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14 Jul 2020 21:24:08
Ornstein the oracle has said that AMN has decided that he must leave Arsenal for game time, I wonder how much we could get for him this summer window? I think we should get in touch with Everton again after they took Iwobi off our hands 😂

In all seriousness, he has looked a good player at times and it would be a shame to see him flourish elsewhere, however, if the money is too good to turn down given our current situation, its a good use of our youth system, and I will wish him all the best!


1.) 14 Jul 2020 22:53:42
Ormstien unfortunately isn't as reliable as he was before joining the Atlantic, he's joined the must come up with stories jurno's apposed to having the freedom he enjoyed to only report what he knew in his old job.

2.) 16 Jul 2020 04:27:45
What makes you say so G62?

3.) 16 Jul 2020 09:08:30
Last summer wire mate, he talked more than ever but missed out on Arsenal's surprise spending spree and was as shocked as anyone else by Pepe. In his old job he was a sports reporter who definitely had good connections at Arsenal but now he has to come up with stories rather than simply report on actual events as he knows them to be.
It's only natural if your asked to seriously increase the volume of stories you produce it's going to be at the cost of quality.



01 Jul 2020 09:37:00
Looks like Saka's deal is done and he's staying! And Arteta has said the club is wanting to keep Balogun which is huge news if true! A good morning for once.


1.) 01 Jul 2020 10:06:03
That the club wanted to keep Balogun was never in doubt, it was whether he was willing to stay. Loved the Saka news.

Eds, is the fractious situation between Arsenal and St Etienne anything to worry about? I wouldn't be surprised if this puts a red flag over our negotiations with other clubs this summer.

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



29 Jun 2020 07:51:15
The almighty David Ornstein has said that Arsenal could be set to lose Balogun, are you able to shed any light on this Ed? Always thought he was the greater footballer out of John Jules, Nketiah and himself, would be a shame to lose him so early in his career.


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



16 Jun 2020 10:02:47
Heard a few rumblings about AMN being allowed to leave this summer. It's always a shame when an Arsenal lad doesn't make the grade at the club, but it would show our academy doing it's job and making money for the club.


1.) 16 Jun 2020 14:14:01
Would have liked to have seen the lad have a run in midfield but I must admit I've never been really convinced he was a top 4 player let alone a title challenging player that all big clubs should be looking to have in their squads.
Wish the lad well of he leaves.
To me Martinelli Saka and Rowe Smith have real potential to be top players but Nelson and Wliox like Mainland Niles are a bit short of what's needed sadly.

2.) 16 Jun 2020 15:30:50
Apparently it's not cut and dry, and he'S to be given a run-out in midfield, like he did against Charlton. That he would be sold for saying he didn't want to play out of position, that would be a shame.

3.) 16 Jun 2020 17:05:10
Maitland Niles at least deserves a chance to play in his preferred role. I'll never say he's not good enough to play for Arsenal when I can only judge him playing in positions that he isn't exactly comfortable with. He's played RWB, RB, LB and on the wing both sides since he's broken in to the 1st team. A loyal graduate of the academy to say the least and he needs his time. He's so composed on the ball which is something that at least 2 of our CM's are certainly not!
Nelson has only had a handful of chances and he's a good player for sure. He was a standout in the under 23s and then went on loan to Germany where he also played some brilliant football. I think he'll shine and if we sell him we'll live to regret it. Gnabry only had a handful of chances, went to Germany and now look 🤷🏻‍♂️.

4.) 16 Jun 2020 18:10:59
It's all personal opinion Glen mate and I totally respect yours even though we don't share the same views this time.
Gnarby for me was always in the Martinelli stand out obvious bracket to everyone but those who mattered but for some reason refused to use him.
Even if we were flush with money I think Martinelli and Saka would be in our first team squads while UK not at all sure Wilox Mainland Niles or Nelson would be, but of course My potential to be wrong isn't without grounds :-)

5.) 16 Jun 2020 18:51:04
100% mate. Other people see things and view players in different ways. I can't help but feel sorry for MNiles though which is why I think he should get his shot over Xhaka and if it doesn't work out, he's got time to move on for sure. I don't want to see Arsenal move on young talent to early that's all. Both Martinelli and Saka have come straight in and stamped their authority in the team which is perfect. Now it all comes down to consistency and giving them regular opportunities every week.

6.) 16 Jun 2020 19:33:26
Absolutely mate and Mainland Niles should definitely have been given more of a chance last season and this in his favoured position.
Some players just look right at home in top football immediately and I think Martinelli Saka and Gnarby all looked that way to me, but then again Harry Kane didn't and he struggled to make the Norwich bench the season before his breakthrough at Spurs.

7.) 16 Jun 2020 21:22:53
Interesting points of view fellas.
Iv always thought there was a player there with AMN, but it’s difficult once you’ve made the step into the first team and your rate of progress slows or stagnates after that big step up.

Personally I can’t fault the guy as I think a lot of his issues are down to the man management, or lack thereof, that he has received. I mean Emery used him as a utility player and he knew no matter how he performed that Bellerin of Kolasinac/ Monreal would always come straight back in once fit regardless. This doesn’t help the player if he’s not getting motivation or feedback from the coach.

I think he could have been used a lot more in CM with the lack of mobility in Xhaka, for me Xhaka is inneffective at what he is supposed to be as any type of midfield player. He is not a CDM as he is quite simply bypassed too often and he is cynical to the point of at times barely even making the contact needed to desperately commit a foul.

He can pass a ball square and forward of course, but this is quite often at his leisure with no intent to draw opposition out of position or create an incisive move at the intensity required. and all too frequently when he does pass he does it so deep in our half that he is under no pressure from the opposition team who have already got back into a shape before he casually commits his pass to one of our fullbacks.

Occasionally he will lift the odd pass over a defence to Kolasinac or Saka running from deep but I’d argue what he offers, and has offered, over the last 18 months could have been matched or surpassed by the athleticism and energy of AMNs once he had been given a run of games in the position.

My only criticism of AMNs is that he hasn’t found that resolve needed yet to persevere through his own flaws or inexperience, all too often once he’s made an error the head goes down and the body language drops and he literally slows to jogging pace almost sheepishly accepting he’s lost out, when he has displayed the strength and energy on numerous occasions at RB to get back and make superb interventions that few could have got back to do.

So for me it’s a question of motivation and attitude for the player, someone close to him needs to put the big question to him now as to what it is HE wants and that he’s in control of his own destiny, or I fear ultimately he will look for the easy way out and think his youth combined with a new club will be the answer, but the reality is if he pulls his socks up and just goes out and plays to his full potential full pelt each game there's a player there.

Same goes for Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson. You haven’t made it just because your in and around the first team. You need to push to perform and push harder than everyone else to make the standard they play at your norm. That’s where they differ from Martinelli. From minute one he came in looking to prove a point.

He’s direct and single minded in pursuit of his goals game to game and has no youth or under 23’s reputation to sit back on. He’s hungry and going places, not next season, but now.
Saka is an exciting talent in a fine run of form but by no means the finished article either.

Like I said the other day, it’s time for them to step up as senior footballers and stake their claim, and reading into Ed 002s comments, they’ll all get that chance the next 18 mths.

8.) 16 Jun 2020 23:27:09
I’d like to remind you, that a young AMN had €100m Paul Pogba in his pocket at Old Trafford, kid needs a chance to prove himself in his natural position rather than playing cover for every position apart from CM. I believe there is definitely a player in there, and it’s Arteta’s job to find it. Willock for me could be our major break through over the next 18 months, again a player who needs a good run of games, but again I'm positive there is a player in there too. And then we have two awesome talents in Saka and Martinelli who will both go on to win major trophies, no doubt about that.

9.) 16 Jun 2020 23:40:49
I think had Maitland Niles been given a proper run of games in midfield we would think differently of him. Small sample size but always look back to his man of the match performance against Man U a couple years ago when he bossed the midfield to the point Pogba had to pull him aside afterwards. AMN could've been our box to box midfielder with a proper DLP. I actually think he and Ceballos could form a nice partnership but doubt we'll ever see that. Interesting to see how Arteta has played around with the midfield groups in these friendlies though and how that might shape our team for these last few games.

10.) 17 Jun 2020 07:34:31
It's difficult to say what side of the fence I am on with AMN, I'd hate to see another youngster leave and kick on with another club, (Malen, Jeff, Gnabry, Bennacer) but I think like Shambles said, his motivation isn't there as it should be and that makes so much difference, however, you wouldn't be motivated as much if the 3 different managers you've played under, all used you as a utility player rather than the CM position you always say you are, hopefully Arteta changes that if AMN is to stay a while longer.

With the whole Nelson and Willock debate too, I remember see Willock in pre season 2 years ago now and he was a tall thin kid, then I was at the Blackpool game and I thought "whoa that can't be Willock" he was massive, and then I watched the Newcastle game and he was tracking his runners and when he lost the ball, working his socks off getting it back, putting some great challenges in and carrying the ball really well, he can be a top player in my opinion, same as Nelson, it's a waiting game for me with Reiss and when Arteta starts getting him going he won't be stopped, he won't be at Sancho level, but I'm happy if he gets one level below that!

11.) 20 Jun 2020 19:01:36
I’d happily give AMN a Chance in midfield as long as his attitude is right. That’s where we must start - attitude.

He deserves a chance in his favoured position - a good run out.



04 Jun 2019 09:22:25
Rumours about Auba going to China, if we had to see one of him or Laca going, I'd choose Auba to leave any day of the week, especially to China, we should get a hell of a fee for him! But it would be very difficult to replacate his goals next season.


1.) 04 Jun 2019 12:35:48
Sell him, Ozil and Mkhitarian. Could you imagine the dividend Stan could declare with all that cash on hand?!

2.) 04 Jun 2019 17:42:46
If true which I very much doubt it might make sense if the offer was huge, my guess is the Barcelona and Real rumours didn't hold much water with most of the public so the papers are looking for a story to run that is viable and could attract hits.




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10 Jan 2021 08:14:18
Very nervy performance last night but a win is a win, very disappointed with Pepe, Willian and Willock. Wouldn't be disappointed to see them all go ASAP. Also what do people think of Nelson?

ESR and Saka are mustard. Game changers and they need to be starting way more often. Also a shout out to Mari who has been sublime so far, very calm and composed on the ball., KT is quality and i want him to have that armband soon.

Also a massive shame Balogun wasn't even on the bench, seems to be the end for him at Arsenal. With Willian being a terrible footballer and Auba out of form, I would have though Flo could have had a shot upfront, such a shame.


1.) 10 Jan 2021 10:04:52
I didn’t think Pepe did too bad last night, beat his man more than a few times, played some decent balls into the box, and had a few chances himself.

On another day he could of had a few goals and assists. Definitely looked like a player looking to fight for his place. However Willian just looks like he doesn’t want to cheat on Chelsea, think he forgets who is paying his wages.

He needs selling in the summer, and at his performances i'd take about £1m for him.

{Ed047's Note - I’d just give him away, a ridiculous signing, his free kicks are even garbage.

2.) 10 Jan 2021 10:18:06
What a huge and terrible mistake to sign Willian. Doesn't do anything in matches and takes the place of another player who would be there at least doing something. Unfortunately I think we're stuck with him, approaching the end of his career on a long and very lucrative contract. Did we learn nothing from Ozil?

I want it to work for Pepe but it doesn't take this long to settle into a new league. Would have expected to see far more from him by now.

Willock doesn't do anything for me. I fail to see what he offers as well. I don't get the fuss around AMN either to be honest.
Sake and ESR, as you say, look the real deal and we should concentrate on tying them both down for the foreseeable.

Balogun - if he won't sign a contract get shot. We are still Arsenal, a massive club. Yes, we have underachieved for a good while now but players should be chomping at the bit for the opportunity to play for the club.

{Ed047's Note - agree with all of that, Balogun’s agent has an opportunity to make money from him signing elsewhere so that’s what it seems he’s endeavouring to do.

3.) 10 Jan 2021 10:22:35
Just make him dress up as gunnersaurus he’ll have more impact doing that 🦖.

{Ed047's Note - he’d probably still mess that up!

4.) 10 Jan 2021 10:35:44
That’s the issue with agents more than their fees - they encourage movement to generate their income. If we aren’t winning or playing that well on a consistent basis or they don’t feel part of the foundations - the agent has a lot of pull. Our counter is to offer more wages or long contracts but the reality is those players don’t have too many options eg Ozil

Our biggest defence is happy environment, good football and competing for trophies - until then we will have kids, people over the hill or unhealthy contracts

Over simplified things a bit but that’s my thoughts.

{Ed047's Note - he does appear happy enough and Arteta says he wants to stay but agents are agents and making money for themselves is part of what they do.

If Balogan resigns the fee will no doubt be a pittance to the fee he’ll get if Balogun goes.

Shame but that’s life. 🤷‍♂️

5.) 10 Jan 2021 10:40:38
Think Pepe did a little better but when it comes to the final decision or final pass - he fails more times than not. Look at the quality of his crosses Vs Tierney. Pointless getting into those positions if it does convert to a good chance. Not writing him off as we are in to deep I think but still a long way to go and a poor signing.

Forget the stupid fee - would anyone actually sign him again?

Has he improved - yes but from a very very low start. Can’t believe we didn’t sign Zaha.

Interesting to see Emery wanted Zaha, Partey etc etc but club went elsewhere.

6.) 10 Jan 2021 11:07:28
I have to say Willock made Xhaka look world class when he came on to replace him, that’s how poor Willock is. He needs to be moved on. An absolute travesty that he remains at the club yet Rene-Adelaide was let go. Also Cedric, easy to see why Southampton released him, shouldn’t be playing on Hackney marshes let alone the premiership. AMN should leave, as whether he is good enough or not, to sit and watch Cedric play ahead of him must be disheartening. I think a goldfish would pass more actuately. Smith Rowe shows the entire team how easy the game can be when you pass and move. Time and again he passed and drove into space behind the defence. Whether he gets the ball back or not, suddenly the defence has a problem to deal with, and it gives others more space. Even Xhaka looked better as he was getting space much closer to Newcastle’s penalty area, not in his own half. Another shout out to Elneny. Is he world class, no, but does he run his socks off to allow others to do their job better, yes 100%.

7.) 10 Jan 2021 13:09:13
I think Willock needs a loan to get some game time and build up his confidence. I would integrate Reiss Nelson. With AMN I'm a bit stuck - I love to see him on the pitch but he's not getting many starts for some reason, whether it be Mikel doesn't see him in his preferred position or he always sees him as second choice. I don't think he will stay around too long because of this.

Willian is an enigma. I loved him at Chelsea but he looks so sad now. I think he should be given the option to leave and he must be prepared to take a big wage cut to be happy somewhere else.

Pepe - it seems every club knows to put 3 players on him every time he has the ball. He's not physically strong enough to fend them off and perhaps the PL is not for him.

To end, I doubt any of this will happen 😄.

8.) 10 Jan 2021 14:27:10
I think you may be right Sally about Pepe, but most importantly he may need to change his game. Instead of trying to always beat his man with trickery he should use up the space more to get by him. A bit of finesse on his finishing instead of power may bring better results. He’s rubbish off the ball, pity he didn’t get a transitional season playing with the youth team he probably would have a better understanding of the game.

Reiss is either really not up to it or he has an inferior complex or something. He seems not to cut it whether playing on the left or right.

ESR - I hope he does well against the bigger teams who will try to knock him off the ball and block his runs. I felt for him when he was shown the red card with not even his captain or any senior players being there for him when he looked like he was going to have a breakdown.

9.) 11 Jan 2021 09:01:38
Would that be captain PEA? That’s another reason why that armband should be nowhere near him.



13 Dec 2020 21:19:22
I bet Leeds fans never thought they'd be relegated back in the late 90's and I bet Newcastle fans didn't either at that time. We were used to being top dogs 16 years ago and it's about time we all realise we are LIGHTYEARS behind the top 4.

The owners have watched this club decline from 2007, being recent Champions League finalists to now having serious relegation thoughts, especially with out run of games coming up. They've put in board members and CEOs who haven't a clue about football. If you were a Wenger in or Wenger out it doesn't matter because it's now obvious that he was single handedly keeping this club alive.

Van Persie's recent comments about how he wanted to win the League is truly embarrassing about how the CEO showed him graphs and spreadsheets about the clubs financial health. We've seen players like him, Nasri, Adebayor, Clichy, Cesc, Song and Sanchez all leave for pastures new because they were sick of the club being stagnant.

We've seen the club sign ridiculously crap players year in year out, never learning from experience, and not just crap players, but crap players for extortionate fees.

Arsenal have become potentially the most short sighted club in England and its now cost US not them, Kroenke will still turn a profit no doubt and until he does, he and his spawn Josh, will always be around. We as true fans need to say enough is enough and stop going to games, stop buying shirts, stop all social media interactions with the club online. Complete and utter blackout, it's the only way this club can truly heal.

I'm sure this won't make much sense when I read it back because I'm really f**King angry tonight. But I've had enough, I'm not having anything to do with this club until they're gone.

Unfortunately for you guys and gals, I'll be venting on here and watching illegal streams so no more money goes to the club.

Rant over.


1.) 13 Dec 2020 22:29:02
Akie that’s the biggest load of bollox I have read on here in 10 years.

2.) 13 Dec 2020 22:35:24
Again, spot on A.

3.) 14 Dec 2020 10:53:15
What do you disagree with Malaga?

How haven't the owners put incompetent people in charge?

How haven't we wasted money every single transfer window?

Is it not obvious that the Kroenkes don't care about the club?

Is the amount of stars allowed to leave to rivals not been worrying?



13 Dec 2020 20:45:54
At least Bellerin is suspended next week, every cloud n all that eh.


1.) 13 Dec 2020 21:25:40
Bellerin and Xhaka are our two biggest weak links right now and need to be dropped permenantly. Bellerin has not been the same player since he came back from his last injury.



06 Dec 2020 18:19:22
Can't take this club anymore. I can't believe how poorly run we've become, we've gone from having so many creative players we have a bench full too, to having Willian on 200k a week to do what? Laca is potentially the worst player in the League and Auba doesn't seem arsed anymore. Trying to force Ozil out when we have these three goons on a fortune is despicable.

The lack of ideas is getting shocking now. i'm not sure I want to know how many attempted crosses we've had this match.

I'm not sure what Nelson and Willock have to do to get some Prem game time. I'm sure everyone would be a lot happier if the club took the stance saying we are getting rid of Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Chambers, Kola, Xhaka, Pepe, William, Laca and Ozil and started playing the youth.

We need a long term plan and I'm struggling to see where we are going apart from to the Championship.

Id love to see a line up a bit like this from now on

Tierney Gabriel Luiz Bellerin
Partey willock
Nelson ESR Saka

Could also have players like Nketiah, Balogun, Azeez on the bench.


1.) 06 Dec 2020 18:29:22
Bellerin Akie?

He has to be the worse rb the club has ever had.

2.) 06 Dec 2020 18:35:11
I actually can't think of anyone else already at the club mate. Didn't want to start putting people in that I want to sign, but you are right Malaga, he needs to go too.

{Ed047's Note - AMN has done pretty well there, better than Bellerin anyway.

3.) 06 Dec 2020 18:42:13
AMN replace Bellerin or Granit - either will do.

4.) 06 Dec 2020 18:44:29
But would AMN for Belerin sort us out and make us good enough?
There is so much wrong that only one solution seems likely to stand a chance.

5.) 06 Dec 2020 18:46:28
Come Jan :,

AMN Gabriel Saliba Tierney
Partey Elneny
Nelson Ozil Saka

6.) 06 Dec 2020 18:51:34
For me out main problem is we have not got that creative midfielder that is breaking the lines all our attacks are coming out wide but we not got a Giroud type striker anymore then to get on the end of them, Neither Laca or Aubu are going to be any real threat in the air from crosses its not their game. We had about 30 odd crosses today and create one half decent chance out of all of them. We have to start playing to our strikers stengths more which is play more on the counter with them plying on the last man in behind not wasteful crosses. Xhaka is a waste of time offers nothing and just slows things down. It was one game too soon for Party to come back it looks like he is injured again just so frustrating.

7.) 06 Dec 2020 18:47:19
Very good shout Ed! Completely forgot about him!

{Ed047's Note - a lot of our players are forgettable Akie 🤣

8.) 06 Dec 2020 19:08:29
If Arteta remains in January then he can't bring Ozil back, he'd look even more lost than he does already. Dropping a player and bringing him back is one thing but to completely and deliberately freeze a player out then having time bring him back? That would show Arteta to be more lost desperate and incapable than ever.
Only a different manager could bring Ozil back and not look ridiculous.



29 Nov 2020 21:18:27
I f**King hate this club.


{Ed047's Note - it’s as poor as it’s possible to be for a supposed big club




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14 Dec 2020 10:54:01
Good to have to back Ed.




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07 Oct 2020 18:49:57
Yeah spot on Shambles, we've spent years being taken for mugs (rightfully so) . It's AM's loss for not getting him a new deal and our gain.


{Ed002's Note - great to celebrate a clubshowing zero respect - certainly looks like the club has just the fans it deserves}



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08 Sep 2020 10:13:59
Be a shame to see him go, but I'd drive him there if it meant we got Partey or Aouar with the cash.




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24 Aug 2020 19:43:51
I think he's undergoing his 6th medical now G62, probably in the same room as Yann M'Vila.




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23 Aug 2020 18:22:39
I remember you saying a while ago now Ed, how shortsighted English clubs can be. It makes you wonder what goes through the clubs hierarchy to think it's smart betting the clubs future on getting CL. Shambles.





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18 Jan 2021 18:30:41
Amazing footballer!

My favourite is against Spurs November 2017.

Such a subtle move but one that has always stuck in my mind.




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06 Jan 2021 12:14:11
He needs to sign for Chelsea until he's 32 first. Then we will get him.




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14 Dec 2020 21:38:41
The mix of greed and 0 football people at the club are killing it mate.




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14 Dec 2020 10:53:15
What do you disagree with Malaga?

How haven't the owners put incompetent people in charge?

How haven't we wasted money every single transfer window?

Is it not obvious that the Kroenkes don't care about the club?

Is the amount of stars allowed to leave to rivals not been worrying?




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13 Dec 2020 22:23:25
She*p rolls downhill, this all starts at the top and they alone need to answer for what they've done to this club.