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04 Aug 2020 10:08:12
Ed,
If you have the time could you please clarify the clubs position, to the best of your knowledge, on where they are focusing in strengthening the squad and what players they are targeting please?
Your insight would be great for us to be able to understand the extent of the current poor practice going on within the clubs hierarchy.
Realistically we need a powerful dynamic CM and someone who can play between the lines in an attacking midfield role. Outside of that I feel we have cover in every position if we retain the majority of the squad for at least one more season and see if Arteta can continue to get improvement out of them.
Being linked with Willian and Fernandez and some of these other players is a major concern right now considering we have Saka/ Martinelli/ Pepe etc.
Signings like Willian will do one of two things, stunt the young players or lead to another Ozil situation where our resources are hit for years to come.
This Willian thing smacks of buddy back scratching and that our club is being taken for a ride. It's almost like Stan's lack of presence is getting exploited by opportunism where this agent is concerned.
More and more I am questioning whether Edu is completely naive here or whether he is consciously threatening the long term stability of the club on and off the pitch.
As always your input would be appreciated.

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - The links to Willian and Fernandes, and the recruitment of Luiz the push for Kurzawa and the discussions over Coutinho are all down to Kia Joorabchian who is indeed, via Edu, taking the club (his club) for a ride. The total cost for David Luiz for the initial one year deal was £24M. I have explained this since last summer when David Luiz joined (and he is not even David's agent). As I have explained elsewhere about Reguilon, if Arsenal lost Tierney he would be offered up.

I will provide a list of players who Arsenal still maintain an interest in when time allows later this week.}


1.) 04 Aug 2020 11:45:06
Thanks Ed.
This is shocking from a club of our size and reputation that it is resorting to player recruitment not through need of suitability but consulting one intermediary who’s motivation lies in the financial reward he stands to attain by facilitating the moves.
Absolutely shocking to think that this guy can declare himself an Arsenal fan and have a reputation for back door dealings and those criteria are the only things he needs to get Edus trust with regards to recruiting players. I can only conclude that Edu is knowingly complicit in this ongoing filtering of Arsenals funds to his mate.
I suppose the next question is, how is this misappropriation of the clubs finances being missed or overlooked by the Kroenkes
Surely this type of dodgy dealing would see Edu removed from his position once the details of the Luiz deal alone were investigated?
Thanks for your reply ed.

{Ed002's Note - This is not misappropriation of funds, just a very badly run club. This has been done to death.}


2.) 04 Aug 2020 11:52:13
I was under the impression Luiz was represented by an agency that Joorabchian is a partner in. But yes, we are letting ourselves become an agent's plaything, presumably with the reasoning that it let's us compete for better players or whatever. Makes me feel a bit ill.

{Ed002's Note - Kia acted as a third party to assist DL’s agents - both were paid very well.}


3.) 04 Aug 2020 17:48:59
If arsenal lost Tierney! I have to assume to injury as they'd be mad to sell him.

{Ed002's Note - No, I have explained that under certain circumstances there will eb interest.}


4.) 04 Aug 2020 18:46:43
For ages Ed02 has said we were poorly run and I just thought it was incompetence. Now it seems much darker than that . Let’s just hope those circumstances don’t arrive and we sell Tierney . Best pure defender we’ve had in years COYG PS did this Joorabchian agent cause Mislintat to leave? If so unforgivable.


5.) 04 Aug 2020 19:19:15
* Don’t 👀👀 ( sell Tierney) COYG.


6.) 05 Aug 2020 00:39:59
Why would you assume that Sussex? Seems like nonsense to me. I thought the reasons Mislintat left were very well documented and were due to a power struggle at the very top prior to Edu even arriving at the club.


7.) 05 Aug 2020 08:05:40
My understanding was Sanlehi moved us towards buying players via network of connections eg Dennis Suarez ( remember him from Barcelona) rather than recommendations from Mislintat. This would annoy anyone. It’s a short step to appointing Edu and utilising his contacts too very closed outlook. Regardless the current situation is a concern COYG.


8.) 05 Aug 2020 12:56:52
Even if Chelsea big Chilwell and Leicester come knocking for Tierney there is no way that deal happens.
Tierney epitomises what we need and has achieved a certain level of cult status already amongst fans, his name is the most printed in sales of the new shirt.
It would take a few larger than the one Leicester would get for Chilwell to tempt Arteta who clearly is a fan.
Not worried about a Tierney sale.
I’d sooner loose Auba.


 

 

17 Jun 2020 13:48:46
Hey Ed,
Have you any information regarding Ryan Frazier's impending transfer to a new club?
I know we were interested in the recent past and he was receptive to links to Arsenal also. This transfer would make more sense now than ever, so I'm just wondering what your understanding may be of the situation.
Thanks.

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - Ryan Fraser (LW/RW) there is interest from Crystal Palace and Spurs.}


1.) 17 Jun 2020 17:38:11
Thank you ed.


 

 

 

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07 Oct 2020 21:42:51
Look Ed I’m not looking to stir the pot here I’m on the site here singing your praises for years and always appreciate your knowledge and input.
I just find it unusual that a guy with your depth of knowledge and understanding of how these things can go sometimes seems to have a personal issue with this.
We are ‘bottom of the pile’ . who’s pile? Who’s at the top? Who’s the bench mark?
You can say ‘few clubs’ behave as we have but that is misleading because if you want to be honest you will admit that many of the top 7 clubs in each of the top leagues ALL behave this way or worse.
Respectfully I still agree with the principles you are advocating for, but is this isn’t the worst act we’ve seen in recent years and I feel your knowledge of the background issues plaguing the club at hierarchy level are tilting your hand a little heavier on the club than normally would be the case.
I go in on my club when I need to but I’ll also back them when I feel it’s warranted and I respect your right to have an alternative point of view. ✌️.

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - You are not getting it - the club have moved to disruption and the lack of respect. The other clubs share respect of each other and Liverpool have been ostracised due to their dreadful behaviour - Arsenal have decided to join them in the football gutter. Constant attempts to blame others is pathetic.}


 

 

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07 Oct 2020 17:10:16
The whole idea behind the writing of that longwinded post was that I’d hoped it could be taken in context and not reduced to deflecting onto the two clubs I mentioned.
Atletico had ample time to retain the players services, reward him financially and increase his buy out all at once by offering an improved contract. they didn’t even enter into discussions with him. They thought they could retain his services and pay him peanuts in comparison to his team mates and you want us to be sorry for them on ethical grounds? Come on now.
Liverpool were mentioned because they have run afoul of actual governing bodies (not ethics police) and yet as they have gone on to Champions League glory and PL success these misdemeanours go unmentioned, because rightfully so on field success is what takes focus at the end of the day.
I come on here to get away from the nonsense everywhere else online and I’ve to read we’re incompetent penny pinchers when we can’t get deals done and that we are gutter trash halfwits when we legally do a good deal.
I hope you do not think this is coming from a place of disrespect but as someone who follows your posts on numerous fans pages, I am struggling to see at what point this club can do right in your eyes.
I suppose the best way I can put it is to ask you where this deal ranks in comparison with recent years actual offences by clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and City in transfer dealings? Not to mention some of the biggest European teams approach to underhanded played recruitment.
Yes I am referring to other clubs once more because they occupy the same landscape and are supposed to adhere to the same guidelines so I have to reference them when looking for context from you as to why you hold this particular transaction in such contempt when it seems pretty mild in comparison to other clubs antics?

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - The club should behave responsibly like other clubs. Clearly they see themselves as above this. Few clubs are that arrogant.}


 

 

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07 Oct 2020 13:22:13
I’m a little confused Ed.
Partey was Atleticos asset, their last negotiation fixed this buyout clause. Parteys contract could have been prioritised long before we registered any interest based on his performances but they neglected to reward him with new terms and a new contract that could have eliminated any such option if they wished.
You yourself have stated all summer that they were open to selling a number of players outright without potential reinvestment just to balance their books. In fact they are a good comparison to us in the sense they have spent outside their means in recent times with a view to reaching a certain level of on field success, which is what I have read numerous times you have stated arsenal are doing, spending contingency monies in anticipation of CL football.
I’m completely aware of how important a code of conduct is when it comes to business, especially cyclical business like this where you will cross paths frequently with the same representatives.
However, the current Arsenal structure do not represent Arsenal FC traditionally and one arguably unethical act does not cast a shadow on how we conducted ourselves historically. They may be gone in 4 years and as with other clubs unsavoury antics in times find by, they will be forgotten.
The issue here is Athletico did not reward THEIR player having had ample opportunity, they wanted to keep him on as their lowest paid player while performing aswel wasn’t other in their squad. They would not negotiate with us when approached in the natural way did the player as they did not want to sell him at the price. None of this is our issue as it was not the issue when we were forced to sell our best over the last 12 years when we suffered both the selling of our best to rivals and then being told our club was weak and regressive for doing so.
This morning I’m supposed to feel ashamed of my club based on your information, which I always respect, but I won’t do it.
I’m not going to be told we’re headless chickens and clueless when we can’t get a big deal done but then told we’re unethical and gutter thrash when we do after what us fans have witnessed and endured with other transfer windows.
Liverpool we’re illegally approaching youth players and the families not so long ago but what happens on the pitch is what people talk about.
And what happens on the pitch at Arsenal right now by far outweighs what’s happening with any halfwit in a negotiation with Marseille for me.
Seems to me we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - All Spanish players must have buy out clauses. Trying to blame Atletico Madrid is absolutely pathetic. It is nothing to do with Liverpool either.}


 

 

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05 Oct 2020 12:22:43
Cheers Ed.

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05 Oct 2020 12:00:39
Ed, could I trouble you to inquire who the clubs are that could move for Partey considering we will not have the money to meet his valuation?

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - Pretty much anyone who is left needing a DM and has €50M in cash. But now it is very late and most of what will happen will be loans.}


 

 

 

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08 Dec 2020 10:33:55
Quick question lefty.
The team have to play to Aubas strengths so he can be the player he wants and be happy? I thinks that’s the logic?
There may be some validity in that.
However, can I just ask, when the boot is on the other foot and other players and the TEAM need their strengths to be played to, where is he
Doesn’t press, doesn’t contest 50/ 50s either aerially or on the floor, doesn’t make a second or third run if the first move fizzles out, doesn’t hold the ball up, doesn’t use his own initiative and dig in and lead by example or get behind the ball when we are under pressure. but yeah, the team should give him the opportunity to shoot by doing all of the above in the build up to him receiving the ball. 🤦‍♂️
Nobody is turning on him. We’re not insulting him personally. Footballers are paid extremely well and form is one thing, but lack of application and drive is another and fans eyes don’t lie even if you’d prefer to look the other way.
I’m sick of the pity culture at my club.
It’s time a spade was called a spade. First came the excuses, remember Wenger would blame the weather? Then the fan base started it. For years the players were absolved of any responsibility for poor form, results and the decline of the club as a whole and naturally this lowers the standard when players feel they are above reprimanded or insulated from scrutiny. you wouldn’t rear your kids like this as they wouldn’t survive the real world. yet our silence has contributed to this mediocrity we now witness on a weekly basis and STILL fans want to defend ‘scapegoating’ of players like Bellerin and Xhaka.
If you foul throw 5 times in a season your scapegoating yourself.
Tired of it now.

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07 Dec 2020 08:14:26
Agreed with you until I read the last paragraph. Aubaymeyangs movement is lazy and he’s allowing defenders to between him and the ball, watch the crosses, whichever side they come from he is positions himself at the back post. completely kopping out in relation to challenging in a meaningful way. Anyone who knows football knows you get between the central defenders or threaten the keeper with your presence. the winger or wife forward challenges the back post. He’s feeling sorry for himself and happy to have the manager take the flack and its pathetic. I don’t care if he’s relying on the woefully inept and negative Xhaka at times to start attacks, he could still be showing for the ball and scrapping for possession, he doesn’t even press it’s all token gesture.
As for the comment about 9 players giving 100%, I completely disagree.
Either you are right and they are bang average players with bang average mentalities or I’m right and the likes of Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding are complete bluffers and repeat offenders who shirk responsibility.
Watch the goals again. Bellerin out of position AS USUAL, and Holding BACKPEDDLES to his own 18 yard box and then KOPS OUT by tracking a dummy run that was a secondary threat to Son streaming forward uncontested with the ball out of his feet and nobody closing down. what’s happening here is Holding is wanting someone else to step up here, in his mind he has no conviction to engage and either wants Son to miss his effort or for Leno to save, have some bloody conviction and challenge for the ball.
Second goal, Xhaka is brain dead, he must know his midfield partner is struggling, even tho an injured Partey was still 3 times the player Xhaka was that first half. He never gets that high to support our attack but opts to when we have NO COVER
But let’s not forget another lack of conviction and token gesture piece of play in this. Hector Bellerins ‘cross’ in the build up is so meek and non threatening, just like his on field personality, that it barely needs to be controlled by the Spurs defender to set up a counter attack. He’s one of the few ‘right backs’ in world football who can find himself so often in these positions and not make opposition defenders even stretch to defend. Again it’s a pure lack of conviction and intent, he’s HOPING it falls in front of someone by putting it in an area, he’s not looking to find anyone because he’s actually afraid and lacks the conviction to make a big decision. Even if he fizzes in a cross and it misses every one or goes out the far side it leaves them defending from deep. but a pass cross behind the attacker? Unforgiveable lack of quality and awareness.
And at this stage he can no longer be blamed. FIVE foul throws this season I’ve counted in live games. and they are only the ones he’s been called for he should have been blown yesterday before the red actually called it.
You wouldn’t see it in an under 8’s game.
Yet this guy starts every week for Arsenal FC.
Absolutely mind bending to me how people have diluted their own sense of what it should mean to play for and perform for Arsenal and this is now the problem. A fan base who don’t want to hurt sensitive players like Hectors feelings. absolutely infuriates me.
Look how well some of these are being payed, look at how they apply themselves on average and look at how they apply themselves in adversity, when true character is judged.
If Xhaka, Bellerin and Holding played at 100% then this club is positioned where it belongs.

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02 Dec 2020 12:43:47
What everyone is saying above is correct to a degree. However, if we as fans are going to protest and demand more in times like these, as is our job as a fan base, then we need to take the time to really examine not just the issues, but the root cause.
‘No manager will be able to do anything with our squad, we literally have no creative players’. I’m not having a go at you Olber, but this is indicative of our mentality as Arsenal fans for over a decade now. Isolating and reducing broader and more deep rooted issues to one area thinking this is our major issue, that, once fixed will see us make progress again.
Well let’s just take this issue and break it down.
No creativity in the team. What does that even mean on a basic level? The object of the game is to put the ball past your opponents into the net. The higher level you play the harder it should be. Our players are paid the top 3 in salary in the PL, so we can agree they should be considered elite and high level based on skill and athleticism. When a manager picks a side, you do not solely love and die by his tactics alone. Players are expected to have high levels of professional pride and application when they take to the field, they are to have problems solving skills and conviction and are to be ready to overcome the unexpected.
NOTHING has changed about how the game is played since they started playing at age 7 to now.
So explain to me how they can’t be bothered to even run hard or put their bodies in the way of a clearance or a shot? Explain to me why even the most incapable offensive minded player cannot have the fortitude to show some initiative and at least TRY to drive us forward? Xhaka is neither an offensive or defensive footballer, but for ****sake TRY moving forward at enough pace to hurt the opponent when we are 2-1 down and the games dying out!
They do not, none of them bar Tierney do I see frustrated or trying to throw caution to the wind in pursuit of being the one to make the difference. Is that tactics? Is it coaching? Is it bad luck and your down to 10 men? Is it form? Is it a supposed lack of creativity
No, it’s the culture of the players at the club. Brittle, carefree and weak because they know they’ll still get their salaries on payday and that the manager takes the stick for their lack of drive. You can be sure the lack of a presence from absentee landlord silent Stan doesn’t help in this regard.
But at the end of the day here, it’s 5 losses out of 10 and I challenge anyone here to point to one game where a hard run in behind or a hard tackle or block or a real push as a team to break an opponents defensive line was made in pursuit of a meaningful effort on goal to try and score. Everything is the soft and careful option, NOBODY RUNS AT AN OPPONENT! Nobody takes a player away with an off the ball run to draw the opponent out of position! Are you telling me these so called men are playing this game twenty plus years and don’t have the kop on within a 90 minute framework to try something different to be ‘creative’ in pursuit of reaching the goal which is to score and not only that but they have failed MISERABLY to even come close in these games to upsetting or threatening Brie opposition. It’s embarrassing and we’ve had it with Emery and Freddie also.
To me, Hector Bellerin encapsulates all that is wrong with this club right now. FOUR FOUL THROWS in NINE league games, TWO in one game alone. Against Villa he got shrugged aside like a child for their third goal. He neither runs hard to stretch a team or help out in attack, nor does he put his body on the line in defense, he plays it SAFE every game and they all do and they all think their doing it under the radar and that today’s PC culture should protect them from criticism because they have feelings and plant trees. Yet this guy starts every week. it happened under Wenger for years also. What message does it send when you allow this to be the standard? I mean compare him to Lee Dixon or Lauren. you can’t do it with a straight face.
It’s an absolute joke and none of them should be absolved from this criticism. Lacazette inhaling laughing gas. Mustafi falling on his arse every game me he plays and when you watch training clips he’s acting the clown EVERY time I see a video released.
And now the answer is to bring back Mesut Ozil, the footballer who applies himself the LEAST with regard to what he can offer in games where it might take more energy and exertion than normal to get his team over the line, HE is the answer now Give me a break lads.
The culture at the club is disgusting because the players don’t apply themselves to the fundamental basics of the game. Work harder and run harder than your opponent, earn the right to impose your personality as a team in the game from match to match and find the solutions on the field to get the win, not a draw, A WIN. But watch this team, watch their attitudes when the question is put to them, watch their individual and collective responses, everyone to a man retreats into the safety of sticking to their position and playing the easy pass and retreating into space because not one of them, bar Partey, have the stomach to push through and take the game to the opposition.
I’m absolutely sick of looking at these abject displays for years now and being told the problem is something else.
How can you have Arteta come from spending years at City who were the best pressing side in Europe a couple of seasons ago to here in this moment where NOBODY presses or gets close to putting a foot in either as a team or as an individual, please somebody explain how a defender like Hector Bellerin can go years without ever getting close to the oppositions byline to stretch them or out in a telling cross? He doesn’t block, he doesn’t tackle. but as soon as he’s fit he plays every week for Arsenal, and it’s not just him . but that’s the culture in this Shambles of a club right now and until more is demanded of these players it will never change. Last year it was the defence, this year it’s the creativity, ten years ago it was the strikers. I can’t listen to it anymore.
I’ll end by saying this.
All the players that left us that we turned on, some of whom left to play for rivals in the same league. What had they all got in common? DRIVE and COMMITMENT that matches their abilities . and do you know why they left? Because this club couldn’t match that ambition by changing the culture or investing in change of personel.
Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry. Pride, Power, Passion. Former captains who epitomised our identity.
Aubeymeyang and Lacazette wear that arm band now. While I like both players personally, don’t tell me this doesn’t just sum it all up. Get upset at that all you want, but there’s no leaders in this group.

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22 Nov 2020 17:32:54
Lads,
With all due respect we are playing awful football.
We cannot even muster enough drive or craft to have shots on target for entire half’s of football.
I don’t know what some people are looking at, Arsenal fan or not I can see where we are and I would say we are in the bottom 2 teams worth watching as a neutral.
Toothless and lacking energy.
Peace.

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28 Sep 2020 10:51:04
What I want to see is a side going out that is looking to capitalise on rivals slip ups at the weekend and also a side who are set up to exploit tonight’s opponents weaknesses. A full strength Liverpool at home have little to no weakness, but they will not be full strength. I have no doubts Arteta will have us motivated to go there and try win.
Still it’s the toughest fixture in the league so my expectations aren’t that we will, but it would still be positive from my perspective to see the team adopt the mentality and awareness of what could be at stake tonight with regards to building momentum.

Shambles84

{Ed047's Note - 100% mate