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03 Oct 2020 12:27:38
Still getting people usually spot on telling me aoaur and partey will joining. Leaving it late aren't we.


1.) 03 Oct 2020 12:30:56
Hi Ed, with Marc Roca now going to Bayern, do you still expect Atletico to want arsenal to pay the release clause? Or do they have another replacement in mind?

{Ed002's Note - It changes nothing.}

2.) 03 Oct 2020 12:59:25
I font think we will mate.

3.) 03 Oct 2020 13:05:29
Thanks ed.

4.) 03 Oct 2020 17:10:59
D16, we don't have enough players leaving to be able to bring 2 in bud.

5.) 03 Oct 2020 20:29:56
Glenn is absolutely right here.
We are at 19 in our squad with Non HG Above 21 players whereas it can only be 17.

So we need 4 to leave to get 2 in. Even if we had all the cash.

Torreira, Kolasinac, Sokratis are the closest out.

Means we can only sign 1 even if all 3 leave.

Not being able to Move These 3 early, add Mustafi, Chambers, Ozil, Matteo to this might be the reason we did leave it this late?

Would be interesting as to which 2 we sell or leave out of our squad if it doesn't happen till the end. We might be forced to let Torreira join AM for a loan fee without Partey/ replacement by the likes of it.

Mismanagement in all levels by the hierarchy in place at the club.
Eds were right about it being a mess all along!



27 Aug 2020 15:12:01
There's a photo shoot being done today. May have even finished as there was pictures around half idea who it is I presume gabriel or aubameyang.


1.) 27 Aug 2020 17:51:38
After I've posted this I saw Ian Wright online saying he was on the way too the Emirates for the BBC. Was probably them haha.

2.) 27 Aug 2020 18:15:29
Yeah it's easy to forget it's the charity shield Saturday so I'm sure there will be a lot of media attention around Arsenal and Liverpool over the next few days D16 mate.



13 Aug 2020 16:34:47
Hearing quite a few rumours of Luiz going to rennes. Strange as he just signed a new contract but thought worth a share.


1.) 13 Aug 2020 20:16:32
Stranger things have happened D16 mate like Clive Allen joining and leaving us without ever playing for us but I'd rate these Luis rumours along the lines of a ufo landing in trafalgar square mate.

2.) 13 Aug 2020 22:25:58

3.) 14 Aug 2020 02:08:55
Willian 220k a week what a shambles.

4.) 14 Aug 2020 02:39:31
Ed I watched Upamecano today against Athletico. I mean for what, a 21 year old? He was insanely reliable. Linked with a good CB partnership which could be Saliba, hed be unreal. He looks like he would be a good investment/ buy if an opportunity arises, no? Tell me were still interested in him.
(Yes if we can offload a few CBs in the process, maybe make a little aid to the kitty. )

{Ed0666's Note - Im pretty sure eds 002 said PSG and City were talking to his people...Ive eulogized about this kid for ages hes a monster of a CB...Theres more chance of Arsenal Wenger playing for spurs than Upamecano signing for the Gunners mate.



10 Aug 2020 13:11:25
Willian deal should be announced Wednesday latest just heard. Apparently a 2 year deal with an option of a third year. Prob similar to how luiz deal was where the club can extend if desired.


1.) 10 Aug 2020 14:48:50
Talksport reported this morning that it's their understanding that the deal will be a 3 year deal with an option of a 4th year. Hopefully you're right mate!

2.) 10 Aug 2020 14:57:59
I'm sure Kia will take up his option to extend:-)

3.) 10 Aug 2020 16:04:31
Do you consider this to be a good deal? He is nearly 32. He is a good player but a 3 year deal is excessive.

{Ed047's Note - awful deal if it happens

4.) 10 Aug 2020 16:28:23
Uninspiring bewildering difficult to make sense of signing but we've had plenty of warning it was coming so no huge surprise.

5.) 11 Aug 2020 02:50:06
Awful deal? Thats a stretch, there wasnt even a transfer fee. And its not like the guy is past it, he was plenty good for Chelsea last season.

6.) 11 Aug 2020 07:21:06
He is 32, on a 3 year deal. Makes no sense. His wages demands will be high. Arsenal are becoming more of a retirement home.

7.) 11 Aug 2020 12:14:29
One man's 32 is another man's 27! He trains harder than most so unless he picks up an injury - which can happen to anyone! - this will prove a good deal for Arsenal. We need that ethic in our team, others can learn from him. He's also very good! I can think of many far worse deals we have done in recent years!

8.) 11 Aug 2020 14:11:33
We dont even know what his wages will be yet.

9.) 11 Aug 2020 17:15:06
I would be pleased to welcome Willian. Experienced and hard working and I'm sure he will be a wonderful mentor for our young guns.



05 Aug 2020 20:22:34
Lot of talk going around today that arsenal and Madrid have agreed a loan deal for ceballos again. No idea if any options to buy. And gabriel mahagalhaes is progressing well although united may still match our offer which might well end it for us. Hopefully we get it over the line soon.


1.) 05 Aug 2020 20:58:47
Id have thought that Arteta being a Pep protege of sorts, hed be trying to fit as many midfielders into the starting 11, but seems like he wants a starting 11 of CBs .

2.) 05 Aug 2020 23:32:47
We won't sign a center back there's no chance of it even if they let mustafi and sokratis go we won't buy a centre half.

3.) 06 Aug 2020 00:05:23
We will smoggy.

{Ed0666's Note - you also have one of the best young center backs in world football dont forget

4.) 06 Aug 2020 03:01:17
Chambers IS the best Ed0666, none of that "one of the" stuff here.

5.) 06 Aug 2020 10:55:06
I think spend money elsewhere bring a viera type of midfielder in use it in that area and a left back possible even a right back.

6.) 06 Aug 2020 09:49:27
Ed0666 assume you mean saliba unless there's someone else.

{Ed0666's Note - yes mate I do. He is exceptional and if a team was ever in need of a decent center back its you lot.




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06 Mar 2021 21:13:49
The team really need to sort themselves out. Individual errors each week costing us goals. Not sure how arteta fixes that one. I'd say dropping them however will we have enough players to field a team

Given xhaka credit lately however today he let us down. But so did one poor decision from VAR and some crap finishing.


1.) 06 Mar 2021 22:06:04
Arteta is adamant we will continue to play out from the back.

2.) 06 Mar 2021 23:44:07
Agreed D16. For some people it always comes back to the manager but I thought we set up quite well and the gameplan was good. The players need to have a good look at themselves and think about putting in the extra hours on the training ground, for me there is no excuse for P矇p矇 to whiff from there, for example.

3.) 07 Mar 2021 08:27:42
Thing is wire you dont need extra work on the training ground to stop yesterdays errors - its decision making at its lowest. Im still putting 70% of the blame on Leno, hes facing everyone Xhaka had his back to most of the Burnley players . If it was me Id have played it back to Leno and shouted at him to clear it - watched it again and its mental.

4.) 07 Mar 2021 09:44:29
11 games left and we need win them all to match Emerys only final points total 70pts

We need to win 9 and draw 1 from those 11 games to match Arsenes worst ever total of 66pts

And even to match Artetas own record low of 54pts last season we need 16 points from those 11 games.

We are currently running below 1.5 points per game so on target to set a new record low this season as we stand.

2 out of 2 worst ever finishes under Arteta?

Arteta is the man in charge and it's under his management this decline is happening so I really don't see how it can not be his responsibly like every other manager has to take responsibly for what thier team does over a season.

5.) 07 Mar 2021 10:25:54
Oh wow!

Your post says it all 62.

6.) 07 Mar 2021 12:31:20
Hopefully those 11 games will make the final table at game 38 a more positive picture Banbury mate.

But we can't do with Mikel what we did with Arsene and keep lowering the bar so he can get over it.

Come game 38 we have to face the facts, we are where we are under Mikel, be that 6th on 60 plus points or 10th on 53 points.

We can't have another season of going backwards next season as the long term effect could be huge and players like Saka and Tierney would understandably start looking at thier options.



15 Feb 2021 18:28:37
Credit where its due. Xhaka has been brilliant lately. Long may they continue.


1.) 16 Feb 2021 10:58:17
Id agree with that, hes played really of late.

2.) 16 Feb 2021 15:19:48
Yeah, the way he holds the ball in dangerous positions and wins a free kick is very clever

Most improved player Im my opinion.

3.) 16 Feb 2021 20:13:31
Loved the way he failed to track the runner for Leeds 2nd, and then did the old hands out its everyones fault but mine. In that he is world class.



14 Jan 2021 12:17:56
Arsenal are set to appoint Richard Garlick as director of football (I believe that's the role) would love to know Ed002s opinion on this move. Have read a few times about what a mess things are. Is this helping or just adding to the issues.


{Ed002's Note - It makes no difference to the issues Arsenal have. He will be the Huss Fahmy (who was Director of Football Operations and certainly not Director of Football) replacement and deal with contracts, youth compliance etc..)

1.) 14 Jan 2021 18:59:16
Thank you for your reply Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



26 Dec 2020 22:05:47
Great performance. I see a lot of people saying arteta must keep the same players however don't be surprised to see martenelli dropped next game. Remember he has just come back from injury.


1.) 26 Dec 2020 23:19:19
Its going to be really hard to drop martinelli, pepe should learn a thing or two from the youngster as well as willian. You could see teirney frustrated with pepe not making a run and just standing still waiting for the pass.
Let's wait and see what Mikel going to do with his selection and formation on the next game.
I said it before and will always repeat my self, play the youngsters they have more hunger and not scared or caution like the other lot. Look at ajax, Dortmund and Monaco what they did when they played with them kids.



21 Oct 2020 13:11:28
Anyone seen ozils post on social media? I really do wish we knew exactly what was going on and the whole situation was sorted. we can debate all day about ozil being lazy and the pros on cons of what he brings to the team. However this whole situation in my opinion is making the club look bad and disrespectful.


1.) 21 Oct 2020 14:06:03
Poor old Mesut.

2.) 21 Oct 2020 15:39:56
I must say, Ill love to be in Ozils position.

3.) 21 Oct 2020 16:20:03
Yeah must be hard getting paid all that money to not work!
He had opportunity to move on and if playing football was his main priority he would have taken a pay cut to move on, really honestly no sympathy from here. The sooner he goes the better it will be for team morale.

4.) 21 Oct 2020 17:31:48
I am sure Mesut is wise enough to not give the club the ammunition or the loophole it's looking for not to pay him or deduct any of his wages for breach of contract.
The club are unhappy about a decision the club itself made 3 years ago and have been trying to pressurise Mesut into giving into the clubs change of thinking for the last 2 years.
I appluad Mesut for not giving into bully mentality of those running the club.

5.) 21 Oct 2020 18:53:19
Or Anti Discrimination FC Mark?

6.) 21 Oct 2020 19:09:18
Hi been a while, Sanogo, browgun, growbun. Had a few profiles on here before keep loosing login.

Just have to pipe up about Ozil. And Im a bit sick of how all but a few a cool on just bashing him, must be hard sat on 300k plus not having to do anything or the constant using him as a scape goat for shoddy play and tactics.

Anyone had the joy of watching him live? A different class and anyone who thinks him not been anywhere near the team is frankly stupid, anyone who thinks hes sat at home been a sly little sod not wanting to play is also off their heads.

I dont know whats gone on! I know that there was the thing about China and he was criticised in the tabloids about how not to get into politics and I think its a no no in the premier league as well. But all of a sudden we can have politics in the game BLM, the constant C.V. nonsense, the constant brainwashing and indoctrination through sly media and the Prem at the moment, the fact our club has behaved in some unfamiliar ways shall we say (to be really generous ) .

This whole thing with Ozil is pathetic on the clubs behalf and a very aggressive and horrible way of dealing with their own doings . If it was happening in a factory or a building site everyone on site would scream blue murder. But who cares he earns so much money, its sad that Ozils morals has brought to the fore peoples petty jealousies.

7.) 21 Oct 2020 19:35:43
It is a huge shame that Ozil isnt in the squad never mind the starting 11. Its crazy not to play him in my book especially now that we have a better defensive spine plus Partey. You would think the scene is set perfectly for him and lets be honest we need that creativity. If Im honest, I feel he has let us down at times but I blame the team set up more than him.
You are right - hes such a joy to watch live. Unselfish running, positional sense, controlling the tempo of the game etc. Im amazed that people cream themselves over Matteo mainly because he runs around with his heart on his sleeve but ultimately aimless running and to the detriment of the side yet they slag off Ozil.

Perhaps 350k per week plus a wedding means he cares less now, behaps he is a pain - who knows but most pictures I see of training hes smiling and getting a sweat on. U fortunately, I dont trust the club and Im not sure Mikel is great at man management so Im backing Ozil at present, that plus all his media activity suggests he still cares and wants to play. Players only have so many years - I dont believe for a second he wants to accept his cheque just to sit in the stands. I dont believe that.

Ill duck now to avoids a few cheap shots as normal but for me I would rather have a starting 11 with Ozil especially with Gabriel, Saliba, Partey etc now in the side plus our front 3 than him not in the side. Play a decent CDM partnership - not Dani for gods sake. If we need a creative player - Dani or Willian or Ozil or Pepe or ESR?

Ozil first choice hands down, then ESR . Sorry.

8.) 21 Oct 2020 20:09:18
Both sides have done wrong to each other if we are all being honest. Both parties obviously cant come to a swift conclusion hence why he is being omitted from the squad. The fact is its happened, and we have to move on. No point picking sides here. The time to pick sides is at the end of the season, lets see where we finish in the league. That will tell us if it was the right decision or not.

9.) 21 Oct 2020 20:17:37
The thing is before lock down Ozil plays 10/ 10 games under Arteta but since the restart isn't anywhere near the match day 18 and is now officially excluded from the squad completely. This is obviously not a footballing decision but purely a club decision way above Artetas head because Arteta himself hasn't gone from thinking of Ozil as worth a place in his starting 11 in March but not worthy of a squad place first game back in July or since.
Arteta is simply following orders from the club.

10.) 21 Oct 2020 20:26:02
Remember when Ozil walked off the pitch in the Europa league final? Or when he didnt clap the fans after we got humiliated by Chelsea and Mertesacker went ballistic. Dont forget things like this.

11.) 21 Oct 2020 20:41:25
So if we make top 4 it's ok for the club to victimise someone but if we finish 8th victimisation is wrong DG?
I genuinely can't see what Mesut has done wrong mate, the day it becomes wrong to speak out against human atrocities it will be a very sad day for the human race and no way is it wrong to refuse a pay cut without knowing where your money will be used first, who would donate to a charity that refused to say what thier intentions were for using your donation?
Personally I'd feel cheated if I was one of the players who took the voluntary pay cut only to see 55 employees loose their jobs anyway.

12.) 21 Oct 2020 20:52:05
Ozils only crime against us is that he didnt just win games for us like we expected.

13.) 21 Oct 2020 21:00:40
62 - just like in his team selection. The boy needs to grow some as he doesnt have any. Another example if thats the case of weak management from a Mikel. His job is on the pitch and he should demand hes not handicapped by politics or ambitions hampered. Creates an excuse environment all over again.

14.) 21 Oct 2020 21:44:52
Hi DG it was actually against City Mesut refused to be part of a team that surrendered lamely to the opposition then go and clap the fans as if all was fine, he was embarrassed and I was delighted to see his reaction that day rather than simply follow the Arsenal routine of walk on the pitch for 90 minutes then walk to the fans before taking another set of selfies in the changing room as usual.

I agree SY Mikel makes himself look like a weak yes man and you have to wonder if his summer promotion. from coach to manager wasn't a reward for being a company yes man.
The club have put him in a weak position that he's agreed to accept.

15.) 21 Oct 2020 22:06:41
This is obviously not a footballing reason, and the club made a big mistake. as SY mentioned would you rather have dani or xhaka instead of ozil hell no.
And as for his reactions on those game that proves he hate to lose and he wasn't happy with the team proformance and that attitude you want in the team not lose and go have a laugh with your opponent.
I said before the club didn't want to lose their fan base in China and that's one of the biggest reason and come after that the wage reduction and I totally agree with g62, many player had their wages deducted so why on earth fire that much staff.
I think its a very disgraceful move form the club and we have a yes man manager now.

16.) 21 Oct 2020 22:32:30
Your all acting like the guy is dying. You need to stop acting like Ozil is the Messiah. I dont get all this sympathy. Plus, when hes probably not playing well half of you would probably say hes not good enough.

17.) 22 Oct 2020 00:28:38
Well said DG

Truth is that none of us know what goes on behind the scenes, for example when we sold Sanchez to manure everyone went crazy, then it came out that he was disrupting the team morale and look where he is now

We can all guess why Ozil has been left out but the truth will only come out once hes gone, Ive heard its because he chooses to turn up to training wearing high heels, make up and a mini skirt! What man would get away with that in his workplace? No offence G62 I know you think its acceptable .

18.) 22 Oct 2020 03:57:19
DG No one is saying that he has been left out of pocket the guy has been paid ridiculous amount which arsenal offered. However just because he is paid a lot of money does not mean he is your slave and he has no free thought or freedom of speech. A person that has spoken out against what is internationally recognised as hate against muslims something he feels close to should be commended rather than vilified. Asking to get gurantees to what will happen with money that will be deducted from his wages is a no brainer offering to pay for the wages of the much loved gunnersauraus (seeeing as him not taking a wage cut which apparently let to the redundancy of so many at the club is comentable. I have been an arsenal fan for almost 40 years but the the way the club has recently been conducting itself has left me ashamed and contemplating giving up on them but a love for this long is hard to give up. May be its my age and moralls and ethics no longer hold value.

19.) 22 Oct 2020 05:21:58
I'd love to see ozil play again that guy can unlock defences we are fools as we need a creative player and have one of the best in the world on our books but don't use him.

20.) 22 Oct 2020 07:59:33
I will have you know Calum looks very fetching in heels 733 mate.

21.) 22 Oct 2020 09:05:24
Ive seen Ozil live on a few occasions for arsenal and was lucky enough to have tickets for real vs Barcelona a while back, he is lazy doesnt track back losses the ball and then sulks like its not his fault, I remember the hype when he joined about his assist stats, and then one ex footballer whos was on sky sports say, how can he get an assist when he passes to Ronaldo and Ronaldo takes on 8 people and scores thats not an assist, for me Ive never rated Ozil when he plays its like we are down to ten men from kick off and the team has to work even harder.

22.) 22 Oct 2020 13:09:24
WG if that is true and its taken the club 8 years to work that out after putting him on huge wages giving him loyalty bonuses the club is in serious trouble and thats not down to Ozil.

23.) 23 Oct 2020 02:32:13
And Ronaldo said:
"Yes, Mesut has made me better. If you have great players around you, your play becomes stronger, "
"Ozil is fantastic. He can read the game and knows when he needs to play the pass, when he should take a dribble - that's simply class.
"We have a really good connection and this is still getting better. I love to play with him, he is fantastic. "
"Mesut zil made me the worlds best striker
"The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me, "
"He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I'm angry about zil leaving. "

{Ed0666's Note - Im pretty sure if Ozil was playing like the Ozil ronaldo was talking about he wouldnt be ostracized at Arsenal.

I think theres both political and proffesional reasons for Ozils ommision which is sad because I find it hard to believe that even a 30 year old Ozil couldnt improve the Arsenal team. Its an absolute joke of a situation in my opinion. To be fair I wouldnt give up 350k a week in the knowledge that in a few months I will be able to play anywhere in the world on a free transfer. And lets face it he wont jeapordise a move by being injured. Win win for Mr Ozil, lose lose for Arsenal Football Club.




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23 Feb 2021 12:27:09
Get rid of pea was that meant to sound as disrespectful as it looked.




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05 Feb 2021 22:41:03
Still expect xhaka to go Ed? Thought arteta favoured him.


{Ed002's Note - If a good opportunity arises, he could yet go.}



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05 Feb 2021 14:16:45
Sorry Ed misread what you said. Can't seem to find a list but will continue to search around thanks.




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04 Feb 2021 23:03:43
Looking forward to it ed .


{Ed002's Note - You have already had it.}



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29 Jan 2021 12:29:05
Just out of interest Ed who do you believe is cover for Tierney? Assuming saka? As niles is going out on loan so imagine saka and cedric will be used as cover.


{Ed002's Note - Saka is available to provide cover.}




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06 Mar 2021 15:21:13
Leno shouldn't have given him the ball however xhaka should've done better with it. Least leno made up for it with a few decent saves. Errors each week are costing us so much.




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28 Feb 2021 13:45:29
Credit where its due willian played well today.




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07 Feb 2021 18:36:42
Whilst I see your point I think our defence got so crap he had to sacrifice the attack to improve it. And the next step (next window) will be improving the attack whilst still being more solid at the back than we was. Least I'm hoping. It was always going to take a few years to sort the mess out.


{Ed047's Note - we did need to sort and now individual errors seem to cost us rather than being inept as a whole defending.

We have to start from the back, weve added Partey and we need an upgrade next to him.

We need to find a player to rotate with ESR and I wont mind if hes a first choice as ESR will still learn.

Its defend as one and attack as one and that is going to take time.



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01 Feb 2021 22:45:53
To be fair surely its good their being cautious with Tierney. We'd soon moan if he wasn't 100% and picked up a bigger injury.




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24 Jan 2021 01:34:30
Course I agree 62. Willian being the main culprit. Nketiah is the same I don't see what he offers.