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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
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28 Jun 2020 19:09:08
Thanks Ed. Appreciate it.
@welshgunner, personally I don’t see it mate.
Granted he is still very young and still developing, but I just don’t see what his strengths really are.
He is not and will never be a goal scoring midfielder.
He is not creative, he does not draw opposition out of position to free up team mates and he is not incisive or attack minded with his passing.
He cannot for the life of him head the ball.
He has very poor upper body strength and relies on drawing, often generous, fouls to get him out of trouble in personal duels.
He is not a box to box or what you would consider a dynamic powerful midfield player. He’s often casual and seems one paced.
He isn’t aaggressive or a tackler but more of a presser. Occasionally he can intercept and do well in stand up dispossessions and he is hood at managing and increasing the tempo of a game, or maybe it just looks like it because he plays alongside Xhaka.
For the pros he is enthusiastic and energetic but very casual and doesn’t smell danger until it’s breathing on him.
He could go in to be a very good player in the right team under the right coach and, critically, if he can find the attitude and temperament required to keep his emotions in check, but as iv said, for me I’m very very curious of how he has managed to obtain such a high opinion from so many whilst, realistically, not really proving himself strong at any one facet of midfield play, and certainly not consistently, in a mediocre side where it wouldn’t be hard at all to stand out if you were indeed as good as the hype that surrounds you.
For me, he’s certainly not what’s required right now for this current Arsenal set up to improve as required.
Cash in on the hype and invest in a powerful dynamic midfielder who’ll want to prove himself and play for the shirt.
I’d be amazed if Guendouzi goes on the get 20 caps for France at senior level.

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28 Jun 2020 19:09:08
Thanks Ed. Appreciate it.
@welshgunner, personally I don’t see it mate.

Granted he is still very young and still developing, but I just don’t see what his strengths really are. He is not and will never be a goal scoring midfielder. He is not creative, he does not draw opposition out of position to free up team mates and he is not incisive or attack minded with his passing. He cannot for the life of him head the ball.

He has very poor upper body strength and relies on drawing, often generous, fouls to get him out of trouble in personal duels.
He is not a box to box or what you would consider a dynamic powerful midfield player. He’s often casual and seems one paced.
He isn’t aaggressive or a tackler but more of a presser.

Occasionally he can intercept and do well in stand up dispossessions and he is good at managing and increasing the tempo of a game, or maybe it just looks like it because he plays alongside Xhaka.

For the pros he is enthusiastic and energetic but very casual and doesn’t smell danger until it’s breathing on him.

He could go in to be a very good player in the right team under the right coach and, critically, if he can find the attitude and temperament required to keep his emotions in check, but as iv said, for me I’m very very curious of how he has managed to obtain such a high opinion from so many whilst, realistically, not really proving himself strong at any one facet of midfield play, and certainly not consistently, in a mediocre side where it wouldn’t be hard at all to stand out if you were indeed as good as the hype that surrounds you.

For me, he’s certainly not what’s required right now for this current Arsenal set up to improve as required. Cash in on the hype and invest in a powerful dynamic midfielder who’ll want to prove himself and play for the shirt.

I’d be amazed if Guendouzi goes on the get 20 caps for France at senior level.

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28 Jun 2020 17:32:34
Hey Ed,
Great info coming from you guys, it’s much appreciated.
Is there any truth at all in the rumours circulating about a swap involving Guendouzi and Partey? I’d assume we’d still have to pay a fee but I’m just wondering what your take is.

Shambles84

{Ed002's Note - His representatives have been offering him around the major clubs and could well look to Atletico but the questions would be (a) money is tight in Spain and Atletico would prefer cash; (b) would TP be interested in moving to a club not in the Champions League?


 

 

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

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16 Jun 2020 21:22:53
Interesting points of view fellas.
Iv always thought there was a player there with AMN, but it’s difficult once you’ve made the step into the first team and your rate of progress slows or stagnates after that big step up.

Personally I can’t fault the guy as I think a lot of his issues are down to the man management, or lack thereof, that he has received. I mean Emery used him as a utility player and he knew no matter how he performed that Bellerin of Kolasinac/ Monreal would always come straight back in once fit regardless. This doesn’t help the player if he’s not getting motivation or feedback from the coach.

I think he could have been used a lot more in CM with the lack of mobility in Xhaka, for me Xhaka is inneffective at what he is supposed to be as any type of midfield player. He is not a CDM as he is quite simply bypassed too often and he is cynical to the point of at times barely even making the contact needed to desperately commit a foul.

He can pass a ball square and forward of course, but this is quite often at his leisure with no intent to draw opposition out of position or create an incisive move at the intensity required. and all too frequently when he does pass he does it so deep in our half that he is under no pressure from the opposition team who have already got back into a shape before he casually commits his pass to one of our fullbacks.

Occasionally he will lift the odd pass over a defence to Kolasinac or Saka running from deep but I’d argue what he offers, and has offered, over the last 18 months could have been matched or surpassed by the athleticism and energy of AMNs once he had been given a run of games in the position.

My only criticism of AMNs is that he hasn’t found that resolve needed yet to persevere through his own flaws or inexperience, all too often once he’s made an error the head goes down and the body language drops and he literally slows to jogging pace almost sheepishly accepting he’s lost out, when he has displayed the strength and energy on numerous occasions at RB to get back and make superb interventions that few could have got back to do.

So for me it’s a question of motivation and attitude for the player, someone close to him needs to put the big question to him now as to what it is HE wants and that he’s in control of his own destiny, or I fear ultimately he will look for the easy way out and think his youth combined with a new club will be the answer, but the reality is if he pulls his socks up and just goes out and plays to his full potential full pelt each game there's a player there.

Same goes for Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson. You haven’t made it just because your in and around the first team. You need to push to perform and push harder than everyone else to make the standard they play at your norm. That’s where they differ from Martinelli. From minute one he came in looking to prove a point.

He’s direct and single minded in pursuit of his goals game to game and has no youth or under 23’s reputation to sit back on. He’s hungry and going places, not next season, but now.
Saka is an exciting talent in a fine run of form but by no means the finished article either.

Like I said the other day, it’s time for them to step up as senior footballers and stake their claim, and reading into Ed 002s comments, they’ll all get that chance the next 18 mths.

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04 Jul 2020 13:51:05
He’s a ball carrier, he gets us up the pitch in a direct way by taking on opponents and driving forward. The reasons you are not seeing the best of him yet are a combination of things, mainly being; his age and lack of experience up against seasoned and stronger fully developed midfielders and where he is being required to play in that his role is to transition us from defense to attack. This is a tough job in any team but particularly in our side right now and in my mind he’s doing a damn Better job at it than Ozil has in the last 3 years so let’s give him the time to learn his place and develop physically and as a footballer before we start dismissing a clearly talented boy.

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