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22 Aug 2021 10:23:53
Ed any truth in the Asensio rumours, is Arsenal interested?


{Ed002's Note - Marco Asensio (RW/LW) Goals have dried up and his representative is working with a third-party agent to find a club willing to pay something like €40M for the player. The third party has said that the player ideally wants a club in the Champions League but the discussions he has had have been with Leicester City and Leeds so far and admits knocking on the door of other PL clubs including Arsenal. Real Madrid may be open to using him in a part exchange deal of some type.}

1.) 22 Aug 2021 14:43:32
👍🏾 Nice one.



16 Aug 2021 20:45:13
Auba / Cortinho swap making the news.


1.) 16 Aug 2021 22:10:04
Getting rid of one player on stupid wages who seems to have lost it for another with the same problems. Typical.

2.) 17 Aug 2021 07:55:53
And Kia Joorabchian is his agent 🤦.

3.) 17 Aug 2021 08:21:32
I see arsenal would like coutinho neto or lenglet as the swaps I'd rather the cb or gk I don't want coutinho.

4.) 17 Aug 2021 08:51:09
Id be asking for both Neto and one of Untiti/ Langlet.

5.) 17 Aug 2021 09:43:59
Im a fan of Lenglet, not a fan of Neto or Coutinho. But, I don't think we need Lenglet at all. If Auba doesn't want to be at the club, or doesn't see eye-to-eye with the manager, sell him. Swap deals always seem weird. Invest the money in a new striker (no idea who at this stage mind)

{Ed002's Note - Who do you expect to buy him?}

6.) 17 Aug 2021 10:09:22
Think there desperate enough to put Pedri and Fati in the deal Ed 😂😂.

7.) 17 Aug 2021 10:46:47
Hi Ed how does a swap works exactly especially if one player is on a higher salary especially if no exchange of funds is involved? Is it just a bilateral loan where one club take the other player and pay his existing salary and vice versa?

{Ed002's Note - No, it is a case of salary's being renegotiated.}

8.) 17 Aug 2021 11:33:06
Being honest Ed, I don't see who could buy him with the crazy wages the club provided. Not his fault of course, its the club who were daft enough to offer him such a wage, but absolutely limits his options. Barca's current position surely rules them out.

{Ed002's Note - Unless they can move Griezmann or Coutinho on and he reduces his demands.}

9.) 17 Aug 2021 11:35:07
Ok thanks.

10.) 17 Aug 2021 12:07:44
I suppose a straight swap with Griezman is out of the question?

In your dreams Sally


11.) 17 Aug 2021 13:40:10
The whole coutinho swap with auba rumour confuses me (a common occurrence! ;) ) Wouldn't Barcelona have to reduce a lot more of the wage bill before being able to register a new player? I am guessing just coutinho is nowhere near enough to meet the requirements of the Spanish league.

{Ed002's Note - Messi has gone, Coutinho earns a lot, as does Griezmann. Others are leaving as well.}

12.) 17 Aug 2021 13:48:59
Fair enough Ed002. I know this is the arsenal page, but I struggle to see who would take those players without Barcelona having to pay a large part of their wages. Anyway, you have addressed this rumour earlier, thanks ed.

13.) 17 Aug 2021 17:13:01
One thing arsenal have lacked for a while is goals from players outside the box that aren’t the striker. Coutinho would add that threat you’d like to think though my gut is saying it’s another William case waiting to happen where we’re stuck with an aging player that’s not in the starting team.

14.) 17 Aug 2021 17:14:39
Ed Artetas job has to be being monitored closely. The board may not care about winning things but they’ll certainly be worriesd about the lining of their pockets and Arsenal now not even in Europe, our kudos is dropping fast. Any truth in the Conte links?

{Ed002's Note - Be they lost one game?}

15.) 17 Aug 2021 20:19:53
I hear ya Ed. I really like Arteta and how he holds himself, but can you honestly say you can see an identity in our style of play? What I can see, correct me if I’m wrong, inconsistent intensity, very predictable plays out from defence which time and time again we get caught out and possession style that looks like we’re keeping the ball for the sake of it?



09 Jul 2021 19:16:09
Hi Ed whilst it's a little quiet can we touch on the ESR saga again?

In your opinion or knowledge is he stalling to extend his contract or what? Is he Villa's main target and given that they are already bidding for him I presumed they have already received bid (s) for Grealish? If they are bidding before they sell or they sure they will get the price they want.

It appears they are quite comfortable / confident not just financially but also in sense that that they can manage their squad I. e. ins and out.

Thanks as usual.


{Ed002's Note - You seem to be complicating a simple situation. Aston Villa are interested in adding Emile Smith Rowe to their squad and are buying and selling players like most teams. They are aware that their will be a side interested in Grealish but that is not their motivation.}



05 Jul 2021 19:50:01
Hi Eds,
Not find much via the search option, is Arsenal shown any interest or bid for Edmond Tapsoba?

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - He was of interest previously but only moved last summer and is not for sale unless a huge offer would be made.}



09 Jun 2021 19:17:10
Hi Ed, have Xhaka agreed terms with Roma? If yes has Arsenal already have a replacement inline, discounting all the rumours, are we close to signing a replacement if that's their plan?


{Ed002's Note - Roma have made what I understand is a third offer for Xhaka which his agent's lawyer has suggested should be acceptable to Arsenal. I don't really understand the next bit of the question, but assuming it means "have Arsennal found a replacement, the answer is no but the club has options they are considering and a preferred option as has been explained.}

1.) 09 Jun 2021 20:41:46
Thanks. Now just fishing for some concrete info among all the rumours. So, rather than vague questions could you provide an update, new info since you last reported on the below players?

Yves Bissouma
Noussair Mazraoui
Achraf Hakimi
André Onana
Edmond Tapsoba
Albert Sambi Lokonga
Tosin Adarabioyo
Nicolo Barella

Oh and is there any bonus/ surprise info you can give, something no one has asked about?

Appreciate it!

2.) 09 Jun 2021 22:10:46
Bissouma is an option; Hakimi is too expensive; Onana we are pushing for a deal and not sure about the other players.

3.) 09 Jun 2021 22:25:27
Tapsoba isn ot happening. Tosin Adarabioyo, Nicolo Barella, not even sure where these came from.

4.) 09 Jun 2021 23:22:23
Tosin apparently has a 10m release clause or something. If true we had been liked with him. Also hearing we are looking at a young Brazilian rb named vanderson. Although must admit I've no idea on who he is or what he is like.

5.) 09 Jun 2021 23:54:26
Well they’re players and the transfer market is open and we don’t know the club’s actual list of transfer targets. People tend to ask about a player base on what they have heard, read or if they like the player.




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02 Dec 2021 23:46:35
Can we please add in January a left winger and a DM that will just break up play/ win the ball and pass it full stop!




30 Oct 2021 11:44:48
Home against Sunderland in Carabao Cup.


1.) 30 Oct 2021 13:01:59
That’s funny seeing as the Sunderland boss thinks we aren’t a big side

8-0 please.



27 Oct 2021 13:24:17
Saw this on Twitter and thought I'd share. Rather nice and touching. Love The Arsenal!

Last night I took my son to Arsenal for his first match. He was buzzing all day for it. I wasn't sure if it he'd ever go as he has autism. Once we were in the ground he struggled with about 50,000 people shouting and was having a hard time. Halfway through the 1st half I could see he wasn't going to get used to it so we had to leave. When we left the stadium, a steward (blonde lady, wish i got her name) , asked why we were leaving and I told her. She asked me to hold on and contacted someone else. Next thing I know, we're being walked towards club level. They've got a sensory room there where we could watch the rest of the match. The bloke running the room, Luke Howard, was fantastic with everyone in there and between him and the stewards that helped, turned the night into a great memory.


1.) 27 Oct 2021 13:44:29
Great story, thanks for sharing.

2.) 27 Oct 2021 14:48:03
Hope you and your son have many more great nights at the Emirates Yard mate.

3.) 27 Oct 2021 14:50:09
Sorry just realised that it wasn't Yards son but whoever the father and son were hope you have more great nights at the Emirates.

4.) 27 Oct 2021 16:07:26
No probs Bill I actually have an autistic son myself. Never tried talking him to a game just knew he wouldn’t manage it especially well he was much younger.

5.) 27 Oct 2021 16:14:22
Nice story n nice touch by the stewards ??❤️?.

6.) 27 Oct 2021 16:24:53
Inspiring post yard

Love the club.

7.) 27 Oct 2021 18:49:12
Brilliant story Yard mate, thanks for sharing.

In a football world where money so often trumps everything else it's really good to hear such a fantastically positive story where club employees go above and beyond for people, and its even nicer for to hear about it when it happens at The Arsenal ????????????.

8.) 27 Oct 2021 20:37:32
It's nice to be nice 62 mate. With all the doom and gloom around like you say a lovely lovely story.

9.) 27 Oct 2021 21:50:57
100% Bill mate, showing kindness and compassion to others is when we humans show ourselves in our best light.

10.) 28 Oct 2021 09:39:38
Excellent story and what a fantastic job by the caring steward. That’s a special employee especially as so many people leave the ground early. I guess that early was a surprise….

11.) 28 Oct 2021 19:00:36
Fantastic story - well done that steward ?.



24 Oct 2021 12:18:49
Hi fellas, hope everyone is well. Still early days but how you all feel about the team now nine games in, does your prediction where we will finish still stands?

I missed the conversation on Saturday about ESR and Malaga question could actually relates to me.

So I would like to add my piece, he's a good player but still don't think he is a big deal. He could prove otherwise in years to come but not right now, no.

A couple reasons to justify it is, he doesn't play in his favour position the #10 role. If he was that big we wouldn't need to buy Odegaard. If Ode plays he plays out wide. If Ode doesn't and Laca plays and he's still out wide. Why doesn't he play in the middle Laca central and Pea wide? He's brilliant at dribbling/ carrying the ball not so much crossing or spreading it so to speak.

He was good against a team someone called crap on that post and a formation recognised as 5-2-1-2. There is so much pace there to run into and that's his strong point. If we win ball in the middle of pitch especially with the high press he's already running on to a back three. We are not going to always have it this easy.

I still like the player but a little. Question, his he a proper #10 or a proper winger?


1.) 24 Oct 2021 12:27:20
Hello Yard mate, me personally I think ESR is a No 10,but circumstances dictate where he had to play out wide, I think he would still make his presence felt. Also he obviously enjoys playing so would still put in a shift wherever he plays, he wouldn't sulk like so many players I could mention.

2.) 24 Oct 2021 13:36:44
Very good point Bill he doesn’t sulk and truly love the club and will play anyway he’s asked to without a fuss.

3.) 24 Oct 2021 13:39:24
Not to you yard mate, just some little man with a big mouth.

4.) 24 Oct 2021 14:10:24
Do think he's more impressive when given a free role rather than sitting at 10. That being said I do think his ball control when he's running with the ball is outstanding.

5.) 24 Oct 2021 15:08:22
Good point D16.

6.) 24 Oct 2021 17:39:25
He's been consistently our best player so far this season and stood out when most others have failed to turn up in games.

Most Pundits and neutrals are saying lots of good things about ERS even when they aren't always saying good things about the team.

The lads the real deal in my opinion which only makes siging Ode all the more strange for me.

7.) 24 Oct 2021 19:00:11
Ode hasn't exactly pulled up trees as he 62.

{Ed014's Note - not for me he hasn’t

8.) 24 Oct 2021 19:19:54
I didn't think he did last season either Bill mate, he occasionally does some really good things but typically offers nothing whatsoever.

Ramsdale and White signings raised eyebrows but none of us had anything to go on to make an informed opinion about either of them, but signing Ode left me puzzled most.

See Ceballos see Ode for me mate, Real took full advantage of our poor judgement on both.

9.) 24 Oct 2021 23:34:14
I mean we play pretty much with 2 inside forwards all the time on the wings, out wingers barely put a ball into the box. It tends to be the overlapping full back that swings the cross in.

ESR is for me possibly our best player so far this season, I don’t care if he wants to play 10 as long as Mikel keeps getting a tune out of him on the left, that's all that matters.



25 Aug 2021 17:27:56
Hi Ed who is this kid -Ilaix Morib- representative and did they or talk to Arsenal?


{Ed002's Note - Ilaix Moriba (CM/DM) Barcelona fended off interest from Chelsea when he was 16 and the sustained recent interest of RBL who offered a structured career growth option when he turned 18 in January by explaining they would sell if his release clause was met. He is playing in Spain, and for Spain, initially under the Cotonou Agreement but for Barcelona he is reufusing a contract extension and has for now been relegated to the B squad. He and his agent need to think about what is best for the player - Barcelona will listen if Chelsea or RBL return with a very good offer or Manchetser City follow up on their declaration of interest. Chelsea have serious reservations about his attitude. Manchester United, PSG and others have sent scouts to watch him. Spurs looked but opted for Sarr instead.}

1.) 25 Aug 2021 23:05:56
Thanks Ed I like his style of play but seems we are not an option.




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31 Aug 2021 17:47:15
White could play DM as well.




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30 Aug 2021 16:01:21
I guess we really don't know what it seems so bad for us. Is it majorly a lack of European football that affects the players we can bring, is it the players we have bought so underwhelming or just the way we conduct business in seeking to buy players? I can see we were determined to spend big money on two players and got the deals done eventually but was that because of lack of competition for those players?

The Ben White deal may later prove to be a good one, but in this moment it is not because of his lack of experience in the EPL. I can see us buying another defender in about 2 seasons from from, especially if Saliba doesn't return unless someone breaks through from the youth team. Holding is capable but just doesn't have the finest and Mari I can't believe is that bad for is experience. Is he lacking confidence or what?

Ramsdale purchase is similar not a good one in this moment unless Leno leaves this window, which is clearly not happening. Even if he becomes number 1 this season it's too much money concentrated in the squad.

Sorry Ed14 it just never looked realistic for Bissouma happening with Partey a mainstay in the team and Sambi Lokonga coming in. I think that would have been three players with basically the same profile. Torriera is different and should have stayed for the difficult games to break up games with less chance of being carded.

Honestly, I worry for us having ESR and Odegaard as our creative mid. They are not top four and doesn't even feel like top 6 in the present moment when we want break back into that group.

The frightening thing is I even worry more about our strikers. We couldn't score goals in pre-season and expect to score goals in the league. It's such a sticky situation because we see PEA as a better goalscorer that Laca and he may score. However, the team score more goals with Laca. How do you bench your captain, apparently best striker and highest earner and make it work?




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22 Aug 2021 14:43:32
👍🏾 Nice one.




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19 Aug 2021 16:47:25
We can’t blame the club much in this regard as some of these player are just not attractive to others. Unless one wants to argue the club bought them in the first place.




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17 Aug 2021 11:35:07
Ok thanks.





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02 Dec 2021 23:40:39
So fustrating!




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02 Dec 2021 16:15:34
He was a bit all over the place against Liverpool but he doesn't get beat.




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02 Dec 2021 16:03:13
Win tonight and we could be in mix for a long while.




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30 Nov 2021 00:26:35
I’m glad we’re having this conversation now even though I’m sometimes late to the show. PEA has been off it and found out by any good defender from last season. He was poor in preseason but improved on his pressing and tracking back from the first int’l break and now dipped again.

Martinelli might not get twenty goals in a season but his pace and movements will create chances for those running on in the middle where we lack goals badly to be a top team.

However, I have a gut feeling MA thinks Martinelli is not developed enough to lead the line week in week out. That’s why I feel he buy a striker when Lacca goes rather than promote from within.




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28 Nov 2021 16:53:34
Apart from a striker I think we need a left winger and a different DM Partey and Lokonga a little too similar.