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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.



18 May 2019 07:40:32
Hi Eds, any truth to the Maxi Gomez rumours? Possible replacement for Welbz?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal interest and he would be an Lacazette or Aubamalangadingdong replacement if there were interest.}

1.) 18 May 2019 09:04:16
You think one of them are going to leave this season? It would be just the worst decision our club has ever made.

{Ed002's Note - No.}




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26 Jun 2020 10:22:00
Seeing rumours about Guendouzi leaving in the summer, to potentially raise funds for Partey.

If we could continue that trend of buying unknown stars, making them worth a lot more than we paid and sell them on to raise funds for a star player, I don't see the issue, especially if those stars we buy and playing next to Hale End graduates.

And in the case of Guendouzi, I think it's even more of a no brainer, Arteta seems to be set on his discretion and discipline is one of his 10 commandments, if Guendouzi can't adapt his attitude then show us the money and show him the door.


1.) 26 Jun 2020 11:09:39
Agree Akie, learning to turn a profit again would be a huge step in the right direction for AFC. Personally I do wonder whether the likes of Partey even want to join us but I'm happy to be proven wrong.

In Guendouzi's case he's got huge potential but when he's not on the ball he contributes far too little. Part of being a young player is accepting where you can do better and his disciplinary issues suggest that he isn't open enough to that.

2.) 26 Jun 2020 11:20:15
I think Guendozi will have a very big future but not at Arsenal, the lad has raw passion and desire which has been plain to see from the moment he arrived, whether on the pitch or from the bench he celebrates like an over excited child when we score and throws tantrums when we are awful or decisions don't go our way, he's just not Arsenal or Arteta material because he moans and complains about what's not right about us, probably repeating what older players say in private among themselves but Guendozi has the nativity to say it to Artetas face,
The lad needs an understanding wise arm around the shoulder and help to mature which will see him become a very big star for someone other than Arsenal.
Somehow I don't think Guendozi will be short of very good alternatives should a parting of the way be necessary at Arsenal,

3.) 26 Jun 2020 11:37:42
Old fashioned maybe but play for the shirt medals follow as does money! Too many playing for contract and not bothering once it’s secured. Guendouzi a poster boy for our club ‘ how much do you earn ‘ the new ‘ show us your medals ‘ . A player there but such a poor attitude. I’d ship him out for what? £20 mill could live with that COYG.

4.) 26 Jun 2020 11:43:19
Gunner62 you are spot on.

Haven't posted for a while but wanted to add to your comments.
Guendozi I feel will be massive player in the future, if he sorts out his attitude.
I feel sorry for him in a way because of the lack of leaders at the club, there is no one strong enough to take him aside and advise him.
Look at his fellow professionals, who is there to let him know when he crosses the line.

He is very young and naive but has immense raw talent and if he is guided properly, i have no doubt he will become a big star.

He does moan a lot but he is the youngest in a crap midfield but still looks the most accomplished out there.

Anyway, not posted for ages and good to be back.

5.) 26 Jun 2020 11:47:44
62 - it’s not a hair thing but An attitude thing. I actually would rather he went on loan. I can’t see us developing him and his weaknesses make us even worse but he has something. Shame if he goes but I don’t want him in my midfield this season or next.

We make him look worse and he makes us worse today but he has potential. I don’t think we have the key to unlock it though.

6.) 26 Jun 2020 12:55:53
Hi Washo mate good to hear from you.
Yes mate the lad has attitude which needs nurturing and leadership in order to add the finer points to his game and match his obvious passion and desire to play in and win football matches and trophies.
Out spoken players who show their disappointment at the clubs repeated failings don't farewell at Arsenal, Ozil early on was told don't show your feelings when we get thrashed, Sanches didn't fit in because he too wouldn't accept failure and going through the motions.
Mesut Sanches and Guendozi all have that winning gene in their DNA but none are really sort of characters who fit in with The Arsenal post 2005 culture.
Hi SY the lad undoubtedly has a lot to learn but I fear he will be yet another player who has to leave Arsenal to reach his potential and achieve the games big prizes, Ox is the latest addition to that growing club of ex Arsenal players who did elsewhere what wasn't possible at Arsenal.
Will we ever learn? One day I'm sure but it doesn't look like being in the near future that's for sure, retain Luis Mustafi Xhaka get rid of Guendozi sharpish, you couldn't make it up ;-)

7.) 26 Jun 2020 14:14:40
It would be travesty to see him go so soon. I love to see Partey in the middle and Guendouzi learning off him and hourly playing together in a couple of seasons.

The kid has the fire that we have lost many years ago because I think Arsene when soft and it seems to have left a culture at the club. League may have banned group of players crowding the ref but we would take every decision likely as we do now. You can see clearly sometimes the refs give the bigger teams an edge in some calls. Now there is no team in the league who feels a can’t have a go at us whether footballing terms or physical. It’s like just apply the pressure and they will succumb.

Keep the kid and do a crowd funding if they afford Partey I’ll contribute. If is about making a profit on player sale accept mid table drop ambitions of ever winning. The club has a history it should preserve and build upon.

We have sold so many before and they won the EPL and CL.

Look back at the Southampton game and watch Auba body language he was so frustrated with the lack of quality ball out the middle.



23 Jun 2020 22:53:10
Everytime I start to think of football I get mad now, and I start to Google to try and find anything about potentially seeing the back of Kroenke, and I was wondering if anyone knew the full situation with Hicks and Gillett when they sold Liverpool? And if there is any potential correlation to Kroenke at Arsenal.

I also haven't seen much about the richest man in Africa that wanted to buy the club in 2021, apart from him saying he's waiting until his current projects are done, god hoping he still comes in with a bid enough to make Kroenke sell up and get out.


1.) 23 Jun 2020 23:30:35
In my opinion, kroenke is too rich to sell Arsenal due to money. Don't think kroenke will accept an offer unless it is north of three billion dollars. Remember Stan turned down a bid from usmanov that was deemed generous of an offer. So what s stan's end goal? My uniformed opinion is that kroenke won't sell arsenal but will make sure that the club plummets probably to the lower half of the table and then due to fan unrest combined with club losing value, kroenke will exit the stage.

Unfortunately i cannot see a situation where kroenke and Arsenal achieve success together. It is a marriage made in hell. The way kroenke wants to run a club, works only in american sports where there is nothing like relegation, where even sport teams are run with the aim of making profit. clubs like Barcelona hardly make any profit because the socios are more concerned with trophies than balance sheets.

I assume the African guy you are talking about is aliko dangote, who is a nigerian billionaire. It is plausible that he could be a fan as arsenal is so popular in nigeria (think kanu) .

Do i see him taking over arsenal? Absolutely no. i think he will make an offer but kroenke won't accept. Eventually, he will deem arsenal an expensive project and exit. I am afraid none will save us from kroenke unless we hit rock bottom.

2.) 24 Jun 2020 01:39:23
PG - totally with you, that’s the only way we will see the back of the American, bottom half of the table and 40,000 crowds, at that point he’s off.

{Ed047's Note - and the way this club is going that could be as soon as next season!

3.) 24 Jun 2020 07:17:01
I’m prepared to suffer that - I don’t see us getting anything but 2 defeats from the next 2 games .

I wonder when we last finished 14th or 15th?

{Ed047's Note - I’d have to think most people are Banbury, It’s hard to believe how much of a mess the club is and how much more of a mess the owner is going to let it become.

I really don’t have words for that man!

4.) 24 Jun 2020 07:35:04
Houston as caretaker saw us come in around 12th but lower than that was almost before I Was born - mid 70s. crazy to think plus the wages, agent fees and transfer fees to get us to 15th!

5.) 24 Jun 2020 07:47:16
Akie - you are so right. If we can’t keep hold of PEA - our club is a complete mess.

The one silver lining is the youth but is our youth actually developing? Has Bellerín developed and now understands the fullback position? Is either Holding or Chambers any better. Is Mavropanos Developing or will he develop more on loan. Youth is all about ambition, potential and excitement - but if no one develops or guides it then it’s wasted talent. Where are the leaders to ensure our youth is strong? Where are our winners to develop a winning attitude? Where are our hard workers to develop that? Where are the defenders, the midfield powerhouses or the Henrys to inspire the youth to get better rather than plateau prematurely like Jack, Iwobi, Theo, Bellerín and many more.
Board, Scouts, Contract management, Decision making, Squad, Current Manager - all need changing as does the set up of the coaching staff. A full overhaul - if this was a proper company measured on its customers ( fans ) - it would have filed chapter 11 based on performance, declining value of squad and lack of results. It’s not even performing well financially now. So frustrating.
We are in a weird cycle whereby fans see it, then critics admit it but still the board is oblivious to the fact that we are poorly run and if they don’t watch out their cash cow will be sent to market. The summer had desperation and Leeds Utd written all over it plus blind stupidity. I’m not saying that with hindsight. May be we do need to crash and burn to raise again out of the ashes. you aren’t alone about being frustrated bud.

6.) 24 Jun 2020 08:53:40
I'd sell most of the players abd start again along as kronke is gone.

7.) 24 Jun 2020 08:55:22
Just to add an alternative view way of looking at things does anyone really think it doesn't bother Stan that our champions league days are long gone and next season we won't see European football at the Emirates? I can't imagine he's exactly jumping with joy that the club spent 100m last summer but have ended up closer to the championship than champions league after that investment.

No way am I defending Stan Kronke because it's under his leadership we've ended up where we are but he wasn't alone in getting us here, Stan should have replaced Arsene long before he did but there was huge fan resistance to letting Arsene go.
Arsene is every bit as much to blame for what's happend as Stan is and if we accept that then we must accept that it was us fans who kept Arsene in his job for far too long.

Uncomfortable as it is but Arsenal fans insistence that Arsene Jack Wiltshire and others were Arsenal through and through and couldn't be touched has players a big part in our present day situation.
It's not about blame but accepting where we and the club went wrong in the past in order to have a better future.

We simply can't afford to be precious about individuals who don't deliver any more no matter how much we like them personally and only then will the mentality we all want to see return to the club.

8.) 24 Jun 2020 09:36:19
I'm sure this club is a social experiment, Luiz given a one year deal is criminal, I'm not going to say much about the Cedric and Mari deals as we've not seen much and Arteta might like them, but the worst of them all in my opinion?

Matt Macey, who is now 25 years old has been given a new one year deal, are we a charity now? We need this rotten club changed from top to bottom.

9.) 24 Jun 2020 00:42:20
I have a bit more ire for Sanllehi and Venkatesham at the moment, they have set up a fiefdom. Kroenke's culpability isn't necessarily around investment - we have paid a lot for players, just not the right ones which is hardly his fault - it's about his inability to hold the execs accountable. Someone needs to walk for the way the club has sank in the last couple of seasons and it shouldn't always have to be the manager.

Eds, have you watched The Last Dance? I was highly impressed by the Bulls GM Krause and how he built teams, do you think there's carryover to football?

{Ed018's Note - This post was left for me probably since I’d be the only one who would’ve watched it. It’s hard to compare the 2 sports when it comes to building a team. Krause knew the exact type of players he needed put around Jordan and also that would matchup well against the Pistons, Knicks and whoever else in the eastern conference. I don’t think that strategy carries over to football as well. I don’t think for say example Chelsea would try to build a team that would negate the strengths of Liverpool. Chelsea would try to build the best team they could under their managers style of play. But I’m sure there are some of same ideas as well. Who would fit in well with players you already have.}

10.) 24 Jun 2020 10:48:33
Hi Akie mate, in 2011 Liverpool were on the verge of going bust and Roy Hodgson was there manager and look at where they are?
Our invincible period was fantastic and at the time none of were thinking this can't last forever! But in our hearts we knew it wouldn't
We are in the opposite position now and it's difficult to see how things are going to ever come right again but of course they will because just as that 97 to 2005 period couldn't last forever neither will this period either.
Up the Arsenal.

11.) 24 Jun 2020 12:57:18
Wire - show was awesome. MJ is my new hero. He’s the type of leader we need and haven’t had since Henry. Someone who just wants to win and has the desire, talent and drive to make everyone raise their game. You are right in that the GM saw where the team had holes and actually made even MJ better. I read a story about Training matches At Arsenal that Henry wanted to win, tackles were hard and fights broke out as they wanted to win. Lauren said in a game Henry had a go at him for something and Lauren waited in the changing room at half time to have it out with him. Winners, winners, winners. Winners drive winning attitude. We have none.

Same with Paddy, DB10,! Adams, Bould, Keown - take no 💩 and we want to win!

Just bring that mentality back and we resolve 98% of our problems.

12.) 24 Jun 2020 14:28:42
Emery went because he was put of his depth and the fans knew it, but the reason the fans found Emery an easy decision was because he wasn't ex Arsenal.
Of course there is a place for loyalty but not for sentiment, changing that would be a huge step in the right direction towards achieving a winning mentality again.



23 Jun 2020 07:14:44
If anyone would like some positive news, Thomas Meunier has agreed to join Borussia Dortmund.


{Ed047's Note - fingers crossed Joe Hart joins him!

1.) 23 Jun 2020 09:02:34
Good shout Ed, maybe there's a chance they want Luiz and Sokratis too? 😂.

2.) 23 Jun 2020 20:11:20
If they need a driver - I’ll take them there for free 😂😂.

3.) 23 Jun 2020 22:32:31
Let me know how much petrol you use mate, I'll bank transfer you half!



17 Jun 2020 22:05:42
Jesus why don't we just use Zech Medley now the season is dead and buried I can't stand to see Mustafi, Sokratis or Luiz start another game for us. God hoping for a proper clear out this summer.


1.) 17 Jun 2020 23:11:42
Awful, so much work to be done.

2.) 18 Jun 2020 09:00:40
Luiz is the gift that keeps on giving. I struggle to give my club much time when they pay 8m for this guy who has zero skills required to improve our team and 72m on a winger who we didn’t really really need given our issues thru the spine of our team. Absolute joke. Even worse - Pepe isn’t that great either and we bet the house on him.

3.) 18 Jun 2020 10:43:48
The club seems to be driven by agents, so overpayment on big name players could become the norm at Arsenal.

{Ed002's Note - The total cost of the deal for David Luiz was circa £24M for one year including transfer fee, wages, agent fee etc..}

4.) 18 Jun 2020 12:28:57
That's it, ed kick them when they're down 😂.

5.) 18 Jun 2020 20:26:27
Absolute joke. The guy that sign the a chevron sponsorship with Man Utd was fired.

Whoever sign Luiz and Pepe should be fired for gross misconduct.

Can not believe they are talking Luiz up and Wanting him to stay. Sorry but if Arteta truly thinks that - he needs to go also. No o e who thinks he adds value and improves our defence will ever sort our weaknesses out.

Please end the season now and put us out of our misery.

Early days, first game back - same for everyone. No more excuses and set higher standards please. I’m fine with a 3 season game plan but just clear out the junk and start with youth and organised defence or just give up.



12 Jun 2020 20:41:49
Hypothetical situation here but say we could get this much for each player of our squad, which ones would you be willing to sell?

Leno - £50m
Martinez - £3m
Sokratis - £5m
Mustafi - £5m
Luiz - £0m
Holding - £8m
Tierney - £30m
Kolasinac - £10m
Bellerin - £30m
Maitland Niles - £15m
Chambers - £6m

Torreria - £45m
Xhaka - £25m
Guendouzi - £35m
Willock - £8m
Ozil - £0m
Martinelli - £60m
Saka - £60m
Pepe - £50m
Nelson - £25m
Aubameyang - £25m
Lacazette - £35m
Nketiah - £15m

Don't ask where I came up with those numbers haha! Trying to toy with people's emotions hopefully.


1.) 12 Jun 2020 22:15:14

Leno - £50m
Sokratis - £5m
Mustafi - £5m
Luiz - £0m
Kolasinac - £10m
Bellerin - £30m
Torreria - £45m
Xhaka - £25m
Guendouzi - £35m
Ozil - £0m
Pepe - £50m
Lacazette - £35m.

2.) 13 Jun 2020 08:23:04
I think your a bit over on some Akie mate but not a million miles away in general based on pre crisis prices.

What the new transfer market will look like remains to be seen of course but luckily if the players you sell are worth less so will the players you buy be.

Can't see how a big drop in transfer fees across the board will be a bad thing myself as they have been absurdly over inflated for a long time now compared to the real world.

3.) 13 Jun 2020 09:32:39
The reasoning for the over priced players mate. They are the players I like, so I wanted to see if that sort of money would temp people to sell, or if they'd be happy making a tidy sum and moving on.

4.) 13 Jun 2020 11:25:14
Fair play mate, it will be interesting to see how prices and values are affected in the coming months mate.
Personally I'd expect a lot of clubs looking to offload players in order to trim wages and raise funds resulting in buyers market where prices drop dramatically, but then again I've been know to be wrong about things once or twice before :-) .

5.) 13 Jun 2020 11:57:43
Before someone says it - I know we won’t sell or can’t sell that many in the real world. Some I’d sell because of the money - assuming we replace effectively

50m for Leno and 45m for Torriera would be too good to turn down. I’d drive Torriera to his new club for that money.

My priority clear out the Central Defenders - Mustafi, Paoa, Luiz for sure

Then clear out central midfield - Torriera and Granit

If that doesn’t give us enough cash to rebuild then sell an asset like Leno or Bellerin or Laca to get the cash required. Preference is Laca sold as we have a few good young strikers.

Then please play a side to everyone’s strengths.

6.) 13 Jun 2020 19:56:40
I pretty much agree with you on everyone there SY.

Id see Torreria go for £45m too, I think the whole homesick rumours around him would make it easier too.

The defence is spot on too, just a shame that no one in their right minds would take our center backs haha!




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01 Jul 2020 20:00:12
M'Vila springs to mind. Until he's starting his first game for Arsenal I won't believe it 😂.




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30 Jun 2020 23:02:28
You'd think something was up wouldn't you, but no. This is Arsenal.




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27 Jun 2020 07:50:12
Thank you Ed, that is ridiculous 😂.




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26 Jun 2020 23:00:23
The whole Guendouzi situation seems off for me, the lads got the stuff to make it as a world class sh**house. However, his attitude stinks, his performances don't really warrent the money that's being rumoured, so it's a no brainer for me.

Eds with Pape, I couldn't find anything by searching him, what was the reasons behind him not signing for Watford? Is it anything to be worried about if we did go for him?


{Ed002's Note - He signed a pre-contract but is now saying he wants to cancel the deal. Watford say they will register him and if he wants, sell him on. The argument is that the contract was in English and he didn’t understand it - that won’t stand up. One clu has taken the issue and spoken with Watford and making an offer for the player - but it is well beyond the valuation - but they hope it can be resolved.}



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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!





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06 Jul 2020 08:58:07
I remember something being said about him going back to Leeds SirWenger, would be an obvious transfer if/ when they get promoted.


{Ed001's Note - he only just agreed a new deal with Liverpool, why would he be leaving on a free? What a ridiculous thread. He signed a 2 year deal.}



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05 Jul 2020 20:20:29
I'd love him at the club, exactly the sort of personality we need in the dressing room. Like Gunner62 said, proven winner and always been a really valuable asset.




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04 Jul 2020 23:04:08
I don't think they will ever be short of work mate 😂 haha!




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04 Jul 2020 21:02:42
We are missing someone in the Aaron Ramsey role. Would love to have someone like that at Arsenal.




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03 Jul 2020 21:03:05
I really like him, I think he's great at tracking back and he has a physical presence about him.

I also think people overlook him due to Saka, Nelson and Eddie being more exciting talents, but I think that there's potential for a decent player.

It was only about a year or so ago when I wasn't too fussed about him, I think he's come on leaps and bounds recently and there is more to come in my opinion!