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09 Jan 2021 14:50:06
Hi eds, hope you are well. Is there any truth in the manor Solomon rumours? Haven't seen him play but read something about him leaving for arsenal.


{Ed002's Note - Manor Solomon (LW/AM) Shakhtar Donetsk rejected an offer for the player from Atalanta and don't have the serious financial problems that will force them to sell players cheaply. However, they do have a surplus of LW which is his natural position and may be open to a good offer. Arsenal had been scouting another Shakhtar Donetsk so have perhaps had their attention drawn to him last summer. I am not aware of any agreeement though.}

1.) 09 Jan 2021 16:39:16
Thanks, any idea who the other donesk player is?

{Ed002's Note - Mykola Matvienko.}



16 May 2018 19:55:28
Eds please help me out, but are us arsenal fans being arrogant in our assumptions that managers like allegri, nagelsmann and simeone would be chomping at the bit to manage arsenal and compete against gaurdiola and the likes or are we reading too much into the rumours. Thanks.


{Ed025's Note - its a great gig for any manager in the world ben, or should i say would be if they would be backed in the transfer market but the owner seems to be looking for someone to manage on a budget which will rule a lot of the big boys out i believe mate..

1.) 16 May 2018 20:25:08
I'm not sure what the budget is but if it's the 50 million that keeps getting mentioned then It will take a football genius to get us back in contention but given our spending over the last 5 seasons it's difficult to believe we will now suddenly bring up the draw bridge on spending and make ourselves such an unattractive propostion at the very time we need to be showing ourselves in our best light.

2.) 16 May 2018 22:40:10
Thanks Ed, so the board are again standing in the way of us competing again. As I said this seems to be the first major decision they've had to make and they are going to mess it up. Can't understand why you would bring in a new chief scout and sporting director the likes of mislintat and Raul and give them a shoe string budget, surely they'll be gone before long like all of our previous assets. I can't wait for wenger to write this book and read about what really went on.

{Ed002's Note - Don’t attribute blame. And set aside thoughts of budget.}

3.) 16 May 2018 22:55:00
I would say we are a bit arrogant. Okay i thought maybe allegri was a bit out of our reach, let's face it he is at juventus, a better team with a better chance of winning trophies than us but i for one moment, didn't think we would struggle getting second tier coaches. I thought as soon as we put out feelers, they would come running to us.

That hasn't happened. second tier coaches have rejected us and that only means coaches think that the arsenal job is suicide and that only means there are financial restrictions. The arsenal job is is not as hot as we think it is.



12 Jan 2018 16:54:18
25 million plus miki from utd. Yes please.


1.) 12 Jan 2018 17:32:36
Are you a utd fan. It ain't happening. he's citeh bound.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 18:03:34
No, just heard the rumour and thought it was a good deal. Miki hasn't been given a chance by Jose and as we know his judgement of players is extremely questionable (kdb, lukaku)

3.) 12 Jan 2018 18:49:55
Hes been injured a lot, he isn't a man u fans favourite player, he doesn't seem to be coping with the prem, he's on 200,000 pounds a week and is struggling.

4.) 12 Jan 2018 19:26:20
The fact that they are man u fans means we can't trust their judgement of football, I suppose seven militant would have the best knowledge of the player and know if he would be a fit for the club and league. Almost definitely won't happen but would be nice to get a replacement and cash for him.

5.) 12 Jan 2018 20:11:28
united fan here. I think miki would be a perfect fit for you guys. The guy is clearly talented and works better in a team where he does not have to worry as much about defensive responsibilities. He can't dribble off both feet, good agility and a good burst of space. His biggest flaws are his physicality and ball retention. He gives the ball away 3 times out of 4 and it is very frustrating. He is also a massive confidence player and when it is down he is shocking. But if he can hit top form i am confident he will take the league by storm. I was so excited when he signed and want it to work for him at old trafford but it is looking extremely unlikely.

6.) 12 Jan 2018 20:33:26
P3 your taking the micheal aren't you. He would be good for us, works better in a team where he doesn't need to defend, he can't dribble, his flaws are physically and ball retention, always guiving the ball away and is frustrating. Struggles with confidence and is ideal for us. Yes i'm sure every man u fan would want him gone to arsenal and sanchez in a swap. Yeah right, well we ain't getting him and you ain't getting sanchez. He going to the noisey neighbours and to win leagues.

7.) 12 Jan 2018 21:19:31
wow talk about misreading someone's post steve. Firstly, in regards to the comment about defensive responsibilties, i think every football fan can agree that arsenal play a more expansive style of football than any mourinho team. Secondly, miki clearly has talent as we saw in Germany as player of the year it just has not worked out for him at united. Thirdly, I never said sanchez was coming to united, I personally think he is off to city. I was just adding my two cents worth in on my view on miki seeing as though he plays for my team. I think I am a much better judge than you mate.

8.) 12 Jan 2018 22:06:51
P3 I'm not doubting that you are a better judge. I just like the way you say he would be good for arsenal then come out with all these negative traits. I still think my original statement is correct. Man u fans aren't impressed.

9.) 12 Jan 2018 22:18:51
Oh and it should be 25 mil and martial, then we might start talking.

10.) 12 Jan 2018 22:40:29
Yeh that’s fair enough I was just pointing out areas which he needs to improve. But I honestly think your style of play would suit him better. Likewise he would fit in better in city or liverpool’s Team. Haha Martial is my favourite player so it would have to be £100m+ because that boy has some serious talent 😂.

11.) 12 Jan 2018 23:09:08
Funny i think martial would be a better fit for us.

12.) 13 Jan 2018 12:34:49
Arsenal have asked for martial swap deal with sanchez.

13.) 13 Jan 2018 17:10:46
Sb the only problem with that is sanchez. He wants citeh and we can't and probably don't want to persuade him to go to mardy maureen.

14.) 13 Jan 2018 22:25:48
Do you not think he could be persuaded with utd by the lure of playing every match. Pep likes to rotate especially his forwards and although when he is happy sanchez is a fantastic player would he get in every game ahead of aguero, jesus, kdb, sterling and silva.

15.) 14 Jan 2018 14:00:20
Despite the opinions vented above, it looks highly likely that Sanchez will go to United. Quite frankly, I don 't care where he goes, as long as he goes - his whining and groaning has become more than grating. With regard to Mkhitarayan, we tried hard to sign him when he went to United and opinion on this board was critical of the club for not putting in greater effort! If United offered £25m plus Mkhitarayan, I'd take it like a shot. It doesn't affect any other transfer targets, and leaves us considerably better off than the £20m City are reputed to want to pay.



23 Dec 2017 22:40:28
Hey Eds, any truth in rumours about hirving Lozano and is he any good. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Yes Arsenal and Everton are interested. He is having a good season.}

1.) 24 Dec 2017 08:28:30



17 Aug 2017 17:51:36
Hi Eds, a lot of people saying Draxler is available is this true? I don't think it has worked out for him in France has it, So why would people think he would work in the EPL? What are your opinions on him being a suitable and obtainable sanchez replacement (if he was to leave) .


{Ed002's Note - Draxler has been offered to two sides right now - one is from the Premier League but not by his club. They have not offered him for sale, if they did they would likely speak to Arsenal.}

1.) 19 Aug 2017 05:37:59
Great info ed002. I presume they're offering him on loan as he'd be unhappy with being benched for Neymar.

{Ed002's Note - As I said, PSG are not offering him to anyone right now.}

2.) 19 Aug 2017 14:21:39
Yeah, I misread your post I think.




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14 Dec 2020 21:49:35
Slightly conspiratorial but what if vinai's meeting with wenger was to see if he would be open to caretaker if arteta was to leave.


1.) 15 Dec 2020 06:52:11
I was thinking the same but it sounds like he’s too wounded from the way he was exited.



16 Dec 2019 14:33:08
If it is to be arteta, which is looking more likely unless the photographer forgot to put the flash on when the visit to pochettino happened. I hope he comes with a clear, simple style of play but more importantly with some experience in his staff.
He obviously doesn't have an entourage like other managers but has played at Barcelona, Everton and arsenal, works with pep so I'm sure has links in football. It is from their advice and expertise in certain areas that could make or break him. Freddie I think has a clear way of playing fast, attacking football being the goal, but with out coaches to help with defence etc it hasn't worked quite how it should.
Any suggestions as to assistants or coaches?


1.) 16 Dec 2019 17:34:42
In an ideal world Arsenal would have appointed a similar kind of coach with more experience. Likewise ideally Arteta would have benefited from starting management with a smaller team in a smaller league. But we don't live in an ideal world, and i must say i'm curious to see how things work out.

There are two ways to look at us. On one hand we can be seen as too big a mess to sort out. On the other hand you could argue that we are so low it's actually a lot easier to improve us. Of course there's also the possibility we just keep on spiraling downwards with Arteta.

Fingers crossed.



08 Dec 2019 19:58:30
Have been thinking about the whole arsenal DNA thing. I'm not even sure if having managers, coaches or technical directors who have played for arsenal makes much difference.

If you walk into a new job and all of your colleagues have had more success, better times at other companies and had very few highs at the current one they are hardly going to inspire you or each other to fight and put in the hard work required.

Imagine walking into a dressing room with Adams, keown, Dixon, wrighty or even Campbell, Vieira, Petit etc to walking into one with luiz, sokratis, aubameyang and lacazette.

I'm not saying these players haven't got something to offer but they are hardly going to make you live and die for the badge if they have done more and succeeded more for others.

The importance of keeping players like wilshere, Cazorla, Ramsey and even iwobi wouldn't compare to those previously stated but I'm sure would help more.


1.) 08 Dec 2019 21:31:02
When a young Jose Mourinho got the Porto job it was mid season and they were in a poor postion and struggling, he told all the players that anyone who was unhappy could leave in the summer but also told all the players those who chose to stay that he and them would be champions the following season, some left some stayed and the rest is history.

We need someone to come in and do a similar thing with us because at the moment with or without Mustafi we struggle with or without Xhaka we struggle it seems to make no difference what 11 or what formation we play nothing is any better or any worse.

We need someone who can come in and sort us out whatever the real problems are so we can rebuild on solid foundations.

Oh just for the record I was a huge fan of the Jose Mourinho who left Chelsea and England first time round Just not a fan of the one who returned after his time at Inter and Real.

2.) 09 Dec 2019 02:45:49
It is of little relevance whether the next manager has Arsenal in his DNA. We must simply hire the best possible manager available. In the situation we are in I believe this has to be an experienced, successful manager, who the players respect and look up to.
These could include, subject to availability and other determining factors : Ancelloti, Benitez and Allegri. There is an argument to appoint a manger who has experience and potential: Pochettino and Nuno (Wolves) come to mind.
Candidates with zero management experience and ex-players will be an enormous risk: Arteta, Freddie and Vieira come to mind.
Let’s hope the correct appointment is made and swiftly, failing which we could easily get drawn into a damaging relegation battle.

3.) 09 Dec 2019 09:50:33
I actually agree it's not important at all whether our next manager has and Arsenal connection or not, it's always nice when one of your own comes home but it's a bonus not a necessity, I doubt many Liverpool fans would drop Klopp for Gerrard right now.
We have to get the next manager right to the degree that we finally able to lose our soft Arsenal reputation and one where we are best known for the amount of chances we concede each and every game/ this was a huge problem under both Arsene and Emery and obviously continues under Fredie.
The sooner the next manager is in place the better of course but we must not rush it in an attempt to appease fans and pundits because getting it as wrong with our next manager as we did with Emery could have real long term negative effect that might takes decades to recover from, Leeds United come to mind.
We are all keen to know who will be our next manager but it's more important we get it right than we do it quickly, although of course both would be ideal :-)

4.) 09 Dec 2019 10:02:17
Agree with that - we have to get the decision right this time round. No need to panic yet, champions league is a no and nay be even Europa next season but if that puts us in the right place long term then I’m happy

The board need to back Freddie in the meantime and get some defenders signed. They need to bring in a temp defence coach also.

The experienced players need to grow up

I care about competing in the long term and I need to see movement towards that, a vision and addressing weaknesses on / off the pitch

Until then - in Freddie I trust and he has my backing until it’s obvious he isn’t addressing issues. He’s had zero time and injuries to content with. COYG.

5.) 09 Dec 2019 11:04:29
I think the most important thing we can do is work out exactly what happens to players mentality once they join us and why it happens.
There has to be a reason so many good players become such average players once they've been at Arsenal a few weeks.
It's too simplistic to simply write off certain individuals as poor buys, Pepe and Cellabos are just the latest in a very long list of Arsenal players who's form drops dramatically once with us a few weeks or months.
Mustafi Xhaka Kol Papa Chambers Torreira Ozil and now Pepe and Cellabos to name but only a few who arrived with such promise that quickly disappeared, most of these players earned rave reviews in their first few games but soon became part of the problem rather than the solution to the problem.
Singing more players simply brings temporary excitement which quickly turns to more disappointment so until we find an answer to what goes wrong once players join us it seems pretty pointless signing yet more players.
Once we know why this happens we can address it and change it but until then I don't see how we can move forward.
Absolutely no way is this squad a mid table squad on paper but I reality it's exactly what they are and they are getting worse as they go on.

6.) 09 Dec 2019 11:39:22
Looking at the list of players we've signed in recent years I think chambers is the only player we signed from premier league opponents and we don't have a single player anywhere near the England squad.

Liverpool City Chelsea United Leicester all have players signed from both European and premier league clubs in their sides and a good representation in the home national squad too, is this part of our problem?

Do we have to great a diversity in our squad from all over the world but no premier league or English identity within it which contributes to looking like a collection of individuals rather than a team?

Just a thought that crossed my mind, what do you all think?

{Ed047's Note - I believe that if you put the right man in charge it won’t matter where you’re players come from.

We once tried our British core of Wilshere, Walcott, Gibbs, Ramsey and Jenkinson, look where that got us.

We currently have a squad of unmotivated players who simply can’t be arsed because they have no leader and no leadership.

We are the epitome of relegation fodder.

7.) 09 Dec 2019 14:17:08
Mentality and confidence are tow massive things we miss. I remember speaking with a sports psychologist and ex footballer after wengers 1000th game and we lost 6-0. They spoke about how when players get motivated for a mach and the adrenaline is pumping the way in which the perform, those nice one touch passes and intricate connecting play can actually be effected negatively and as soon as you go one or two goals down the motivation drains and you have no idea how to regain control of the situation. I feel this is happening to us recently we go out at the start of each half with some sort of purpose conceded or aren't able to play the way we want and we fall apart. We need to be training and teaching the players like Mourinho did at Chelsea about how we play when we go one down and how as a team we get through that.

8.) 09 Dec 2019 13:49:50
Just remembed we signed Chech and Luis from premier league teams since Chambers.

Very fair points Ed047 mate and we obviously do need a leader to take the club by the scruff of the neck as Klopp did Liverpool.

I think Gibbs Ramsey even Wilshire and Walcott could have been so much more than they ever were if handled better and not allowed to think they were already superstars they never got even close to being.

I just wonder if we'd signed Zaha rather than Pepe and one or two other established premier league players as in thier prime rather constantly bringing in players with no premier league experience or mentality but from different leagues from all over Europe it might have helped us establish a better premier league base and identify.

I guess I'm just trying to understand why it is we don't seem to and haven't seemed to for so long have any real guts character commitment that is so obvious in all the successful premier league sides we've seen finish above us over the past decade and longer.

{Ed047's Note - it’s identifying the right players from where ever they’re from.

You only have to look at players like Kompany, Mane, Sanchez (when he first came to us) Kante, Cech at Chelsea and even Milner.

They all played and play with a passion for their respective clubs because the manager also made them play and want to feel that way.

We haven’t done that forever, Wenger in my eyes actually hung Chambers out to dry in his first few games, much like he did Bellerin initially.

9.) 09 Dec 2019 16:45:14
Hi Ed’s and all, this is 2nd post so still new around these parts. I agree with g62 we need to buy more seasoned PL players not necessarily English players. And I believe we need to do the same the same for our manager given the situation we are in. Once the club have been stabilised we can later turn to a overseas manager.

When last was it that we bought a PL that has a future ahead of him. Let’s say not older that 25 or 27, instead we take from clubs who are refreshing their squad. What has Mikael Silvestre, David Luiz, Pete Cech, William Gallas brought to the club that fans can see and appreciate?

I believe we would be a better team by moving out Pea and get Zaha. Play him and Pepe wit Laca between Martinelli as Laca back up. Saka can be backup to Pepe switch wings with Zaha when he comes on.

The work rates to succeed in the PL is too demanding to play Pea, Ozil and Guendouzi at the same time. They are useless at running back in position much less to put in a decent tackle.

We need a DM already playing in the PL or on top of his game in the Championship.

If Holding is not good enough, which he isn’t in a back three, we should buy in Jan. The most likely we could get is Issa Diop and wait for W Saliba to see if he is any good. Bellerin didn’t have much competition under Wenger and is not top 4 quality. We need defenders who will approach the attacker and not back off in the 18 bring the danger closer.

10.) 09 Dec 2019 17:15:36
I agree 100% on Chambers mate, we arrived won great reviews and an England call up and was then chopped and changed until he didn't have a clue where he was.
Kante for me is the best midfield player in the world and unlike anyone I've ever seen before, there really are at least two of him, it's the only explanation of how can appear to be everywhere at once.
Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree but it does seem when you have no core on which to build from you can end up with lots of individuals without a common thread.
Arsene built on George's solid English base then introduced a huge French influence which learned from and integrated with then replaced the English base that was already there.
Nationality isn't important but I'm beginning to wounded if a common identity that holds everything else together might be.
Obviously it's Just my personal observations and attempt at one possible reason as to what is so wrong with us.



04 Dec 2019 17:59:37
Hi Ed's, any truth in the rumours about someone leaving Madrid?


{Ed002's Note - Lots of people are available to leave Real Madrid.}

1.) 04 Dec 2019 19:53:42
Ooops, simeone to leave atletico I mean.



20 Jul 2019 22:16:14
Surely if we are clever about this, we could offer PEA to inter for less than 70 if they are after a striker instead of selling to utd and leaving them with lukaku for another season.
I don't really want to see PEA go but if they need to sell him to fund zaha and Everton then sell him abroad.


1.) 20 Jul 2019 23:13:29
Not a very good plan mate.

2.) 21 Jul 2019 08:18:00
We complain about players being allowed to run down their contracts and leave for free then but we don't won't them sold when they refuse to extend? We can't have it both ways.
I'm with Ben on this one 100%, if he won't extend his contract sell sell sell and the further from the premier league the better if it has to happen.




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09 Jan 2021 16:39:16
Thanks, any idea who the other donesk player is?


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12 Sep 2020 08:29:30
Any chance we can put in a first refusal or relegation buy back clause. Really like emi but understand that he wants to be a guaranteed number 1.




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16 May 2018 22:40:10
Thanks Ed, so the board are again standing in the way of us competing again. As I said this seems to be the first major decision they've had to make and they are going to mess it up. Can't understand why you would bring in a new chief scout and sporting director the likes of mislintat and Raul and give them a shoe string budget, surely they'll be gone before long like all of our previous assets. I can't wait for wenger to write this book and read about what really went on.


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05 Mar 2018 18:39:18
Definitely deserves a good send off. A bit harsh about the last 10 years malaga. No one could have forseen the amount on money that has been pumped into some clubs, he kept us in the cl despite this. I think the last 2 seasons is where he has really lost touch, the season Leicester won there was so much change at the other top 4 clubs we should have taken our chance and invested then. Since that season the other clubs have become stable and we are out of the picture.




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13 Jan 2018 22:25:48
Do you not think he could be persuaded with utd by the lure of playing every match. Pep likes to rotate especially his forwards and although when he is happy sanchez is a fantastic player would he get in every game ahead of aguero, jesus, kdb, sterling and silva.





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04 Oct 2020 11:05:19
Go for benarhama.




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12 Sep 2020 23:46:02
Pepe to play alongside willian and auba, just behind laca once saliba and gabrielle. Thoughts?




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12 Dec 2019 22:09:06
I agree 62 ancellotti over unproven. I think what you need to do regarding development of youngsters is what we did this season and almost continually rotate assistant and youth team managers to allow for an easy transition into first team, with a clear idea of how the club is going to play football and have that passed down through the tiers. Appointing managers becomes a bit easier when you know the style of football you want to play and the players you have at you disposal at that point and in the near future.




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12 Dec 2019 20:07:52
We do seem to have a few who flourish else where, gnabry, bannacer, malen, szczeny to name a couple. What would have happened if they were given a chance like wilks, Alexander-arnold an the likes.




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12 Dec 2019 18:39:52
Gunner62 I agree ancellotti could be a long term appointment, however what is the longest that he has ever stayed at a club. Similar to a lot of managers turnover seems to be every few years, and probably rightly so changes, refreshment and adjustments are often need after this period of time.
I do think bringing through our youngsters is a good idea as we seem to waste aloth of money on players who are probably not much better than our youth prospect's, even if it is to develop and sell on, that would definitely help with our financial situation.
The players at spurs, Chelsea etc are performing because they are playing in a system that suits them so if our players played in a system that they have succeeded in the past then I'm sure they would shine as well.
I'm not disagreeing with people that we need big changes or that we are going over board with the Freddie situation after one win but I think he is slowly getting a message across and that would take along time especially as the team seemed to have so many different messages and tactics under Emery and little tactical planning under Wenger who seemed to send players out and believed they would know how to play the game or react to situations in the game.