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22 Aug 2014 09:25:48
Hi Ed, what's the situation of Stephan El Shaarawy? I think he'd suit our style. He'd bring some spark to our left wing if he can stay injury-free this season.


{Ed002's Note - Very unlikely he will move this summer, although Arsenal have previously shown interest.}

1.) Okay thanks Ed, I'm really struggling to see who we could sign but luckily we'll find out soon.



04 Jan 2014 09:49:27
ed what's the situation with matthias ginter? I expected him to move last summer and we were definitely interested. are we still interested?


{Ed002's Note - Freiburg will look to hold on to Matthias Ginter until the summer when Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich will likely push for the defender.}



31 Jul 2013 14:53:02
ed do you know of any interest in mccarthy or ginter? heard some rumours today. {Ed027's Note - {Ed027's Note - i hear we're looking at Mathias Ginter guys, young Cb from Freiburg, been in talks for a while, Mccarthy is not a target as such, maybe an alternative in the future, if targets fail, we've looked at him}




20 Jul 2013 12:58:15
i must say when I first heard about these suarez rumours I thought no way but now cautiously optimistic. honestly he'd be a perfect fit and I used to think we should sign him but in a million years we won't. now it seems more likely though.

pretty confident 40m would do the trick. liverpool seem to demand more but they're not going to get much more. and the other option for them is to keep him. and keeping a player with suarez's mentality against his own will is, well, a frightening thought!

some are concerned about this "baggage" he has. i'm not. the most concerning part is his ban, but if he signs a 4-5 year contract that ban is really meaningless. imo his reputation doesn't work completely against him. now every defender knows he's not just a fantastic dribbler, a goal scorer and a provider, but he bites too! he makes defender's feel uneasy I can see him starting as a striker, but also as a "winger" (winger like walcott, poldi, ramsey or santi meaning he'll play more centrally than wide) alongside giroud.


1.) To be honest I'm feeling this one aswell just hope it don't go right to the wire and we drop out again last minute

2.) Still think Arsenal will end up with Higuain. This Suarez business is just some sort of mind games with Real Madrid. Selling Higuan to Arsenal will fund Real Madrid's move for Suarez but Arsenal won't pay over the odds for Higuain.

3.) Not really a rumour, but I like this post

4.) I think Wenger and the fans would be equally happy with either. No mind games, Higuain at one price, Suarez (or Rooney) at another. Any of these will do the job!

5.) Suarez interest is very real indeed. Wenger will not pay the asking price for higuain when he can get suarez for a couple million more, anmd who is a much better player in my opinion.

6.) Higuain has had second thoughts about moving to Arsenal. Personally, I don't want Suarez at the gunners. He is obnoxious and a cheat. Don't forget the whole transfer might cost us £70 million

7.) Im not concerned about his baggage either. he's a great player and it outweighs the what-ifs.

Honestly, I prefer Higuain. But i'm happy with either. Both awesome players and will be crucial in the seasons to come.


8.) 20 Jul 2013 18:27:25
I would be happy with higuain at £23m however I would not like to see us pay much more for him seeing as he is second choice behind benzima at madrid and they play one up top usually so he is a great second choice striker for them. However I would prefer to have arguably the best striker in the premier league at the moment for an extra £17m, if we got him with the service our midfield can provide he will have a field day for us.

9.) Since when will liverpool become a feeder club to the biggest feeder club in the league? suarez will move to madrid or stay at lfc. there's an outside chance of bayern or psg. not arsenel!



30 Mar 2013 10:50:18
since the transfer talk is heating up, here's my take.

i think we need five players. cb, rb, gk, dm and st. I really like the jovetic rumours, he'd provide a different option to giroud. what is more important he's proven quality with good age and relatively large experience.

asmir begovic would be brilliant for us. I like szczesny a lot and these two would provide good competition for each other.

we need at least one cb anyway because djourou will probably leave. i'd like someone young like 23 or something because verm, kos and mert are all something like 27/28. we don't need necessarily an immediate starter because kos-mert is a really solid pairing and vermaelen is great as well if he sorts out his form.

painful to say this, but sagna is in decline. it's the right time to sell him. jenkinson is ready to become our primary starter but we need cover. I can't decide, should we buy a new one or take a gamble with bellerin? he's awesome. and of course there's yennaris as well.

finally, a dm is a must. wanyama? capoue? gonalons? I haven't seen enough of them to decide but wanyama has attracted a lot of hype and he's young as well so.

i think ramsey has been great lately. next season I think he's ready to bench arteta. I can see a midfield of *a new dm*, ramsey and wilshere bossing games with santi roaming as a winger and popping up everywhere. with jovetic and walcott up front we'd have loads of pace and technique.

the bench would also be superb. imagine ox, podolski and giroud all warming up, that would scare the hell out of oppositions. coquelin and arteta could freeze the game and protect our lead. szczesny and vermaelen would complete the defensive security if a defender picks an injury.


1.) Very good post this, in a ideal dream world I would love hummels as a new cb {Ed029's Note - I have been told by Ed2 that Hummels is off to Barcelona if he moves.}

2.) Oh reall! I didn't see us getting him just wishful thinking. Thanks for the info tho

3.) I'd be very surprised if we signed jovetic but i'd be very happy if we did class player, a pretty solid post but I disagree with playing santi on the wings he's miles better when he's allowed to roam through the middle.

4.) I think we will sign:

5.) First of all I think its clear sagna is off. There have been strong solid rumours that Arsenal have an agreement with Socheux to bring Sebastian Corchia for 5m in the summer.

I think its clear as day that along Corchia, Jovetic will join very early in the summer ( it sounds excactly like podolski last year and some high profile people have been saying that jovetic is ours)

Secondly I think we will get a cheapish 4th centre back. Some unknown african or maybe Amorebieta on free.

We will most certainly get a goalkeeper. Think wenger will buy a premier made goalkeeper. Simon Mignolet, Julio Cesar both make sense. Especially if Sunderland and QPR will get relegated. If not one of those two then I think he will get Begovic.

We will get a Defensive midfielder.
We will get one of Wanyama/capoue/Gonalons.

Finally we will get a second midfielder. Diaby will be injured, rosiscky is off and arshavin is off. I have been tipped that arsenal have been in negoations with Marseille for some time regarding Francis Coquelin. Arsenal want Matheu valbuena from Marseille and I am told that is 7/10

6.) 01 Apr 2013 07:32:14
Does not one else rate fraser forster, I think he's a good young keeper that wouldn't necessarily break the bank, I think wenger would look at him before an established Pl keeper that might cost him too much?

7.) We need an older experienced keeper as we have potential at the club

8.) We need a good CB ours aren't up to it!

9.) Actually Ed I think any transfers to barcelona will depend on them selling some players.

Also I have a feeling they won't be able to stump up over 20 million for Hummels, unless they win the champions league or reach the finals.

This summer is looking to be the war of the strikers. {Ed029's Note - They are looking to sell players like Sanchez and Villa.}




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14 Apr 2024 18:51:56
We looked fatigued but Villa also played well and deserve full credit for their win (they also had less time to prepare after playing in Europe on thursday) . I may feel differently tomorrow but right now i'm thinking forget about Toney and get Watkins instead ?.




03 Apr 2024 17:06:38
I'm expecting a tough game. Luton haven't got great results but to me it seems they always trouble their opponents even if they end up losing. We ourselves are coming from a huge title showdown and i don't think we'll be performing anywhere near our best level. Thankfully we have a home game. April is crazily packed so we need to keep getting results with very little preparation time, hopefully we can manage. It's the same for the other contenders of course.


1.) 03 Apr 2024 17:35:00
Defo Ice mate
Just been speaking to a mate and he is looking at 4nil plus but I think it will be a lot tighter but still 3 pts for us.

2.) 03 Apr 2024 18:19:18
Hi Ice, I actually think the players will be well pumped up for tonight's game after more than holding their own away from home against English/ European/ World Champions who they have previously struggled to compete with as equals. In my opinion the players belief in their own ability to win this seasons title will have gone up several notches after Sunday and they will be extremely aware of how bad they would feel if they allowed all their hard work go to waste now by not being 100% up for the Luton game and the other 8 games that follow it.

3.) 03 Apr 2024 18:55:17
I'm predicting 3 points as well but not expecting it to be easy. And i expect the players to turn up and give it all they've got. But the thing is, i suspect the best we can do today will be a lot worse compared to what we can normally do. Maybe it doesn't make sense but that's the feeling i've got. City away has to have been the most anticipated game of our season especially after what happened last season. It must have been draining especially mentally. So how much have we got left in the tank for Luton physically and mentally?

It's crazy but right now i feel that if we can get the win today we can win all of the remaining games as well.

4.) 03 Apr 2024 19:27:55
I understand your logic and thinking Ice I just happen to think the very opposite will happen mate. Its amazing how the legs and mind just don't feel the strain when your riding the biggest wave of your life. I liken it to be 21 years old on an 18 to 30s holiday, somehow you can easily get away with 3 or 4 hours sleep a night for a fortnight when your having the time of your life when back home anything less than 8 to 9 hours a night and your out on your feet most the day.

5.) 03 Apr 2024 19:52:47
Fuge. I've just seen the line up, huge gamble in my opinion, hope it pays off ????.

6.) 03 Apr 2024 20:27:42
I get that point as well. But guessing from your name i have a bit more recent memory about being 21 and i can assure you that even if you feel limitless you still do have them :)

But so far so good. Odegaard certainly hasn't lost any of his drive and determination.

7.) 03 Apr 2024 22:22:46
Loving the image 47 of you with short spiky hair singlet vest bermudas on a bar crawl with a straw donkey for company pushing on through with eight shots of Portuguese Fire-water Medronho made from the hallucinogenic berries in Mon Chiche! I expect Sharpie and Mal were there too! Good win never in doubt rested legs particularly Rice who played twice for England, Jesus Martinelli and Saka . Right who’s with me to the Bar A Nau or Never for some Medronho shots COYG ? ??.

8.) 03 Apr 2024 22:29:27
Not forgetting Ed25 all glasses permed hair dropping his shoulder in his maroon budgies celebrating Everton’s survival in the Prem! Happy Days COYG.

{Ed025's Note - i did used to have a perm in the 70,s SUSSEX, but now my hair is grey and i would look like Lily Savage mate.. :)

9.) 03 Apr 2024 22:57:22
I had a perm and tash in the 70s and mullet in the 80s Ed025, now I got a head full of wonderful memories of fun filled times but extremely short on the flushing follicles front.

{Ed025's Note - sound like in the 70,s you were only a shell tracksuit short of being a proper "scouser" G62.. :) good win tonight that mate..

10.) 03 Apr 2024 23:09:29
Sussex, if there was any sort of session I’d be their.

I may not remember it but I’m sure I was their.

11.) 03 Apr 2024 23:39:35
I don`t doubt it for one minute Mal I just can`t corroborate it. For full disclosure I was full Paul Weller suede head late 70`s and 8o`s during the Terry Neill Don Howe era then full on surfer long hair in George`s era and as far as I remember a bowl cut in 70`s. Had a lotto shell suit at work late 80`s Calm down Calm down! Might be at Brighton trying to sit on my hands on Saturday COYG.

12.) 05 Apr 2024 10:05:49
How old are you geezers? I was born mid seventies. I hadn't yet found Arsenal in the Terry Neill and Don Howe era.



11 Feb 2024 09:30:26
We have lost our last three games against West Ham. A win today would be something worth celebrating. Hoping for Trossard and Smith Rowe to start as i think they'd be well suited to breaking a low block.


1.) 11 Feb 2024 13:34:37
No ESR Jesus Tommy Zink plus Partey and Veira! Going to have to do it with first 11 it seems. Jorghino must be a bit peeved. Every confidence in the boys though COYG.

2.) 11 Feb 2024 14:03:15
We absolutely have to win today to make last week and beating City earlier in the season count for anything in this seasons title race.

Psychology those victories are huge and will stand us in good stead moving forward but if title chasing is our aim beating West Ham today is vital ?.



09 Jan 2024 19:27:36
For a while now i've had a few things in my mind i wanted to write about. Somewhat surprisingly today i'm having a lot of free time in the evening so might as well take advantage of that.

About the latest games - apart from the Fulham game in my opinion our general play has been quite good excluding the obvious weak area, finishing. There's not a single in-form forward in the team at the moment so of course that will make things way harder than they should be. Has the pressure got to our players? If so, i hope we will use this break to relax a bit and hopefully that will result in a bit more composure in front of goal when we return.

In terms of January signings i'm not expecting much. Short term deals at best but that'd be fine as well. I believe we can improve the team if we want to. This is something my heart wants probably more than my head, but i'd take Giroud on loan or even on a 1,5 year contract in a heartbeat. Once dubbed as one of the best super subs and surely capable of starting the odd premier league game as well. AC Milan are 9 points behind the leaders in their league and out of UCL so he won't be missing much. Let's make it happen.

They say prices are inflated in January so let's use that to our advantage. Get some inflated fees on Nketiah and Smith Rowe (sorry but he's obviously not in Arteta's plans) , then get the short term deals to boost the end of this season and in the summer spend big.

Back to the current squad. I want to give some appreciation for someone who does not seem to be that loved among the fans - Jorginho. I get it that he's a very limited player. Reminds me of Arteta when he was asked to play pivot alongside the likes of Wilshere and Ramsey. He was not strong enough to protect the defense. But this team is different. Jorginho has Rice for company. And i think they might just be the perfect complimentary players for each other. What Jorginho can do extremely well? Play pivot. He can sit in the middle of the opposition block, receive the ball with his back turned, turn with the ball in a tight space and then play the pass. That's i would say the one and only main thing Rice is lacking. Rice plays outside the opposition block and then usually plays the ball to the side. So credit to Jorginho for being able to do something the absolute monster named Declan Rice cannot do.

Finally, i want to say something about the officiating. Not just VAR, but officiating in general. I've seen so many times the ref being placed absolutely perfectly when an "incident" happens. The ref let's play go on and when there's the next break, VAR will be checking the "incident". Why? Can't the on-field referee just say to his microphone "i saw it and this is the decision"? Are the on-field refs too scared to take responsibility or is VAR simply built in a way that it will check all the major incidents no matter what the on-field ref does? We see time and again VAR being criticised but i don't think it's fair to only put VAR in the spotlight. We should be talking about officiating as a whole instead.

So quite a few random things squeezed into a single post. Sorry for the somewhat disjointed structure but hopefully you've enjoyed the reading anyway!


1.) 09 Jan 2024 20:36:45
I would like to see the wingers swap sides more often, and get in behind the packed box, and get the defence turning towards their own goal.

Our buld up is too slow, even the few teams that don't play a low block against, always have time to get every one behind the ball.

VAR, initially I thought it was good idea, the refs need help, especially from the con men on the pitch. But it hasn't helped, if anything it's worse. I watched a few cup games where VAR wasn't available, and generally the games were a much better watch.

2.) 09 Jan 2024 20:46:51
Absolutely Davy mate. last season during games Saka and Gabi were swapping wings and pulling defenders all over the place.
Also like you said me don't make defenders turn, instead we try to play neat little one twos in a packed penalty area and it doesn't come off.

3.) 09 Jan 2024 23:01:31
Agree totally with the above and yes get Giroud absolutely quality.

4.) 10 Jan 2024 23:43:14
I watched a Championship game recently without VAR. It was so much better.

5.) 11 Jan 2024 07:47:56
Agree the game is better off without var.

6.) 11 Jan 2024 19:33:38
Personally i'd like var to be another assistant to the main ref. I'd like them to be able to freely talk and just like with the linesmen (at least i imagine the linesmen work with the main ref like this) the ref would be able to ask the video referee if he saw an incident and if he thought it was a foul. And the video ref could notify the on-pitch ref for any incident he saw fit to talk about. So basically make the interaction between them less restricted. And ditch the var check screens and long pauses. The video ref can watch the game live from a different perspective and rewind once or twice if needed. Surely that's enough to come to a respectable decision?

So in a nutshell i want var to be far more usable for the on-field ref and far less intrusive for everyone else.

7.) 12 Jan 2024 11:07:05
Wish football would do what rugby do show it on the big screen stop the clock and you can hear the refs talk to each other its so much better.

{Ed002's Note - Football fans are very different to rugby fans and it would never work.}

8.) 14 Jan 2024 18:45:47
I agree most football fans find it difficult to see what they don't want see and not defend their teams interest regardless of evidence or even fact. Many fans are as dogmatic in their beliefs as religious people.



28 Dec 2023 22:39:58
A bad result but West Ham have shown recently that they know how to beat us. The disappointing bit is we didn't learn from the last two games against them. They are very good at making the centre congested and we simply couldn't find a way to make them uncomfortable.

The worry is that other teams could try to emulate them. We need to find a way to win against these kinds of tactics if we want to win trophies this season. With injuries and fringe players playing very few minutes (and thus being out of form) our options look limited.

This is a testing time that will make or break our season. Fulham away in just a couple days. Good response will be crucial.





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01 Mar 2024 15:36:08
I think he has great potential but he needs lots of coaching to maximise it. I'd agree he's not needed here because of Martinelli.




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04 May 2018 07:46:32
Why would we give the new manager/ head coach any transfer budget at all given the appointment of SM and RS?

As for the candidates who see the lack of champions league football next season as a problem, i think it's better to overlook those coaches anyway. I'd rather like a coach who plans for long term instead of one season success.

As for the salary, i don't know of any details but would imagine it's just natural the new guy wouldn't earn quite as much as Wenger since he wouldn't have as many responsibilities as Wenger had (like transfers for example) . I'm sure we can still offer competitive wages.

I would also like to point out one reason why i think we will be an attractive option for any coach, and that is the way the club has handled Wenger. We are known as a club with patience and the board won't make any rash decisions based on short term results. I personally would like to see the new coach get at least two seasons time to improve our performances (unless the first season is a total disaster) .




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Okay thanks Ed, I'm really struggling to see who we could sign but luckily we'll find out soon.




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I thought he has a spanish passport?




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Daniel I think your reply is ridiculous. no effort? you have watched obviously the wrong player. have you seen how he goes to aerial duels? he's not the fastest player but he does block lines to put pressure on defenders and for me he's good at anticipating passes.

his link up play is brilliant yet you think it's a negative thing. do you remember podolski's goal against montpellier? or gibbs against swansea? bet you wanted him to turn and have a go rather than providing a perfect assist. come on if he likes to pass with the first touch it doesn't mean he doesn't like to receive the ball.

one thing you're right he's quite anonymous against big teams. but then again it's his first season.





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22 Apr 2024 17:59:20
Every now and then i check if there's a new post on this forsaken page. I like to think that this could have been an active section of the forum but then this post came along and completely silenced everyone :)




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17 Apr 2024 22:13:45
We have been outdone tactically a few times recently. Teams are happy making center compact and they are coming up with ways to diffuse our press as well. On the ball we're lacking cutting edge. Still all to play for in the league and it should be clear where we need to improve for next season.




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10 Apr 2024 07:35:02
My thoughts exactly. He knew Gabriel was there. The game still doesn't respect head injuries enough in my opinion.




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03 Apr 2024 20:27:42
I get that point as well. But guessing from your name i have a bit more recent memory about being 21 and i can assure you that even if you feel limitless you still do have them :)

But so far so good. Odegaard certainly hasn't lost any of his drive and determination.




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03 Apr 2024 18:55:17
I'm predicting 3 points as well but not expecting it to be easy. And i expect the players to turn up and give it all they've got. But the thing is, i suspect the best we can do today will be a lot worse compared to what we can normally do. Maybe it doesn't make sense but that's the feeling i've got. City away has to have been the most anticipated game of our season especially after what happened last season. It must have been draining especially mentally. So how much have we got left in the tank for Luton physically and mentally?

It's crazy but right now i feel that if we can get the win today we can win all of the remaining games as well.