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29 Jul 2019 20:34:56
Hello Eds,
Have seen you mention about a loan option at CB. There's widespread media reports that Arsenal are looking at the possibility of loaning Rugani? Is this something that Juventus are likely to entertain?
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - The average age of the Juve defence is 43. I wouldn't if I were them.}

1.) 29 Jul 2019 20:56:02
Valid point. There was supposed interest in Zagadou from Dortmund. Was that very much incase the Saliba deal didn't go through or is he still someone we are interested in?

{Ed002's Note - I explained about Saliba and the discussion in DC. I am not aware of interest in Zagadou but he wants out as he is not a starter at BD. For someone named after a Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Titch song I am surprised he can make demands.}

2.) 29 Jul 2019 21:25:12
Tbh, I was hoping Arsenal would push to sign him purely so we could have another chant other than 'Arsenal'. Zaaaaga dou dou dou, push the pineapple shake a tree 🤷🏻‍♂️😂.

3.) 29 Jul 2019 23:18:41
In fairness Ed they have signed Romero, Demiral and De Ligt this season. All of who I believe are under 23 and they’ve loaned out Romero. Perhaps it could be part of club policy to loan out their Cb’s of the future whilst the old guard are still around. Much like Real have with Ceballos.

4.) 29 Jul 2019 21:53:58
Average age of 43? Ed025 get your boots on mate, your going out on loan in Italy:-)

{Ed025's Note - im warming up as we speak G62..



26 Jul 2019 09:11:57
Sky Sports reporting that Everton are in talks with with Palace for Zaha. A bid in the region of £60m including a player is expected to be made. Zaha's preference is to join Arsenal but would consider a move back to the North West.


1.) 26 Jul 2019 10:31:35
Zaha and Tierney will be gooners by the 8th of August Glen trust me on this one, have I ever been wrong before:-)

2.) 26 Jul 2019 11:53:58
I hope so Gunner mate! We will see :)

3.) 26 Jul 2019 11:56:01
I've put him in my Fantasy Football Team with the view of him changing from Palace to Arsenal anyway! haha.

4.) 26 Jul 2019 19:04:12
Zaha definitely needs a change of club whether it's Arsenal or Everton he needs a fresh challenge in my opinion and obviously I want him to find the challenge at Arsenal.

5.) 27 Jul 2019 01:21:46
I’m very torn by the whole situation. I believe that zaha would be great at arsenal but also signing him would be arsenal immediately returning to the short term thinking that has plagued the club recently, which has left us in the situation we are in now. Signing zaha for upwards of 60m when he would have little sell on value after us goes completely against the new philosophy that the club is attempting to change too. Unless he gets us into the champions league.

However I believe in order for us to make the jump to the champions league we need to focus entirely on the defence. Improving that area of our squad will gain us much more points over a season than a goal scoring winger will do. Better spend 60m on defence if we have that much in our ‘war chest’.



22 Jun 2019 19:10:42
Hello Eds,
Is Nkunku still a player that Arsenal are interested in or have they decided to move on from him?
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Sure - there remains interest - particularly as Arsenal are struggling to get the players they want.}

1.) 23 Jun 2019 00:36:27
Thanks Ed. When you say struggling to get the players they want, is that in regards to Praet and Szoboszlai? I don't think Nkunku would a step down personally and the asking price of around €18m isn't too bad.

{Ed002's Note - There are plenty of players.}



10 Jun 2019 13:23:38
Hello Eds,
Another name to enter the pile today from the papers. Dorukhan Toköz. Is he a player that Arsenal are looking to at?
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - The only interest I know of is from Newcastle.}

1.) 10 Jun 2019 16:20:11
Thanks Ed.



01 Jun 2019 21:26:09
Hello Eds,
Thanks for the list earlier. Kabak from Stuggart is another name being linked that wasnt mentioned in your list of targets. Appreciate its all paper talk but is that a player that arsenal are monitoring? Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - It went when he moved in January.}




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06 Aug 2019 13:13:41
According to Sky Sports, Bayern Munich want Joe Willock. Surely we cannot entertain that? Stick a big fee on him then maybe if the player decides that he really wants the move, then £45-50m perhaps haha.


1.) 06 Aug 2019 13:42:52
Very much depends on the length and terms of his contract.

2.) 06 Aug 2019 15:47:37
The reason we can't shift any of our players we'd like to shift is because we pay them more than anyone else will pay them, we have to be careful about the contracts we dish out to unproven players.
It's a difficult balancing act but we have to be better at it.
We might not be footballs highest payers but we're almost certainly footballs highest over payers which is why we can't move players on with or without a fee involved.
Very very few of our players if any could earn more elsewhere and I think we need to be more wise in future by paying the going rate for players who really want to be here rather than trying to buy loyalty through over payments.

3.) 06 Aug 2019 16:21:43
This was a part of Wengers philosophy and strategy. Everyone is valuable to the club and more equal pay would create less envy. But then they forgot that Elneny, Chambers and Jenkinson really wasn’t that good players.

From what I have read this strategy is out of the window now. But we cannot do anything with the contracts already in place. So we need to hold our breath and be patient change will come over the years.

Thank god we don’t have Woodward as director. From my perspective we want go through what Man United went through.



27 Jul 2019 09:06:37
Venkatesham's latest comments:

"I don't recognise this £40m figure, I have read it a lot. That doesn't come from us, that doesn't come from the club. Raul's job is hard enough, if you go into a negotiation and everyone knows how much money you've got, it doesn't really help. It is true that our funds are more limited after three years in the Europa League, but the budget isn't £40m. We have the budget to make a difference, but as Raul says, this is a particularly tough window and we're in the middle of it. I sense and understand the frustration, but there is a huge amount of misinformation out there in the market. I read and am sent articles about players we're supposed to have missed out on and they're players we've never even talked about. I get why sometimes it's hard for fans to understand what we're doing, but I'd say that's because about 85% of what you read just isn't true".

What is true though is that we're p*****g around with Celtic so if it's not that restricted, get Tierney done so we can focus our last couple weeks on Zaha, and/ or another player if it doesn't work out.


1.) 27 Jul 2019 09:32:44
People read and believe the same rubbish so often even though there is absolutely no evidence to support it other than the same old story tellers who have told them so many lies before.
I think it's always worth questioning where did this story come from and how accurate and honest have they been in the past?



16 Jul 2019 08:12:38
Morning All,
A very good game last night against Colorado Rapids. We set up in 4-3-3 with Saka and Martinelli on the wings and they were both very impressive. Both players got themselves a goal as well which was really good to see, although the goal of the game has to go to Olayinka with a superb effort from distance. You could argue that it was 4-2-3-1 with John-Jules pushing further forward of Burton and Olayinka in the middle but overall, a very good performance. Dominic Thompson had a solid game at LB and was substituted for Kolasinac in the 62nd minute. For some reason he looked exhausted by the 80th minute and was caught napping at least twice leaving space in behind. Medley and Chambers also played well as a CB pairing with Mustafi coming on for Chambers about three quarters of the way through. I would be inclined to keep Chambers with the uncertain future of Koscielny and potentially Saliba being loaned back to St Etienne if the deal goes through. He did the basics right and that's what we need tbh. Nketiah and John-Jules looked very promising and done everything right except getting it in the net. They both deserved goals for their efforts but I'm sure they'll get more game time over the coming fixtures. Aubameyang, Lacazette and Ozil came on with about 9 minutes left but the game was already dead by then and we knocked it around until the final whistle.
To summarise, I enjoyed the game and it was a breath of fresh air seeing Saka, Martinelli and the other youth players show the first team how it's done. Martinelli and Saka stood out from an attacking point of view and their confidence on the ball was wonderful to watch. Although Olayinka, Thompson, John-Jules and Willock also looked sharp. Next game, Bayern Munich. COYG.


1.) 16 Jul 2019 09:28:15
Appreciate that summary of the game, cheers for writing it up!

2.) 16 Jul 2019 10:07:24
No worries mate :)

3.) 16 Jul 2019 10:16:52
Thanks Glenn.

4.) 16 Jul 2019 10:32:26
Thanks for the report, much appreciated. I read somewhere that we played 4-4-2, so it was interesting to learn of the formations from you. We have some exciting youngsters and we still have Nelson as well.

5.) 16 Jul 2019 10:56:36
No problem Arg. For me it was clear that Martinelli and Saka were playing out wide with Nketiah through the middle. John-Jules was tucked in behind him with Olayinka and Burton so unless so perhaps they lined up as 4-4-2 and decided to change it early on. I did miss the first 10 minutes because my alarm wasn't loud enough! Nelson will most likely feature against Bayern on Thursday morning with more from the first team.

6.) 16 Jul 2019 11:43:35
Cheers Glen mate, while the rest of got our kip you was up and watching the game, that's dedication for you.
If our players show half your commitment next season we will finish top 4 absolute minimum, well done mate and thanks for the excellent feed back from the game, top notch stuff.

7.) 16 Jul 2019 13:05:24
You're welcome Gunner mate. Seeing as ticket prices are so expensive and travelling to London and back from Devon, isn't just expensive but a pain in the arse, I have to show my commitment in other ways! I wouldn't want to be the typical fan who never goes to see their team play but always likes a good moan, so a couple hours of my sleep can surely be sacrificed to watch the game! If our coaching staff watched the game properly, they'll see that some of these players are ready for the challenge.

8.) 16 Jul 2019 13:40:49
If Emery gave them a chance both on and off the pitch by fielding them and setting them up with practical sensible tactics and game plan, I'd get behind them and the manager 100% even if it meant dropping out of the europa for a season or 2 Glen mate.
But it's no good giving them a chance in the shirt but setting them up with a game plan that is doomed to failure before they get on the pitch.

9.) 16 Jul 2019 14:20:27
Maybe the issue is majority of these players can't stick to the plan set for a full 90 mins or more if needed?

10.) 16 Jul 2019 14:31:33
I agree mate, however some of these players possess traits that current players in the squad don't have. We are trying to provide width with Iwobi and Mkhitaryan yet none of them are wide players, nor think like wide players when they're on the pitch. In my opinion, Nelson, Saka and Martinelli are automatic upgrades in that respect purely based on the fact they are natural wide players. Arsenal need to utilise their players in the right areas, regardless of age or experience. If you can't or are unsuccessful in recruiting then surely you have to play your youth in these positions, not settle for playing Iwobi on the wing, Maitland-Niles at RB, Xhaka at CB or Mkhitaryan at LWB which has happened this season.

11.) 16 Jul 2019 18:10:24
I genuinely think with a better game plan and tactics that makes us much much more difficult to score against confidence would boom amongst players and fans alike.
Right now every one fans pundits alike expect us to be easy pickings again next season and the players can't help but feel that too.
Change our win 5 3 approach Shared by Arsene and Emery and I don't think it would a coincidence if we suddenly improve dramatically.
Any side that's not worried about conceding 3 goals is always going to be on a hiding to nothing.



12 Jul 2019 14:27:51
If Tottenham beat us to the signing of Saliba then we really are in big trouble. According to Ornstein the deal was very much in the hands of lawyers to agree wording of contracts etc, but now Spurs are working hard to hijack the deal and get the deal completed. More bad news than good coming from Arsenal atm.


1.) 12 Jul 2019 15:13:03
Is it that big a deal Glen?
Yes it would be nice to be looking ahead of course but I think what most people are really interested in is next season so even if we should lose out on this player ultimately next season is still unaffected one way or the other by this story.

2.) 12 Jul 2019 15:58:44
It doesn't bother me about next season Gunner mate. It's the principal of losing out on a promising young player who ticks the boxes we need at CB, whether he joins us or not next season. We can't (or can't afford) to offer what palace want for Zaha, it's been 3 weeks since we put in a bid for Tierney without any follow up, our captain has basically gone on strike and wants out and now we could potentially lose Saliba to Spurs. It doesn't paint a pretty picture bud. It just seems like we can't make up our mind over what we want? If we want Zaha and have to put all our eggs in one basket to get him, then go down that route and see if you're successful. Don't fanny around with stupid bids for other players, only to play the waiting game with Zaha and cause a bad rapport with the other clubs. Arsenal need to be realistic with their targets and get the job done. Easier said than done I know but it's certainly a mess atm bud.

3.) 12 Jul 2019 18:03:05
None of us actually know what's going on mate but by the 8th of August there will be no doubt about anything and the club or manager crying " we tried " simply won't cut it, we've been there and worn that T shirt too many times before.
Either Emery brings in what he needs or gets more out of what he has or its got to be ta ta Dick.
If we were looking for a man who couldn't do any better than Arsene then I was available and so were millions of others, but we were actually looking for a man who could do better than Arsene and if that's not Emery then so be it, next contestant please.
Let's let the cards play out before we get to despondent because lots of things can and will happen between now and deadline day.



09 Jul 2019 14:35:21
David Ornstein "Arsenal are set to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba in a 30m euro (£27m) deal that will see him loaned back to the Ligue 1 club next season.

The Gunners will pay for the 18-year-old in instalments, which will not have a major impact on their restricted budget of around £45m for this summer".

As expected and a good signing for us.


1.) 09 Jul 2019 15:51:31
Let's hope so mate, it doesn't really do a lot for the excitement levels of the season ahead but does show someone somewhere at Arsenal is ambitious for the future.
Be interesting to know who really pushed for this deal as it would give a clue to that individuals thinking, if was Emery himself he obviously isn't expecting his to be let go next summer so maybe there are other more players who would have a more immediate impact on the way too.

2.) 09 Jul 2019 16:13:17
It doesn't mate no but Sanllehi did say that we need to try and outsmart the market going forward. We obviously wanted the player and had to do what we could to ensure we got the best price, and didn't miss out to anyone else. Ornstein also said that the transfer won't be formally announced for several days while the transfer is being finalised. Interesting that he says we are still in the market for an immediate CB, CM and winger, whilst also perusing a deal for Tierney. Although no mention of Zaha specifically. Will see how the next few weeks play out.

3.) 09 Jul 2019 18:57:32
I agree Glen we need to look to the future and for us to pay 30 million for a very young player must have something about him.
I still think this season is make or break for Emery and without clear and obvious improvement on last seasons performances he won't get a 3rd season whether he personally wants a 3rd season or not.
If he choses to bring players in great and if he doesn't that's great too, his decision and he has to stand or fall on what his Arsenal deliver on the pitch next season.

4.) 09 Jul 2019 19:20:52
Loaned back next season! So no progression next season.

5.) 09 Jul 2019 19:23:20
Looks like the MD of Rumbelows must be running our club or something.

6.) 09 Jul 2019 20:34:28
He's 4 million cheaper than both Xhaka and Mustafi and has already matched both in terms of positive effect at Arsenal SY mate, look on the bright side mate :-)

7.) 09 Jul 2019 23:05:37
He will have just as many good games next season for us also 😂😂

Two signings and none impacting 19/ 20 season - that’s pretty poor as we are in the second week of July


8.) 10 Jul 2019 08:04:49
I'm quite cool with it mate because either way it's Emery choice and if he gets next season right happy days and if he doesn't bye bye Dick hello new manager!
I want Emery to succeed but if next season we look as awful as last season then the club will face a choice let Emery go or watch more fans than ever give up on the club.
1 more season like last season would be toght to watch 2 more would be impossible for many.




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29 Jul 2019 21:25:12
Tbh, I was hoping Arsenal would push to sign him purely so we could have another chant other than 'Arsenal'. Zaaaaga dou dou dou, push the pineapple shake a tree 🤷🏻‍♂️😂.




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29 Jul 2019 20:56:02
Valid point. There was supposed interest in Zagadou from Dortmund. Was that very much incase the Saliba deal didn't go through or is he still someone we are interested in?


{Ed002's Note - I explained about Saliba and the discussion in DC. I am not aware of interest in Zagadou but he wants out as he is not a starter at BD. For someone named after a Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Titch song I am surprised he can make demands.}



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26 Jul 2019 11:56:01
I've put him in my Fantasy Football Team with the view of him changing from Palace to Arsenal anyway! haha.




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26 Jul 2019 11:53:58
I hope so Gunner mate! We will see :)




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03 Jul 2019 19:41:08
It's an interesting one really if it is true because Monreal has provided us with much needed cover recently. Without a deal for Tierney or some sort of replacement announced can we really afford to let him go?





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15 Aug 2019 15:54:39
I agree Gunner mate however, having literally 'minutes' to prove that you're good enough isn't realistic. They need 3 or 4 games not 3 or 4 10 minute substitute appearances. Rashford and TAA were given the opportunity and they done what they needed to do. I believe Willock certainly done what he had to do against Newcastle so a spot against Burnley is well and truly deserved. It's not like he's fighting for places against Laca, Auba and Pepe is it? Xhaka, Guendouzi and Elneny are the only players likely to push him for a spot if we play with 3 in the middle and I would choose Willock over any of those 3. Looking forward to seeing the line-up on Saturday :)




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15 Aug 2019 12:52:30
Bellerin Luiz/ Chambers Sokratis Tierney
Torreira Willock
Pepe Laca Auba

4-3-3 for me although you could call it 4-2-3-1 if the wingers drop back slightly. Willock works the hardest in the centre imo so he's a must, alongside Torreria for defensive stability. Cabellos slightly further forward. Obvious front 3 but Nelson and Martinelli are more than capable of playing if need be. I would certainly be inclined to use them a lot in the cup games where possible.

This is the season to give the lads game time because if we don't, Nelson and Willock are the next ones out the door. You might have better players in your team but you HAVE to integrate them at some point or what is the point? Foden is a prime example. Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Gundogan, Rodri, KDB, and Fernandinho but Pep still gives him minutes.




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29 Jul 2019 10:35:18
He's never really played in the midfield for us so it's a bit harsh to criticise his ability as a CM? Agree when it comes to RWB but he's doing his bit for the team in a position he doesn't really want to play in. His composure on the ball in centre midfield is exactly what we need. Unfortunately, he is just another young player that we are close to destroying and he'll end up leaving to play football elsewhere, and he'll leave for virtually nothing as well.




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24 Jul 2019 10:53:59
I somewhat agree Gunner mate but you have to take in to account the players that we are trying to achieve this with. I don't honestly think that anyone can get more out of the sh**e we are fielding. If you stick Bellerin and Holding back in, with some new quality defenders, I think that will improve itself to a certain extent. Defenders that can actually tackle, who are already disciplined and have a good level of defensive awareness will help aid the others to become more organised. Although yes, it's certainly an area of the pitch we need to pay some more attention too and try and sort out the disaster we have at the back!




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24 Jul 2019 09:17:39
Jenkinson played RWB for the entire game and he put a decent shift in. He was only player not subbed who walked off the pitch dripping with sweat. Cliche I know but it was certainly a game of 2 halves with our defence looking dreadful as always. I'll exclude Jenkinson from that because he worked his socks off. It will be a shame if the Ceballos loan is affected by the injury to Asensio but it happens and we'll have to find someone else somehow. Or perhaps rely on Willock and Maitland-Niles in their preferred positions and focus on improving the defence. Not long left but plenty of time to get deals done, although it's seeming more and more likely that we will end up with the same 1st XI as last season.