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18 Feb 2020 22:22:01
Has anyone heard of this rumour that Guendozi had a row with the coaching staff and Arteta on the Dubai break? I notice he wasn't in the squad for Sunday's game, so that might back the rumour. To be honest, based on his recent performances, combined with Ceballos performance on Sunday, he is sadly not missed. He is another Arsenal youngster who is in danger of having his career go backwards. His performances certainly have.


1.) 19 Feb 2020 10:36:51
That appears to be the case Epping but I think you're being hard on him. He's only 20 and the occasional bust-up is nothing special. I think there was a culture of entitlement that Emery fostered among many of the players so I'm glad to see Arteta challenging that ethos.

2.) 19 Feb 2020 13:19:50
I think most youngsters do have a rough patch, it's normal, maybe a spell on the sidelines will help him, he can be quite rash and his positioning is questionable.

Dropping could mean he has a boot up his arse, tries more in training and his performance goes up when he does win his spot back, worst case? He gets pi*sed off and leaves, we would move on quite fast.



20 Aug 2018 13:30:53
Much debate on what Emery needs to do, who he should play etc, but perhaps are we missing the single biggest potential difference he needs to concentrate on, and that's getting Ozil back to his best? With our current attack, getting Ozil back to playing something like what he achieved during his first season, and we will be scoring for fun, whilst alleviating some of the other worries such as our CB pairing or even Xhaka playing?


1.) 20 Aug 2018 20:10:14
Ozil needs to buy in to the way ww play, i'm not going to hold my breath but IF he does, happy days all round.

{Ed002's Note - Willie Wonker?}

2.) 20 Aug 2018 21:00:57
The way "we" play. Thank you Ed, damn my sausage fingers.

{Ed002's Note - I prefer Willie Wonker Steve. And I still have a slight fear it will turn out that way.}

3.) 21 Aug 2018 17:26:40
The problem is that we have very few players that would be capable of getting into the squads of the top four teams:
None of our keepers
None of our defenders: I would have said Bellerin, but he has been poor for a long while.
Midfield: Torreira, Guendouzi, perhaps Ramsey although I'm not convinced
Attack: Aubameyang and perhaps Lacazette.
Not a single player of ours would get anywhere near a Premier League best eleven. This shows the magnitude of the job Emery has.

4.) 21 Aug 2018 18:59:19
RG, i think the truth is wenger left a squad of players where probably only 4 or 5 are actually top four potential everyday performers, the rest are either not good enough or just too inconsistent.

5.) 21 Aug 2018 21:59:42
I think it's a case of working out what can be salvaged from what Dick inherited and then adding to that over the next two windows to form an 11 to 15 man reliable squad for next season bolstered by the best of the rest Steve mate.
It won't happen over night:-)

6.) 22 Aug 2018 09:22:21
It shouldn't be a case of our individuals getting into a pl eleven. We need to work as a team first as that is the most important thing. That may mean some bigger names not playing week in week out. Look at Leicester, Wales and Iceland in the euros. Its a team attitude that wins titles.

7.) 22 Aug 2018 13:45:57
Ahh Willy Wonker Ed002. A great right of childhood passage was to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a brilliant book (and decent film, but only the original staring Gene Wilder not the utter trash made by Tim Burton) . With all the smut and adult like content constantly forced on children these days, what could be better than a harmless family story about a strange hermit like man who either chooses to lock himself in a factory with only a workforce of child like people for company, or who when he does finally emerge into the world only looks to befriend children. Now that's more like it, good harmless family fun.!

8.) 22 Aug 2018 20:30:18
EG, i would be very wary of anyone with a name like Willie Wonker, especially around children.

9.) 25 Aug 2018 00:58:50
Late to the post on this. But I have a strong feeling Dick has a half idea who he wants to keep and who to let go. I think the ones the jury’s out on he wanted to give enough rope to hang themselves with so he can eventually bin them with no resistance.
Cech who has my sympathy, is having to re-adjust and it could prove difficult due to his age.
And the likes of Xhaka et all, were played last season even though they were dump but still have that flicker of hope that, it was the coaching, that there was room for improvement.
Hopefully Dick will be given the freedom and he has the fortitude to bin the ones he believes offer no long term benefit.
Then I think we will see the likes of Torreria and Leno.

10.) 29 Aug 2018 13:37:21
I think the thing to remember about Cech is he is still a very good keeper, and has already made some important saves for us. Also, his experience behind the dodgy defense should not be underestimated. Currently, i think this more than makes up for the lack of distribution skills and is probably why he is still being played over Leno.



10 Aug 2016 15:02:50
Ok, so i am no ITK, but i caught up with an old friend recently who knows someone who knows someone who supposedly works at Arsenal and regularly sits in on meetings with Ivan Gazidis. So the story is that Ivan and the board only have 1 actual target (forward, no mention of CB) and are expecting two things to happen that they believe will result in the target becoming available. The first is for Chelsea to re-sign Lukaku, who then will allow Costa to leave. He will go to Athletico Madrid who in turn will allow Griezman to leave, who is the true target. Personally I don't believe this is true, as even if he did become available we would only bid £12.50 and a kitkat versus Chelsea and Barcelona and Bayern all bidding £80 million, but that's what i heard anyway, and as the saying goes you pays your money and you takes your choice!


1.) 10 Aug 2016 16:07:32
Stop being ridiculous.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 16:58:41
A lot of people are making the Costa to Atleti, Griezmann to us link.

Only signed a new deal this year, release is probably into the Pogba regions and I can't see them selling him for anything less than it.

I can't even see them signing Costa either, they already have Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro.

Even if they were open to letting him go, I can't see us being the only club to move for him, as you say.

That being said, I personally expect this exact rumour to pop up in the media shortly, it's almost panic season!

3.) 10 Aug 2016 17:51:04
I know someone, who knew a man who lived next to a boy who watched Arsenal last season . Apparently we have money in the bank


4.) 10 Aug 2016 17:57:12
Ed i know its not going to happen but any interest from us for lewandowski?

{Ed001's Note - do you think Arsenal would be willing to break the transfer fee record? If not, why even ask?}

5.) 10 Aug 2016 18:09:17
I didn't know it will be that much, i thought it would be around 60 million.

{Ed001's Note - why would they let the best centre forward in the world go for less than Higuain when Bayern have no need or desire to sell?}

6.) 10 Aug 2016 18:28:03
Apex seriously come on now 😂.

7.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:40
I've come to the conclusion our friend Apex is actually Arsene in disguise.

As soon as one of the Ed's confirms a player would be interested in Arsenal, in he'll swoop with the pound!

8.) 10 Aug 2016 19:56:32
I wish I lived in Apex's world.

9.) 10 Aug 2016 20:11:23
Who knows Wenger maybe mad enough to do it.

10.) 10 Aug 2016 23:48:21
Some info regarding griezmann on the european page if anyones interested.

11.) 11 Aug 2016 09:48:29
looks like the offer for mahrez if lequipe are to be taken seriously is 41 mill and 9 mill in bonus, they quote in euros, so not sure if true as most transfers within this country would be in pounds.

guess that would be a lot of money to make for leicester and a massive profit, but i guess with every team flush with cash no need to sell.

12.) 11 Aug 2016 11:44:47
Hello ed, sky sports germany are reporting that a deal between arsenal and valencia is close regarding mustafi, any truth in this at all?

13.) 11 Aug 2016 11:54:28
Just to add to my post, the agent also said that a deal is imminent which is why I'm asking.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. Though he is available, I am not aware of any change in the situation. Clearly the agent is trying to remind people he is for sale....}




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07 Mar 2021 11:23:29
The questions for me are; 1) Considering we insist on playing out from the back, why are we so rubbish at it the minute the other team press? What do we practice in training all week? 2) Considering we see time and again how difficult it is to play out from the back when the other team presses, why don't we press? Tottenham had destroyed Burnley within 20 minutes. Why, because they pressed and dominated. If so called good teams struggle to beat the press, then surely not so good teams, and let's be honest Even by their own standards, that was a poor Burnley team, struggle even more. 3) why do we incentivise teams to press by playing so slow? If I was Sean Dych I would be gutted that they gave Arsenal so much space early on. I think if they had have pressed from the start, they would have won. If you encourage teams to press, surely you play a style where if you beat the press, then you aim to break quickly and get in on goal, so you give the other team a risk, to press or not. We beat the press and frequently do nothing, in fact more often than not the ball will go sideways for a while before ending up all the way back to Leno, giving the opposition an easy decision to press as you have plenty of time to get back and defend deep as well.


1.) 07 Mar 2021 13:20:58
Our goal came from playing out from the back, in my eyes it’s not about playing our form the back. It’s about sensing danger and when it’s time to go long.
Your point about spurs is a good one but as ever, teams learn from mistakes. except us it seems. Plus the spurs pitch is suitable for knocking the ball around Burnley play on a rugby pitch, maybe the have stokes old grounds man.

2.) 07 Mar 2021 21:20:03
We should of been 3 up inside 20/ 30 minutes though.



03 Mar 2021 19:46:30
Ok your fairy godmother has returned and granted Arsenal 3 premiership signings of your choice. Only 1 player from any team, and we have to give up an existing first 11 player in return. So who would you choose and why? For me it would be 1) Declan Rice in, and Elneny out (Xhaka would be my first choice for departure but Elneny worth less so economics win) . 2) Jack Grealish in, Willian out. Would love to see our 3 being an all English trio or Sake, ESR and Grealish, especially seeing as Grealish spends most time down the left for Villa, so would fit in perfectly. Third choice more difficult. Head says a CB, so Van Dijk from Liverpool for any of our current CB, s but probably Luis. On the other hand heart says Harry Kane from Spurs for Lacca. Not necessarily someone we would need but could you imagine how upset the Spuds fans would be, that would surely make it worthwhile😂.


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1.) 04 Mar 2021 00:08:36
1. Foden for Willian
2. Pogba for Elneny
3. VVD for Luiz

I tend to prefer Arsenal signed younger players hence no KdB but you make a good point about Kane. I think Son is the better player, though.

With no restrictions I'd probably have picked Dias, Foden and KdB though. City really are just that good right now.

{Ed014's Note - wouldn’t touch Pogba with a barge pole

2.) 04 Mar 2021 02:11:02
I like Pogba. With a good manager I think he'd be a top 3 mid in the league.

3.) 03 Mar 2021 22:56:18
He’s talking about raver I think Ed 🤣.

4.) 04 Mar 2021 10:52:13
Raver only goes out with fairy godmothers or Lily Savage look a likes.



25 Feb 2021 22:14:33
Can someone explain why we are happy to take risks in and around our own box, playing out from the back even when the other team is pressing, or sideways passes right across the pitch, or a CB trying a cheeky back hill etc, and yet when we get into the oppos final 3rd we become completely risk averse? Time and again players were running in behind the Benfica defensive line tonight and every time the ball went backwards instead. We have it completely wrong. The one place you can afford to take risks and not worry about losing the ball and yet we do the opposite.


1.) 26 Feb 2021 03:30:04
I’m with you, I’ve watched us do this for weeks, it’s crazy.

2.) 26 Feb 2021 10:19:48
We took a risk taking a corner look how that turned out lol.



23 Feb 2021 20:44:56
It's always interesting to see people's opinions on what's wrong with us currently, which is generally split between the manager, the team or the owner. In truth it's probably a combination of them all, but for me, with the team sitting in 10th, that's 100% down to the manager. Do we have a team capable of winning major trophies, probably not, as Man City showed the gulf in class we need to address. However do we only have a team/ squad good enough for 10th, absolutely not. This team are good enough to be firmly part of the fight for a European place, and I can only see the reason why we are not is down to Arteta. Those that say we need investment from our owner, I can just hear the sarcastic moans from the fans of those teams currently around us as we play Pepe, Lacca and PEA, 3 players who almost certainly cost more than the other teams entire first xi. In fact pick a combined Xi when we play these other teams and the majority will be our players. So again, for me we have the players, subject to a couple of positions that we could improve, and therefore sitting in 10th, we are massively underachieving. On the positive side we have these youngsters coming through, and more importantly in the past month we have probably played our best football under Arteta, albeit without the results. Perhaps we are doing the opposite of papering over the cracks currently? So based on that, I guess we need to give Arteta our backing to see if he can continue to improve our performance, at least until the seasons end. However if we end finishing 10th, or worse, then I think he has to go.




07 Feb 2021 20:39:56
I don't know if I am undecided about MA or if am just getting tired of AFC and reaching the point that I don't really care. I suppose if he can get the best out of the youngsters maybe that's good enough for this season?

On the positive side he has certainly strengthened our team with good signings, but I can't say I can spot any real difference in the way we play now versus either Wengers last seasons or Emery.

A sign of a poor team is conceding goals at bad times, within a few minutes of the start and finish of each half for example, and that's certainly us. We had a goal kick with appx 10 seconds to half time against Wolves, and yet we managed to both concede a goal and get someone sent off, talk about charity Arsenal.

Someone said a few years ago that we are the perfect big team to visit struggling team. We turn up as a big ticket team, play some lovely football, and generously let the home team win.

This last week that has definitely proved true, so again what actually has changed under MA versus Wenger and Emery?


1.) 07 Feb 2021 21:48:56
It's a tough season to get into mate, no fans definitely robs games of passion and with Arsenal being so inconsistent and more often than not dull to watch it's not easy to maintain passionate interest we once had.

A really good run that included some football that got our pluses racing again would possibly see our interest reignited.

ESR Saka Martinelli And Tierney make me want to watch but I'm so bored of watching Xhaka Lacca and stop start form and sometimes maybe turn up, yes I know Lacca is in good form how many times have we seen him and Xhaka go through long spells of non participation, the old guard have just under achieved to many times for to many years for me.

2.) 07 Feb 2021 23:59:29
I think you’re forgetting the amount of players that we have and still have to move on.
We need to let arteta the time to install his own players
I still believe we have improved but not enough to be able to challenge for where we should be
I’ll give Mikel next season and reserve my judgment till then.




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01 Feb 2021 13:12:07
I think that would be a really good move for him. Hope it goes ahead and he gets game time.




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28 Jan 2021 18:54:20
Deffo agree on the Max Aaron’s for Bellerin CB. That’s a good shout.




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24 Jan 2021 14:17:34
If he wants to stay then I suggest Balogan needs a new agent! On what earth should he be picked ahead of Nketiah? He scores a goal and plays well just makes it easier for his agent to get the price up elsewhere. Unless he signs a new contract with us he should never get near the first xi again.




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30 Dec 2020 21:34:10
Don’t think you will see too many fans upset at that leaver list, in fact it’s great news that we can at last clear out so much dead wood at the end of the season. Perhaps Lacca and maybe Balogun the only names on the list that I would like to stay, but if we can get some cash for Lacca then maybe he should go. However not sure Eddie has shown he is capable of stepping up and filling his boots.




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09 Sep 2020 20:59:02
So we let a player Possibly good enough to play for PSG and Barcelona go, and replace him with a player Southampton didn’t think was good enough and who let leave on a freebie? And this is supposed to help us get in the top 4 exactly?





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07 Mar 2021 16:02:29
What evidence can be seen to suggest we will get any different next season? We have some good youngsters coming through and these are obviously reasons for optimism.

However I would argue that makes having the right manager even more important, not less. What a terrible waste it will be if we look back in 3 years time, after ESR and Saka have moved on to get success elsewhere, and realise we wasted them completely with a manager who insists players change to meet his rigid set up rather than a manager who changes his set up to make the most of this talent.

I see no signs that our manager wants to take the benefits of youth by upping our tempo and running and pressing other teams. I wonder how long before ESR realises he can earn the same salary anyway by running 3k, s less per game and passing sideways?

After all Xhakas done it for years and yet appears to be the first name on the team sheet.




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05 Mar 2021 23:01:19
While I partially agree with the caution of building the team around ESR I do think all these younger players improve the most by playing regularly in the first XI. They don’t improve sitting on the bench. So what I would caution is going out and signing “competition” in the form of another young player who is perhaps already an international player and therefore more established than ESR, and who would expect to play. That would be a massive kick in the peverbials. Ironically Ozil was the perfect, albeit expensive, competition for the role, as even if he played instead of ESR, he would know that would only be temporary and the role is his longer term. The other benefit of Saka, ESR, Martinelli is they play in the expensive positions, and so could save us an absolute fortune, meaning we could go out and spend decent money elsewhere, for example getting another top tier CM to partner Partey.




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25 Feb 2021 22:00:11
To be fair I thought he was poor tonight but nice to have someone who can play that poorly and still deliver a killer pass like that. If only the other bunch of halfwits we employ as playing staff could do the same!




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20 Feb 2021 14:21:35
Why, has Ireland got a vacumn cleaner shortage MG? 😀.




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19 Feb 2021 16:08:23
The only slight spanner in the works lefty is that as long as Odegaard is on loan with no option to buy, then he should be played out of position to allow ESR to play where he is best and prefers. Otherwise are we not just improving a Real Madrid player at the expense of our own?