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31 Dec 2020 14:58:05
Hi Ed. Thank you for the list of outgoings. Would you be able to give us a list of the potential incomings for January/ Summer please.


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will keep looking and don't expect too much in January - and remember the club have already gambled a lot of future income away, so funds will be very thin on the ground:

Omar Rekik (CB) youngster joining from Hertha Berlin - I would think a loan is likely.
Dominik Szoboszlai (LM/CM) Moving elsewher.
Fabio Vieira (RM/CM) an ex Arsenal player recommended FV who would likely be open to a move if Arsenal were to find the required €30M.
Joan Jordan (CM) Another midfield option - but not cheap.
Berkay Ozcan (CM) Only moved in the summer but Arsenal have asked if Basaksehir would be open to making a profit on the player. Apparently not - a missed opportunity in the summer.
Julian Brandt (AM) again a player being considered by Arsenal. He would be a reasonable price and would be an Oezil replacement.
Leon Bailey (LW/RW) A player who has had his mojo drifting away and Bayer Leverkusen are open to moving on this winter. Spurs are keen but want the price to drop further. Prior interest of Everton and Leeds has drifted away - Everton already being over loaded with players who are predominently LW and Leeds have preferred options. Arsenal may offer an option.
Donyell Malen (F) Arsenal want to resign the player to replace Lacazette. Borussia Dortmund have him on their list of Sancho replacements. Won't return to Arsenal.
Maxi Gomez (S) Financial issues at Valencia mean that they will listen to offers for players but want to hold on to Gaya whilst they have told interested sides that neither Carlos Soler or Maxi Gomez would be sold cheaply. I am not aware of any approach by Arsenal who would see him as a replacement for Lacazette perhaps. Whilst his price is high, his return in terms of goals is not great. Very unlikely.

1.) 31 Dec 2020 16:23:19
Thanks Ed!

2.) 31 Dec 2020 16:42:48
Thanks Ed. Any idea if the Rekik guy is good? Also Ed, any idea if Saliba is good?

{Ed002's Note - Saliba is seen as a very good player by those in the French game. Arsenal has a whole bunch of unhappy players - he as you can expect is one. Arsenal have wasted a chunk of his career. Omar Rekik has a good reputation as a player but there have been issues (the same issue) at Feyenoord, PSV, Manchester City and Marseille where he has spent time as a youngster. The lady from Marseille made it clear tehy were happy to let him move on. Not ready for the first team and probably more CB fodder for Arsenal.}

3.) 31 Dec 2020 19:32:28
Thanks Ed, Happy New Year.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. Enjoy you new year.}

4.) 01 Jan 2021 15:27:48
Great info -thanks Ed and happy new year. Sounds like a quiet Jan for Arsenal.



27 Dec 2020 17:51:28
Hi Ed, is there any truth that arsenal are interested in Julian Brandt?


{Ed002's Note - Julian Brandt (AM) again a player being considered by Arsenal. He would be a reasonable price and would be an Oezil replacement.}

1.) 28 Dec 2020 00:59:46
Thanks Ed, do you reckon he would be a good signing?

{Ed002's Note - Yes - he is versatile and young.}

2.) 28 Dec 2020 12:27:27
Thanks Ed, have a good new year :)



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.




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21 Jan 2021 14:27:48
Hi ed001. I read your piece on odegaard and wanted your opinion on whether you think he will suit arsenal and if you think it will be a good signing please.


{Ed001's Note - it all comes down to attitude mate. His attitude has held him back massively so far, and it is stopping him from becoming anything like the player he should be. If you can sort out his attitude then he would be great, but I don't think that is likely to happen.}

1.) 21 Jan 2021 15:47:14
Thanks Ed. Well I hope his attitude improves if he comes to us. Good luck today, Liverpool 2-0.

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed.}



15 Jan 2021 17:40:53
Hi ed001, the most random question ever, do you rate Giorgio Chielini? It seems that I have this weird obsession with him because I rate him one of the best ever CB's who's ever played the game.


{Ed001's Note - he did grow into a top class defender, though I am not so sure he is as good as the generation before him, such as Baresi. Having said that, the modern centre-back is under more pressure in wide areas due to the way full-backs attack more, rather than give protection. Chiellini is one of the best in the modern era anyway.}



08 Jan 2021 15:10:38
Hi ed002, is it a good thing that arsenal are now close to getting ozil out of the door? I know you previously have said that if he stays it will be a big effect on transfers.


{Ed002's Note - It works towards bring the wage bill down considerably for next season.}

1.) 08 Jan 2021 21:07:28
Thanks Ed- have a good weekend.



05 Jan 2021 12:22:45
Hi ed001. I know previously Liverpool were interested in signing Brandt. Do you rate him and what would you say about his strengths and weaknesses plz?


{Ed001's Note - I haven't watched him play since Liverpool missed out on him and got Salah instead and he has changed position since then, so I couldn't really give too much on strengths and weaknesses in that role. He was a very nice footballer though, looked to have massive potential. I will add him to the profile list for you.}

1.) 05 Jan 2021 15:35:53
Thank you Ed, hope you had a nice new year.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, I was just busy on the sites, normally my family and friends are all around for New Year, so this year I just threw myself into work. Hopefully this year things will get back to normal!

How about you?}

2.) 05 Jan 2021 20:12:25
Fingers crossed mate, starting to forget what normal is!

{Ed001's Note - well on here it tends to have a different meaning than most places!}



28 Dec 2020 00:59:19
Ed001, Lamptey isn't in your top 10 right back? How comes?


{Ed001's Note - because he is a midfielder for one. For two he is a woeful defender. For three he is insanely rash.}

1.) 28 Dec 2020 06:15:36
For four he vary rarely plays as RB more of a RWB. James Justin of Leicester is the o my one worth considering as an omission from the list and he too has played very few games as a RB.

{Ed001's Note - that was why Justin got left out, he keeps getting shunted over to the left as Leicester have signed so many right-backs. I do wonder what will happen when Ricardo Pereira is back to full fitness? They are going to have 4 first team right-backs. Strange that they bought so many when they have only got youth team left-backs!}

2.) 28 Dec 2020 12:27:50
Thanks Ed, have a good new year.

{Ed001's Note - welcome Dags you too mate. Hopefully 2021 will bring you a better year and Arteta will prove me completely wrong for your sake.}

3.) 28 Dec 2020 14:17:03
What the Fuchs is wrong with Leicester, right Tris?

{Ed001's Note - hahaha I was trying to think of his name earlier when someone said Leicester in their title year didn't let their full-backs attack! My mind went completely blank. How the Fuchs can you forget a name like Fuchs?}




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22 Jan 2021 11:12:50
How did the media not pick up on the Mat Ryan signing? Ed do you think it’s a good signing for arsenal?


{Ed002's Note - He had a very good reputation but Brighton decided some time ago it was not working out - so a loan makes sense in the short-term.}



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20 Jan 2021 22:02:42
Ed I haven’t seen him play but I thought he was originally a CAM? Similar to brandt in that they can both play wing as well? Correct me if I’m wrong though because I dunno.


{Ed002's Note - He is primarily a RW who can play as an AM.}



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20 Jan 2021 12:26:43
Thanks Ed mate.




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20 Jan 2021 11:52:25
Thanks Ed, but isn’t he a good player? I haven’t seen him my self but that’s what people say.


{Ed002's Note - He has lost his way rather and as a RW/AM then Arsenal would not be using him as a RW unless Pepe is sold. And it makes absolutely zero sense for Arsenal to look to him.}



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20 Jan 2021 10:24:30
Hi Ed, do you think arsenal will be interested in Odegaard? Maybe on a loan deal?


{Ed002's Note - It would make no sense at all given Arsenal have specific targets in mind. Are they stupid enough to throw that away? Perhaps.}




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22 Jan 2021 20:15:37
Haha ask welsh.




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21 Jan 2021 15:47:14
Thanks Ed. Well I hope his attitude improves if he comes to us. Good luck today, Liverpool 2-0.


{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed.}



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20 Jan 2021 13:31:10
I liked sokratis. He weren’t good enough but I respect him for always giving 100%. I actually thought he was our best defender a lot of the times.




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19 Jan 2021 14:56:53
Let’s see if Welsh is right on this one.




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17 Jan 2021 16:58:34
Thank you Ed. So many players seem to be leaving arsenal. Given that we are in a financial mess unless we get champions league football, how will we replace them? Is it going to be from the people in our academy?


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are overrun with CBs and have already added another this month.}