended our pursuit and switched targets will be confirmed in due time.

Only a couple weeks left to finalize deals, we'll see some action soon.



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18 Jul 2019 14:04:01
I agree on Laca for captain. He's not the loudest or most vocal player, but he let's his play do the talking and leads by example with great work rate.

He has a good attitude as well, but a bit of a temper. Remember that mad elbow he landed on that poor lad's chin from Ostersunds?



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18 Jul 2019 02:56:29
I would have gone with Sokratis, but there weren't any really good choices to be fair. Lacazette was another name I would have put forward but who would have been your pick?



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15 Jul 2019 13:56:29
Alves has still got it, even at 36 years old or whatever he is. Absolute baller and would do a job for us for a year while Bellerin is coming back.

All that said, I pegged this one down as false from the get go. Surely a player of his prestige would be looking for a Champions League club?




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12 Jul 2019 13:34:02
Now that's some creative journalism. I think all Arsenal fans need to realize that unless our business model radically changes, there's no money coming in from Kroenke.

Arsenal operated under a self sustaining model before Kroenke was majority owner, and that's what he bought into.

We bring in massive revenues and have the money required to compete. Our wage bill is almost what Chelsea's is, and we have mismanaged our money.

We got ourselves into this hole and have to get some of these overpaid, bang average players off the books before you will see the type of overhaul we all desire.



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11 Jul 2019 22:57:54
Bielik looked good at Charlton, who were two leagues down, so you'd expect him to. Instead of fighting for his place, he was quoted saying he wants first team assurances.

He can go.



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06 Jul 2019 16:18:37
Haha RSharpe agreed, that would be proper rude. I meant California had some amazing strains, down here in Trinidad you have to be lucky to land some sensimilla.



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05 Jul 2019 23:40:58
Malaga watch out for human fences on the sidewalks bro, I was there for four months and it was shocking scenes.

This coming from someone who lives on a Caribbean island btw.

One thing though, beautiful part of the world. And really good flowers.



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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.