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25 Aug 2021 10:57:28
Hi ed,

perhaps a big ask here and expecting you to say you may not know the answer to most of them, but do you reckon the following players will be sold by the end of the window:



Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - I have given you a list of players the club are willing to sell. All of these players are on that list and there is interest in all of them.}



05 Aug 2021 14:03:08
Hi Ed,

is there any truth to the rumours that we have agreed to sell Willock to Newcastle for 25m?


Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of ny agreement but Newcastle are keen and Arsenal are happy to let him leave. Also offered to Leicester and part of a deal for JM.}

1.) 05 Aug 2021 17:20:00
I've read it is Willock holding it up as he isn't sure he wants to leave Arsenal permanently after being here so long. Can't be an easy deciaion for the kid if he still feels he has a chance to make it with us.

2.) 05 Aug 2021 20:05:42
It’s absolutely bananas!
We’re looking to sign an attacking midfielder that also chucks his weight of goals in and won’t hold-up the development of ESR, Willock is the perfect candidate with his stellar loan performances proving his eye for goals.
And he’s Arsenal DNA already 🤷🏼‍♂️
The decision making at the club really is baffling.

3.) 05 Aug 2021 20:23:49
Jegooner I am a fan of willock but i do feel he would be a gamble to be relied on. No comparison with him and maddison. Also ESR is still only developing as you say.

4.) 05 Aug 2021 20:26:40
I agree with Jegooner, we should give him a chance to prove himself before spending stupidly.

5.) 05 Aug 2021 20:55:46
For some reason people don't understand that we HAVE to sell players. If we get offered 25m for Joe Willock we cannot turn it down. I'd hate to see him leave but 25m is a good fee and we need it. Somehow we need to raise a significant amount of money by attempting to sell players that nobody wants and its no easy task and we're struggling.
Willock 25m, AMN 20m, Bellerin 18m, Nketiah 20m, these are probably the players that we have the best chance of moving on now so if offers come we've got to consider them.
Hopefully Kolasinac, Torreira and Elneny move on too 🤦🏻‍♂️.

6.) 05 Aug 2021 22:16:25
Codza surely tho the best way to develop him is to start him every game he’s fit for, Willock would be adequate cover he’s shown that. Buying Maddison would only dislodge ESR and his development in my opinion.

Glenn mate surely that doesn’t make sense to you tho, selling a AM because you need money to buy another for double the price? Like I said above also dislodging ESR.

Maybe I’m putting to much on Emile but for me he’s in my first 11 every game he’s fit for.

7.) 06 Aug 2021 08:44:27
I do think it's bonkers that we would pay so much for one player when we have others in the squad already yes. However, we have to sell regardless of whether anyone else or not. We have to be realistic when it comes to player sales and if they offer 25m for Willock then surely we have to take in to consideration? We have so many players on our books crazy.

Willock has always been a 'there or thereabouts' player for me and could probably be compared to Iwobi. Good player but never going to light up the world at Arsenal. Nketiah is the same.

We have a lot of very good youngsters but only a few will really do the business at the very top level. Saka managed it and Azeez and Charlie Patino will follow.

8.) 06 Aug 2021 09:13:59
As for ESR, he oozes class and the occasion never gets the better of him. He gave our team a much needed lift and takes everything in his stride. He deserves his place and will be mainstay this season for sure.



02 Jul 2021 09:41:04
Hi Ed,

with growing rumours of Locatelli, Lokonga etc in the past couple of weeks, just wanted to ask whether Bissouma remains an option? Are we still interested in him or is he viewed as an alternative to others? Thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - They are very different players. Locatelli is very much a more defensive player than the others and would be a replacement for the three more defensive midfield players Arsenal are looking to sell. Lokonga would be much cheaper and certainly one for the future and it is a transfer that the club should be able to complete. Bissouma offers more than both and that will be reflected in his price and interest of others - not least Liverpool.}

1.) 03 Jul 2021 23:50:12
Locatelli more defensive than Bissouma? Not sure about that, chief.



21 Jun 2021 17:18:21
Hi Ed,

two questions re Torreira, not entirely expecting you to know the answer to 2 but going to try my luck

1) Is the interest in Torriera from Lazio real?

2) Did something go on behind the scenes that resulted in Torriera being dropped by Arteta? I find it so boggling as in his first season under Emery he was fantastic as a DM, I find it hard to believe that he was dropped because he wasn't deemed good enough? He was clearly our best DM at the time and think he offers so much more in a double pivot compared to Xhaka.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - (1) Lucas Torreira (DM) will be made available in the summer if a deal cannot be struck in advance with Fiorentina as Arsenal are pricing him out of the market and Lazio have the same opinion, the player may get his wish to move to Boco on loan as they only offer an option to buy at a low price. (2) Not that I am aware but remember Arsenal have had a number of players in the same position such as Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and added Partey.}

1.) 21 Jun 2021 23:50:24
Interesting with torreira what happened to him at arsenal. I always got the impression he struggled to settle in England. And as good as he was with emery don't forget he suddenly started playing him as a number 10 which seemed to kill his confidence. I'd imagine if he was already unsettled that didn't help.

2.) 21 Jun 2021 21:38:44
If Lucas torriera gets his move to Boca I'm sure he'll be happy.

Do we have any interest in Joaquin Corea from Lazio?

{Ed002's Note - Joaquin Correa (F/AM) West Ham had JC on a lengthy list of targets after his agent hawked him around the London clubs but were put off by the €40M asking price. Lazio want to upgrade and by Brandt and are willing to sell. Spurs has an interest but would want a loan to buy as they regroup under Paratici. I am not aware of any interest from Arsenal at this time.

3.) 22 Jun 2021 11:23:28
Thanks a lot Ed002, I must say the insight you give is unparalleled to any other place on the net. So glad to be a part of this website. Keep up all the great work and thanks again for all the inside information. Hope you have a great summer. Cheers!



26 May 2021 12:19:41
Hi Ed,

do you know of any players we are looking at that fit the profile of backup LB? I saw we were linked with Bertrand last week but that seems to have gone cold. Thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Jordan Amavi has rejected the chance to join. I understand Lopez should be ready to step up.}

1.) 26 May 2021 12:37:21
Thanks Ed! Any idea of what will happen to Tolaji Bola in that case? He's had a series of loan spells but presuming he won't make it at Arsenal.

{Ed002's Note - I would need to ask.}

2.) 26 May 2021 13:47:14
Thanks ed really appreciate it. I've always felt that the fullback position is the easiest for youth players to transition into the first team, very surprised that the last youth player fullback for actually made the first team was Bellerin in 2014/ 2015 (at least I think he's the last player to have done so - excluding AMN as I see him as a CM)

3.) 27 May 2021 06:38:10
Always nice to see someone being promoted.




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18 Oct 2021 09:31:50
Will anyone be attending the game tonight? It'll be my first game since about 2014, absolutely buzzing especially for the return of Viera! Going to get fairly drunk pre-game to give me the confidence to launch my new ESR song:

"Hes magic, you knowww, our number 10 Emile Smith Rowee"

Remember this post when its a famous chant!

Colney Bandit

1.) 19 Oct 2021 13:12:03
With creativity like that i'm sure you can do something with Lokonga to the 'C'mon and do the Conga' tune?



06 Jul 2021 11:20:50
Hi Ed,

is there any more news regarding Daniel Ek looking to take over the club? Do you know if he still retains interest despite his bids being knocked back? thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - He is interested but there is nothing new at this time.}

1.) 06 Jul 2021 12:38:38
He needs to increase his bid dramatically if the yanks are to show an interest.



22 Jun 2021 13:59:24
Hi Ed,

Was wondering if Arsenal have shown any interest in Sabitzer? Seems a steal for €15m.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - No.}



21 Jun 2021 11:25:45
Hi Ed,

I know we plan on selling a lot of players this summer (the fees touted for a lot of players seem a joke tbh) but was wondering whether we have a set size transfer budget? e.g 50m prior to any other money coming from player sales? I'm seeing us linked with players for 50m+ (White, Maddison, Isak to name a few) but can't imagine we could afford more than one of these? Thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - No there won't be.}

1.) 21 Jun 2021 17:15:21
thanks ed!



21 May 2021 09:05:03
Aarons - Saliba - Gabriel - Tierney
Bissouma - Partey
Saka - Buendia - Martinelli

Subs: Ryan, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Bertrand, Berge, Elneny, ESR, Pepe, Balogun

Where do you see this hypothetical squad finishing next season without the burden of European football?

Colney Bandit

1.) 21 May 2021 10:19:03
I would move on Elneny and keep Xhaka in their personally. People can say what they like about Xhaka but when he's in the team we play better and it's so clear that we miss him when he doesn't.

I wouldn't play him over Partey and Bissouma but as a player to bring on, he would give us more balance.

Other than that, I like that squad!

2.) 21 May 2021 10:25:27
4th to 10th place.

Even if we had those players available to us next season, how often would they play together?

Would Mikel not chop and change, rotate and tinker?

It's no good Just having a fast car on the track if the man behind the wheel can't get the most out of it.

3.) 21 May 2021 11:08:54
That first 11 and squad looks naughty. Absolute dream scenario, but can it all happen? I hope so.

For me, the squad clearly needs addressing, but more than that, the squad needs much more development on the training pitch. Is Arteta the one capable? I don't know, but he will have ample time on the training pitch to prove himself if out of Europe. If he fails next season without the travelling burden and pressure of European games, he has no excuses.

4.) 21 May 2021 11:46:29
I think the transfers are realistic, given that there is every chance we will look to offload:


All of which I think we can get an average of 20m each for (so potentially 140m! )

But I also agree with gunner - how long would it take for Mikel to realise his best XI with this squad, would he get them playing the football that he apparently hasn't been able to get out of our current squad? Surely if we don't push for top 4 with this he would have to go?

5.) 21 May 2021 12:19:16
Keeping Elneny and selling Xhaka!? Odd. And Rodrigo De Paul over Buendia.

{Ed014's Note - if we got an upgrade on xhaka would he be happy being a squad player, is Elneny ok with being squad player?

That’s likely the reason.

6.) 21 May 2021 13:11:49
I really like Buendia. That is a very achievable squad for Arsenal this summer too, which is grounds for optimism - though, I don't think Norwich will give us both him and Aarons. I think we have stayed away from buying domestically for a little too long.

7.) 21 May 2021 13:21:10
That’s my thought Ed. Granit won’t be happy being behind Partey, Bissouma and Berg. I wouldn’t be happy him getting in front of these 3. Elneny might be happy and probably the most reliable 4th choice a club could ask for.

Like that side a lot. I’d like to see Pereira (WBA) and Dembele considered also

All this with a new manager please.

8.) 21 May 2021 14:07:00
Yep, I excluded Xhaka as I believe we will look to upgrade on him this summer with Bissouma/ Berge etc but I don't think he will settle for being a squad player, whilst Elneny will.

9.) 22 May 2021 05:37:06
Hi Conley I’m not sure about Leno and I can’t see Saliba and Gabriel being the main two in the back. Holding will likely play or there will be another experience defender bought.

I believe Martinelli will continue to come off the bench while Pepe and Saka starts.

Also not sure Auba’s heart his in it.




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07 Oct 2021 11:07:10
Hi Ed,

any idea of exactly who is showing interest in him? I'd hope with 4 years left on his contract, if he were to sadly leave, we should be asking for at least 80m for him!

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Bukayo Saka (LM/LW) Atletico have enquired after his availability and Juventus have have declared an interest.}



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09 Aug 2021 13:54:50
I personally think we take the money. Yes he scored goals for Newcastle but he thrived in a completely different system to the one we want to play. he scored goals mainly coming from counter attacks whereas its clear arteta wants us to dominate possession and pin back teams - in these situations Willock won't have the space and time to score the types of goal he has for Newcastle. I personally don't think he's good enough on the ball/ creative enough to play #10 for us, and equally I don't think he's solid enough defensively to play in the double pivot (would also be a waste of his ability in front of goal) so imo best thing to do is sell him and reinvest that into a midfielder who suits our play style a lot more.

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02 Jun 2021 12:24:56
Hi Ed, are there any clubs that are showing concrete interest in Bellerin? I would've thought PSG and Barcelona would be good fits but looks like they're going for Hakimi and Emerson respectively. thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Hector Bellerin (RB) Real Betis would like Bellerin to replace Emerson. Villareal may just offer an option.}



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27 May 2021 16:42:46
Hi Ed,

Weren't we interested in Kokcu last summer when he only had a year left on his contract, but he since signed a contract extension? Any idea on how much Feyenoord would be demanding for him? thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Yes, the interest is sustained. They don't want to sell and would perhaps look to €20M.}



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26 May 2021 13:47:14
Thanks ed really appreciate it. I've always felt that the fullback position is the easiest for youth players to transition into the first team, very surprised that the last youth player fullback for actually made the first team was Bellerin in 2014/ 2015 (at least I think he's the last player to have done so - excluding AMN as I see him as a CM)

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22 Jun 2021 13:58:37
I see Lokonga as more of a ceballos/ guendouzi/ torreira replacement, I think if Xhaka is sold we will definitely be buying a new CM.

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21 Jun 2021 23:56:03
Hi Yard, by 30 signings do you mean we've signed AND sold 30 players for a loss? Either way I agree, its terrible running of the club. I do however feel we have been slightly unlucky with how some signings have panned out (many players bought with a great reputation abroad but haven't cut the mustard here) , but then saying that, surely that is a recruitment issue.

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21 Jun 2021 17:15:21
thanks ed!

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02 Jun 2021 10:34:21
I think ESR offers something very different to our other attacking mids/ wide players and that is his off-the-ball runs. Even if he doesn't get the ball played to him he creates so much space for others by running into wide spaces from the centre, and when he does get on the ball he does have the close ball control and ability to beat players and make the right passes. I feel like his attacking spatial awareness is something very few players of his age have and he therefore has so much to offer us in games where the opposition just try to sit back and need to be opened up.

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27 May 2021 19:49:56
Agree with an above post, its not a matter of having midfielders that we need to sell before we sell him.

The way I see it is, we should bring in a more dynamic defensive midfielder who can play in a double pivot in a 4231 or who can be a holding midfielder in a 433.

Xhaka is only effective in a pivot 4231 and cannot play as a lone DM in a 433 (not good enough defensively or quick enough to make up ground) , nor is dynamic enough to play as an 8 in a 433.

If we are to improve our midfield and bench Xhaka, then he won't want to stay, so we might as well get as much as we possibly can for him.

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