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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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05 Dec 2023 22:38:49
Credit to Luton for fighting incredibly hard. For a long time they were deservedly level, but couldn't just quite sustain it until the end.

Why was VAR checking the Saka penalty appeal? Ref on the pitch was perfectly placed to make the call himself. It looks as if sometimes it's VAR that's the main referee as the ones on the pitch rather let play go on and leave the hard calls for Stockley park officials.

Front five starting to find their groove. Odegaard getting more involved in play seems to balance Havertz's style nicely. This unit will only keep getting better.

I was surprised neither Zinchenko nor Jorginho started. In my opinion we needed a bit more quality on the ball to control the game. Luton got hold of the ball way too frequently.

The gk situation seems to be just as Ed001 said. Are we really going to sign Raya on a permanent? I'd prefer if we saved that money for someone else entirely.

Overall not a perfect performance but i think it was also trickier than the table suggests. Next game will be massive and we need to be better.




04 Nov 2023 20:18:57
This reminded me of the City game. A tough game of small margins where chances were at a premium. That game went our way, this didn't. It happens.

What is concerning to me is that we never seem to get into quick and direct attacks through the middle anymore. The only types seem to be long and slow build-ups or long balls over the midfield. Lot's of coverage about the issue on Tifo youtube channel as well. We need to find a way through the opponent block more often if we want to win the league.

Someone said Havertz shouldn't play because of the physicality but i thought he actually relished it. Still think he's a big game player first and foremost. Idiotic tackle though and on another day could have been sent off. Still i think he was one of our better forwards today.

There are obviously other noteworthy performers but i feel like i once again have to especially talk about Havertz. Everyone is always so keen to talk about his weaknesses so when he actually plays well i feel like i need to come forward and point it out. But the defenders all had excellent games too. Think Tomiyasu is in the best form of his Arsenal career at the moment.


1.) 04 Nov 2023 21:32:35
tbf not that he was great nobody attacking sense was but was not our worst player tonight, when Saka and Neketiah were largely invisible the entire game at least he got involved in the battle even though yes he could have seen red. Our best players were Saliba Tommy and Rice which kind of tells you we just did not function atall as team in the attacking sense and our combinations going forward atall just did not happen. Yes the ropey goal decision went against us which you can argue over all night but if Raya had been in a better position were he should have been in first place and not flapped as he done then it would not have been a talking point. We really need to get Rammers back in goal for me why he was dropped I will never know.

2.) 04 Nov 2023 21:51:14
Kai put a few bad tackles in - where’s his physical presence in the box and was pretty useless. What did he actually do apart from almost getting stupidly sent off?

I must of missed something - did he thread some balls thru to Eddie or force a save….

Rice was decent again but we have no energy and continue to pass 1000 times before shooting or playing it backwards like we did against city

It was a dreadful goal and Raya was poor as was var but sorry - squad is weak and Jorginho as well as Kai shouldn’t start. At least Kai showed a little heart but not where it mattered.

3.) 04 Nov 2023 22:09:22
yeah most were are best a 5 out 10's with Saliba Tommy and Rice half decent 7's would say just not good enough to earn the win. Newcastle were poor too tbh but they dogged out a scrappy game and were on the right side of that decision that's all you can say really was 0-0 game all over. We need Rammers back in goal Party back in with Rice in the middle and need to give Saka a rest looks burnt out. We need Toney or someone with presence up front in January without doubt.

4.) 05 Nov 2023 07:25:12
Sy he played a midfield role. Why does he then suddenly need to be a box player? And yes he did slip Nketiah in on the right half space, after first winning a duel and then dribbling into the resulted empty space. And that wasn't the only duel he won and dribble he completed.

I think in the past you have called for him to demand the ball more and influence the game. To me he was answering that call yesterday. Too bad the criteria has now changed and instead he needs to be a box presence.

At this point it seems to me you're negatively biased towards him (whereas i'm positively biased ?) .

5.) 05 Nov 2023 09:42:58
Full credit to Newcastle they did a brilliant job of stopping us just as they did at the Emirates last season.

6.) 05 Nov 2023 10:37:56
Ryan and G62 i think a draw would have been a fair result. But like i said when the margins are small sometimes you end up losing and sometimes winning.

By the way Guimaraes should have seen red. An intentional hit to the head should always be an immediate red card and a lengthy ban in my opinion. It's a serious matter and if it's not dealt with correctly someone will one day suffer permanent disability because of it. We can never remove the risk completely but not reducing it to the minimum with strict officiating is unacceptable. I'm saying this as a medical professional first, not as an Arsenal fan.

{Ed014's Note - I agree on the draw, they looked even less likely to score than us and we didn’t do enough to win it.

Onwards and upwards.

7.) 05 Nov 2023 11:06:56
Hi Iceman, I only saw I poor through ball to Eddie which was a chip that was never a real opportunity as not great execution plus difficult pass. He headed the ball forward to Saka but at corners I think I can expect a lad his size to be a menace and get his head on the ball. Rice gets around the pitch, creates, shoots, demands the ball and keeps it moving. Kai just isn’t doing it but I get trying to find any positive to clap him but look at how Rice conducts himself and leads…

62 - so right, Newcastle had our wingers in their pocket. Our slow deliberate lethargic passing helped. We didn’t help ourselves as we are so slow in attack and have been for a while. Having slow passers like Jorginho and Kai really don't help the speed or directness of play. Again, I don’t thing having White as a fullback helps us attack either. Raya really was poor agsin for the goal and just doesn’t give me confidence which is a shame as I feel we need an upgrade from the keeper so we can play from the back better. BUT, at present I’d rather Ramsdale to reduce the errors at the back.

I’m more concerned about our weird selection, lack of attacking prowess and no plan B. We have soo many players that are similar. Let’s get some directness in our play and stop playing so many bloody passes allowing opposition to put 11 men behind the ball.

8.) 05 Nov 2023 11:39:24
SY Rice is phenomenal. But he's not Havertz and vice versa. They have their own qualities, weaknesses and roles in this team. To me Havertz can be an effective target man and an excellent presser off the ball. Physicality is a strength of his, not a weakness (compared to our other forwards at least) . In terms of technical quality he's good enough for this team as well.

I think yesterday was one of his better games. Won plenty of duels and then progressed play. But to be truly successful he needs to add something more, i think we both agree on that. I'm hoping it will be late runs into the box resulting in some goals as that's what he was able to achieve at Leverkusen. Hasn't happened here yet though. To me it seems like he's improving so fingers crossed.

I think some creativity will be needed though especially if Odegaard continues to be unfit. I'd like to see Trossard given a chance as an 8.

{Ed014's Note - I actually agree on Havertz

9.) 05 Nov 2023 11:48:26
Hi Sy, Eddie Howe got his homework and game plan perfect and his players executed his plan to perfection, credit where its due.

{Ed014's Note - just talking to my other half about this, was our game plan not perfect because other than a goal that wasn’t a goal they did absolutely zero because we nullified them.

Makes me laugh that Howe executed some master plan!

10.) 05 Nov 2023 12:53:04
Howe did in regard of Saka and Martinelli Ed014 mate, and to be fair other than the goal I thought we did enough to get an excellent point away to very difficult opponent. But Raya once again made Arteta look silky and raised questions about his egotistical inability to accept his own mistakes and reintroduce Ramsdale.

{Ed014's Note - I think those two are a little off the boil too which helped and let’s be honest, most clubs try that with those two.

It’s not like Howe tried something brilliant.

11.) 05 Nov 2023 15:33:16
Iceman - I really hope so. We need a player like Platt or Freddie who would specialise in late runs into the box but that requires hunger and a skill. I find Kai always to be a little behind the game and on the peripheral. He did win some ( plenty ) of duels - yes and did put himself about. Hopefully he does more as he should be a pain in the ass in the box. The EPL isn’t the German league and we need to see if he has the skill, hunger, passion etc to bring that to the epl. Hope he does. He’s one of the most odd and not needed signings that I can remember, the article 62 references asks some very good questions of Arteta as we had two obvious weaknesses. We had plenty of money yet we sign an enigma for a problem we didn’t have and created an issue in GK spot.

Fingers crossed for Kai - I would say Jesus presses and is more mobile.

Thanks for sharing and replies - enjoy your Sunday ?.

12.) 05 Nov 2023 16:06:44
I think ESR could fill that role, SY. if he can stay fit!

13.) 05 Nov 2023 16:16:15
Arteta does invite questions about his decisions SY mate, and in my personal opinion we are lucky he's a lucky manager who seems to get rescued from himself extremely often, and long may his and our luck last? Have a cracking Sunday and week ahead mate.

14.) 05 Nov 2023 18:58:07
You too Gunner! Hope he’s forever lucky while he’s our manager.



28 Oct 2023 13:47:52
Partey got an injury in training after the Chelsea game. Here are Arteta's comments:

"He was coming from a period of absence and he needed minutes.

"He played with the national team and we tried to be in touch with them. Then he had two games in Chelsea and Seville very very close.

"We decided not to load him up on the first game and play him in Seville, and then that happened in training. It's things that happen in football. "

There was a lot of criticism about Jorginho starting instead of Partey. Many comments about unnecessary tinkering or experimentation. It's now clear that wasn't the case. I'm happy with Arteta's reasoning. Such a shame Partey got injured anyway soon after.

I don't mean this post as a dig against other posters here. Just thought Arteta's comments would add to the previous discussion. Other questions will still remain.

Hoping to see Vieira, Smith Rowe or Havertz to start today in a slightly more attacking formation.


1.) 28 Oct 2023 14:53:30
Both ESR and Havertz starting.



08 Oct 2023 21:59:29
Not a lot between these teams today. Both were extremely careful and defended very well.

SY4 i saw your post below. I don't think our fullbacks got exposed frankly. And even if Zinchenko wasn't the best at traditional fullback defending, it can be compensated by Gabriel's ability to step into the wide channel and Declan Rice's monstrous physical quality. Zinchenko more than makes up for his dfensive deficiencies with his playmaking. Just my opinion.

ALLRED did you enjoy Havertz's performance? Had only 15 minutes but that display was instrumental. Brilliant target man performance. The play was to lure City's press deep and then bypass it with a long ball. Jesus can be an outlet as well but to me Havertz does it better still. This is where the 65 m was spent. On a player who helps us vary our game and find an answer against the toughest of opponents.

Hopefully Saka will be back after the internationals.


1.) 08 Oct 2023 22:03:37
You didn’t think White left acres behind him and $hitty exposed that space?

Rice was special.

2.) 09 Oct 2023 05:02:26
To be honest SY i don't remember us having too many problems there either. Not saying City weren't able to exploit that at all, but certainly not constantly. Or maybe i wasn't paying enough attention XD. Would you prefer Tomiyasu? I think defensively he's a little bit better than White.

Thanks for the Ed who moved my post over from the teams page!

3.) 10 Oct 2023 20:34:20
Zin gave the ball away more than Raya - that’s saying something

If city could cross the ball it would have stuck out more.



30 Aug 2023 17:05:38
My biggest worry for this season is what do we do without Zinchenko. Like seen from the first games when he was not available we don't have a direct replacement. I think this is the reason Partey has been playing rb and Gabriel has been benched. These changes arguably haven't worked as well as we would have liked. There's less overlapping support for Saka, our 2nd best cb sits on the bench and we have been missing Zinchenko's playmaking skills from the base of midfield. Fingers crossed Zinchenko stays fit.


1.) 30 Aug 2023 19:49:02
We need a proper left back zinchenko can’t defend to save his life… fine going forward but gets caught out too much.

{Ed014's Note - is there anything about Arsenal or anyone at the club you like Wilfred! ??

2.) 31 Aug 2023 02:02:57
We just loaned out Tierney, because he can't play like Zinchenko, I'm pretty sure we're not getting a proper left back.

3.) 31 Aug 2023 18:53:10
Ed14 I was a happy bunny last year but zinchenko cost us a couple of games I know he’s told to push inside but still gets beaten too easy for my liking…
I don’t like this new line up though we haven’t looked great first 3 games….

{Ed014's Note - good to hear mate, but there’s always things we don’t like but the positives far out weigh the negatives for me.

I’ve thought about this system and if we were putting the chances away we’d have nothing to complain about and hopefully the return of Jesus will open up more chances for him and our free scoring mids. ?

4.) 01 Sep 2023 00:18:55
Oh yeah I get that but my thinking is pushing City further than last year… we were also far too open at the back against Fulham timber is a massive blow to me because it looked like he could play left back and right back perfectly. : it’s not working with partey there that’s for sure is that because he’s making room for havertz….
I know it’s only 3 games but I haven’t seen havertz do anything different to what he did at Chelsea vieira done more in 10mins than he’s done in 3 games… I was gobsmacked when we was linked with him let alone give Chelsea £65m for him….

5.) 01 Sep 2023 07:40:26
Wilfred I think you’ve taken over from SY being the negative Nelly.




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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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06 Dec 2023 09:53:10
Manager didn't choose a side you would have so he's lucky the players he chose won him the game? I don't think it works like that. I used to be very critical of Arteta but look at our record for the last year. That's not luck. Nobody gets it 100 % right all the time but he seems to be getting it more right than most.




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19 Nov 2023 08:36:39
Ramsdale is still at the club so obviously no replacement needed as of now. I like him as well and hope he would improve. When he came forward to talk about the miscarriage and all the struggles that came with it it instantly earned my respect. I thought he showed incredible bravery and maturity being able to publicly talk about such a difficult issue.

That being said i'm happy Raya is here as well. In my opinion when your best goalkeeper isn't quite convincing enough it's the right thing to bring in some competition. It may not last for long but i hope at the end of it we will either have an improved Ramsdale or a slight improvement in Raya as our number one keeper. Or who knows maybe Arteta and Cana will find a way to keep both keepers happy.




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18 Nov 2023 10:57:04
G62 i don't think Raya is quite up there either, but let's see how he develops over the season. Still early days for him. I believe we have no obligation to buy so that opens up a chance to sign someone else next summer if Ramsdale ends up leaving and Raya's not seen as good enough.




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18 Nov 2023 09:37:32
RSharpe i think you meant your reply for gunns4ever but i'm going to reply anyway. I don't agree Ramsdale has done an "amazing work". Amazing would be Alisson. Ramsdale is on a "good job" level to me. He's an average or slightly above average premier league keeper to me. And he's been a solid player for us especially when we were fighting for the Europa league places but we have evolved now. We're interested in the title and not just top 6.

Ramsdale is of course still young and might improve but right now the reality is he's not among the absolute best. What i find particularly concerning about him is his weaknesses tend to amplify in the toughest moments. Last season he started well as did the whole team. But when the going got tough towards the run-in his form also dropped. Against City in a huge title showdown he let that De Bruyne long-range shot in pretty tamely. Imagine if we had a top level keeper who kept that out. Would we be title holders now? Of course there's no point in wondering what might have been but just saying, an "amazing" keeper can make a big difference.

So all i'm saying is. If someone comes with a world class offer for this potentially world class keeper, and we then also have an opportunity to reinvest that world class money into an already world class keeper, i wouldn't necessarily be against that.




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18 Nov 2023 09:22:03
I'm all for trying it out but he's currently excelling on the left, so he would have to be pretty phenomenal as a striker to justify a switch.

The same was tried with Auba and it failed pretty spectacularly. You have to be comfortable playing with your back towards the goal, control the ball in tight spaces and link up play. I don't necessarily think these are Martinelli's best qualities. He's more of a direct threat who wants to receive the ball in space facing the goal and then drive at the defence. I've been happy with how Jesus has performed (if he would just stay fit) and Trossard was also pretty convincing in the last couple of games. But maybe in a more open game or towards the end of matches Martinelli's directness could also be effective as a striker.