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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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13 Sep 2020 18:45:42
Own up then, who wanted Mourinho?


{Ed047's Note - was there actually someone who did, I can’t remember

1.) 13 Sep 2020 19:31:41
I wasn't one Akie but those who were, were basing their opinions on Jose past achievements and the terrible mess Arsenal were in at that time under Emery, on paper it don't look a bad swap Jose for Emery.

I didn't want Jose because of his relentless disrespectful and very personal attacks on Arsene and to me that alone made him unemployable by Arsenal Football Club and also i felt he'd lost his magic touch as he showed at United and even at Chelsea in the end.

2.) 13 Sep 2020 19:44:24
Didn’t ye man with the private jet want him.

3.) 13 Sep 2020 19:51:06
Yes Mark RG was desperate for Toby the Tiger cereal winner to be our manager.

4.) 13 Sep 2020 21:01:47
I haven't seen such a dispirited Spurs team for some time. Time to bring back Pochettino methinks.

5.) 13 Sep 2020 22:22:31
No no no Sally, leave Jose where he is :-)

6.) 13 Sep 2020 23:03:34
I loved watching Spurs play last year (no offence intended 😉) . What's going on Raver?

7.) 14 Sep 2020 05:38:12
I glad they lost but I don't think many teams will find Everton easy to beat with the new midfield they have this season so you have to give Everton credit where it is due.

8.) 14 Sep 2020 08:59:48
Too many bang average players Sally with Jurassic park as manager, we are a club going absolutely nowhere under jose and the Right said Fred owners and I don't even get down anymore as it's the same story just a different season, I will admit you lot have a plan and future with a exciting young manager and lots of good exciting youngsters coming through the club.

9.) 14 Sep 2020 10:55:28
I'm sure your get in top 8
Again raver it's only one game but I would not of sacked poch for Jose in my opinion.

10.) 14 Sep 2020 11:08:31
A lot of fans didn't want jose at spurs due to his Chelsea links, I admit I wanted the special once.



10 Sep 2020 14:46:28
That third kit video is a bit of alright. Anyone else obsessed with Arteta's hair or just me?


1.) 10 Sep 2020 16:37:49
It's always immaculate, never any longer or any shorter, never affected by wond or rain and always exactly the same style? Let's face it it's a syrup!

{Ed001's Note - Ed007 calls it 'lego hair'.}

2.) 10 Sep 2020 17:33:46
Ed007 isn't wrong mate :-) . There is something oh so unelnaturale going in with it :-)

3.) 10 Sep 2020 20:27:01
Google Mikel Arteta with long hair, it was very different. I believe he has even been asked about it in interviews.

4.) 10 Sep 2020 21:34:47
Long hair, short hair! That's the beauty of lego Sally, you can do pretty much anything you like with it :-)

5.) 10 Sep 2020 22:44:00
It's a crash helmet painted black his hair 😂.

6.) 11 Sep 2020 00:55:27
That pic is tragic Sally. Almost as bad as Cesc's mullet.



05 Aug 2020 16:55:15
It seems the Willian deal is edging closer, I wonder if he will be a starting player? And if he is to be, who would make way?

Would people be more happy with option 1:

Willian Laca Auba (Pepe to leave or bench)

Option 2:

Pepe Auba Willian (Laca to leave or bench)

Option 3:

Pepe Laca Willian (Auba to leave, would never be benched 😂)


1.) 05 Aug 2020 18:14:30
If Auba doesn't agree terms by the time Willian arrives then option 3 if a buyer can be found for Auba, the more I think about it the more I struggle to think where a big fee would come from for Auba considering his wage demands on top of a fee.

2.) 05 Aug 2020 18:36:55
If Auba leaves I struggle to see where goals would come from given Willian has never scored more than 10 in a Premier league season, Laca is extremely hit and miss throughout the season and while Pepe seems to improve week by week, doesn't strike me as an over 20 goal a season player (hope to be proved wrong)

{Ed002's Note - If Aubameyangadingdong left Arsenal would replace him - like they did with Thierry Henry, Ian Wright and Robin van Persie. Time moves on.}

3.) 05 Aug 2020 19:06:40
How long is the tail allowed to wagg the dog Akie mate? And do the ears and paws resent the tial or feel it's not example to them on how to get their own way in future?
Great goalscorer but at what price moving forward?

4.) 05 Aug 2020 19:24:48
Option 5:

————- PEA ————.

5.) 05 Aug 2020 19:29:52
Well said Ed002.

6.) 05 Aug 2020 20:23:32
Exactly Ed002. Aubameyang isn't bigger than the club.



27 Jul 2020 00:06:31
Apart from the F. A Cup, the season is done now, and what a terrible season it's been.

I can see next season being the same all over again, the rumours about Joelson Fernandes seem strong, and that would show we have absolutely no idea, top to bottom, how to fix this club. We need a monumental clear out and restart, rather than another young attacker being bought. RIght now I'd be happy to see Bellerin, Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Torreria and Ozil leave and I think Holding and Chambers are on the last season chances now and I wouldn't be surprised if none of those players left and we just stockpiled more of the same. We have a chance to look at players from the relegated clubs, like Ake, Aarons, Cantwell, Doucoure, Sarr rather than giving big name players one last hurrah and try and get us back to the top 4.

We have the youngest average squad in the Premier League this season, get rid of the older crap we have stockpiled, (if I have to watch Kolasinac play CB in a back 3 one more time I'll lose my hairline quicker than Holding. ) and go for project youth! We have the ability to play a squad with a good 8-10 years left in them, rather than lumping big bucks on a big player than could end up in disaster. Take a look at Liverpools model, a great net spend, well scouted players, and players that fit the way the club wants to play, everyone laughed at Robertson, Mane and VVD!

I want a really aggressive summer window, get what we need done and get it done fast. We all know the defence is fragile and we all can see clear as day, we are missing an attacking minded central Midfielder and possibly if we lose Auba and/ or Laca, we need another top class forward. Going to be a tough summer considering how much of a bad situation we are in.


1.) 27 Jul 2020 02:25:04
8th place and behind: a poor united side managed by ole, a chelsea team with a transfer ban and lampard, leicester managed by rodgers, a desolate spurs side under mourinho, and a wolves team that cost a fraction. Not to mention the winners on 99 points, and the most talented squad in the world who vastly underperformed and still put 25 points on. 43 short of the top. It's pretty bleak.

In the past we've often been a few players away, how many of our players are anywhere near good enough now?
But you know, let's smash Chelsea, get someone in who can pick a pass and smash them with our youth next year.

{Ed047's Note - think it’s safe to say we’re a bloody mess on and off the field.

But hope is a wonderful thing!

2.) 27 Jul 2020 08:21:27
Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift, and that's why it's called the present.

Enjoy the FA cup final that is almost certainly going to happen this Saturday. For Arsenal football club that is our present.



21 Jul 2020 22:20:09
Do we know how to play with the ball? Hear me out here, but whenever we have played a game where the opposition has allowed us to have the ball, we really don't know what to do with it, it's sideways passes, no penetration, crosses for the sake of it and no creativity. However, when we played City and Liverpool, we were allowed basically nothing of the ball and just countered when we could and got some good goals.

It seems Arteta knows how to set up defensively but doesn't have a grasp on the attacking side of play as much, I really think we need to use Ozil next season as he can give us so many chances created per 90, I at least hope he's given his chance in pre season.


1.) 21 Jul 2020 22:45:01
To be fair after Wenger and Emery we were crying out for a coach who could organise a defence Akie mate. Building from the back is what made George's Arsenal which lead to Arsenes super Arsenal being possible. We have to be patient, we're at the start of a long overdue rebuilding process and it was never going to happen in half a season.




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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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23 Aug 2020 18:19:18
Mate, the Eds don't get paid for this, and ed002 like 666 said, has inside knowledge so we are lucky he is happy telling us what he knows. It must be very frustrating being asked the same questions day in day out.





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05 Oct 2020 15:18:06
Looks like we're activating it anyway, Shaq!




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23 Sep 2020 13:35:59
Totalsportek is awesome Ed! I always make sure I use a stream that is nearer the bottom, the stream is less jumpy that way. And try to get used to the ads Lefty!


{Ed047's Note - I always find when you click on the links they’ll open an ad page, just close that and go back and click on the link again and it works.

And yes if you use the search bar you get a whole list of links and agree the lower ones are better Akie.



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27 Aug 2020 21:24:29
I haven't seen your explanation Ed. Otherwise I would have accepted it.




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27 Aug 2020 19:24:40
Maybe we are dragging it out to hopefully get some players out the door first?


{Ed002's Note - I have explained the reason. Why is it so difficult to accept>}



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26 Aug 2020 19:42:46
Apparently he's had the same medical as Higuain, takes 3-5 years.