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29 Jul 2019 15:14:55
Good afternoon Ed,

Any chance you could provide an update on any centre back targets we may have?



{Ed002's Note - I am travelling and asked someone here and they say a loan is preferred - or could go the Cahill type route with an out of contract player.}

1.) 29 Jul 2019 18:53:46
Thanks for taking the time to reply Ed. Very appreciated.

2.) 29 Jul 2019 20:33:31
I'd be happy with cahill but with the rumours of rugani I think I'd prefer that.

{Ed002's Note - Rugani? Well that passed me by.}

3.) 29 Jul 2019 23:50:10
Yeah been in the media last few days. Not that I take much notice of what they say.



16 Jul 2019 23:19:30
Am I crazy or was Eboue on tour with the club? Saw a pic with the Kroenkes and I could have sworn he was there. Hopefully they’re finding a role for him after his difficulties.


1.) 17 Jul 2019 08:04:24
Hope so, I always felt for him after the terrible way we fans treated him.
One of the lowest points in the clubs history in my opinion when our own fans reduced one of our own players to tears on the pitch.
We all get carried away sometimes and say and do things we later regret and what we did to Eboue is a horrible memory.
I hope he gets a job with the club and we get a chance to right a wrong and give him a brilliant reception.



17 Dec 2018 17:59:42
Hi Ed,

We were once interested in Reece Oxford. I imagine that ship has sailed.


{Ed001's Note - yes mate I believe it has.}



27 Aug 2018 23:33:06
Hi Ed,

Not to be reactionary, but is there actually any market for Ozil?



{Ed002's Note - The club are not looking to sell him but if they were there would need to be an enormous financial shift unless he were to head to China or perhaps the Middle East. Turkish clubs would want him but that would never be viable. The European clubs who can afford him, and there are few, have no interest and in the US he would need to significantly reduce his financial demands. Arsenal went far, far beyond what should have been offered and with the outrageous payments to PEA drove the club in to a difficult area with FFP wages. The club needs to be smarter moving forward and hope they don’t need to be paying off a manager next summer.}

1.) 28 Aug 2018 07:34:02
On a long term £350,000 a week deal, not a chance. Fully agree with Ed002's comments.
Whoever agreed to the deal should be shot!

2.) 28 Aug 2018 01:16:52
hi ed do you have any insight in to how come the club keeps getting in to the same predicament and unable or unwilling to renew contracts early so players are entering the last year of their contracts holding all the aces.

{Ed002's Note - Players will not want to sign contracts early without a financial incentive. Any clubs running close to the FFP restictions cannot afford to do that.}

3.) 28 Aug 2018 10:38:31
That's worrying that we can't afford to offer early renewals, it's costing much more in the long run, missing out on transfer fees and having to offer even higher wages when it comes to crunch time. Is there a reason we don't normally negotiate 1 year extension options like utd do?

{Ed002's Note - You are worrying unnecessarily about contracts, there has only been an issue in a couple of cases. In terms of affordability at this time, a considerable financial judder was felt with the Oezil contract, HM and PEA earlier this year - regardless of Sanchez leaving.}

4.) 29 Aug 2018 02:55:02
Thanks Ed. My question came a bit out of the blue.



29 Jul 2018 15:16:10
Hi Ed,
Sorry, I have asked this before but time is winding down. What’s the word on Ramsey? We know he’s in demand; will we chance it, give him the armband and hope he stays happy? Is the alternative we had lined up still available, and who might that be?


{Ed002's Note - Is this the "word on the street"? In which case I don't know; but the kids stood smoking their reefer on street corners in north London would be the ones to ask. Else, his agent has been discussing what they can do in terms of a new contract.}

1.) 29 Jul 2018 15:47:15
Thanks Ed. That’s good news. Not that kids are smoking reefer; where are the parents.

{Ed002's Note - In all probability one is in prison and the other on the game (but not reporting on it).}

2.) 29 Jul 2018 18:47:20
And it’s probably the mother in prison and the father on the game lol.

3.) 30 Jul 2018 06:37:24
Give him armband? I still don’t understand that hype around Ramsey. I would be happy to see him go. Same as I was happy to see Wilshere go. Years and years of hope. He is so overrated, I remember one good season from him.

4.) 30 Jul 2018 09:31:31
I'm with you Slovak mate, give him the armband, What like Mertesacker got the arm band for the shining example he set? Look how that worked for us.
I'd really rather Aaron left now because in his younger days when everyone was against him I thought he was much better than people gave him credit for but now we've gone fill circle where he is well over rated by many fans and himself to of course.

5.) 30 Jul 2018 10:02:42
For me Ramsey is a decent player in fact he is a good player when played where ozil plays. He’s just not as good there as ozil. I think he works harder than people give him credit for, my only real criticism is that he lacks possitional awareness at times and is often found out. I agree unless we can get him to sign an improved deal then we have to let him go. We can’t be in the same situation as before when the mood round the club seems buoyant at the moment.

6.) 30 Jul 2018 12:58:50
I agree a positive committed atmosphere is vital to success and absolutely anyone who detracts from that is always going to lesson your chances of success.

7.) 31 Jul 2018 02:25:22
IMO Aaron is best played behind Ozil. His best season with us was when he had defensive support from Arteta and played a box-to-box role, ghosting into the 18 with all the attention on Ozil and firing home goal after goal.

Problem is that as mentioned his positional awareness has left us vulnerable. I'd be interested to see how we look with a Torreira/ Ramsey deeper midfield behind Ozil.




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11 Dec 2019 16:26:18
Hey was I blocked for making a joke about Ed002’s response to my Joe Worrall question?


{Ed002's Note - Do you want to be banned?}

1.) 11 Dec 2019 19:07:17
All I want is a reliable back four. And maybe a proper DM if I’m well behaved.

{Ed047's Note - you ever see Torriera play for Sampdoria or Uruguay?

2.) 11 Dec 2019 19:33:40
Torria has been misused by Emery and is no longer the reliable defensive cover he was when he arrived.
Hopefully he can get back to what he does best again.

{Ed047's Note - absolutely 62 and all so he could play Xhaka in that role!

3.) 11 Dec 2019 20:07:59
Torreira will come good again.

4.) 11 Dec 2019 19:56:09
Crazy but true Ed947, Luis and Torreira sounds like it might have leggs in cmf for us, Luis struggles in a flat back 4 and always has but he's won top prizes also so I'd be inclined to find out what him and Torreira could be like together rather than just dismiss Luis as a write off.
Get the midfieild sorted and it will make a huge difference to our defence attack and most importantly results and performances.

{Ed047's Note - I think it would be safe to say Luiz and Torriera would be better than Xhaka and Torriera in front of our back 4.

5.) 11 Dec 2019 21:22:39
100% mate.

6.) 12 Dec 2019 01:10:02
It is madness that this combo is yet to be tried yet.
Been my dm pairing on fifa since the season started.
Should work well with Luiz able to drop back to make three CB when needed.

7.) 12 Dec 2019 07:52:13
it was tried in our last EL game. The game was flowing nicely until Luiz went off injured after 30 mins. Worked well up to that point.

8.) 12 Dec 2019 10:31:14
Absolutely Spanner it's the obvious choice.



28 Nov 2019 01:42:39
Hi Ed,

Is there any truth to Arsenal's reported interest in Joe Worrall?



{Ed002's Note - He like numerous players have been looked at.}

1.) 28 Nov 2019 04:55:58
Thanks Ed. I gather that every time a player is watched, at least 21 others get looked at too.



02 Sep 2019 21:36:19
I applaud our backroom for sending players out on loan that are surplus. Their salaries were an obstacle to a sale, but no reason to keep that lot in the dressing room.

I would rather have had Willock or Nelson come on yesterday instead of Mkhitaryan. Now, they have more opportunity to succeed.


1.) 02 Sep 2019 21:45:31
There was no sense in keeping Miki or Elneney in an already crowded midfield but Monreal looks less wise to me.

2.) 02 Sep 2019 22:14:55
It really is out with old and in with the new. Pity xhaka wasn't one of them. And mustaffi, nobody wants him, can he sell programs.

3.) 02 Sep 2019 22:29:19
Gotta agree with you 62. Nacho is a huge crazy risk but I could be wrong 😉

Thought Miki was useless when he came on and just hasn’t taken off for us so hopefully a loan works well for him and us.

4.) 03 Sep 2019 01:25:11
Calling Mkhi useless is kind of you SY, I was going to suggest he was worse than that, he received amazing passes and then lost the ball immediately.

5.) 03 Sep 2019 16:49:20
Totally agree with wire. He was wasteful when the rest of the squad looked decisive and aggressive.



24 Aug 2019 17:59:05
It’s early and don’t want to say anything, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt so confident in our back pairing.


1.) 24 Aug 2019 18:25:16
Still chaotic at the back there Alex but much betrer than we've seen before
Can't help but think if we keep letting the crosses come in aa relentlessly in the second half it might cost us but this is Liverpool at Anfield and there is no 100% way of stopping them no matter who you are, we might have to rely on Liverpool not being clinical in their finishing.

2.) 24 Aug 2019 18:30:27
62 mate, I think we’ve been better this game at back than i thought we would be. Still second half to come but we had very good chances which we should’ve taken better. Apart from the goal I think the game plan been working nicely have we scored our chances.

3.) 24 Aug 2019 18:37:43
Sorry about that.

4.) 24 Aug 2019 19:00:27
Oh well 62 mate I think you are spot on again hahaha.

5.) 24 Aug 2019 19:23:51
Never mind Moe mate it was better and most definitely could have been worse in terms of both scoreline and performance.

6.) 24 Aug 2019 19:41:51
Definitely spoke too soon there Alex! 😂 Luiz had a shocker, pulling a shirt that blatantly was madness!

{Ed0666's Note - typical David Luiz

7.) 24 Aug 2019 20:06:54
Yes he made mistakes but equally it think he did well at other times too. He's far better in 3 or in front of a back 4.

8.) 24 Aug 2019 20:50:42
The thing that gets me is the way he throws his arms up after doing something stupid as if to say he hasn't done anything, but doing it only makes it more obvious he has! 😂.



08 Aug 2019 18:38:47
Disappointed Iwobi is leaving. Thoughts? At least maybe were acting decisively. but with Eddie’s loan to Leeds not sure it’s wise.


1.) 08 Aug 2019 18:44:36
Plenty of cover for him still at the club.

{Ed047's Note - Smith-Rose, Willock and Nelson to name 3

2.) 08 Aug 2019 18:48:43
Yep, he wouldn’t get a look in now Pepe is here, and 35-40 mil is good money.

3.) 08 Aug 2019 18:58:27
Yeah too right, obviously Pépé has that position but there’s miki as well. Not a single worry about him going.

4.) 08 Aug 2019 19:00:13
I think we got a good deal for him, he wasn’t my favourite. But good luck to him at Goodison Park.

5.) 08 Aug 2019 19:12:21
Yeah good luck to him he can compete with ballsnot again 👍.

{Ed047's Note - ballsnot 😱😂😂

6.) 08 Aug 2019 19:30:55
For me this is the most impressive deal by Arsenal this window. A year ago we would've got £10m for him.

7.) 08 Aug 2019 19:37:43
A bit 50/ 50 on Iwobi leaving tbh as he is useful player to have as more impact sub as can be unpredictable and can make things happen when he comes on. I rather we had sold Miki first in my opinion as he does not offer more or anything different to what we already have with others.

Having said that the reported 35 Million is a excellent deal moneywise for us and and if was required to balance the books in order to further spend on Tierney and Luis then overall it is worth it. At the end of day our squad is stronger than it was at the start of the window which is all that matters.

8.) 08 Aug 2019 19:38:21
It is Glenn. I will say the price reflects his improvement last year and he was better but not top 4 level hence moving to a club that is the epitome of 6-10th place.

9.) 08 Aug 2019 19:51:56
I agree he's a better player leaving us than he was for all his years previous to last season.
Wish him well as with all ex players but he was never going to be of interest to other top teams so shouldn't really be playing for Arsenal in that case.

10.) 08 Aug 2019 23:31:50
Disappointed. This is a great sale and we should probably give Everton back 15milliob for being silly.

Always knew Usmanov and co would help save us 😜.




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29 Nov 2019 14:35:07
Hope springs eternal.




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03 Aug 2019 18:49:19
Like medical failing recurring hip problem? Does it matter? Källström had a broken back.
But seriously, why are we after him if he’s crocked?


{Ed047's Note - he’s lost over 140 days with 3 separate hip injuries and that surely has to be a concern.



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01 Aug 2019 15:46:48
Who makes room for Zaha? I hope not Iwobi.




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29 Jul 2019 18:53:46
Thanks for taking the time to reply Ed. Very appreciated.




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22 Jul 2019 19:35:10
Bah why be so negative, gunner62? We don’t have a right to titles and trophies. In our history, we haven’t always sat in the top four. This challenge will be good for us, will weed out the fair weather supporters and will give the kids a chance to play.

Chin up!





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11 Dec 2019 19:07:17
All I want is a reliable back four. And maybe a proper DM if I’m well behaved.


{Ed047's Note - you ever see Torriera play for Sampdoria or Uruguay?



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28 Nov 2019 04:55:58
Thanks Ed. I gather that every time a player is watched, at least 21 others get looked at too.




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03 Sep 2019 16:49:20
Totally agree with wire. He was wasteful when the rest of the squad looked decisive and aggressive.




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24 Aug 2019 18:37:43
Sorry about that.




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07 Aug 2019 13:04:11
Chambers stays. Elneny can and should go.