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02 Oct 2020 09:41:14
Hi Ed, any truth that Saliba might go out on loan again?


{Ed002's Note - William Saliba (CB) A representative of the player has said that promises made last year when he signed have not been met and because there are so many players for the same position he is looking for a club to take him on loan again. It is now too late to return to Ste Etienne who have signed Timothee Kolodziejczak. Rennes were seen as an option even though Nayef Aguerd has been added - but they are still in discussions over Rugani so a move is unlikely. Monaco have also been approached but will not have a need unless Benoit Badiashile were to depart - and there is now only a slim chance that could happen. Something will need to be sorted out regarding the CBs.}

1.) 02 Oct 2020 10:17:22
Thanks Ed, I hope he don’t leave as we’ve waited a year to see him and our other centre backs are average. Are the ‘promises’ about him starting matches?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant but I would expect he will go.}

2.) 02 Oct 2020 10:27:44
Im actually really surprised reading the reports this morning. I fully appreciate where Saliba and his representatives may be coming from, surely he was as shocked as us when he wasn't even in the squad last night. I have faith in Arteta and his judgement, and again appreciate Saliba is only 19 so needs time to be developed and protected, but his complete exclusion thus far is odd. If he does go out on loan I hope all parties are happy and he hasn't been mis-sold a plan.

{Ed002's Note - He was purchased before the likes of Arteta and Edu were involved with the club. Last season he had a season disrupted by the pandemic and a couple of injuries - a loan makes some sense but it was not what he or his representatives were expecting. Arsenal has gone in a different direction and perhaps his representatives could look for other longer term options if a loan goes well.}

3.) 02 Oct 2020 10:29:05
Hi Eds,

Any update on other CB departures? I asked a few days ago about Mustafi to Lazio, Chambers to Fulham I have seen pop up again. Presuming Sokratis to Napoli is now dead - would make sense to keep him if we were to loan him out since he has literally zero market value.

{Ed002's Note - Aside from Saliba I am not aware of any changes. Lazio have still not agreed a price with Arsenal.}

4.) 02 Oct 2020 10:34:48
I'd say he just needs to be patient surely he will get his chance soon.

5.) 02 Oct 2020 11:56:40
yeah strange he was not even in carabo cup squad last night at least, obvs Arteta does not believe he is ready yet for the EPL would it not make more sense to try and loan him to a English side then. Situation don't look good long term for him, maybe with Gabriel coming Saliba is no longer fancied long term I suspect.

6.) 02 Oct 2020 12:19:32
A loan is a stupid move. All it does is make the player feel unwanted regardless of what Arteta says to him. He should be training with the squad everyday, learning the 'process', learning from the manager and adapting to the surroundings of his club. Give him game time in the EL, League Cup, FA cup whatever so that he can put in to practice what he's learning. If he goes out on loan then aside from Holding, Gabriel and Luiz who start, we have utter garbage as back ups. Mustafi, Sokratis and Chambers are not good enough and there's no point beating around the bush with it. If they don't leave, which it's looking very likely that they wont, then clearly they're favoured over Saliba which must be devastating for him. I'm sure Saliba like most of us fans assumed he would pretty much get straight in to action but that doesn't seem to be the case.

At is stands, Arsenal need to move on 3 non-homegrown players to bring in 1 more in this window. As far as I'm aware loans count towards that so LT, Guendouzi and Saliba going out on loan would allow us to bring in Aoaur for example. Personally I think Arsenal are getting desperate and they are failing miserably to move players on.

7.) 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.

8.) 02 Oct 2020 15:27:42
Ed, so hang on a beat, just trying to make sense of the comments you’ve made and others. And not trying to get you to repeat yourself, but are you thinking from what you know Saliba isn’t in Arteta’s long term plans? I get we’ve got a few CBS rn however only a handful from reports I read Arteta wants to keep, Luiz, holding, Gabriel and I thought Saliba. Chambers, mustafi, Sokratis, he’s trying to move on. Arteta gave an interview, whether there’s any truth in what he was saying, but he said he’s not rushing Saliba because of injuries but he’s going to be a key player in the future.

{Ed002's Note - The situation is as I have explained.}

9.) 04 Oct 2020 00:11:21
So we fight for this super kid CB all last summer and celebrate when he turns down Tottenham for the Arsenal, we then loan him back to the selling club for a season but refuse to extend his loan so he can play in the French cup final, then he finally arrives at the Arsenal only to find he's not wanted by the new manager so is sent out on loan again! Wow what a gripping novel this would make, it makes the Clive Allen joining the Arsenal in June and being sold to Palace in August look ordinary.



29 Sep 2020 23:49:08
I've got it on good authority that Kolasnic to Leverkusen is a done deal! Finally!


1.) 30 Sep 2020 07:52:00
Shame he’s not taking his mate Ozil with him, how will Mezut be able to go out on his own now without his minder 😂.

2.) 30 Sep 2020 07:43:46
That is good but it leaves us a little short. Unless we’re going to loan someone in.
Ed002 do you know if anything has changed target-wise?
Are we looking at a back up LB option?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal looking for a LB.}

3.) 30 Sep 2020 11:31:39
Between AMN and Saka I think we have the position well covered. Joel Lopez in the U18s is supposed to be special too.

4.) 30 Sep 2020 13:46:48
The deal for Sead Kolasinac to Bayer Leverkusen will be completed on next 48 hours. €11m + add ons to Arsenal, confirmed.
#AFC want a permanent deal also for Lucas Torreira to Atlético Madrid. Meeting tomorrow too between intermediary and Atléti. ⚪️🔴 #AFC #Atleti

This was posted last night by Fabrizio Romano 🤞🏻.



10 Sep 2020 10:57:12
Hi Ed. With PSG signing florenzi, would you expect Bellerin to stay or are their conversations with Barcelona taking him?


{Ed002's Note - It simply removes one opportunity.}

1.) 10 Sep 2020 17:44:37
Thanks Ed. You said arsenal have their heart set on Partey and with money hard to find because we are struggling shifting players, is it fair to say it’s Partey OR Aouar or are both deals unrelated?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

2.) 10 Sep 2020 18:35:03
Can’t lie Ed you didn’t answer that properly. Would u please just be able to clarify what you meant by no.

{Ed002's Note - You are creating weird little dioramas in your head based on ifthenelse concepts that don't exist.}

3.) 10 Sep 2020 20:42:26
Loool answered perfectly Ed, thanks for the clarification.



22 Aug 2020 23:54:46
Welcome to arsenal Gabriel! With Tierney, Saliba, Gabriel and Maitland-Niles, the foundation is being set!


1.) 23 Aug 2020 00:51:05
Why is there such an obsession with maitland-niles as a right back. Assuming you many that too. He plays there when asked but he doesn't want to be a right back. And if bellerin isn't good enough we'd have to look for another not play a cm in a position he isn't keen on playing. Just my opinion as seeing so many post it.

2.) 23 Aug 2020 01:07:03
Has he signed tho I can't see it anywhere.

3.) 23 Aug 2020 02:42:20
Maitland-Niles will be away soon so bang goes that plan.

4.) 23 Aug 2020 03:41:50
Have to think Maitland-Niles days are Arsenal are numbered. Shame too.



22 Aug 2020 14:56:42
According to Ed002 Tierney is going to be of interest to Leicester, not good news.


1.) 22 Aug 2020 15:15:57
Well if they want him they'll have to pay big money for him.

2.) 22 Aug 2020 16:31:44
He’s not going anywhere.

{Ed047's Note - Leicester? 🤣🤣

3.) 22 Aug 2020 23:14:17
If we are truly worried about our best players getting poached by bloody Leicester then we really are in the s**t lol.

{Ed002's Note - They have a preferred option now.}

4.) 23 Aug 2020 03:13:02
Hey ED. I believe you’ve previously said there’s little chance. And we’d certainly have to sell before we could even consider him. But is there any serious interest in Aouer from Lyon. I’ve noticed the links to continho have cooled.

{Ed002's Note - Juventus and Manchester City (not first choice) are interested in Aouar - Arsenal would be but don't have the money unless they can start selling players quickly. They are taking a huge financial risk at the moment as you know. PSG are interested as an alternative to Lucas Paqueta (who they are now unlikely to sign), but I would discount them.}




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05 Oct 2020 18:04:08


1.) 05 Oct 2020 18:13:25
Not that anything has been announced, but when was the last time we had a proper CDM? Silva?

2.) 05 Oct 2020 18:34:01

Is Ed001 buying a round?



02 Oct 2020 17:02:10
Thanks Ed for the Saliba news. Would you mind doing what you done on the Man Utd page on the arsenal page. If u had to put your money on signings at arsenal who would it be?


{Ed002's Note - It depends on out going players.}



29 Sep 2020 09:18:21
Well played Liverpool to be fair. Don't think anyone will stop them this season again. Ed001 opinions on the game and arsenal performance please?


{Ed001's Note - Arsenal performance - tactically inept and riddled with stupid errors caused by terrible management. Arteta must be blind or a complete idiot to persist with playing out from the back against Liverpool. Both Holding and Tierney were getting more and more disheartened each time they got the ball as they had no options. The midfield offered absolutely nothing and the attack, apart from the runs Lacazette made, were not helping at all. It was just like watching Emery's team yet again, where it is reliant on luck as much as judgement.

What was he doing picking Elneny and Xhaka as a central pair and then sticking Maitland-Niles out on the left? That just meant you had no mobility in the middle and they were just being breezed past to the point where they ended up dropping deeper and deeper and getting in the way of the defence. And why was Ceballos not on from the start if you are going to try and sit deep and hope to counter? He may be completely powder puff but he is the only midfielder you have capable of playing the pass to the forwards.

I just don't get why Arteta didn't change things, this was the kind of stubborn stupidity that cost Emery his job. Arsenal are nothing like as bad as they looked last night, but every time I watch them they look a very average side. You have quality players not even getting into the squad, that needs looking at, especially when Arteta insists on playing players out of position constantly. All he is doing is demoralising good players when it goes wrong. You can only ride your luck for so long.

If Arteta doesn't learn quickly from this, then you are just going to be stuck in the same limbo you have been in for the last few years, since the tail end of Wenger's reign. Gradually you will just continue lowering expectations until you are celebrating survival in the Prem if you don't arrest this slide. And for heaven's sake play Gabriel, Saka and Saliba, rather than shoehorn players into their positions.}

1.) 29 Sep 2020 13:08:13
Ouch Ed001! Don’t hold back just say what you think 😂.

{Ed001's Note - that was me holding back!}

2.) 29 Sep 2020 12:33:55
Thanks Ed, love the breakdown you gave. I feel some sort of sympathy has to be with Arteta though because he tried using the same style we beat you with again. Two things I wanted to ask (no bias) as you won and was the better team. 1) do you think Mane was a red card? 2) Do you think arsenal need Aouar AND Partey or one or the other?

{Ed001's Note - you beat us in a game after we had won the league already and had nothing to play for and in a pre-season friendly. No manager worth their salt would have seen that Community Shield game and thought anything other than Arsenal got away with it though. So it was madness to try it again.

1. No, he did not throw out an elbow with force, he was pushing his arm out to hold him off and Tierney made the absolute most of very little actual contact. I would have been gutted if it had been given as we see those kind of incidents 10 times a game when players come together. But you are, as a player, taking a risk of it being given each time you put your arms out like that, so while I would have been gutted, I would also have understood why the ref gave it. If you watch it though, it is Tierney's reaction to it hitting his chest that made it rise. He leant back so it slid up, it clearly wasn't a deliberate elbow to the face.

2. Is there an option for both and another? If Arteta isn't going to trust half the squad, which he clearly doesn't, you need a lot more than 2 players.}

3.) 29 Sep 2020 14:38:30
Thanks Ed for your insight. Hope you don’t win the premier league lool.

{Ed001's Note - erm thanks, I think.}

4.) 29 Sep 2020 14:44:58
Well said Ed. Mikel is doing a great job but people need to raise their expectations or we will end up with a slightly better Emery. Questions need to be asked of Mikel - nothing wrong with that as there were some questions that really need answering. He’s managing a top side. Top 6.

City look vulnerable, Chelsea too, Utd aren’t great - it’s all to play for and if the board get their 💩 together and sign a couple of midfielders so we can actually defend and create then Mikel is all out of excuses.

I really like Mikel but I refuse to lower the bar especially after the last 10 years. We must demand / ask / expect more than the junk on display last night.

{Ed001's Note - I think this is a job too soon for him.}

5.) 29 Sep 2020 18:24:28
I’m not on board with that Ed - he’s showed enough for us to have hope. He doesn’t have the players to be really held accountable - hence I want the midfield ripped apart to give Mikel no excuse. I think he could deliver but agree that it’s not certain. Only thing certain is 1. He won’t achieve anything unless he picks the best team not his favourite players. 2. He won’t compete with Elneny, Granit, Torriera etc in midfield.

{Ed001's Note - I am sorry but there is enough there for him to do a lot better but he has no idea how to use the players he has. Torreira showed he was more than good enough if used correctly, but Arteta won't even pick him. He would rather bomb out players altogether than man-manage. I don't see any signs of a decent manager in there, but then I never saw what was so good about him as a number 2 at City either, as he offered nothing new to their set up.}

6.) 29 Sep 2020 22:12:18
Who would you have at arsenal then ed.

{Ed001's Note - you should have gone all out for Nagelsmann.}



28 Sep 2020 22:18:35
Pepe for Aouar anyone?


1.) 28 Sep 2020 22:57:37
No! I'd still rather pursue our interest in Aoura than think Pepe will come good eventually.

{Ed025's Note - pepe will come good G62...when nelson gets his eye back..absolute tragedy of a footballer mate..

2.) 29 Sep 2020 05:24:26
Pepe waste of money we need to move him on can't put a decent corner in.

3.) 28 Sep 2020 23:22:07
Pepe needs to be moved on thars for sure.



26 Sep 2020 16:45:29
Only Man Utd will get a penalty after full time.





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05 Oct 2020 19:14:10
Thanks Ed, who’s your most annoying poster mate.




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Thanks Ed, who’s your most annoying poster mate.




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03 Oct 2020 13:05:29
Thanks ed.




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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.}



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02 Oct 2020 10:17:22
Thanks Ed, I hope he don’t leave as we’ve waited a year to see him and our other centre backs are average. Are the ‘promises’ about him starting matches?


{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant but I would expect he will go.}




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26 Oct 2020 17:52:23
Ed would you explain please, no abuse from anyone will come. We all just really want to know because we love the club.


{Ed002's Note - Of course it will - we saw this in the summer.}



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23 Oct 2020 14:02:44
Hi Ed, why do you always say abuse? I never seem to find any of the posters here being rude unless I’m missing something. Is it not possible to block the rude ones?


{Ed002's Note - There has been plenty of abuse that has been deleted. It is best to explain no more than the minimum on this page.}



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22 Oct 2020 20:35:15
Every time we lack creativity are we going to now say Ozil?




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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 don’t get all this sympathy. Plus, when he’s probably not playing well half of you would probably say he’s not good enough.




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21 Oct 2020 20:26:02
Remember when Ozil walked off the pitch in the Europa league final? Or when he didn’t clap the fans after we got humiliated by Chelsea and Mertesacker went ballistic. Don’t forget things like this.