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31 Mar 2021 12:32:25
Hi Eds,

any updates on possible outgoings this summer? Who we will be looking to sell/ players that other clubs have shown an interest in etc. thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - There will be a Sharkopod in the next few weeks



22 Jan 2021 11:18:50
Hi Eds,

Can you confirm the rumours floating around the twittersphere that we have concrete interest in Palace's Tyrick Mitchell? I am also led to believe that he only has 6 months left on his contract so could get him for cheap. Thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - CP are not looking to sell Tyrick Mitchell but are looking to sell Patrick van Aanholt.}



19 Oct 2020 00:09:17
Hi eds,

any truth behind the rumours that we might activate Szoboszlai's release clause in January? thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Dominik Szoboszlai (LM/CM) has been the first choice Sergej Milinkovic-Savic replacement for Lazio since the summer of 2019. Lazio have a declared interest and at the right price RBS could take the money - but only if Milinkovic-Savic departs. Milan have spoken with his agent (when it was likely Ralf Rangnick would take over) - but RBS were not happy with Milan. Milan has serious financial issues and the club may not now be as keen as the planned new coach and would look to include players in any deal. Inter have spoken with RBS. Napoli are interested as a long-term replacement for Allan. Juventus interest dates back before Sarri took over as coach and Arsenal interest was from a scout the club fired and a previous coach - their position will be driven by what happens with Ceballos. Chelsea were interested when he was younger and at Liefering but could not offer him regular game time now - the scout who was keen on him remains keen though. PSG see him as a far cheaper option to their other midfield targets. The likes of Atletico, Dortmund and Fiorentina have scouted him but it has gone no further just yet. Salzburg have no desire to sell and it is another player that might stay within the family and move to RBL.

There is no "release clause" that is of any relevance to Arsenal.}

1.) 19 Oct 2020 10:39:56
Ah okay thanks for clearing that up Ed, I read online that he had a £20m release clause.

{Ed002's Note - There is no relevance to any RC.}

2.) 28 Oct 2020 12:29:15
Conley: (I believe that) German release clauses can only be activated by german clubs. for us it is essentially irrelevant.



05 Oct 2020 10:12:15
Hi Eds,

Is there any truth in Porto moving for Atletico's Herrera once they have sold Telles to utd? Paving the way for Atletico to confirm Torreira on loan? And as well, any truth in Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin on loan? Thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - (a) Herrera's agent says there has been interest but for now he "remains an Atletico player" - but he is a player they want moved on and I expect him to leave. (b) Atletico need space in the squad and hope to move players on today - including Lemar. So even if Herrera stays there may be space if others leave - Partey or Llorente for example. I would expect something will be done with Torreira. (c) My understanding is that the loan for Guendouzi is agreed save for the paperwork.}

1.) 05 Oct 2020 10:33:16
Thanks ed. Any info on the loan fee for guendouzi and if it has an option to buy?

{Ed002's Note - No, it won't be known until the information is submitted to the TMS.}

2.) 05 Oct 2020 10:42:29
If guendouzi and torreira go us that now leaving us short in an area where we wanted to strengthen.

3.) 05 Oct 2020 11:46:08
I'm still clinging onto hope of signing Aouar. I know Aluas already came out and said he won't be sold, but he also said that about Depay (who is apparently very likely to join Barcelona today) and they already signed a like-for-like replacement in Paqueta. I think it is just a matter of us having to ship off some non-homegrown players to make space in our squad, and also get some players off the wage bill (via loaning them out) .

Let's pray!

4.) 05 Oct 2020 11:58:54
Disappointing, but not at all surprising, that Guendouzi could not be sold and be done with him while his stock is where it’s at right now because I believe he will only continue to be exposed as average the more time goes by and I think we could be lucky to get 4 or 5M next year.

5.) 05 Oct 2020 13:20:33
I'm happy with what we done so far but feel if we don't get a midfielder in we are going to be very very short would of loved partey or aouar but it's looking unlikely see what happens coyg.



25 Sep 2020 12:19:38
Hi Eds,

is there any truth in the following outgoing rumours:

Mustafi to Lazio
Chambers to West Ham or Fulham
Kolasinac to West Ham or Leverkusen


Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - yes, unclear, BL remain keen}




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14 Apr 2021 15:52:37
What would everyone's starting XI be for tomorrow? Mine would be:

Bellerin Holding Gabriel Saka
Partey Xhaka
Pepe ESR Martinelli

Look to bring Auba on around 55/ 60 min mark if we are struggling for goals, possibly bring on cedric at LB and move Saka further forward too

(I'm presuming Odegaard won't be fit for selection)

Colney Bandit

1.) 14 Apr 2021 16:27:21
On form - Chambers at RB.

2.) 14 Apr 2021 16:37:43
Like that Colney except for bellerin

I would go with Cedric.

3.) 14 Apr 2021 16:58:07
My bad, missed chamber’s

I’m with Banbury.

4.) 14 Apr 2021 19:43:41
Chambers Holding Gabriel Cedric
Partey Xhaka
Pepe Saka Martinelli

Gone more defensive with Cedric and Chambers

Think ESR is a doubt so gone with Saka to be 100% focused going forward as we need pace up front

It’s a shame really as I’d rather put an inform PEA upfront to expose Prague’s defence but I think Laca has earned that spot while I’m fed up with PEA. Such a shame as PEA from last year would have loved playing against that defence and running behind them.

5.) 14 Apr 2021 20:45:40
Sy mate, I do like Pepe, Saka and martinelli behind lacazette, as long as Alex plays up front.

6.) 14 Apr 2021 20:54:31
SY4 you must be confident as you have gone without a keeper!



13 Apr 2021 20:34:04
I know the chances of it happening are next to nothing but if hypothetically Bielsa was to leave Leeds at the end of the season when his contract is up would people be interested in bringing him in to replace MA? Would be interested to hear some of your thoughts.

Colney Bandit

1.) 13 Apr 2021 21:09:53
I was really impressed with Leeds when we played them in the Cup last year. Thought they outplayed us completely. Think they are a nice team to watch with an exciting style. I’m not sure how strong defensively he is as a coach and not sure if his style is a little naive. I’m not being agist but I think I’d rather a younger ambitious manager or a successful experienced manager. At 65 he still feels like a gamble

Happy to be educated.

2.) 13 Apr 2021 21:43:28
No thank you.

3.) 13 Apr 2021 21:55:10
Are the Leeds squad as good as the Arsenal squad? I'd say no not even close.

Yet Leeds and Arsenal are achieving pretty much identically in the league.

So Bielsa would be much better than doing nothing to try and improve ourselves, we have nothing to lose by making a change.

4.) 13 Apr 2021 23:50:44
Goals against 49 Vs our 35 ( Everton 38 or WHU 39)

Goals for 49 Vs our 43 ( wHU 51)

I think we can do better Gunner.

5.) 14 Apr 2021 00:05:11
I do feel like if we bought a dm in the mould of kalvin phillips then Bielsa could really get us playing brilliant attacking football. Yes there are still questions over how good they are defensively but I think that can very much be put down to the lack of quality. No disrespect to their defenders but they're comparably poor individually compared to the premier league standard, but still hats off to Bielsa for getting so much out of them.

6.) 14 Apr 2021 01:31:09
I would love bielsa, he's brilliant and Leeds are great to watch!

7.) 14 Apr 2021 09:37:36
I’m with Welsh

No thank you.

8.) 14 Apr 2021 09:57:46
We have a manager.

9.) 14 Apr 2021 11:15:14
We also had a manager in Arsene Mark but that didn't stop you talking about other managers you would have liked him replaced with mate 😎.

You didn't like Arsene but many others did and that was fine

You love Mikel but many others don't so why is that not fine too mate?

10.) 14 Apr 2021 12:00:43
After 14 years of absolute failure of Wenger I think I had a right to my opinion

We are going into a crucial quarter final second leg and there’s not one post about team selection or tactics

Where the rallying calls and support for the club

All I’m reading about 2 Bob managers from other clubs

There is obviously trouble with senior players thinking they manage the club

I for one will get behind Mikel and the arsenal tomorrow night and not talk about replacing him.

11.) 14 Apr 2021 12:45:44
You absolutely had your right to an opinion on Arsene, are others not entitled to there's about Mikel now?

What happens if we go out tomorrow night and you change your opinion about Mikel are others then entitled to talk about replacing him?

When we both wanted Arsene replaced do you remember others telling us to get behind Arsene and the team?

It's all about respect and accepting not everyone feels as we do about everything, and it really is OK for us to allow that.

12.) 14 Apr 2021 12:58:52
Come on John you only picked out my post about Wenger and Mikel

What about the rest of the post?


{Ed001's Note - he is old mal, his attention span will be limited. You know you have to write each point in a separate post for him! ;-) } Become a Patron!

13.) 14 Apr 2021 13:25:10
I think he should retire Tris. Then he can run through the fields holding hands with the Raver.

{Ed001's Note - a love story for the ages that is!}

14.) 14 Apr 2021 14:40:44
Arteta is absolutely garbage hasn’t got a plan A never mind B, the sooner he’s gone the better, I for one won’t be watching tomorrow as I’ve had enough of his crap tactics and swapping the team around.

15.) 14 Apr 2021 18:56:45
It's definitely an age thing with me Mark mate.
I really do struggle with these modern day, flexible acceptable standards depending based on likes or dislike of an individual.

I'm still stuck in the days when what wasn't acceptable standard 5 years ago isn't acceptable today and if the manager was responsible for his players lack of performances, moral and achievements back then the same rules apply today.

I never believed giving up on a manager meant you wasn't behind the club back then and I still feel that same way today,

I really am stuck in my ways, just like poor old Victor Meldrew 😭🕔😭🎂.

{Ed001's Note - but older! ;-)}

16.) 14 Apr 2021 19:57:50
I’m 100% Arsenal and my expectations are high, as they should be. This crap that Arteta has 3 seasons to sort the poor squad out is just crap. No other club or company would put up with such poor low expectations. I totally agree that Arteta doesn’t have the experience to sort us out. He has no plan A or B. He doesn’t adjust and just screams instructions - no wonder the players are pissed off and don’t think for themselves. Have a game plan but don’t micromanage 11 players on the pitch.
I was frustrated at how low our bar was with Emery and Arteta. I’m happy to say I’m frustrated with Granit, I’m frustrated with Arteta - I’m still a fan. I stil
Want the best for my club and as the club swallows so much of my life - why shouldn’t I have high expectations. Highest season ticket prices, huge wage bill, expensive squad - why shouldn’t I expect us to finish higher than West Ham with a manager we would even touch. They play nice for all and to their strengths. Not a stubborn managers view of how he’d like us to play. You can’t moan that you don’t get a tan sunbathing in Oct in Scotland. You wouldn’t try as it makes no sense - nor does some of Arteta’s views but he still tries.

High standards and don’t be afraid to say you aren’t happy with the boss. But be consistent rather than he’s great one minute and rubbish the next based on 90 mins of football.

Don’t say we need to keep him because we can’t replace him. Get the first decision right then address the second.

Don’t say he needs 3 years to improve but we decline or others speed past us.

You can still be a fan and if we don’t ask these questions then we are cheating the badge and the fans. I get bored reading posts like mine but what I would love to read to help me and still haven’t seen it - why are you saying Arteta in? What’s he doing that I am not seeing? Tactics, performances, decisions in game, starting 11 - what am I missing. I miss a lot so please spell it out.

17.) 14 Apr 2021 20:33:03
I remember Victor being a kid Ed001 mate, his great grandad used to get my ration for me on a Tuesday afternoon when it was a bit to parky for me to venture outdoors myself 🤗.

{Ed001's Note - I can believe that.}



13 Nov 2020 11:37:47
Anyone see Dominik Szoboszlai's goal for Hungary last night? I can't help but feel he would be the perfect attacking midfielder for us. Can drive from midfield and can score goals from outside of the box. Play him in no. 10, move Auba centrally and relieve him of dropping between the lines to help build-up play (what Lacazette supposedly does) . I can dream!

Colney Bandit

1.) 13 Nov 2020 14:07:54
Bassed on 30 seconds.

2.) 13 Nov 2020 15:51:11
No - his ability to carry the ball forward and score from long range long precedes his game yesterday. He has a touch of KDB about him, and I think whatever club signs him this Jan/ next summer will have a real player on their hands.



11 Nov 2020 12:30:13
What would everyone's ideal front 3 be against Leeds? I would honestly go with (left to right) :

Saka - Auba - Pepe

Or possibly Nelson instead of Saka, with Saka playing in a 3-man midfield

This might sound a bit ridiculous but in the long run I don't mind losing games like the one on Sunday if it means Arteta learns from his failures. In this case, if he stops starting Lacazette and Willian in the league, as they are clearly not good enough, and starts playing Auba centrally, then at least there is a positive to take from the loss. I just hope MA doesn't have the same stubbornness that Wenger had, who would continue to start players performing poorly and refuse to play players who performed in cup matches just to prove a point.

Colney Bandit

1.) 11 Nov 2020 14:43:15
I'd like to see Willock as attacking mid behind the striker to hopefully give us some creativity. As for front three I'd be fine with either Saka-Auba-Nelson or Auba-Laca-Saka. I personally haven't been too impressed with Willian and Pepe. Although I appreciate a lot of things Lacazette does I agree his form in front of goal is starting to look pretty dire.

2.) 11 Nov 2020 14:54:36
Martinelli instead of saka.

3.) 11 Nov 2020 19:36:51
Ideal starting front 3 would be
Auba martinelli

But as it stands

Pepe Auba Martinelli.

4.) 11 Nov 2020 19:53:19
I really think with Partey and Elneny we could get easily away with a front 4

Martinelli Ozil. Willian

Really do t like Pepe and want Willian to get a run before we dump him.

Could see Martinelli and PEA interchanging.

5.) 11 Nov 2020 20:56:17
Ozil will never play for the Arsenal again

Martinelli is a beast.

6.) 11 Nov 2020 21:51:27
Agree Mark Mesut won't be allowed to play again regardless of whether we agree or disagree with it, Martinelli has to be the obvious choice as he already very capable and is by a country mile the most promising young player we have.



27 Oct 2020 17:31:04
After his performance against Leicester where does everyone stand on Lacazette? I would've bet my house on all of Auba, Martinelli, and Nketiah (who personally for me will never make it at Arsenal) to finish the chance that Tierney handed him on a plate.

Personally I'd be happy to ship him out - his build-up play has gotten worse, he commits unnecessary fouls and he has lost all sense of ruthlessness that a number 9 needs.

I'm sure we could get 20-25m or so for him in January. Maybe Lyon would be interested in bringing him back should Depay leave to Barca.

Colney Bandit

{Ed047's Note - we should have flogged him in the summer to help buy Aouar, he’s absolute pants and I’m sick of watching him winge, moan and fall over whilst contributing nothing.

Auba down the middle and whoever else down the wings.

Also agree on Nketiah.

1.) 27 Oct 2020 18:28:24
Agree - personally I'd sell laca and nketiah and invest that money in Zaha, move Auba back to ST with Martinelli and Balogun as back-ups.

Obviously we need a create midfielder more than anything atm but in terms of reshuffling our forward options I would do the above.

{Ed047's Note - I would have spent the money on Aouar as the creative player.

Sorry but not a fan of Zaha, highlight reel player for me and we don’t need that.

2.) 27 Oct 2020 19:12:15
Sorry guys have to disagree on Nketiah, he will score a lot of goals for us and for England, you can tell me I was right in a couple of years.

{Ed047's Note - well it will be a first! 😉🤣

3.) 27 Oct 2020 19:15:00
Laca in the past = crap but offered glimpses that he might one day adapt and improve.
Laca now = even more crap and shows no glimpses that this will ever change.

Would swap him for Giroud in a heartbeat.

{Ed047's Note - with you mate he’s been dire and just getting worse.

4.) 27 Oct 2020 21:02:05
Agree on Nketiah too. Don't think he is god enough for arsenal. balogun looks promising though. From the little I have seen of him, he looks promising.

5.) 28 Oct 2020 00:05:42
Fair enough ed RE Zaha, however he's been on fire so far this season and wouldn't need any time to settle in to the league! Also he has the directness that our midfield/ attack lacks, only Pepe is really somewhat comparable for beating players.

And for those disagreeing with my original point on Nketiah, don't get me wrong I think he could be a good servant for the club as a squad player but I don't think he possesses the quality or elite mentality to lead the line for a team that should be challenging for top four, and I personally don't see him growing any more as a player. Martinelli on the other hand, I can't wait till he is match fit again. And I hope we give Balogun a chance as I fear he could do a Gnabry if we let him go.

{Ed047's Note - I guess compared to Pepe he’s a huge improvement CB and he has had a good start.

He’s just never done it consistently enough for me though. Definitely want to make sure Balogun stays.

6.) 28 Oct 2020 10:05:36
Happy with - Saka. PEA. Willian or Martinelli. PEA. Willian

Happy with 4 4 2 with Martinelli and PEA up front.

Be tempted to try - 4 4 2 with Pepe and PEA as think Pepe can only be better thru middle

I’d keep Eddie but never play him in middle over PEA.

7.) 28 Oct 2020 13:38:40
My concern with 4-4-2 is you get overran in the middle of the park - you are either forced to sit deep and counter or you effectively play 4 CMs, but this requires the team to have nailed the transition phase and full backs need to get forward at the right time in order to add width. It is something I found Barcelona to do effectively when Valverde first took charge of them though and it would be interesting to see a team try something similar in the premier league.

8.) 29 Oct 2020 07:31:30
I’ve moved on to my favoured set up - 4 2 3 1

Play Tierney in natural position.
Two natural wingers - Saka and Willian
Creative person in middle - ESR
Play to PEAs strengths - up front with a licence to move like TH14. Sometimes left side and sometimes centre but not rigid like Arteta plays
Also pulls Laca out as he’s not a Giroud, DB10 or an Ian Wright
Play Saliba and Gabriel in middle of a back 4 and partner Partey with a mobile AMN. Both of these can defend, tackle and move the ball forward quickly.

Although - remember Pires Paddy Petit and Freddie - not sure we were ever over powered or played with 3 CMs. You need decent wingers. Not a 4 of Granit, Elneny, Partey and AMN.

9.) 29 Oct 2020 15:09:05
P P P and F came up with goals SY, we haven’t got that in our current set up.




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28 Jan 2021 10:29:40
I do agree that we should have a natural LB as cover for Tierney, but it doesn't seem feasible to have 5 full backs (should we sign Amavi this window) for two competitions now. Would rather we sign him on a pre-contract to join in the summer, then look to shift AMN for a decent fee as I can't see him having a future here (I'd also sell Bellerin if the right offer was made and then go for Max Aarons)

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26 Jan 2021 12:10:07
The scary thing is about this rumour is that I wouldn't put it past Edu to do this. Why would we even consider swapping Guendouzi (who i'm sure we could sell for circa 25m at least should we want to part ways with him) for a player who will be a free agent in the summer?!?

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22 Jan 2021 11:17:34
In my personal opinion I don't think Odeegard will walk into the first XI and take ESR's place - ESR has been fantastic since being integrated into the side, and as SY4 said Odeegard will need some time to adjust to the premier league. But I do think it is important we bring in another CAM/ #10 for rotation. We will have an extremeeely congested fixture list should we make it far in the FA cup and Europa league, and we cannot rely on ESR alone to play in the #10 position. We have seen what we were like playing without a true attacking mid (absolutely awful) and how important that position is to improve our attack. I have no doubt both ESR and Odeegard will get more than enough minutes each rotating, and I doubt that MA would want to stunt ESR's development now after seeing how much he has brought to our team. A good move for all parties involved IMO (provided Odeegard can find the level he did at Real Sociedad)

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19 Oct 2020 10:39:56
Ah okay thanks for clearing that up Ed, I read online that he had a £20m release clause.

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05 Oct 2020 11:46:08
I'm still clinging onto hope of signing Aouar. I know Aluas already came out and said he won't be sold, but he also said that about Depay (who is apparently very likely to join Barcelona today) and they already signed a like-for-like replacement in Paqueta. I think it is just a matter of us having to ship off some non-homegrown players to make space in our squad, and also get some players off the wage bill (via loaning them out) .

Let's pray!

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14 Apr 2021 00:05:11
I do feel like if we bought a dm in the mould of kalvin phillips then Bielsa could really get us playing brilliant attacking football. Yes there are still questions over how good they are defensively but I think that can very much be put down to the lack of quality. No disrespect to their defenders but they're comparably poor individually compared to the premier league standard, but still hats off to Bielsa for getting so much out of them.

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13 Apr 2021 20:39:08
I understand your concerns gunner62 regarding Emery's and Arteta's respective points per game averages but it can't be forgotten that Emery's really flattens him. We won a lot of games under him despite clearly being the worse team, just look at how many shots we conceded against mid-table teams. If I remember correctly we somehow scraped a 1-1 draw vs Southampton at the Emirates despite conceding over 20 shots. The reverse can be said for Arteta in my opinion, there have been many games where we have been the better team but the result just hasn't gone his way. But I do agree with SY4 that other managers e.g Moyes, Rodgers, Ancelotti have improved their teams a lot more than MA has improved us in roughly the same amount of time and with the same amount of money if not less.

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09 Apr 2021 09:19:09
Yes Auba has been far from good the past few weeks but tbf he was playing out wide on the left. He has shown this season that he is far more effective down the middle as he has a lot more choice in terms of runs. Down the left he is admittedly far too predictable and it is clear to see he is better at running away from defenders and in on goal than actually having to take on defenders. I really hope we start with the attacking 3 that we finished the game with (Martinelli - Auba - Pepe) as they showed so much more directness and urgency in 15 mins than the starting front 3 showed all game.

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28 Jan 2021 17:45:28
Oh my apologies Ed, yes we have definitely been much stronger at defending set pieces! Do you reckon he works on tactics for attacking set pieces too?

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{Ed047's Note - no need to apologise Colney, I’d like to think he’s working on everything, including throw ins, some are obviously working better than others.



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28 Jan 2021 10:34:42
Is that true that we hired a set piece coach Ed? Is that why we are trying all these stupid corner set plays that never work?! I never understood why we don't just stick it in the box first time and hope for the best, as to trying all of these short corners etc.

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{Ed047's Note - it was the guy from Brentford. He is supposed to be excellent.

He’s called Andreas Georgson and since he arrived I’ve felt we’ve been so much better at defending set pieces which we always seemed to struggle with.