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12 Sep 2020 18:03:04
Hi Ed,

Is there anything to be made of Arteta starting Elneny? Is he staying or for sale?



{Ed002's Note - Mohamed Elneny (DM) Besiktas had an option to buy but it was not taken up as Arsenal would not negotiate the price - now stuck as Olympiakos and Kasimpasa will not match the price. So no takers Alex.}

1.) 13 Sep 2020 06:54:50
The price being some old socks and a few bars of soap. I trust that MA will know what to do.

Thanks Ed. Still can’t spoil my mood after today. GM’s stats were great. Remember watching Kos on debut and thinking he was going to be good (despite the red) ; maybe this is poor promising? Dare we hope?

2.) 13 Sep 2020 15:24:48
To be honest tho. He’s not looked unreliable since being back. Not world class but could be a useful squad player if we can’t move him on.



05 Sep 2020 14:40:07
Hi Ed,

Do we have an option to purchase Ceballos? I haven’t seen it reported anywhere that we do.

One more question: Balogun and Nketiah - do they figure into first team plans? There’s loan talk for Eddie.



{Ed002's Note - There is no option to buy. I don’t know what is planned for the kids but LB could be sold.}

1.) 05 Sep 2020 15:21:34
Thanks Ed!

2.) 06 Sep 2020 09:51:47
Ed is that a typo and you mean FB for Florian Balogun or is that LB for one of our left backs?

I seriously hope we wouldn’t consider selling Tierney. Kids got potential to become world class.

{Ed002's Note - It was thanks. Florian Balogun.}



12 Aug 2020 14:47:19
Hi Ed,

Any credibility to the story of a swap between Torreira and Diawara (Roma) ?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of such a discussion. Diawara has only been there for a year.}



23 Jul 2020 13:42:31
Hi Ed,

I understand our primary midfield target had been Pape Gueye. If Watford go down, any idea what happens to him, and if he becomes available again?
Any insights if we'll move for Douglas Luis?


{Ed002's Note - PG has already been sold. Artete knows Douglas Luiz (DM/CM) but Manchester City have the option to buy him back if Aston Villa put him up for sale - which I doubt they would do unless they are relegated.}

1.) 24 Jul 2020 10:01:55
He has signed for Marseille for €3M Ed
That seems a bargain and I’m curious how we didn’t intervene at that price of our interest was a high as mooted.

{Ed002's Note - He would not have been interested in moving to Arsenal. Marseille is a very good solution.}



30 Jun 2020 22:06:01
Thought we had been offers 10m for Mkhitaryan. That wasn't high enough. Now he's out on a loan.

Maybe I'm missing something, or have wires crossed.


1.) 30 Jun 2020 23:02:28
You'd think something was up wouldn't you, but no. This is Arsenal.

2.) 01 Jul 2020 08:39:04
Hi Ed do you know if anything has changed with Partey? I know you said interest from clubs is a lightyear away. David Ornstein (bbc reporter) is saying that arsenal are “intensifying” their interest, wanted to know if you have heard anything yourself?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained that Arsenal cannot get their preferred target. If they can raise money through sales then Partey will become an option. Atletico have made the situation clear. Don't take the "light year" comment out of context.}

3.) 01 Jul 2020 11:10:59
Thanks Ed, I assumed because arsenal would struggle selling players and the fact we have such little money that a Partey transfer is highly unlikely, or if I use your words- “I didn’t want to hold my breath”.

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that to buy him Arsenal would either need to pay his release clause in cash (so €50M) or to have them accept a player in part exchange (perhaps Lacazette as their previous idea has slipped away. Juventus are also interested in Party but not as their first choice - but that is slipping away as well.) Atletico need money and certainly the likes of Fekir and Llorente could be sold - even perhaps Saul - but they wish to hang on to Partey.}

4.) 01 Jul 2020 12:52:16
Who was our first choice ed.

{Ed002's Note - Try searching as I have to keep answering the same questions.}

5.) 01 Jul 2020 13:46:42
Thanks Ed! And welsh first choice was some guy who plays in the french league, he kinda signed for Watford but claims the contract was in English so he didn’t understand it.




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21 Sep 2020 18:58:28
So Runarsson is in. My missus, of Icelandic decent, is chuffed.

I figure our ins will be Partey and Aouar. I actually think this will happen.
Outs: Torreira (part exchange) , Kolasinac, Sokratis, Mustafi.

Thoughts? Feel like that will make for a good summer.


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

1.) 21 Sep 2020 19:27:56
It would be brilliant if it was to happen but it's not all doom and gloom if it doesn't happen either
If we can get Partey happy days but if not we can take comfort from how out pure desperation the Le Coq-Caz partnership came to be.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 20:51:09
Come on 62 - at least put some expectation on the club. You can handle a little frustration

I’d be happy with :
Partey or that type of player
Brucie bonus Aouar

Outs: Torreira, Kolasinac, Sokratis, Mustafi, Elneny, papa and Chambers

Out on loan = Matteo to grow up and get a hair cut

If I had a time machine - swap Emi for Leno ( stupid decision and weekend showed how poorly Leno commands a box) plus remove the politics so Ozil can play.

{Ed047's Note - nice clean sheet and a penalty save by Emi tonight

3.) 21 Sep 2020 21:16:12
A great penalty save - we will miss his presence, attitude in the box, catching crosses and confidence. Hope he does really well.

{Ed047's Note - me too and I still struggle to see the sense to be honest

4.) 21 Sep 2020 21:33:06
Hi SY I've been banging on for years about us getting a quality DM mate so of course I'd love to see it happen mate, but I'm a realist and we are having trouble raising funds from selling players plus I've not heard anything about Partey actually saying he the person, the human being would like to to swap Spain for England or Madrid for London or swap champions league with Athletico to join Arsenal in the Europa league. I'm just saying it's not as simple Arsenal not getting thier finger out mate.

5.) 21 Sep 2020 23:56:54
Agreed Ed - think Emi sale weakened the starting 11. Never liked Leno and ex goalie coaches also moan about Leno and crosses. Even less sense as the young CBS need confidence in keeper plus protection from midfield. That’s not happening yet.

If we invest the 20m in a CDM beast then makes a little sense but why didn’t they sell Leno after a good season

Gunner - agreed. Read we will make a 120m loss due to C.V. Scary

Doesn’t change any thing - top 5 plus a trophy is expectation plus addressing midfield mess. Still annoyed we signed Dani. Another mild non special-ist midfielder - got a full house of those 😂.

6.) 22 Sep 2020 00:21:16
Mate, Emi wants a number 1 spot and obviously that's not happening. Yes he had a great spell when needed but we never thought of him that much before and why none of the bigger clubs came calling, but hey don't get me wrong he's been top lately for us and I would've loved him to stay but he seemed to be wanting to move on. I hope we use the money in the right place and get either Aouar or partey and hopefully both.

7.) 22 Sep 2020 07:25:28
That’s the silver lining we need Moe. Hopefully the prices fall into place and the small sacrifices make sense overall. If we got Partey or that type of player through this sale then I’m happy, very happy.

I’ve not just jumped on the anti-Leno bandwagon but I have recently jumped on the pro-Emi one. Now I need to move on and support Leno.

Have a great day everyone.

8.) 22 Sep 2020 21:24:11
Leno was talked about for player of the season last year and one difficult cross against West Ham and you’re having him out?

Short termism at its finest.

He is a quality goalkeeper - Bayern were linked with him whereas relegation battling clubs were linked with Martinez. For all the problems Man Utd and Chelsea are having in goal lately, if he was truly world class, they’d be knocking at the door as he also counts as a home grown player.

I love the bloke, massively respect his attitude and application, and also very happy how he went out on a high, but Leno is the better player.



16 Sep 2020 19:29:11
Am I the only one who wants Balogun to sign dat ting? Has he been offered a new contract?


1.) 16 Sep 2020 19:39:23
What he does with his love life is his business but I like the idea of him getting a new contract and staying at Arsenal:-) .



12 Sep 2020 14:16:03
This is early days, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself or start expecting the impossible. What I will say is that this team looks like they’re having fun. They’re pushing for a fourth right now, players seem to be competing against themselves and each other for a soit out there. They are playing a full 90’ (84’ so far) . Good things come from attitudes and team dynamics like the ones on display today.





08 Sep 2020 19:40:50
Hi Ed,

Any chance you could provide an update on pending departures?



{Ed002's Note - Do you have a specific question Alex.}

1.) 08 Sep 2020 20:58:50
I’ll take his place Ed, Emiliano Martinez? Many links to different clubs and wants first team football.

2.) 08 Sep 2020 21:03:19
Mostly about Torreira and Fiorentina apparently having ended their interest. Is he still on his way out?


3.) 09 Sep 2020 10:54:44
Would lyon be interested in laca? Wouldn't mind using him in a deal for auour.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal allowed him to speak with Lyon about a loan around Christmas time.}

4.) 09 Sep 2020 11:22:30
Give him lyon. Get giroud back. That would be perfect.

5.) 09 Sep 2020 20:20:14
Lots of planes leaving Heathrow this evening.



02 Sep 2020 13:15:49
Hi Ed,

If bellerin goes, do we have a young gunner to deputize for Cedric or will we need to bring someone else in? Surely AMN will be in the midfield?



{Ed047's Note - not sure that we do Alex to be honest.

I would imagine that Maitland-Niles would slot in at right back though as he’s already done really well there and would be more than happy if he made that slot his own.

That would especially be the case if Partey arrived.

1.) 02 Sep 2020 14:31:42
We certainly do mate but he's just gone on loan to Cardiff City - Jordi Osei-Tutu. He's a very dependable full back and is praised for his strong tackles and excellent deliveries. I hope we'll see him get his chance soon enough but a season long loan will do him good at, especially at that level!

{Ed047's Note - ahh my bad Glenn, was hoping someone would step in 🤦‍♂️🤣

2.) 02 Sep 2020 15:09:07
Thanks to you both. I am actually fine with Hector going, given his injury history. Those funds can be used elsewhere.

3.) 02 Sep 2020 16:01:22
That's alright Ed mate! I follow the Arsenal academy quite closely that's all. Jordi will excel at Cardiff and then fingers crossed he'll be integrated in to the first team. It's hard to give them all a chance but sometimes it's the best way.

Alex - It's too risky to let him go now imo but time will tell. We need Partey and we need to sell but you can only sell if offers come in.

{Ed047's Note - Thanks mate, much appreciated.




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17 Sep 2020 16:18:31
With Torreira on the way out, it's time to Partey.

Sorry, couldn't resist. But we'd need him.




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15 Sep 2020 23:37:22
Has this been announced?

I trust MA, but can't help but feel that Martinez had something special to him.




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13 Sep 2020 15:14:49
I disagree. The kids numbers are prolific and worth a shot. Look at what Villa just paid for Ollie Watkins. If he joins and only scores 10, we can sell him on for what we paid. There is no risk in the investment.




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13 Sep 2020 06:54:50
The price being some old socks and a few bars of soap. I trust that MA will know what to do.

Thanks Ed. Still can’t spoil my mood after today. GM’s stats were great. Remember watching Kos on debut and thinking he was going to be good (despite the red) ; maybe this is poor promising? Dare we hope?




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05 Sep 2020 15:21:34
Thanks Ed!





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21 Sep 2020 19:01:20
Or why not just sign Marc Roca for E15M, as that's the replacement lined up by AM.


{Ed047's Note - is he any good?



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16 Sep 2020 19:28:36
In a pinch, I'm sure one of our left-footed CBs could fill as well.




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08 Sep 2020 21:03:19
Mostly about Torreira and Fiorentina apparently having ended their interest. Is he still on his way out?





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02 Sep 2020 15:09:07
Thanks to you both. I am actually fine with Hector going, given his injury history. Those funds can be used elsewhere.




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31 Aug 2020 17:34:36
? is going to be filled by Willian I think. He has said he prefers to play centrally. Sensible until ESR is ready, which will be in a year or two.

As for what we need, sales of a few more players. Mustafi, Sokratis, Mkhitaryan, El Neny. Mixed feelings on Holding and Chambers, but that might be because they are homegrown talent.

Get rid of Guendozi.

Keep Martinez; he'S homegrown and next year we can sell Leno to Bayern.

If Laca goes, I would like to see Balogun brought in. Why pay for Cedric Edouard when we have Nketiah and Balogun. We may need another CDM or CAM, but I feel like we'Re looking good.

Maybe I'm dreaming.