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31 Dec 2019 13:15:31
Hello Eds. Has there been any interest from arsenal in Giroud? And anything to imply we might be serious about Joe Worrall the forest defender?


{Ed002's Note - Giroud is out of contract in the summer Jum and as of tomorrow he can talk directly with non English and Welsh clubs - and several have already declared an interest. He would like to leave in January and Chelsea will not stand in his way and will ask only a reasonable fee for him. There is interest in him from the PL but I am pretty sure Arsenal has not spoken with Chelsea at all. Right now I expect Aubameyangadingdong and Lacazette will stay until the summer and with Martinelli that should end any need to add a striker in January - although the club have enquired after a couple.}

1.) 31 Dec 2019 13:28:23
Thanks ed2. I did wonder as a safe and cheap backup option if either of our lacadingdong strikeforce were to go.

{Ed002's Note - The point is that he wants to be playing on a regular basis at this point in his career.}

2.) 31 Dec 2019 13:33:40
Ah yes. Of course. Don't always think of things from the player's perspective. Thanks ed. Good luck to him to - I always thought giroud was under appreciated (even when he wasted chances)

3.) 03 Jan 2020 15:13:14
Please no, joe Worrall will not improve arsenal in any way shape or form. Suffered watching him last season at Ibrox cannot stand to see him in an arsenal kit also. Saying that we have heard that yous have had scouts at Ibrox this season. anyone know anymore info on this?



30 Dec 2018 11:25:35
Hi Eds.
Are there any rumblings about us taking Cahill on a 6 month loan on January?

Although we're after top quality for longer term, with Baines and Boruc free agents in the summer, has arsenal shown any interest at all?

Lastly, with alderweireld's contract up in the summer, is spurs option for an extra year completely up to them, or does the player have to approve it too? Although I can't imagine he'd come to us, is there any interest from arsenal?

Thanks! And happy new year.


{Ed002's Note - (a) Gary Cahill is available and has turned down two options and priced out of a third. He would be a good option for 6 months if Arsenal really are that desparate - but they have (I think) four fit CBs so it doesn't make too much sense. There is certainly no agreement between clubs or with the player who knows another interesting option is due to be proposed when Chelsea meet another side to discuss a transfer on (I think Wednesday). (b) I would not hold your breath over Baines or Boruc. (c) TA signed a contract allowing for an extension, so he agreed to it. And no, Arsenal has no interest in him.}

1.) 30 Dec 2018 13:17:49
Personally, i think cahill will and would be a back up back up back up option, when all else has failed. I think we really are scraping the barrel, if we end up with three defenders over 33 and one at 32. We are desperate but that would be suisidal. I would rather we blood a youth than potentially end up with litch, cahill, kos and monreal playing in a back four, if we can't get decent quality in.

2.) 30 Dec 2018 13:42:43
Thanks Ed002.

I generally agree Steve, but if we're playing xhaka as a CB it might have to be considered and an experienced prem CB for 6 months on loan is low risk and hopefully wouldn't affect any transfer plans in the summer regardless of high wages.

3.) 30 Dec 2018 13:48:57
Ive read it would cost us upward of 4 mil with wages and fees. For the prospect of a combined age of 130+ in defence, no thanks, that would turn this site toxic.

4.) 30 Dec 2018 15:25:08
Fair point Steve.
More or less toxic and more or less costly than being short on CB, playing xhaka at CB and then finishing 6th or 7th though?

I'm not saying it's ideal, but if Emery feels the need to play 3 at the back ( and with hector out and Licht looking far from a calm head recently it's more likely imo) and we don't have enough players, I can't see many other options to ensure coverage.

5.) 30 Dec 2018 23:12:30
utd seem to have extra year options as standard in most of their contracts but other than this alderwield one i don't remember seeing too many others, is there a reason more clubs don't do it, it seems like a good policy, you don't take it up if its not working out and you can get an extra year if the player won't sign a new contract.

6.) 31 Dec 2018 09:54:03
Let’s go for Joe Worrall or Ezri Konsa

Two strong British centre halves with the qualities we want and age on their sides for the future.

Preferably Ezri if we don’t want too many youngsters.

We need so many positions that we can’t spend 50m on each one.

This along with Mavropanos and Holding gives us the opportunity to build a future defence.

Sokratis being the fatherfigure in the middle for the next couple of seasons. Kos could play that role also.

7.) 31 Dec 2018 14:40:23
I guess it depends on the club's plans Sy. Like you, I'm happy with Sokratis, and Mavraponos and Holding for the future, and tbh Holding and Sokratis are my first choice CB. but we still have Mustafi, Chambers, Kos. If we sign one of these two guys (who I'm sorry to say I don't know) would it be overkill for now and would it scupper any plans for a proven quality CB in the summer?

when city were being lauded for signing stones for 50m, after his first couple of games I thought 5m holding who I didn't know before looked great. Although a long way to go, I think he will be a great player so I'm happy to give them a go if you say so Sy ;) My only concern is that chambers looked great at soon and Mustafi and paulista good on paper. Do we need someone proven now? Why do you think these two guys?

Btw my s"#t phone, and I thumbed you down. Soz. Gave you thumbs up too lol.

8.) 31 Dec 2018 15:28:18
Ed as a new year treat, can i ask which club chelsea are meeting and for which player if possible? Thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - I don't want to get in to it.}

9.) 31 Dec 2018 17:50:42
Fair enough can i at least ask if the meetting for chelsea player being sold or player chelsea want? Appreciate it.

10.) 01 Jan 2019 10:39:27
No worrIes Jim - happy New Year. Just been reading up about this se two and wanted a “British core” in defence.

I like Holding a lot so t have 3 or 4 youngsters with quality will set s up for a long good future like Liverpool’s young defence. Similar to Pool, we need a leader of supreme quality to lead the line.



04 Jun 2017 14:49:49
Are you aware of anything to suggest Ramsey, the Ox or Walcott might be on the move this summer?

I can't see any wanting to stay without knowing they'll get some decent game time. Although ox is hopefully getting that now, I understand there might be interest from at least 1 other club for him. Unless Ramsey starts alongside xhaka, can't see him getting regular time, and not a great position for him anyway. if ozil is demanding crazy money I'd let him go and give Ramsey his chance in the position. Theo getting even less time with new formation.


1.) 04 Jun 2017 16:49:14
No disrespect Jim where would they go?
Ox maybe to Liverpool but Theo on those wages, who else would pay him so much? Besides he had his best ever season with us last season so personally I'm happy if he stays but wouldn't be gutted if he left either.
Ramsey! Where would he go, who would want him? Chelsea Spurs Utd City Barcelona Real? He was awful last season and I like the lad but he has had one good season so far in his career.

2.) 04 Jun 2017 18:36:43
He's played out of possition though g62.

3.) 04 Jun 2017 19:34:31
True Sanogo mate but where is his best position? I'd say Ozils position myself and if Mesut leaves I'd be happy to give him every chance there.
He was excellent for Wales at Euro 2016, wide right he's poor and in the middle undisaplined usually which we just can't afford for him to be, he likes to try the spectacular which when it comes off is brilliant but apart from that one season more often than not he's wasteful through trying to much clever stuff.

4.) 04 Jun 2017 23:01:06
Hello Mr 62.
I hear what you're saying but I don't really know the inner workings of football hence my questions to the eds!

From a layman's point of view, if I were Theo and felt as though I was a decent player, I'd not be happy to sit on the bench behind Danny, Olly and Alexis and get limited games in the prem and some cup games in my prime years so I'd take a pay cut to go to someone like Everton or west ham if they'd want me and hopefully prove my quality. I really don't think he's happy just taking the money. I still wouldn't be surprised if he stays with a view to keeping squad depth though, but surely we don't want those kind of wages for a squad player and figured the club and him would want him to move on.

As for Rambo, I think it's similar to the ox who most had written off the past 2 seasons. he's been played out of position and shown flashes of his ability but let down by his defensive work. I think a lot of clubs would want him at a reasonable price and if played with freedom to get forward could still recapture his forn from his great season.

5.) 05 Jun 2017 00:58:04
Can see Walcott moving on. He had a decent season for us but despite the good stats he's just too unreliable injury wise. Ramsey I think has found his position next to Xhaka in that 3-4-3 and I have time for anyone who's won us two cups. Ox looks to be staying this summer, but needs to find his position soon, whether wingback, winger, or CM because his time is running out.

6.) 05 Jun 2017 01:20:27
Jim if you worked in london would you take a 50% paycut to move up north and drag your settled family up with you. Because that's basically what will have to happen.

7.) 05 Jun 2017 08:17:47
That's the problem we have Jim, we have given very high rewards to players who haven't really achieved all we hoped they would, every player would rather be playing than sitting on the bench but they are unlikely to take a huge pay cut and as Steve said move their settled family to get a regular game.
I don't think Theo is unhappy at Arsenal so it makes no sense for him to move anywhere unless a club that could offer him a regular place plus more chance of winning things plus match his wages.
I think when we all say get rid of this that or the other players we should realise a contract is a two way thing and while a player under contact can't leave without the club agreeing the club can't simply ditch a player who has 3 or 4 years left on his deal.
Bentner is a good example of this.

8.) 05 Jun 2017 10:19:21
Fair point Steve. That's why I thought west might be realistic, but why not palace as well.

And honestly Steve, yes I would take a cut. Better than 3 or 4 more years of a bit part when they could still earn decent money elsewhere and get a lot more enjoyment and see exactly what they're capable of.

Rambo and ox contracts are up next summer, part of the reason I asked, so perhaps if they don't sign new contracts they will have to go this summer? If they stay, I'd presume they are being told they will be getting regular starts which means no new central midfield additions?

Theos contracts up in 2019 though, when he's 30, so I guess if he stays this summer he's staying until then.

9.) 05 Jun 2017 15:11:07
Respect what you say but you are in a minority of people who would take a paycut and move to a less competative company. My opinion. Theo isn't unhappy, so that makes it even more unlikely. But who knows.



02 Jun 2017 16:30:12
Really hoping the rumours about the Ox to Liverpool aren't true for our sake, but if it's true, might be better for him and wouldn't begrudge him any success.

Personally I'd like to give Perez a proper chance too before selling him. I thought he looked good every time he played.


1.) 02 Jun 2017 16:59:17
I'm with you on the Ox Jim, if he's ever going to be all he can be it won't be with us unfortunately.
At Arsenal he's always subbed or left out regardless of how well he's playing, most clubs and managers have a player or a couple of players who for some reason they find easier to drop or sub than the rest and for us Ox is it.
Good luck to the boy I wish him the best.

2.) 02 Jun 2017 20:32:49
looks mint playing RWB. Unfortunately i believe he will play his best under a new manager, as Wenger has signed a new deal i can't see it being with us. New challenge needed.



30 May 2017 13:22:36
I saw one online football rag saying Alexis Sanchez will be given 100 million if he stays.


1.) 30 May 2017 13:29:52
hes gone mate. i just don't see it happening, we won't pony up the money but we will gladly take it.

2.) 30 May 2017 18:56:49
Money is one thing and we can throw all we have at Sanchez but the lad wants to win big prizes and compete on all fronts so let the bloke go and do all he can to realise all that ambition that so obviously runs through every vein in his body.
He's been great for us and absolutely no one has given more than him the last 3 seasons, if he goes it won't be him who's let us down and we should totally respect that and if he ever returns with his mew club we should give him a standing ovation.
No more bitterness towards players who leave to achieve their ambitions they couldn't achieve with us imo.




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05 Sep 2020 09:27:43
Am I missing something, or does england have no left back in the squad? Does that mean GS will be going a with a back 3 and AMN as a right wing back?!


1.) 05 Sep 2020 13:04:02
*Left wing back.



15 Aug 2020 23:36:33
Well, things aren't all bad.

We're the second most successful English club this season behind an incredible Liverpool team :)

and over the past 7 seasons:

Man City: Prem x3, FA Cup x1
Chelsea: Prem x 2, FA Cup x1
Liverpool: Prem x1
Leicester: Prem x1
Arsenal: FA cup x 4

Man U: FA cup x 1

Spurs: must try harder.


1.) 17 Aug 2020 12:24:10
United Chelsea (2) and Liverpool have all won European trophies in that period. Easy to argue they are more important than the the two domestic cups.



23 Jul 2020 18:15:05
Auba is doing brilliantly.
But Laca is better.
Sell Auba, keep Laca, use the money elsewhere?


1.) 23 Jul 2020 19:10:51
You need to start a Laca over Auba group Jim, DG will definitely sign up:-)
Fair play if that's your opinion mate.

2.) 23 Jul 2020 19:29:15
I've accepted we will lose Auba so now I'm watching all the rumours for a replacement .

3.) 23 Jul 2020 20:59:18
Eddie and Martinelli Sally:-)

4.) 23 Jul 2020 22:37:49
Is Eddie ready to fill those big boots do you think G62?

5.) 23 Jul 2020 23:04:46
Eddie isn't, but Martinelli is. I like Eddie's work ethic and his amazing finishing ability but he needs to start offering more if he wants to justify a starting place.

6.) 24 Jul 2020 10:06:20
I'd like to see Eddie and Martinelli given the chance Sally and would much rather see that than yet another Pepe fanfare signing that fizzles out faster than the bubbles from a bottle of pomange :-)



30 Apr 2020 13:28:39
Hiya Eds. With the cancelation of lots of games across different leagues around Europe and possibly here too or games played behind closed doors, and the associated lost revenue, presumably it will impact smaller teams hardest. That said, there seems to be three main things that could have a key role in affecting how larger clubs un all euro leagues approach transfers/ youth in the short/ medium term and that's their cash reserves and debt, the strength of their youth team and setup, and the mixture of owner/ board types - those that see their clubs predominantly as a profitmaking business and those that don't.

Although it's been made clear that arsenal spent future monies on Pepe, I think we've still got a lot of money in the bank? It would be very interesting to get your thoughts on how arsenal stand compared to other top half prem teams financially regarding a need to sell players to balance the books in the current climate?

But also, if there's a drop in transfer prices due to less money being available, and therefore maybe more reluctance for clubs to want to sell and players less likely to move to lower contracts than they would previously have got, is there any indication of whether clubs (particularly arsenal) are looking more seriously to put more money into their youth setups, or actually to cut the money from youth to help fund the mens team?

Thanks :)


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are not in a good place.}



29 Apr 2020 11:53:51
Hello Gooners. I hope you're all staying healthy. I was just thinking about how we're looking for the future, and realised we're actually in fairly good shape.

Our older players make up most of the expected starting 11:

CF - Auba (30) / Laca (28)
LW - Auba (30)
M - Ozil (31) Xhaka (27)
CB - Luiz (33) Sok (31) Mari (26) Must (28)
Rb - Soares (28) Chambers (25)
Lb - Kolas (26) / Soares

But we have a full starting 11 of younger players who have all shown they can player at top level, which is great for the future:

CF - Martinelli (18) / Nketiah (18)
LW - Saka (18) / Martinelli (18)
RW - Pepe (24) / Nelson (20)
CM - Torr (24) Guen (21) Willock (20) Smith-Rowe (19)
LB - Tierney (22)
CB - Holding (24) Mavrop (22) Saliba (19)
RB - Bell (25)


1.) 29 Apr 2020 19:35:21
Yep - but central midfield still looks like an issue as it always has been.

Big problem if we don’t retain at least Auba as I’m not sure an 18 year old can carry our front line all season. I’m not convinced by Eddie yet either.

I’d include up to 26 year olds which gives defence a boost long term but still the same weakness since Silva left.

Not sure I see any real leaders in that pack either - same issue again still.

2.) 29 Apr 2020 23:32:28
And your mid table with all these players as of now.




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09 Sep 2020 10:45:51
5kywalker, just correcting your typo:

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01 Aug 2020 00:39:09
:) Well, i can't say I watched Liverpool a lot, but I was impressed by coutinho in lots of the games. Barcelona has really shown his deficiencies though, or more kindly, that you don't get anywhere near the most out of his skills when everything isn't set up to play to his strengths. Old Poggles on the other hand seems to have everything, but that includes an ego, and its that which seems key to him as a player. i'm worried that fernandes was exactly what man u needed for poggles to work off and show he's better than.




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31 Jul 2020 20:09:32
I thought coutinho was sublime at Liverpool, but he was given free reign because of the hard work of the rest of the team (like firmino) . Glenn, I have to agree with Mokey. I think ozil is technically better than coutinho and he would suffer the same fate as ozil - not enough in place to get the best out of such luxury.


{Ed047's Note - not anywhere regularly enough for me Jim and Özil a much better player, when he actually plays.

Coutinho is a perfect straight swap for Pogba for me, two totally over rated and over priced players if ever I saw them.



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11 Jun 2020 22:12:13
Hiya 62. Yeah. Shame about theo not being played through the middle earlier. As for injuries, with him, Aaron, jack and the ox I can't recall how often they were injured (well, Jack I can) but as they were injured whilst employed by the club, the club had some responsibility and with Wenger's loyalty, took some wrong decisions.

With Tierney, the club made a decision to sign him with all the injury information out there. If they get rid now, the decision makers to sign him need to go too.




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09 Jun 2020 19:27:17
As for theo he wasn't sold because of his injury record. He used to get so much unwarranted flak on here and fans generally. He used to make runs but either the players or the tactics meant they were generally wasted. The season before his last, he was mostly played from the bench all season and at the end of that season people wanted him gone. He actually scored 19 goals in 39 appearences that season. From the bench! What more can you ask of a loyal player than that! (Admittedly the salary seemed high but that's down to the club) . I just checked and Laca scored 17 in 39 the next season and 19 in 49 the following. Theo wasn't strong enough and maybe not good enough really, but don't think it's fair to slag him off. It wasn't always his fault especially that we would knock the ball around the opposition box rather than a quick ball to release him. Just saying. :)





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25 Oct 2020 12:10:42
Spanner, why kind of business/ club/ manager would have your highest paid member of staff, and record holder in your specialism barred from working, even if they couldn't do exactly what you wanted? They're proven to have talent. On top of that, for footballers you're not just wasting the wage and bonus, you're also cutting your nose off to show your face by decreasing the chance of selling the player on. Terrible business financially!

And if the fans are paying, are the club not just throwing the fans money away?

Surely from a purely playing perspective you'd have him on the bench for a key set piece or moment of brilliance, or even just when we're 3 nil up to rest others legs. The only reason to exclude him from Europe league on the basis of just not being wanted is that every other player there is really needed. I don't believe that for a second. The argument about home grown players sounds plausible but very unlikely, and if that's the reason then surely the club management are guilty of financial negligence!




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24 Oct 2020 14:04:51
I'm with you Oxford, and Sy, Sw and 62 below. IMO ozils treatment is down to what's happened with China and the national team. The club are either under pressure to banish him or feel its needed to keep others in line.

I do wonder how many fan's season tickets have had to be used to pay ozils wages and bonus etc. and if I was a season ticket holder I would have considered starting a petition to demand my money wasn't wasted and that ozil should be played! (Regardless that it wouldn't happen ofc)

Personally I think the fan's deserve a clear and believable explanation and i think it's shameful that ozil (and any person) is treated this way by their employer. Its humiliating and don't think its in the teams interest. There is no plausible reason for him not to be included in the squad. Something else is at play. If he's breached his contract the club should make it public. If not, feels like discrimination and I hope he takes things further.




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05 Sep 2020 13:04:02
*Left wing back.




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04 Sep 2020 14:06:52
No-one can be certain how AMN will do Welsh, but surely he's earned a chance and do we want to risk another gnabry? Ill be fuming if Elneny got game time there before he does. But let see what happens.




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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! :)