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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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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.

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31 Aug 2020 13:44:12
I think it came along at a time when it was needed to be honest.
I think Robbie deserves a lot of credit I think he set out to give a diverse range of fan opinion a platform and I think he’s been consistent in striving for that since.
Like it or not that merits respect.
Yeah a lot of it can be contradictory and over the top. but it’s directly after the game and it’s not a neutral pundit in a studio it’s a lifelong fan paying large season ticket prices travelling all over in all types of weather. the onus is on us to judge it on that basis and not just by the different personalities we see exploding or ranting at times.
I actually think it’s got it’s place at a time where all is fans feel disconnected and often disenfranchised by our clubs corporate elements and certainly Mo and Turkish back up a lot of their arguments with rationale and facts in an articulate way.
DT is just controversial for the sake of it.
Say what you want about Troopz but you can’t knock a guy with that passion.
And the rest of them? In my opinion when the travel the way they do and commit the way they do I think they deserve to have voice and opinions heard.
If we don’t like it, don’t click on the screen.
Simples.

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06 Aug 2020 18:25:41
Hahahah,
Good man gunner, spot on!

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05 Aug 2020 12:52:59
This is all so dodgy Ed.
When you have the time could you post any info you might have on potential sales from Arsenal and could you also list any interest your aware of in Gwen-dozey?
Thanks in advance.

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - You mean Gwen-dozey the Welsh girl in the ladies team?}


 

 

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04 Aug 2020 10:12:58
Absolutely agree.
We need to change our approach here and change players and other clubs perception of us.

Shambles84