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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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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.



06 Oct 2020 13:05:10
Thanks for all your work this window eds. You've been amazing and patient with us all.

Anyone know when the player registration window (if that's the right name) 'closes.

Be interesting to know which players they don't register.


{Ed002's Note - You mean for the Premier league?}

1.) 06 Oct 2020 15:21:58
Yes Ed for the Premier league. I thought it would be last night when the window closed for us or is it after a few days. Possible a naive question I've never known how the registration works outside of computer games lol.

{Ed002's Note - For international and inter PL registrations the paperwork needed to be submitted last night.}

2.) 07 Oct 2020 10:40:54
D16 - There is still PL-Football league window which closes 16th.
PL squad needs to be submitted eod 16th.

So we will only then know the 2 we did not register.



05 Oct 2020 19:01:21
With a few hours to go still a lot in the air isn't there! We still desperately need a number 10 role player. And we have too many players for the non homegrown rule. 2 over I think! Unless the likes of ozil and someone won't be registered.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 19:42:18
Saying that D16, were playing a 3-4-3 currently, so unless we change formation, we dont really have room for a number 10 anyway, and if we did, surely we already have a great number 10 in Ozil? Personally I wasnt that upset about not getting Aoure, but I think we really need Partey, and have done so for about the last 5 years.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 19:44:58
No chance of anyone else I think.

3.) 05 Oct 2020 20:41:30
Smith-Rowe should be given an opportunity.



05 Oct 2020 10:52:14
Must admit I've been confident all of the transfer window that we will sign what's needed. Even a few days ago I believed. My belief is slowly going. Surely we can't go into the rest of the season with elneny ceballos and xhaka as our midfield.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 11:00:29
Fully agree mate, fully agree.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 11:05:10
It does rather look that way D16. I suppose the only positive is that our current manager, unlike previous, does seem to actually acknowledge we need a physical central midfielder. However, what is strange is that we have targeted a single player from a club who dont want to sell, and who is only available at a price we appear to not be able to afford. We were all suspicious of this activity when Wenger was manager, and so perhaps we should be again. Surely though, we should have more than one target For this position. Where is our plan B (and please dont let it be Jorginho) ?



22 Sep 2020 12:21:46
Forgetting the fact we won't be able to afford him. But I've always been against us signing Zaha as we have enough wingers with some being young and talented. However seeing him in the cf role lately has changed my mind. Would love to see him play down the middle for us with auba and pepe down the wings.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 18:07:54
so forgetting the fact we cant afford him and we dont need him I agree.

2.) 22 Sep 2020 21:34:49
When have you seen him play cf?

3.) 23 Sep 2020 14:16:37
Just seen a post suggesting Reis Nelson to Crystal Palace on loan and Saha To Arsenal. Made me smile:)

{Ed047's Note - almost as good as the Guendouzi/Kante swap I read about Sally! 不

4.) 23 Sep 2020 15:07:04
He'd be a great signing, with Tierney behind him as an overlapping fullback.




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05 Oct 2020 17:12:29
Have they checked under the cushions Ed?




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02 Oct 2020 12:49:11
Hearing a lot of things online about saliba's mum passing away recently and it could be his wish to go back to France for now. Not sure how true that is but might explain a few things.




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02 Oct 2020 10:34:48
I'd say he just needs to be patient surely he will get his chance soon.




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19 Sep 2020 12:06:31
Exactly the same with lacazette. I do believe we will get him this window.




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13 Sep 2020 18:19:23
Of course forgot about willian. Thanks Ed.





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08 Nov 2020 21:53:50
It really baffles me as well. We really are missing a number 10 to create chances without getting into the ozil debate.

Another thing is drop lacazette he has been awful. Why are we sticking our main man out wide to make room for lacazette. Would be like moving Henry out wide to make room for jeffers .




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27 Oct 2020 10:27:20
Shame that Ed. Must say been on this site for so many years now and whilst I've not always liked or agreed with what you've said I've always respected you and never seen need or purpose to abuse anyone in this site. Hopefully in the future we will hear more from you but understandable its not worth the abuse you receive.


{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}



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24 Oct 2020 16:36:40
Sally surely one of the goalkeepers?




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08 Oct 2020 16:11:29
That is crazy. Can't work out why they left saliba out. Also one of the gks went out on loan today just after we registered him in this.


{Ed047's Note - Saliba makes no sense at all! 丹儭



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06 Oct 2020 20:42:19
Not all fans are happy with that behaviour Ed. I always loved that arsenal was known for doing things the right way and always seemed to be run with class. So to say someone as a fan are very proud is incorrect because as a a fan I am not proud of this behaviour.