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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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20 Sep 2020 12:11:07
Early in the season so no need to be overly concerned by yesterday's performance, as long as it was just an anomaly and not a classic papering over the cracks. However what was a concern is the number of passes we are having to make just to get the ball in the opposition half, not even the final third. Frequently yesterday I counted double figures of passes being made to get absolutely nowhere. This just encourages the other team to press, as making that many passes in our own half just gives the opposition incentives to try and intercept. Yes we need a decent strong CDM, but we also need to either get the ball up the pitch quicker, or we need forward players dropping deeper to help bring the ball out.


{Ed047's Note - I think when you are a work in progress that’s going to happen.

It’s just going to be great to see what happens in the last weeks of the window and then how the season goes.

It’s a big one next Monday!

1.) 20 Sep 2020 14:46:40
Exactly, we were playing for opponent to press, but WHU didn’t do that. I think it’s was their game plan. For these situations, we need creativity and that’s what our midfield is lacking. I don’t know who we are planning to buy, but a creative midfielder is an absolute necessity.



15 Sep 2020 11:00:24
I was of the opinion that we probably should sell Lacazette to raise the funds needed to enable us to go get the midfielders that we are targeting.

This was based on the fact that we probably could sell him for a decent fee, and that we have Eddie, Saka and Martinelli all waiting in the wings to play, and that Aubameyang probably should play through the middle.

However, I have completely changed my mind and now think he needs to be kept at all cost, and I think any benefit of signing a Partley type player in midfield would be more than offset losing Lacca.

The game against Fulham just reminded me what a good forward player he is, and while they were poor, we all know Lacca is more than capable of playing well against the top teams as well, and scoring important goals in big games.

In addition his strength of holding the ball and ability to then link up with others is very underrated IMO, which he does much better than Aubameyang in the CF role.

It's going to be a long season, and so Eddie and the others will still get plenty of games, but if we have any ambition to win cups, and finish in the top 4, you need your strongest team playing most games, and that includes Lacazette as our main forward, not Eddie IMO.


{Ed047's Note - totally agree mate.

1.) 15 Sep 2020 12:02:19
If we could raise funds elsewhere which enables us to sign the sort of CM we desperately need then I couldn't agree more. That would also allow Lacazette to stay further forward rather than dropping deeper to help with the build up play. I like Laca a lot and he's publicly stated that he's happy at the club. Also, his bond with Auba makes his importance to the squad all the more vital.


If serious interest were to be shown and an offer for say 50m came in, I honestly don't think we can reject it. We desperately need the funds from a financial perspective and I do believe that we aren't getting the very best out of Auba by playing him on the wing. He's been outstanding don't get me wrong but I prefer him through the middle. We do have adequate cover in wide positions so if the money is right, i'd stand by that decision too.



07 Sep 2020 21:48:20
Maybe it's because it's a Monday and so I am depressed, but I think there's a storm coming, in the form of a major world recession, which is going to hit many things, but especially any inflated bubbles, of which football at the top level, and especially the EPL, is one of the biggest. I wonder if alarm bells are already ringing at our club, with the balance sheet book valuations of our current assets (Playing squad) already proving to be substantially overstated based on the offers (or lack of) we are currently receiving for our available players. This, combined with a potential drop in future revenue, perhaps with owners of TV rights needing lower fees, and a possible drop in match day revenues As people need to shut the purse strings, could mean that footballs greatest time has now passed. Now if I were a certain Mr Kronke, sitting on AFC for its increase in assets and wealth, rather than to draw an income, I must just be back on the phone to a certain Mr Usmanov to see if his previous buyout offer still stands.


1.) 07 Sep 2020 22:41:42
Hi Epping everything you've said about world recession and football not being immune from it makes absolute sense to me but! Back in 2008 when the world's financial markets collapsed and the British taxpayer had to bail out the banks Arsene said football would not be immune from the financial fallout and I agreed with his opinion 100% but both Arsene and myself were wrong and somehow football bucked the trend and club spending and player wages actually increased considerably, don't ask me how but football somehow was immune.
Obviously things may not go the same way this time but football does seem to be a completely separate thing from real life in everyday reality.



04 Sep 2020 00:10:50
Am I alone in thinking it would be a total shame if we send Holding out on loan? I guess if it's strictly just a loan, with no option to buy, then I would just about be OK with that, but I think he was by far our best central defender, especially in the final few months, and is starting to mature nicely, and so to have to be shipped out, to make way for the new signings, seems very harsh. Especially when you consider we still have Mustafi or "Mr Lastminute. dotcom", who plays 3 poor years Before finally and magically showing signs of improvement just as his contract gets low, and David Luis, aka Coco the clown, who has single handedly cost us multiple games, and yet gets a new contract. I would imagine to sit down and be told your being shipped out whilst that total garbage is still at the club Would not be good for his confidence.


1.) 04 Sep 2020 00:23:48
I like Holding a lot and think if we aim to play a back 3 this season, he should be kept. But we probably won't, and he absolutely needs to play every week right now. I think a loan is a great move, as he can come back next season ready to replace Luiz and/ or Mustafi.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 08:46:30
If he goes out on loan he needs to go to a club that plays 3 at the back in my opinion because that's when he shines. It's all well and good getting people off the wage bill by loaning them but for thier development you need to pick and choose where they go, not do a repeat of sending Gnarby to West Bromw where he was like a fish out of water.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 09:07:28
Totally agree epping. Barring a couple of mistakesx holding has been solid. I love how he keeps his head down and works hard. For me he's exactly what we want. I don't think it was a one off, but the fa Cup partnership with Per showed what he could do.

Wire is right though. With gabriel, luiz, saliba who are going to be first choice, plus others we probably can't shift this season, holding might have to go on loan for his sake though i'd prefer him to stay and play ahead of saliba tbh. I REALLY want us to keep him loan or not though.

And let's not forget, we bought him for £5m at the same time Man City got their £50m superstar CB John Stones! :)



03 Aug 2020 22:45:31
So most chat on here currently is about what players should leave. So to change things around, what single player would you most like to see join ( being realistic) . I am going to remain consistent and boring and say Geoffrey Kondogbia. Watched him a lot at Valencia over the past few seasons and am convinced he is exactly the power in midfield we so desperately need. Not too bad at getting the ball forward too. Saw less of Partley so GK gets my vote, but he also looked another useful player, and so wouldn't be upset if he were to join.


1.) 04 Aug 2020 00:33:35
I have 2 if that's allowed one would be maddison I think he would be great in the ozil role the other I would not mind is party if not him then Philips from. Leeds I think he will make a great cdm.

2.) 04 Aug 2020 04:54:22
For me Epping, Emi Buendia. Great feet, very incisive passer, links play, affordable, young, comfortable with the premier league. From what I have seen of him, I think he is a Champions League quality player. I would like to see Arteta try to rehabilitate Torreira and try to build on our defensive performances against City and Chelsea, and wouldn't say no to a great defensively minded mid, but I think we just need that cohesion in the final third more, someone to give us an edge when we have the lion's share of possession, as against Spurs and Villa.

3.) 04 Aug 2020 11:49:18
I really want the CDM and CD sorting out so we can address our shape and attacking options. The spine / foundation has to be right To stand any chance.

The other piece is the complete lack of leadership - vocally by our captains, CDs, and goalie. So I really want a strong leader in there who will shout and reorganise us at corners, free kicks and when full backs over commit.

But you said I could only add!

As we have Saliba Coming in and more centrebacks than anyone else in the league plus I think Emi is more vocal then Leno. I will opt for CDM as I still don’t think we are strong enough.

My one signing would be - Doucouré. Big, strong, defensive minded beast with EPL experience.




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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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28 Aug 2020 21:19:17
That reminds me G62, I kept fearing everyone was out to get me, so I went and told my doctor and he said hold on a second, leant out the door and said he’s in here lads.




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26 Aug 2020 20:59:06
No thanks, we have many wingers already. Have to agree with DG, it’s Partley or a decent wedge of cash only.




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03 Aug 2020 19:29:00
Can anyone actually work out why we would need him? Maybe if we manage to lose Ozil perhaps, but not exactly the hard hitting central midfielder we so desperately need is he?


{Ed047's Note - no idea Epping, I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole



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27 Mar 2020 22:18:23
Note to Arsenal, right club, wrong player. If you going to call Valencia the conversation should be about Geoffrey Kondogbia.





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21 Sep 2020 22:50:08
I fear it’s mostly because our managers don’t want to play both a DM and Xhaka as a deep lying playmaker as it’s very negative. That’s why when LT has played he has had to be the box to box midfielder. I fear that Partley will also have to take up that role.




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21 Sep 2020 12:18:04
I think on this occasion I have to agree, the Premiership/ English player premium would probably be too high, but saying that, how much more than 50m would he cost, which is what we will have to pay for Partley, a player that ultimately has no experience in the premiership? As Pepe has proven, success in another league, followed by a big transfer fee proves nothing in the premiership, and I am sure now those that were against us signing Zaha for a similar fee would happily swap Pepe for Zaha everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.




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21 Sep 2020 12:05:49
The thing is, no one is forcing us to accept that deal kts, if we don’t like it we can walk away. I would even suggest actually keeping Torreira and playing him in the correct position, especially if we are not getting the offers WE want. We might realise what a good player he is when played as a DM, and save ourself a few quid to boot.




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20 Sep 2020 11:54:38
I think the issue is we have up to 6 different central midfielders but none offer anything different, so whether you play a, b or c you get the same. At least with AmN and Elneny you get a higher work rate, which in itself is useful.




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16 Sep 2020 22:06:23
He definitely makes my list of players who should be cut, ironically especially if we stick to the 3 CB, s as I definitely would prefer Saka as first choice back up. However, if memory serves we got him on a free, hence why his salary is high. Therefore I think it highly unlikely we will find anyone willing to pay both a transfer fee and maintain his current wages. I suspect a loan or keep until his contract expires will be the most likely outcomes, but either way I wouldn’t expect any transfer fee to be received.