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16 Dec 2019 10:32:23
The pictures of Vinai and Huss Fahmy visited Arteta’s home after the game surfaced. Looks like Arteta is the done deal?


1.) 16 Dec 2019 11:13:42
Cheap, poor and a step backwards.

2.) 16 Dec 2019 11:20:40
Lool I told everyone Arteta was the most likely.

3.) 16 Dec 2019 11:32:20
Dreadful choice. I would prefer Fat Sam. At least he would sort out the defence.

4.) 16 Dec 2019 13:04:35
You never know might turn out to be another pep. not my choice though.

5.) 16 Dec 2019 13:20:44
Isn't he just 1 of the 12 and counting people we would like to talk to?
Arsenal playing City seems like an ideal time to talk to Just 1 of the secret 12.
If we were playing Nice and had permission I'm sure we would have took the opportunity to meet with Vieira?

I'm not saying Artetta won't be our next manager but I do remember lots of people wrongly crowning him king back in 2017 before Emery arrived.

No point in panicking or getting upset about something that hasn't even happend yet and might not ever happen at all.

6.) 16 Dec 2019 13:22:28
I must be the only one excited to give arteta a chance if true I can't wait.

7.) 16 Dec 2019 13:32:18
I can't share your excitement for the prospect Stephen but I do really hope you and Artetta prove the vast majority of fans wrong should it actually come to him getting the job one day.

8.) 16 Dec 2019 16:04:07
I hope I do mate.

9.) 16 Dec 2019 16:19:18
I think the most infuriating thing is why Arteta? What has he done to even be mentioned? ‘Worked under pep’ wow. But he needs backing by the fans if he is to come in. The board will have to ship some dead wood out and back him in January and the summer coming. This job could 100% ruin his career though.

10.) 16 Dec 2019 16:49:49
I agree with all that 93 mate being ex Arsenal doesn't automatically make you a good bet and apparently Steve Clarke was an absolutely excellent coach but hasn't been as successful as a number 1.
Fredie and Mertesacker have shown you need a lot lot more than just being an ex player to step up to the very top job and let's face they are completely lost and remind me of the very long serving Newcastle coach who's name is can't remember but he was given the job and struggled big time all the time he had it, Just as Fredie is now.
IF Artetta is to become our next manager then we absolutely have to get behind him and give him a fair chance to convince us we've underestimated his abilities and with that I wish him every success.

11.) 17 Dec 2019 12:56:05
Personally I hope arteta is named manager, I guess looking on here that’s against popular opinion but my reason isn’t because he has ‘arsenal In his DNA’ but rather because when I’ve watched arteta on the sidelines he is different from most no2’s in the sense he is engaged with the game tactically and has direct influence in wha is happening even with pep there in arguably one of the best teams in the world, sure he is inexperienced and a gamble but wtf we got to lose? I mean really? We are a shadow of anything I’ve ever seen in the red and white and I truly think regardless of who comes in they will Struggle to sort our def, but I think arrears understanding of the game will see him come good.

12.) 17 Dec 2019 14:41:43
Good post Marsh

Let's give him our support.



01 Apr 2019 11:53:33
Alex Iwobi to Barcelona confirmed for 90 million? Is it true or fake news?


1.) 01 Apr 2019 16:01:17
April fools mate.

2.) 02 Apr 2019 04:53:58
April fools, he's actually going for 140m.

3.) 01 Apr 2019 21:10:46
90 million pesos?




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27 Jul 2021 18:00:15
Hi, I was wondering if anybody knows what’s happening with Lucas torreira? Is he already sold?
Is he training with Arsenal team? Haven’t seen him in any of the team training pics recently.


1.) 27 Jul 2021 20:46:07
Trying to move him on Desi mate but it looks like we're struggling. We're struggling to move anyone on to be fair.

2.) 27 Jul 2021 22:17:09
Shame about Torreira, I still think deep down he's a great little player, but between the odd management choices and the personal tragedy he just seems like a shell of what he was.

I do wonder what would happen if we just loaned him to Boca for a season and tried to get him to love the game again.

{Ed014's Note - I wouldn’t be averse to seeing him next to Partey next season, really like him.

3.) 27 Jul 2021 22:52:07
He has tweeted today that he has been receiving therapy as not being selected to play while with us has affected him deeply. Losing his mother must have been very hard on him.
I think it's easy to forget the human stories behind the players.

4.) 28 Jul 2021 00:12:29
Yep Ed014 there is certainly a player in there. But is his mind in it? I'm not sure.

Sally absolutely - just seeing Auba's struggles with family tragedy shows that nobody gets paid enough to watch their mother nearly die.



09 Jun 2021 15:44:51
Hi all,
It’s hard to tell which players arsenal are targeting but I have feeling they are well prepared for this transfer window.
Ed’s as per your knowledge and experience,
Do you see any positives in our handling?, do you predict the satisfactory window for arsenal?


{Ed002's Note - I don't understand the question.}

1.) 09 Jun 2021 16:23:37
Sorry about that,
To put it simply, do you think arsenal have clear plan of action for this transfer window?
According to you, how likely that they will achieve all their transfer targets?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have targets but they need to move players on to make room and find some funds.}

2.) 09 Jun 2021 20:06:32
Thank you 🙏
I don’t care about the big name players, also doesn’t matter if we sign first choice, second or third choice player as long as we get the exact player profile that is needed for Arteta’s system to work.
Well balanced and well drilled team always trumps the star studded team.
My concern is how many windows do we need to get that balanced team?
Also I’m little sceltical about the team overhaul concept, too many changes usually disturbs the team harmony.
Wenger used to prefer maximum 2-3 additions per season.

Can’t wait to see how the team shapes up for the new season :)



22 May 2021 09:29:59
What are our score predictions for last match of the season for top six?
Do you think we will qualify for Europa.
I hope spurs and Everton lose and we win.


1.) 22 May 2021 11:33:22
We can’t qualify for Europa League. we can only qualify for Conference League.!

2.) 22 May 2021 11:47:07
Hi Desi, we can only finish 7th depending on all the required results going our way.
As I understand, 7th place won't get us Europa league, we will play in the new THIRD tier european conference league. The only positive from that is if we win we are guaranteed Europa League qualification for next year. This new league consists mostly of cup winners and one placae each for the top five leagues.
All in all there's not much excitement about finishing 7th, only point to celebrate will be finishing above Spurs.
We can still look to play that competition to try our academy players but I am not looking forward to that competition.

3.) 22 May 2021 16:25:53
Oh wow, I never knew this, so now we have to win the 3rd ranked tournament to get into the Spursday night league rather than win the Spursday night league to get into the champions league?

Let's hope one of Spurs or Everton win tomorrow then as it's just extra games but no end result for the hassle the extra game cause.



04 Sep 2020 22:56:51
A good addition in Defence (Gabriel and Saliba ) , Good addition in Midfield (Ceballos) and a good addition in Attack (Willian) .
Along with an excellent backup Goal keeper and 1-3 not so bad options for every position on the pitch.
(Want to comment about three new assistant coaches, but don’t know anything about them. )
Overall, Ed’s, Do you think it’s good window for us?
Do you think we are well equipped for top 4 fight, regardless of other team’s additions.

Out of 8-9 teams competing seriously for top 4, Chelsea looks stronger already (it will take some time for them to gel) apart from ManU other teams are quite in terms for transfer activity Especially Tottenham, I had expected them to rebuild the squad.


{Ed047's Note - I certainly think we’re part way there desi, my concern remains not using Torriera and the non arrival of Partey.

I think that one addition would see us finish top 4 or very close. Partey and Aouar then I would add a definite to that.

Trouble is, we’ve been two players away from being world beaters for the last 16years so probably won’t get either. 🤷‍♂️🤣

1.) 05 Sep 2020 07:45:00
I'm making no predictions this season simply because this time last season with the additions of Pepe and Tierney we were all debating whether 3rd or 4th place would represent a good season for us and lots of people were saying only City and Liverpool were better than us, and we finish 8th :-) .
I'm going to try and take it as it comes this season and try not to have any expectations high or low but just let the Arteta effect unfold as it will with or without my expertise and wisdom :-) , well that's the plan anyway :-)

2.) 05 Sep 2020 07:41:12
I think we might get one of them Ed a few players will leave now and then we will sign one of them hopefully both though.

{Ed047's Note - I’ve really no idea if we will Stephen as so many rumours are absolute garbage.

But like 62 says, take it as it comes and see where we end up.

3.) 05 Sep 2020 08:23:19
It’s funny Ed, but a lack of addressing our major deficiency in midfield with a Partley type player, despite the world and his dog pointing it out, IMO, was a major contributing factor to costing Wenger, who continued to spend money but on luxury players, his job.

Emery comes along, does nothing to address this same issue, despite the world and his dog still pointing it out, while the club still spends on luxury players, and it costs him his job.

Now Arteta comes along, and we sign Willian, a luxury player, albeit for free, before we address midfield, and if we now don’t sign a decent CM, finish 8th again, may well cost him his job! For a man of his apparent intelligence, he couldn’t exactly complain that there was no warning signs, and it was not his fault.

{Ed047's Note - it’s become painful to watch and worse still that we brought in Torreira but never used him in the DM position he made his reputation in!

Frustrates the life out of me. It’s mental to think that if anyone of us owned or managed Arsenal that we’d know 100% that was the area that needed addressing and yet here we are! 🤦‍♂️

4.) 05 Sep 2020 09:53:16
My big concern is CM. I really not bothered about Ceballos as he’s another non beast, not super creative type in midfield so just a slight variation to our already slight midfield. We can’t sort out the spine or defence or free up attack without winning midfield. We won the midfield with Paddy and Petit - we need Doucoure and or Partey. I’m fed up seeing 3 ft Torreira being pushed around or Matteo running around burning energy doing two things moaning or holding the bull too long, Ceballos is better but we don’t really need him. We have him because he’s free. Willian or ESR could play central or Özil if we proper sorted the CDM roles.

Shame as we are 2 CDM Plus a creative player away from a great side - depends how the other top 10 perform but we should improve by 15 points. That’s around 5th depending on how others do.

5.) 05 Sep 2020 09:53:57
Personally before I even begin to take any rumour seriously it needs time make sense to me and although I get why we'd want Partey and I can even get how by swapping Laca and possibly Guendozi too we could tempt Athletico but the bit I'm struggling with is Why is Partey going to swap Athletico and champions league football for Arsenal and Europa league football?
I'm not saying it's not going to happen just that from Partey's point of view I don't understand why he would want to swap Athletico for Arsenal, where's the gain for him from the move?

{Ed047's Note - the flip side to that is Magalhaes had the option to join united and chose us so maybe some belief in what Arteta is trying to achieve

6.) 05 Sep 2020 17:10:51
Absolutely Ed047 mate, no way is Partey to Arsenal unthinkable because far stranger have already happend, like Ozil to Arsenal back in 2013. It's easy to forget now just how huge a name Mesut was in the game at the time we signed him and when he agreed to join Arsenal it really did shock just about everyone everywhere.

As much as there will always be surprises for me I tend to go with the philosophy of " Extraordinary claims demand Extraordinary evidence" especially when it comes to the notoriously fictitious world of football gossip and rumours :-)

{Ed047's Note - as gooners I think we’re forever in hope of the unbelievable and extraordinary happening all over again mate.

7.) 05 Sep 2020 18:21:42
Your not wrong Ed047 mate, but the good news is if Mikel keeps improving us and we get back into the champions league the more believable top player rumours will become.

{Ed047's Note - well I’m happy with Arteta right now mate and think he looks to have a plan for us, I’m just fingers crossed it includes a large chunk of steel in midfield.

8.) 05 Sep 2020 19:38:46
The nice thing about Mikel is its not difficult to see what he's trying to achieve or why he does what he does.

I'm pretty sure even the most ardent supporters of Arsene and Emery would admit much of what they did and also much of what they failed to do anything about left most people bemused a lot of the time.

{Ed047's Note - can’t argue with that mate and long may his changes continue.

Just one thing I’m not sure of, where there ever any ardent Emery fans? 🤷‍♂️🤣

9.) 05 Sep 2020 20:08:04
Last I heard Steve was still backing him mate but in the end even RG threw in the towel, I think it was RG giving into reality and admitting he was wrong that stunned the board and forced them into action.

{Ed047's Note - well there’s always one and in this case two! 🤷‍♂️

10.) 06 Sep 2020 23:42:31
I can take or leave Ceballos - think we signed him because he’s free and gives us a known option. He’s just like the rest of our midfield - not specialised in key areas and a compromise but we get excited because of glimpses of gold.

Granit is weak in terms of epl speed of thinking requirements and can't really tackle
Torriera is a bit of a headless chicken who gets pushed around and a liability a set pieces due to his stature
Matteo is too much of a liability with his attitude
Ceballos bit lightweight in terms of CDM requirements and not exactly Özil creativity plus not great at set pieces

So frustrating that we haven’t addressed midfield since Paddy or Gilberto left. Glad sorting defence but somewhat pointless if we don’t sort midfield out.

Get some bad ass big CDM like Doucouré or Partey Or both. They defend and protect the defence. They free up midfield so a full back can push on or we can have a proper creative player at the front of the triangle. We end up with Ceballos who I don’t think is creative enough but puts a shift in which covers the two CDM who aren’t proper CDM. Compromise compromise.

Sure it’s the price tag that’s the attraction and the fact we can’t or won’t get proper defensive midfielders. That makes our overall midfield weaker - still!

Clear out Granit, Torriera, Matteo etc and get a proper spine please boss. NOT Luiz in CDM but a specialist CDM.

Just my frustrated opinion - clean sheet can’t be beat and you get hold of the game in midfield. Sort it out please

Top 5 this year if we add Partey as we should improve by 15 points next season with it being Mikel’s second season plus we now could have a proper keeper and back 4 or 3 that’s so much better than prior years.



23 Aug 2020 19:53:47
I just realised that I have been following and been member of this page since 2011-12.
Can’t believe it’s been 8-9 years and didn’t even ask 8 questions 😅.
I should interact more.
Love this place. Love you guys.


1.) 24 Aug 2020 07:20:00
Good morning Desigooner - what’s your impression of the window so far, Arteta and where we need to improve in 20/ 21?

I was thinking if we add Gabriel, at least 1 strong CDM plus some creativity then we should pick up sone silverware again this year - EL perhaps and aTop 5 finish.

2.) 24 Aug 2020 08:20:09

We will win it.

3.) 24 Aug 2020 09:56:43
I agree with you SY, I think we still have a lot of fragility in the squad and if we can challenge for top 4, and win something, I'll be happy with some progression.

However I think Mikel has other ideas 😂.

4.) 24 Aug 2020 10:50:57
Is Gabriel another Higguian type Arsenal singing?

I'm not saying he is but he seems to have had exactly the same amount of Arsenal medicals as Higguian, coincidence?

I'm not sure :-) although on the positive side there has been no reports of him being seen sat next to Courtinho at London Colney so far so that's promising :-) .

{Ed047's Note - remind me 62, did you say something about not being negative a few weeks back? 😉

5.) 24 Aug 2020 11:07:50
Ummm I do recall saying something like that Ed047 mate:-) .
I'm obviously still a work in progress :-)

{Ed047's Note - 🤣🤣 definitely mate 😁




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15 Aug 2020 20:27:13
Or perhaps Raul was called back at Barcelona?




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Ed, what happens even after passing medical oezil couldn't sign?





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26 Sep 2021 23:36:53
Hold on to ben white, he is doing good but it’s not his time to shine yet. He will shine the brightest and for long time…. Soon, very soon.




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09 Jun 2021 20:06:32
Thank you 🙏
I don’t care about the big name players, also doesn’t matter if we sign first choice, second or third choice player as long as we get the exact player profile that is needed for Arteta’s system to work.
Well balanced and well drilled team always trumps the star studded team.
My concern is how many windows do we need to get that balanced team?
Also I’m little sceltical about the team overhaul concept, too many changes usually disturbs the team harmony.
Wenger used to prefer maximum 2-3 additions per season.

Can’t wait to see how the team shapes up for the new season :)




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09 Jun 2021 16:23:37
Sorry about that,
To put it simply, do you think arsenal have clear plan of action for this transfer window?
According to you, how likely that they will achieve all their transfer targets?


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have targets but they need to move players on to make room and find some funds.}



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29 Sep 2020 18:30:05
@oxfordshire, I think Arteta meant, to be clever to read the game when to high press from the front and when to sit back in zones and not about the playing out from back as he gave the example of VVD’s long balls to Mo Salah.
For example if AMN had not pressed, the move for their first goal would not have started.




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13 Sep 2020 22:05:10
I honestly don’t understand what’s so fuss about Partey and Aouar, they are not more than 10-15% improvement on our current midfield of Xaka and Dani and Mo as back up.
It’s not like Partey and Aouer are world- beaters, sometimes player look better than they actually are in their current team and current environment.
Also I believe the need of Defensive midfielder has been obsolete for last 4-5 years and are thing of a past. Modern football doesn’t need brute DM but best passers and all round MFs, teams prefer to press and defend collectively. Otherwise The so called Kantes and Matic would have been worshipped and valued more than Messy and Ronaldo.
And about Creative player, I don’t think Aouer is better than even current Ozil ( and we done even need him) ,

I would rather bet on finding our own custom trailer-made solution in midfield from our youths, (even if he’s not a world-beater but balances the team perfectly)

Sorry for big rant, “once you reach a certain age you become permanently unimpressed by a lot of rubbish “