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26 Feb 2021 21:15:57
Hi Ed,

When Bellerin goes, do we have a replacement lined up?

Thanks,

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - No, not lined up.}


1.) 26 Feb 2021 21:41:13
Thanks Ed. Can you speak to targets?

{Ed002's Note - Typically there will not be targets for players who may just leave. The likes of Aarons who is a true target for others may be of interest.}


2.) 28 Feb 2021 22:45:16
ED, early days but arsenal need to sign Martin Odegaard right? Are arsenal interested making the deal permanent. I suppose the better question is, would real and he be interested in making the deal permanent? I’ve read he’s really happy at the club.

{Ed002's Note - There is no option and Real Madrid will be looking to save some money and likely hold on to him next season whilst others are sold.}


3.) 28 Feb 2021 23:16:40
Ed, would you have a rough figure of how much odegaard would likely cost at the end of the season should he become available? I’m struggling to think what the figure might be, I reckon between 30-40 mill.

{Ed002's Note - I can only guess because there is no plan to sell right now - and that would be perhaps £35M.}


4.) 01 Mar 2021 00:20:06
Really appreciate the response Ed!


 

 

18 Feb 2021 14:02:22
HI Ed,

Know how you had to speculate, but was curious if there is a likelihood that Odegaard's deal is made permanent? Mikel seems smitten.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - Martin Odegaard (RW/AM) Arsenal beat Real Sociedad to a loan in January but have no option to buy. Real Madrid are happy to including him on a lengthy list of players that they are open to selling or including in exchanges - and that may suit Seville who have a player that Real Madrid are showing an interest in. Ideally Real Madrid would like an auction for him but will seek €40M for a cash sale.}


1.) 18 Feb 2021 20:06:52
Thanks Ed.


 

 

07 Feb 2021 20:08:13
Hi Ed,

I know you have provided a list of departures, and it includes Lacazette. Curious if you can elaborate on what'S happening at centre forward. Are we still in for Odsonne Edouard? YOu have said (lamentably) that Donyell Malen wouldn't happen.

Can you please provide a bit of insight?

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - Yes, interest remains in OE.}


1.) 08 Feb 2021 05:15:02
Thanks Ed.


2.) 08 Feb 2021 09:44:02
When would a move for the Celtic forward likely to happen ed of you know.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer questions about timescales. And remember there will be interest from elsewhere.}


3.) 08 Feb 2021 12:34:24
Thanks ed,


 

 

01 Feb 2021 15:01:07
Thoughts on AMN to West Brom? Will he benefit from Fat Sam? Is there any path for him back into our squad and where does he play if so?

Arsenalex

1.) 01 Feb 2021 18:45:08
Hopefully leads to a deal as he’s not good enough for us.


2.) 17 Feb 2021 17:30:52
Given we are not exactly blessed with an army of outstanding players, I would consider that assessment of AMN a little harsh. He has rarely been played in his preferred position, where he has arguably deserved a punt.

{Ed047's Note - where would you see him in a midfield 3 UC?


 

 

26 Jan 2021 19:18:25
Hi Ed,

In 2019 (I used the search function) , Ed047 said that Cazorla would be Arteta's assistant. Is that still in the cards?

Muchos gracias.

Arsenalex

{Ed047's Note - it was rumoured that was going to be the case but sadly never happened as he is one guy I’d have loved to have back here.

Clearly never believe a word I say!


1.) 26 Jan 2021 21:02:36
Well Ed, the future is unwritten, so maybe it will still come to pass!

{Ed047's Note - let’s hope so then, I’ll try and remember to take credit it for it if it does! 🤷‍♂️🤣


 

 

 

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02 Mar 2021 20:17:37
I re-watched the match against Leicester.

I loved seeing us dominate the game, having Leicester on the back foot.

Between Tielemans' goal (which was Xhaka's responsibility I feel) and the Ceballos bungle against Benfica, it seems that some of our CM's are prone to questionable decisions without a solid DM to steady their nerves.

With that said, credit to Xhaka for not fouling Tielemans. He seemed to really want to hack him down, but (like Leno against Benfica) decided it was better not to get sent off.

Willian's assist on the Luiz goal, but surely we can agree that our set pieces need work. We were quite wasteful of many opportunities.

I loved Mari and feel he's got an understanding of the dark arts. Love it.

Pepe was excellent, and I'm pleased to see his role in the side growing. He seems to better understand what is being asked of him. I'll put that down to good communication with/ from Arteta.

I'm glad that we were able to rest Saka and PEA. Squad rotation is something we have missed for years, maybe since the Invincibles. We have been over-reliant on a few. Maybe that is starting to change.

Things are trending up. Credit to MA and his crew. There was such great movement, confidence in possession and defence.

Also, my missus watched with me. "Who are we supporting? Help me understand what's going on. " It's a gooner household, and I'm a lucky man.

Arsenalex

1.) 02 Mar 2021 20:59:33
Good post Alex

I was talking to mate, and he brought to my attention we actually have assets again

When was the last time we had players who are worth something.


2.) 02 Mar 2021 21:02:23
Good for you Alex mate, that's really nice last paragraph and it made me smile for you. Top man 🖒.


3.) 03 Mar 2021 09:12:28
We just need consistency and discipline now, which I thought we had until we collapsed against Wolves after such a dominant 1st half then followed it up with defeat to Villa .


 

 

21 Feb 2021 14:14:50
Kossonou In, Xhaka out?

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07 Feb 2021 20:08:50
Willock scored for Newcastle. Keep it up lad.

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30 Jan 2021 17:27:09
Has Arteta lost faith in Gabriel?! Why is Luis starting?!

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1.) 30 Jan 2021 18:03:35
Maybe Arteta is superstitious, we didn't start wining until Gabs got injuried, and we haven't lost in the league without him.
Obviously he's am excellent player but he has been known to open umbrellas in the house and put new shoes on the table, so I can see where Mikel is comingfrom on this one!


2.) 30 Jan 2021 22:18:58
It may be the effects of CV my stepson is a pro and it hit him quite hard, he said his lungs were hurting in training and it took him 3 weeks to get back to his best and he’s only 18.


 

 

14 Jan 2021 14:47:56
What is a director of football operations?

Arsenalex

1.) 14 Jan 2021 14:59:00
Someone who watches while the surgeons do their job? ;)


 

 

 

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26 Feb 2021 21:41:13
Thanks Ed. Can you speak to targets?

Arsenalex

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23 Feb 2021 17:13:37
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Not intended to be disrespectful. Is he worth his wages? Not a chance. I don't think there's anything disrespectful in that statement.

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22 Feb 2021 19:37:06
Ed any chance we can get rid of PEA?

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18 Feb 2021 20:06:52
Thanks Ed.

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08 Feb 2021 05:15:02
Thanks Ed.

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02 Feb 2021 15:51:13
Fingers crossed the new deal is a sale to Atletico Madrid.

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13 Jan 2021 18:28:41
I agree with Dags. And on form in Novmber or December, maybe he does dislodge.

Look, the problem is really this: summer of 2017, we sign Lacazette for £47m. January 2018, we sign Aubameyang for £57m. We don't have a holding midfielder, and our defence is rubbish. We don't look around and see that our academy is full of attacking talent, but has no spine. We sign two older strikers. It's pure mismanagement. It's not looking at Gnabry and then signing Pepe for £72m. £72m! On those valuations, our boy Serge is worth £200m.
Sell Szczesny for €12, sign Leno for £25m. Was that an improvement? Without looking or thinking we had Martinez in the pipeline. Is all a$$ backwards.

Now, without PEA last season, who knows what would have happened, but Lacazette disappeared for a year. I'm rambling, but yeah, you take stock last summer, you sell Laca or you at least sign Balogun and loan him for a season to Sheffield or whomever else, promising him that he's back at the club starting next season.

There is no direction.

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12 Jan 2021 21:58:18
That is wonderful news! Congrats mate!

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08 Jan 2021 20:58:11
Sally!

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{Ed047's Note - I’d be happy with that


 

 

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06 Jan 2021 19:40:37
Ed the Buendia deal is done for us?

Arsenalex

{Ed047's Note - no Alex I can’t say that mate, my friend says it is but he’s just a fan not an in the know.