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06 Apr 2021 11:15:12
Talk of Odegaard being offered out to other PL clubs this Summer, let’s hope he’s that happy with us he stays.


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have no option to buy him.

Martin Odegaard (RW/AM) Arsenal beat Real Sociedad to a loan in January but have no option to buy. Real Madrid are happy to include him on a lengthy list of players that they are open to selling or including in exchanges in the summer - and that may suit Seville who have a player that Real Madrid are showing an interest in. Ideally Real Madrid would like an auction for him but will seek €40M for a cash sale. Arsenal would consider him on a permanent deal but it depends on finances which are tight.}

1.) 07 Apr 2021 20:20:25
If he has good options it's difficult to think why he would want to be at Arsenal next season.

Reasons staying would be game time he gets at Arsenal.

Reasons for not staying are it's highly likely we won't be playing European football next season plus there is nothing apart from wishful thinking to argue Arsenal will be any different next season under Arteta than they were last season or are this season under Arteta.

I don't know the lad and maybe there are reasons I'm not aware of why he would want to be at Arsenal next season but there certainly isn't any obvious reason to think he would.



05 Oct 2020 19:10:57
Partey isn’t done yet - I’d be amazed if we were to get him.


1.) 14 Oct 2020 10:09:55
Are you not amazed?!?!



05 Oct 2020 10:38:57
Guendozy and Torriera gone then, does this mean a midfielder coming in?


{Ed002's Note - There is a chance. Arsenal enquired after Maxime Lopez (but were told he is heading elsewhere) and Morgan Sanson (but wanted a loan exchange with Guendouzi and/or Saliba) and Marseille would not consider that unless there was an obligation to buy and Thauvin was sold. Arsenal have asked again about Amadou Diawara but I am not sure that there is sufficient time to do anything. Later it may become clearer.}

1.) 05 Oct 2020 11:55:01
Ed that’s great info to have at hand with things changing so quickly.
Greatly appreciated I hope you have the time to respond when available throughout the day and keep us informed. ✌️.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 13:21:39
Great insight. Thanks Ed. Still shambolic but I’d be happy with Diawara.




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10 Apr 2021 14:12:30
Long discussion on soccer Saturday about Arsenal - Mersin thinks MA’s job is safe regardless of the EL outcome . Most pundits think the club are going nowhere and have spent dreadfully . All words echoed on here.


1.) 10 Apr 2021 15:29:52
I'm pleased to hear Merson thinks Mikel is safe, happy days 🖒 I wounder who our new manager will be this summer 😀

I really liked Merson as a player but as a pundit he's definitely not the wisest in the land 😎.

2.) 10 Apr 2021 15:54:03
His comment was on the basis who would want to come and start a rebuild at a failing club.

3.) 10 Apr 2021 17:04:24
Maybe I'm biased mate but I think we are a brilliant opportunity for the right man who has the right combination of passion vision and ability, I realise it's a huge combination but we are far far from a lost cause and the right man is out there.

People will obviously point to the Edu interference putting people off joining us but with what we already there is already enough to challenge for top 4 ( Leicester squad isn't as good as ours ) and once a new manager achieves top credentials despite Edu he will be mote powerful than Edu as the club won't dare let him walk and risk the fans furry.

Arteta is complicit with Kia Edu and co because he knows that makes him useful despite his inability.

4.) 10 Apr 2021 23:03:01
We are definitely a brilliant opportunity for any manager with ambition. We frequently use the phrase in sport class is permanent form is temporary and that goes for our club. Just about 5 years ago we were the 5/ 6th biggest club on the earth based on revenue, and in football terms that’s like 5 minutes ago. I don’t look at Inter Milan and say they are fallen and will never recover, and it’s the same with us. Unfortunately I haven’t seen any evidence that our current manager is the one to turn our fortune around, but someone will, and it will be soon.

5.) 11 Apr 2021 10:47:22
epping gooner, Inter milan have ambition and are a bigger club than us internationally. Inter milan have ambition as evidenced by the signings they are making and the quality of coaching at the club.

We arsenal, have zero ambition and it stems from the owner; A disinterested owner with no knowledge of European football. The end result is catastrophic. I don't see us winning anything meaningful with silent stan at the helm.

6.) 11 Apr 2021 12:10:56
I just don't see what you see with Stan Punani mate.

He's invested a lot of money in players to try and make us better.

He may not have enough understanding or abilty to run a successful football club but to accuse him of having zero ambition isn't backed up by the facts.
Just because he doesn't attend games in person or give interviews making fantastic statements of intent that does not mean he doesn't care or want Arsenal to be brilliant again.

Stan delegates because he accepts his limited knowledge of football, he gave Arsene a free hand and in Arsenes own words Stan gave him everything he asked for and refused him nothing.

Stans crime is poor delegation not lack of ambition.



09 Apr 2021 11:26:01
Dick Emery had an away win last night, funny 😄 if he win the EL this year.


1.) 09 Apr 2021 13:07:32
Good ebening for him.

2.) 09 Apr 2021 20:58:49
He's actually a good EL manager and got us to 1 out of 1 finals.
The problem for Emery at Arsenal was we want more than just EL football and EL league position finishes.

Arsene was a CL last 16 manager
Emery a EL champion
Arteta is a Brexit manager who wants as little to do with Europe as possible 😎.



05 Apr 2021 21:49:35
KT now stands at 485 days injured in 4 and a bit years not including what is about to come up which going on reports could be it for the season get the lad from Palace.


1.) 05 Apr 2021 22:22:28
To be fair even including the times he's not available he's still more consistent than Nacho Gibbs and Kol put together 🤗

Who ever we sign is going to have times accept only playing when Tierney isn't available as there is no way we could afford or attract better than Tierney himself.

2.) 05 Apr 2021 23:38:48
I know mate I’m making the point for us to be consistent we have to have good strength in depth, time and time again we say KT has been our best player then we need a quality replacement to keep the raids down the left side going .

Just watched G Neville talk about the front 6, he has a point.

3.) 06 Apr 2021 23:34:15
Eh? Best thing about Nacho was his consistency. A bit slow but you could set your watch to him.

4.) 07 Apr 2021 00:18:54
What did he say Ox?

5.) 07 Apr 2021 08:39:45
True Wire mate, Nacho was better than he was given credit for, he was so often left terrible exposed by those around him.

6.) 07 Apr 2021 23:26:34
SY, he gave examples of the lack of work rate and desire and he was spot on, let’s see what happens Thursday night, I bet we are more committed which might back up some people’s argument that we have given up on the PL.



05 Apr 2021 21:45:56
Will bring this up again KT, I know 62 doesn’t agree but the left back misses more than he plays we need a replacement for sure, I’m afraid this is something we have to deal with the guys game means he is always going to have spells injured.


1.) 05 Apr 2021 22:26:20
It's a fair comment mate, I was so Wrong about him last summer I've decided never to say a bad word about Tierney ever again 😎.



05 Apr 2021 08:56:48
A half full stadium when fans return is the only something will be done about Arteta which is probably why he will start next season as Manager.


1.) 05 Apr 2021 10:07:44
I think we have to wait and see what the clubs reaction is to a 10th place season, I say 10th place season because that's what's it's been in the main.

It's illogical to believe the club are happy for us to merely stay in the premier league as the money they have invested in the team suggests they want more than that themselves.

We tend to run away with the idea it's us v the club but in truth I think club and fans have more that Unites us than separates us.

It makes no sense whatever to think the club wants the team to fail.

2.) 05 Apr 2021 11:37:20
If the club are happy with that then that’s us done surely they can be happy with that,

3.) 05 Apr 2021 11:44:55
I'm still pretty adamant it doesn't matter which manager is in charge with some of these players who don't seem to care. Personally think arteta should be given one more season with a proper transfer window.

That being said our all round performances have not been good enough and must improve.

4.) 05 Apr 2021 12:58:28
The facts are D mate under Arteta we finished in our lowest position for 25 years last season and we look all set to finish even lower this time round.

Would United City Chelsea Liverpool accept that from any manager regardless if it was Klopp Pep Ole or Tuchel, I think one record low finish would be enough at those clubs and it is unimaginable that any of them would retain a manager who made it 2 out 2 record low finishes.

It's crazy that Mikel can get away with at Arsenal what Gérard Cantona Kompany wouldn't get away with at their old clubs and Lampard didn't get away it Chelsea, why is that I wonder.

5.) 05 Apr 2021 14:25:19
I can see what you're saying 62 however those clubs mentioned I feel they should be expected to do better as they have the squad to do better plus the resources for a quick change. Just look how much lampard spent in the summer. If we sack arteta now I think results will pick up until the same players lose that new manager buzz and stop trying then we will be having the same convo.

Of course I could well be wrong but I think this is always going to be a long term change. However next season we need to start seeing improvement now many players are leaving and being replaced with hopefully hungrier players willing to play for the club.

{Ed077's Note - a few weeks ago most on here were saying the Man Utd squad isn't any better than Arsenal and now it's the squad holding Arteta back?
Also did you actually pick up much when Arteta arrived? In the past year or so since his arrival Arsenal have never really threatened top 6 places from what I recall. He has a lot to prove and not enough credit in the bank left. And Arsenal did spend a fair bit of cash in the summer too, it's not like your transfer activity has been restricted severely due to lack of funds. No team spent like Chelsea I agree but Arsenal did spend a similar sum to Man Utd and Liverpool.

6.) 05 Apr 2021 14:29:43
I worry it’s because we have an owner who doesn’t overly care where we finish or what we win, as long as the value of his booked assets increases. To be fair the salary we awarded PEA and Ozil, plus some of our signings, doesn’t quite match that plan, but I suspect once PEA goes our overall salary bill will come down substantially in the next few years. Expect to see more free transfers of has beens, youngsters and cheaper signings from less fashionable teams/ leagues. I hope I am wrong and would love to see Kronke come out and say our current position/ football is unacceptable. You are. Or react g62 in that Kronke NFL franchise did win the Superbowl a couple of years back, and I was hoping he got the taste of enjoying being a winner that would flow through to us as well. However that doesn’t seem to be the case, and actually I am no NFL expert, but I belieive the win was quite a shock, in that they are not one of the top teams. I fear that Kronke is a big believer in the Moneyball style, which may work in some American sports, but I am not sure it works quite as well in football. Plus that technique is really to try and help lower teams compete with the bigger teams. However, 5 years ago we were listed as the 6th biggest football team in the world based on revenue, just behind Bayern and in front of Juventus. Now I suspect we are more on a level with the Southamptons and West Ham’s of the world. We don’t need Moneyball, we need a club and owner that realises it belongs in the top tier of world football, and act like it.

7.) 05 Apr 2021 15:53:24
I know more about Krytonite than I do American football Epping mate but I do remember people used to always be mentioning Stans poor record of success in the NFL as proof of his lack of ambition in sport and at Arsenal, well until his team won the superbowl that is, suddenly non Stan fans failed to the NFL again as it no longer supported thier argument against Stan to talk about the NFL.

I only try to see what is there to be seen by all rather than go on other people's personal feelings about Stan.

And to be fair how do we know Stan doesn't care?

He's pumped loads of money into the team and over the last 5 seasons we've been the 3rd highest spenders in the premier league.
Before the last 5 years? Well that's debatable as some like to say the club starved Arsene of funds while others point out the club kept saying money was there if Arsene wanted it and even Arsene himself said Stan had never denied him anything he asked him for at Arsenal.

I know silent Stan isn't popular but I do think he's an easy target for those who don't want to blame whoever is the current manager at that time.

8.) 05 Apr 2021 16:45:24
Ed077 you're quite right we didn't really pick up when he took over I can't deny that. Perhaps I'm living in hope but I do feel we've seen some improvements on the way but I honestly feel regardless of who is in charge of this squad we won't go anywhere. So many just don't seem to care and whilst I do think arteta should be given one more season he should rightly so be criticised by the board as we should be expecting better.

I just hope in this next window we continue to get rid of high wage players who don't turn up to play for the badge.

{Ed077's Note - Arsenal seem to take 1 little step ahead and then go back 2 steps. And I dont think Arteta has earned much credit this season. I dont necessarily see him getting sacked at the end of the season but his position will be under serious threat next season if you dont start well.}

9.) 05 Apr 2021 16:50:54
Arteta doesn't deserve another window.

10.) 05 Apr 2021 17:12:07
Pretty sure he refinanced the club by repaying the bank loan and replacing with a lower interest personal loan with better covenants that freed up 30m to spend plus interest savings

Do they have high expectations / standards for our club - not 100% sure as the fans sacked Wenger not the board.

They never stated they expect a top four finish from Emery or Arteta

Are they more interested in running like a business Vs winning - not convinced yet

Is the squad strong enough to finish top 5 - I think so

Has the club invested a lot of money - yes

Has the club addressed our weaknesses - CD yes, CDM yes, Number 10 yes

Does Arteta have a lot to answer for due to constantly changing our line up, poor player management, failure to make decent in game changes - YES

Does Arteta have the experience and know how to manage a top club, big names and high fan expectations?

Are there alternatives - yes

So - what should the board do? Stick or twist

What we can’t do is keep flipping from Arteta knows best then sack him. I’ve not been won over since he started. If we are honest - we all hoped he could do it but no one could say he can get us top 4. That combined with - giving him 3 years makes us so below our competitors it’s a joke. No other top flight club would put up with this. If we do - we aren’t top flight and we could end up like Leeds.

11.) 05 Apr 2021 17:29:28
I think the club will let Mikel go this summer, why?

Simoly because we sacked our last 2 mangers who could only manage EL qualification but not CL qualificatio through the league.

It would be bizarre to accept 8th and 10th place and 2 out of 2 non EL qualification finishes but deem 5th or 6th from our greatest ever manager or 5th place from his successor as not good enough.

You'd have to question the club if they did retain Arteta but not Arsene or Emery.

12.) 06 Apr 2021 17:21:19
I’d definitely say the squad is stronger than the past 5 or so years - therefore surely Arteta should be outperforming the last two managers sacked due to performances.




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02 Jan 2021 10:07:44
Averaging a goal every 15 games currently. no thanks.




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20 Dec 2020 17:30:18
Bang on Fanatic, in fact next year could be worse, this new strain moves quicker than the original.




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05 Oct 2020 15:57:33
Fingers crossed for this.





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14 Apr 2021 16:27:21
On form - Chambers at RB.




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14 Apr 2021 09:37:36
I’m with Welsh

No thank you.




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12 Apr 2021 21:08:13
Very good 62 😂.




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12 Apr 2021 14:04:16
Picks his victims that won’t give him a backlash, I’m not a fan of Chambers but he’s starting to prove me wrong.




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11 Apr 2021 23:26:19
Which has backed up my point about KT Sally, Xhaka playing LB shows how we need to seriously look at that position.