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24 Jun 2020 23:28:42
Posted a while ago before the lockdown that saka was close to a new deal. Obviously things slowed down but it's very close to being finalised now. Was Apparent interest from Liverpool but no idea how reliable that part was.


1.) 25 Jun 2020 10:26:21
Good news 16 mate, I never really thought he'd leave so soon but 2 years time we will have a problem if he continues to get better and better and we simply don't get better with him. He'd be a mug to waste his talent with us long term if we don't match his potential to challenge for and win big prizes in the future.



13 Mar 2020 21:10:06
Heard from the same person that told me saka is close to signing a new deal (is almost done now) that we could well be getting Thomas partley. Fingers crossed.


1.) 14 Mar 2020 10:48:30
lol Ed are arsenal interested in Partey?

{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}

2.) 14 Mar 2020 13:28:04
Thanks Ed.



26 Feb 2020 19:06:35
Heard today from a few reliable people that sakas new contract is almost sorted and signed.


1.) 26 Feb 2020 20:32:09
I'd have been well shocked if Saka had left 16 mate, I think Auba summed the popular media up brilliantly when he said " why do they speak about things they know nothing about "
Ever since Arteta was asked on Sunday how important Auba was it's been non stop from the tabloids claiming to have inside information about his future, Saka last week, Auba this week I'm Just waiting for the rumors to start about Martinelli wanting out because he's been left out for Eddie in the last 2 league games.

2.) 26 Feb 2020 21:23:42
Aubameyang wants to leave Ed said.

3.) 26 Feb 2020 21:42:43
I didn't see him leaving to be honest but nevertheless delighted he looks set to sign. Auba I have no idea about and not heard anything. But really hope he stays.

4.) 26 Feb 2020 22:54:40
Hi DG I'm not saying he doesn't want to leave, he may well do but what I am saying is the papers are merely picking up on Artetta answers and making a story from them, something Auba confirms with " why do the speak about what THEY don't KNOW anything about "! The popular media are Just blaggers who are blagging 99.9999% of the time but every now and then like everyone else get something right by the law of averages.
It's good news about Saka 16 mate that's for sure mate.

5.) 27 Feb 2020 07:54:08
I hope that’s correct and Saka signs a long term deal. What a talent. I would like to see a few of our youngsters sign long term deals: Saka, Martinelli and Guendouzi for sure. I am intrigued to see how others develop: Saliba, Nketiah, Nelson, Smith-Rowe and John Jules.
In addition we have some superb talented players in their early twenties: Tierney, Holding and Pepe.

6.) 27 Feb 2020 09:00:03
I think it’s quite obvious and logical auba wanted to leave, but I also think a strong finish to the season and showing some conviction in getting players like Saka to renew will show direction and would give him something to think about at the least, we are improving under arteta and hopefully he will be a part of that.

7.) 27 Feb 2020 11:07:14
I agree Marshall, giving players a reason to think next season will be better if they stick around is the key to keeping most players happy.
Auba is 29? He doesn't have forever left in the game so it's all about what he wants to achieve before he's past his best.
If he really wants a real chance of champions league or premier league medals then we can't realistically offer him either over the next 2 seasons or longer so it's in his interests to leave, if he wants superstar wages like some clubs pay those and shouldn't make the mistake of trying to again either so it's best he goes elsewhere if that was the case.
If he's happy to stick around on really excellent wages because he likes life at Arsenal and is prepared to help us be the best we can be then I'd be very very happy for him to stick around, but having said that do we actually need to start selling players while they havr real financial value rather than leave for free at some point?
It's a trickyone and maybe there is a case for cashing in on older players whole we can too.

8.) 07 Mar 2020 12:38:54
Ed any truth in Partey link?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal has not made any approach for Thomas Partey whohas been offered a new contract - but is awaiting clarification over another matter before signing.}



08 Aug 2019 21:06:44
Hearing some contract news maybe on the horizon! Lacca and auba. Must say great transfer window from arsenal and especially raul. Thanks to all the eds as well during the window.


{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}

1.) 08 Aug 2019 22:02:00
Don't forget Wesley 16 mate:-) .
As always cheers Edwards one and all

And Wesley.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 00:00:33
Thanks again Ed’s, I know you all secretly love me!

3.) 09 Aug 2019 07:37:13
Very good transfer window in all accounts thanks for all the the hard work Ed’s and good look to the lads who went out on loan Eddie Nketiah will come back a better player.

4.) 09 Aug 2019 16:09:58
DG if I were you I would disappear for a while at least until late December lol. Just kidding dude.



25 Jul 2019 22:51:27
Hearing from various people that the Tierny deal has progressed well today and the clubs are only a few million away from agreeing a deal. In my opinion I can see this going ahead.


1.) 25 Jul 2019 23:40:46
With these last 2 signings, it should be easier to attract players.

2.) 25 Jul 2019 23:51:20
Ed also are Arsenal interested in Pepe? In a sense they’re looking to buy.

{Ed002's Note - You can easily search to find the answer. Pepe will not be moving to Arsenal.}

3.) 26 Jul 2019 14:08:35
He’s gone to Napoli.

4.) 27 Jul 2019 12:35:55
Term agreed with arsenal sky are saying and will be done soon. 72 mill fee agreed and apparently he turned down Tottenham as well. I don’t get it as no one said he was of interest to arsenal? Proper under the radar of everyone in here.




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03 Jul 2020 13:20:28
So one think I would like to ask everyone's opinion on. What is it about willock. Not one to slate our players or anything like this so it's not a hate post. Just for the life of me I cannot see what is special about him.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 14:49:18
He looked good in the opening couple of games when Emery started him but has looked lost since in my opinion mate.
Positive is if he looked good to start with there is something there
Negative it's not enough to be occasionally good, consistency is key to a good career.

2.) 03 Jul 2020 16:40:34
There isn’t nothing special about him that’s why lol.

3.) 03 Jul 2020 21:03:05
I really like him, I think he's great at tracking back and he has a physical presence about him.

I also think people overlook him due to Saka, Nelson and Eddie being more exciting talents, but I think that there's potential for a decent player.

It was only about a year or so ago when I wasn't too fussed about him, I think he's come on leaps and bounds recently and there is more to come in my opinion!

4.) 03 Jul 2020 23:37:03
He's only 20, so perhaps let's stay away from broad generalisations saying he's no good, eh?

In my view, he's excellent in his attacking positioning and his intelligence in the final third. Where he struggles is in the quick passing phases and his defensive positioning where he tends to either get bypassed or caught out. He reminds me very much of a young Aaron Ramsey, and I don't think we saw the best of Aaron until his mid-20s. He needs the right partners next to him who can help him learn where and when to sit deeper. At the moment he is a handy bench player and currently our top scorer from midfield.

5.) 04 Jul 2020 13:23:45
It's hard to assess the players without seeing them on a consistent run of games. I like that MA is not afraid to use the kids.

6.) 04 Jul 2020 13:51:05
He’s a ball carrier, he gets us up the pitch in a direct way by taking on opponents and driving forward. The reasons you are not seeing the best of him yet are a combination of things, mainly being; his age and lack of experience up against seasoned and stronger fully developed midfielders and where he is being required to play in that his role is to transition us from defense to attack. This is a tough job in any team but particularly in our side right now and in my mind he’s doing a damn Better job at it than Ozil has in the last 3 years so let’s give him the time to learn his place and develop physically and as a footballer before we start dismissing a clearly talented boy.



02 Jul 2020 09:59:45
Anyone else been surprised how calm and dependable martinez has looked in goal.


1.) 02 Jul 2020 11:33:12
I’d start him over Leno.

He’s calm, good shot stopper, great decision making and more vocal. If we sort the defence out ( plus CDM) then I feel we benefit more from a Martinez type keeper than a Leno type keeper.

2.) 02 Jul 2020 12:07:47
Let's see how he bounces back from a bad game, Leno can be a flapper on crosses sometimes but it never seems to dent his confidence.
Personally I think every player who comes in and does well should retain his place regardless of name or how much they cost.
Competition for places is crucial to success and I'm 'm not a fan of rotation rotation rotation either, play your best 11 in every game and let the players fight it out to be in and stay in that 11.
Mikels philosophy of who trains the best plays worries me too, I understand the thinking behind it but I'm not sure it's a blue print for success.

3.) 02 Jul 2020 12:13:43
Absolutely D16. I was thinking the same - he has held on to everything! I really hope he's given the role and told its his position to lose when Leno is back. Got to be good for the team.



22 Jun 2020 16:26:19
2 things I've heard lately take them as you like :)

Firstly Luiz has been offered a one year deal. Reduced wage and will be 5th choice cb. Unlikely to be signed i

Secondly we are looking at signing joe Hart on a free. Not a big fan but then makes sense with lenos injury plus and no transfer fee.


1.) 22 Jun 2020 17:03:13
I like Hart, he doesn’t mess around with the ball, he just clears it.

2.) 22 Jun 2020 17:37:40
Keepers seem to go from hero to complete zero far quicker than outfield players and I've never really understood why myself.
Scott Carson was tipped first greatness but one mistake for England as his career went into fee fall
Rob Green went from 1st choice for England to no one wanting him as thier number one.
Fabian Bartez was another
Can Joe Hart really have lost all his ability so quickly or is it just his confidence he's lost.
Special two made a really good point on Luis on the rumours page in his reply to a post.

{Ed001's Note - Hart was just never that good. He never lost all his ability so quickly, he just gained an attitude and stopped working so hard to make up for not being as great as people thought. He started to believe he was great and his training suffered and then he started to make mistakes on the pitch as a result.}

3.) 22 Jun 2020 18:28:02
If he has no confidence, he can't play in behind our defensive set up.

4.) 22 Jun 2020 18:28:54
I thought he was Head and Shoulders above the rest Ed😂.

5.) 22 Jun 2020 18:58:36
Would he settle for reserve though?

6.) 22 Jun 2020 19:24:15
Fair enough Ed001 mate I didn't know about his personal failings but still Scott Carson and other keepers quickly slipped down the ranks after a high profile mistake which is something that doesn't seem to happen to outfield players.

{Ed001's Note - Scott Carson got a series of injuries. Rob Green made numerous errors before slipping. What you are saying is simply not true. Luiz and Lovren show that defenders get exactly the same treatment if they make errors, it just depends on whether the media like them or not.}

7.) 22 Jun 2020 19:47:47
But Lovren and Luis didn't slowly disappear off the face of the football earth as keepers tend to.

8.) 22 Jun 2020 20:28:52
Luiz has been garbage for years - wouldn’t have signed him 5 years ago. Sorry Malaga.

Rob Green - couldn’t work out how he pulled the England shirt on to be honest.

I daren’f say it - hope we go nowhere near Hart. We have a decent back up. If we were to upgrade, it should be Leno but we don’t have the balls or the money or attractiveness to upgrade and as long as we have a porous useless defence then we need a shot stopper which in Leno. Vicious circle really as we need to upgrade defence, keeper and CDM. if only we could spend 72m on a few positions we really need.



01 Sep 2019 21:47:54
Had a flick through on here and pretty much everything has been mentioned. Two things I'd like to add is firstly the positive. Wasn't guendozi brilliant today. To think he's only 20.

And a negative. Why on earth did emery bring miki on. Sanchez was struggling at rb. It was their weak point. Why bring him on and not nelson someone who'd run at him and a natural winger.


1.) 01 Sep 2019 22:01:29
Yes mate Guendouzi was absolutely brilliant and Pepe will score lots of goals as Lacasette and Pea already do.
We've conceded 31 shots in our opening two home games so we are going to need all 3 of them firing on all cylinders to realise Emerys 5 3 dream score on a regular basis :-)

2.) 01 Sep 2019 22:21:18
Im afraid we have an disease at this club that was started by bringing xhaka and mustaffi to the team and caused an epidemic. To stop an epidemic desease, you have eradicate all the sources. Until that happens we will need pepe auba and lacca to be on top form, every game.

3.) 01 Sep 2019 22:28:49
Just out of interest Steve do you still think Emery is the man to cure our long standing ailments?
To me he has so much more in common with Arsene than any other manager I seen.

4.) 01 Sep 2019 23:42:43
Gunner, Emery is our boss, he is the one to replace wenger, for some, that job is not possible. For me he improved us last year, minutely admittedly. Wenger was a legend in the first ten years but slowly sent this great club into decline, i expect the ascent will also be slow as well. Support the guy, the Emirates is alive again after being in a state of doom and gloom. We have to be realistic, we aren't going to challenge Liverpool or citeh, at least this season but top four has to be our first aim or Europa success, this season. He had a massive job on his hands after the state we were left in. I think he can at least get us back in the top four, i think he likes attacking football at the expense of defence but ultimately if we are getting better at getting results we can't ask for more, if we aren't, he will be out, i have no doubt. If we improve again this season our position in the league like last, for me, that is job done and onto next, if not, next manager please. I am happy so far and yes i see no reason why he should not be given time to try and improve us. Young players like Gouendouzi and willock are doing ok and he is helping them, when we seemed to be going a bit stale on getting young up coming talent to progress. I think when we get Bellerin, Holding and Tierney back, he maybe will get players like holding and Tierney improving also. If that is the case, happy days, if not, not happy days. All i can say is all this season will be ups and downs but the ups have to outweigh the downs for us to be happy at the end of it. I don't think for the record, he is anything like Wenger. He is proactive not reactive and he's not frightened to actually change things, like formations and personell. My big problem with him is what does he see in xhaka!

5.) 01 Sep 2019 23:58:42
Just for the record gunner, its all about opinion but there was one person on here who didn't want klopp to be our manager because he didn't know how to build a team that can defend. In fact he slagged him off vehemently. He said he was a clown and was an awful manager. Didn't you Sy LOL. So there's hope for Emery yet LOL.

6.) 02 Sep 2019 07:10:37
Sensible and intelligent comments Steve. There is much I like about Emery and he had/ has an almost total rebuild to do. The best starting 11 would now comprise of mainly his signings:
Sokratis Luiz Tierney
Torreira Guendouzi Ceballos

Add in Bellerin at RB from the previous manager’s players, add Lacazette and Aubameyang to complete the team. I would argue that Bellerin could also be replaced with a RB that can defend.
I like the fact Emery has promoted Freddie to 1st team duty and demoted Bould to the youth set up.
He has also weeded out players that were not good enough and promoted youth to the first team. We have only lost this season to the CL winners and drawn with the CL runners up. He must however sort out the defensive side, perhaps when the 3 is njured defenders retire will see an improvement.

7.) 02 Sep 2019 08:46:27
Fair comment Steve I was just interested in how you felt about him now days.
Personally I think if he chilled out and worked on 1 or 2 systems consistently for a couple of months and played the same team as much as possible we would get some kind of pattern the players would understand know and become comfortable with.
He seems to think he has to out wit his opposing manager in every game and frightened of being predicable, apparently Cellabos only found out just before the game he wasn't starting so I presume the rest of the squad only found out the stating 11 at the same time, was Emery so frightened Poch might find out his plans? Or wasn't he sure of the side himself until the last minute?
I definitely think he overthinks everything and as a consequence over complicates things for others around him.
He should put up signs all over his house office car that say KEEP IT SIMPLE Unai.

8.) 02 Sep 2019 12:17:14
You maybe are right gunner but that's is his style, i think. that's maybe why he's a bit marmite. Last season he was like it and were just 2 wins from doing the double. i'm sure it will be a rollercoaster this year as well, if we get a coconut at the end, everyone will be happy (well nearly everyone) but if we dont, i think he will be moved on.

9.) 02 Sep 2019 17:15:39
I'm extremely happy with that arrangement Steve, top 4 he stays below top 4 he goes. Sounds cool to me.

10.) 02 Sep 2019 18:00:21
Gunner, top four or points improvement and Europa win is within our compass. Its a results and trophy business. We have no excuses not to be in the CL next season. Emery hasn't succeeded for us yet but he hasn't failed either. I would have more confidence in him than Ole and Lampard (although i believe Lampard will make a top manager eventually) poch has his problems but outside the top two toots and us should be top four this season. I do predict Leicester will be a massive threat this year to top 6, how much will remain to be seen.

11.) 02 Sep 2019 18:30:05
Great post Steve.

12.) 02 Sep 2019 21:57:07
Steve, good to see you found your nuts again. I was concerned about you. yes, I did give Klopp some stick and you also missed off that I stuck up for Xhaka. Think I pointed that out on here just the other day that I’m quite often wrong and pigheaded but come on here to set me straight. Acknowledging that is a strength. At the time Klopp probably deserved it, must have read my post and made adjustments - I should take credit for his achievements 😉.

13.) 02 Sep 2019 22:11:40
Sy, you weren't the only one taken in by the fraudster. Lol. And yes you did say the other day, you got it wrong about klopp. Look you didn't rate him and that was your opinion, no shame in that. You got xhaka wrong and that is unforgivable. LOL.



12 Jun 2019 19:19:54
Unless I'm going blind and am missing something but is jenkinson still at arsenal. He wasn't on the released list and I swear he signed his contract about 6 years ago.


1.) 12 Jun 2019 20:20:38
Ed047 said he has one year remaining hence he's going nowhere this summer, he's not a bad player Just not a top 7 or 8 player but no smaller club can afford his wages so he's it's catch 22.
I'd have thought if we don't want Jenks Mesut ( and apparently Emery really doesn't want Ozil ) but their wages mean they would be financially mad to leave us surely us subsidising their wages for the remainder of the years they are tired to us elsewhere would be decent compromise that would save us some money at least.

2.) 13 Jun 2019 13:12:20
All premier league players are niot bad players, but Jenkinson in my humble opinion is not a PL quality player and it was wrong to have placed him a long term deal at a reported £40,000 per week. Due to his high wages and lack of Premiership ability it has been impossible to move him on. We therefore have to once agiain try and sell him, loan him out or face keeping him until his deal ends next season. He is one of the reasons we have a problem complying with the PL wage rules. Unfortunately, for many years Wenger believed in what he called a socialist wage policy, overpaying lower grade players. I believe he may have changed this in his latter years at the club, when huge contracts were given to players such as Ozil, Mkhitaryan, etc.

3.) 13 Jun 2019 13:15:16
Blimey how long was that contract he signed last lol. I don't think he's anywhere near good enough to be in our squad. But it is what it is right.

4.) 14 Jun 2019 01:22:40
The Corporal is a good Arsenal lad, but the closest he should get to The Emirates is sat in the crowd with his dad. He's not even close to being PL level and he lacks confidence in his own ability. His first game back this season, I felt sprry for him - noone would even look to pass him the ball- Ramsey particularly - he was lost out there.




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26 Feb 2020 21:42:43
I didn't see him leaving to be honest but nevertheless delighted he looks set to sign. Auba I have no idea about and not heard anything. But really hope he stays.




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03 Jan 2020 18:56:02
Gunner62 I can only see Abu sticking around if aladdin is okay with it.




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03 Jan 2020 15:30:09
Ah Right I was thinking of playing time but that makes sense thanks.




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03 Jan 2020 13:08:47
Why would the youngsters turn round and want out? Holding is coming back from a big injury and Chambers is out for 6 to 9 months. What other young players would want to leave or am I missing something?


{Ed002's Note - Adding 30 plus year old players on huge wages is a kick in the gonads for youngsters at the club.}



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01 Sep 2019 21:43:03
To be fair if you read his goodbye message doesn't he say about wanting to go back home. Guy just went about it in a more dignified way than someone else did.





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03 Jul 2020 10:24:24
That's not good. Didn't he say we had no money last summer and we ended up buying pepe.




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23 Jun 2020 12:30:12
Good point that mate.




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13 Feb 2020 23:23:22
Pretty sure that's a minority of fans doing things like that. If you even call them fans Ed.


{Ed002's Note - Ok, I guess it is Ok to throw coins at Trevor Brooking then.}



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13 Feb 2020 18:45:41
Personally been happy with what I've seen with pepe. Just needs to work on his end product. Hopefully that comes soon.




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30 Jan 2020 19:59:44
Nothing wrong with that. Hopefully it pays off.