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14 Feb 2020 23:13:18
Hi Ed's

What's the situation with Saka contract talk and is Arsenal actually looking at Samuel Chukwueze? Excuse me if you have already discussed this.

Didn't anyone fancy the winter break? I must say it was good to tune out for awhile or maybe it's because of where we are in the table why I welcomed it 😁?


{Ed002's Note - Certainly Samuel Chukwueze was considered by Arsenal - but they blew their funds the didn't have on Pepe who plays in the same position.}

1.) 15 Feb 2020 12:44:06
There is no agreement with Saka who may be knows of the interest of Bayern Munich.}

2.) 16 Feb 2020 00:22:55
Thanks Ed if that’s the case can you or do you know what is the club’s option for his position? I see it as his as there’s no better player at the moment. Auba plays there but it’s not is natural position and he’s not the future.

A lot of people are liking Saka so it’s a big call for the club if they choose to let him loose.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal looking at a Saka replacement at this time.}

3.) 18 Feb 2020 01:40:58
Any truth in Arteta considering moving Tieney on ED?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware nut there will be interest from Leicester if Chilwell were to leave.}




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11 Jan 2020 23:47:41
Aubameyang red card and three games out will give us an idea of who MA has confidence in albeit rotation of injuries to.


1.) 12 Jan 2020 04:25:08
Its going to be a big oppurtunity for Martinelli and I bet he takes it by the horns.

2.) 12 Jan 2020 07:39:46
Being without Aubameyang for 3 matches will be tough. Of course Lacazette will continue up top and we have cover in exceptional youngster Martinelli, who can play centrally and wide. Saka can come in on the left as well. Should we now keep Nketiah at the club, opposed to loaning him out? With long term injuries to Chambers and Tierney, a 3 match ban for PEA and possibly a few matches off injured for Torreira, our squad will be stretched. I hope we bring in a player or two during the window, but it’s not a simple task during this window and finances seem limited, although the same was said last summer!

3.) 12 Jan 2020 09:34:42
Auba is a quality player but all teams have to play without their best players at times and although it's a disappointment it's also a fantastic opportunity to see how Lacasette and Martinelli partnership works out, I would definitely keep Eddie as I think working with Mikel on the training ground for the next 5 months even if he doesn't play much will do him a lot of good.



06 Jan 2020 21:25:07
All game Holding has been slow and casual in passing the ball . why? He's defending ok but come on move the ball with intent.


{Ed047's Note - he’s rusty so isn’t really up to speed

1.) 06 Jan 2020 21:34:03
His passing has been as bad as Xhaka’s tackling.

{Ed047's Note - he’s dropped us in it numerous times

2.) 06 Jan 2020 21:36:22
Martinelli’s touch is amazing at times.

{Ed047's Note - really like him, he’s going to be a big plus for us

3.) 06 Jan 2020 21:43:47
Matteo just tries to much hence he shouldn’t be in our starting 11 yet

Xhaka won’t make you eat humble pie - thinks too slow.

{Ed047's Note - can’t argue with that and I think you may be right with Xhaka! 😅

4.) 06 Jan 2020 22:00:14
After such a serious injury and a long time out patience is needed with Holding. He improved in the second half.

5.) 06 Jan 2020 22:01:23
Credit to the boss he must've given them some proper talk at half time. Agree with you ed about holding tho and oh my xhaka gets away with so much hahah. Love that kid martinelli he is going to be something.

{Ed047's Note - Nelson said in his post match interview that Arteta had done a fair bit of shouting at half time, it worked!

No idea how he avoids bookings! 🤷‍♂️

6.) 06 Jan 2020 22:09:10
Loved Xhaka tonight. So funny, he should have been booked 4 times and kept winning dodgy free kicks. He worked hard.

7.) 06 Jan 2020 22:09:19
Xhaka rode his luck at times, but we need that sort of action. It’s been done against us too many a times latest being Jorginho and Chelsea.

Don’t think Lacazette is captain material. So, if he makes it beyond the January transfer window it’s back to Xhaka for me. The captain should be a certain pick with a long term future at the club, at least for the duration of the manager’s term.

{Ed047's Note - I like Aubameyang as Captain because he then plays by example and works his socks off

8.) 06 Jan 2020 22:27:26
Yard - I agree with smart bad tackles occasionally but the idiot can’t tackle or control himself. I agree we need a tough nut in there but he’s a nut job and a liability when he plays like that. They weren’t even clever tackles or worth getting a yellow for. He should stay on his feet. Gilberto was smart in midfield and took a needed card for the team but Xhaka? He’s not tough or scary - I’d slap him or put him on his arse if I was playing, knowing he wouldn’t hurt me but rather retaliate in a petulant way. I just don’t think his a tough player.



16 Dec 2019 22:03:21
It might have been Arteta's dream to manage Arsenal, as well.

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09 Dec 2019 19:58:59
I might be clutching at straws but M Riley is a curse on Arsenal.





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30 Jun 2020 00:18:59
Can also use both feet and seems to strike the well and is free kicks unique technique and effective.




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16 Feb 2020 00:22:55
Thanks Ed if that’s the case can you or do you know what is the club’s option for his position? I see it as his as there’s no better player at the moment. Auba plays there but it’s not is natural position and he’s not the future.

A lot of people are liking Saka so it’s a big call for the club if they choose to let him loose.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal looking at a Saka replacement at this time.}



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20 Jan 2020 21:24:55
Fellows this is what I’ve been saying for sometime. Sell one of the strikers, more so Auba given that he is possibly more sellable and Laca might be easier to bench or rotate without unsettling the whole team. However, the club may think it’s too much of a risk to sell Auba if the alternative doesn’t work out. They would be ridiculed by us the fans and the professionals. In which sense sell Laca as Auba was brought in because he wasn’t finding the net often enough. So why continue to keep him albeit this happen under different management.

Auba, Pepe, Martinelli, Saka and possibly Nketiah can all play across the front three except for Laca - so he might be the vulnerable one. It would be nice to make the decision now and finish the season with that preferred mix and cement the understanding throughout the pre-season.

The club made public they will sell those within 18 months of their contract ending if they haven’t renewed, with a small exception of those 30+

In terms of central defenders I would prefer a PL defender. The problem is which one we could get of real quality for the long term? Sometimes our transfer moves should be aggressive to make a statement. Strikers will normally continue to fear a defender they know they make beat or get the better of. We are crying out for a defender to hit the ground running not needing at least a season to get up to speed. We could end up with two such defenders next season if we buy Upamecano. Image leaking the goals next season with those two if it doesn’t work straight away. 🙁🙁🙁 let's hope not.





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10 Jul 2020 22:17:40
Some tweet - I'm ashamed of myself for ever asking Arsenal Football club to consider Jose Mourinho as a replacement for Unai Emery. I blame Unai Emery for pushing me to the edge. With hindsight I'd like to sincerely apologize to everyone associated with Arsenal football club. 😄.




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07 Jul 2020 23:13:30
Hey missed chance to go two up in the first half but we were the better team and proof we are more of a unit. But looks like fatigue played a part.

We had two chances to used Pepe, replacing Lacazette (not because of the red but pace) and then again with ten men pace could have pose a threat playing the counter and fresher legs one would have presumed.




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07 Jul 2020 20:10:08
Who forever when Mustafi joined we didn’t lose in something like his first twenty.

Ceballos has been really proactive in the middle never hiding go looking for the ball, just holding on it a little too much at times.

If can score before the drink break and after going into halftime it could it sealed. We are at home we should go at them.

Come on you Arsenal!




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26 Jun 2020 14:14:40
It would be travesty to see him go so soon. I love to see Partey in the middle and Guendouzi learning off him and hourly playing together in a couple of seasons.

The kid has the fire that we have lost many years ago because I think Arsene when soft and it seems to have left a culture at the club. League may have banned group of players crowding the ref but we would take every decision likely as we do now. You can see clearly sometimes the refs give the bigger teams an edge in some calls. Now there is no team in the league who feels a can’t have a go at us whether footballing terms or physical. It’s like just apply the pressure and they will succumb.

Keep the kid and do a crowd funding if they afford Partey I’ll contribute. If is about making a profit on player sale accept mid table drop ambitions of ever winning. The club has a history it should preserve and build upon.

We have sold so many before and they won the EPL and CL.

Look back at the Southampton game and watch Auba body language he was so frustrated with the lack of quality ball out the middle.




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25 Jun 2020 22:14:29
Fair assessment on the players mentioned, Saka consistent as was mentioned in the commentary. Although I would Xhaka didn’t get is range of passes accurately enough for me. Overall a lack of diagonal and through passes from middle field and playing with too much nerves. I guess it’s the fear of losing again but a discipline team performance and you could see more fluency near the end after going 2 nil up. Good running and energy from Nketiah that brought us the opening goal.

The midfield needs inspiration. Three points, thank you.