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13 Sep 2020 12:11:58
Ed 02 are we interested in Mounir Chouiar? Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - Mounir Chouiar (LW) Dijon winger attracting attention from Fiorentina, Leeds, Aston Villa (as a potential JG replacement - so that interest has likely gone), Nice and Bordeaux (to replace François Kamano). I am not aware of any approach by Arsenal, particularly with Saka and Martinelli covering that position.}

1.) 13 Sep 2020 13:30:09
Can't see any interest. Saka martenelli and aubameyang have been playing on the left.

{Ed002's Note - As can Willian.}

2.) 13 Sep 2020 18:19:23
Of course forgot about willian. Thanks Ed.

3.) 14 Sep 2020 20:43:37
We need to stop buying attackers. we have quite a few and i want saka and martinelli to be given a chance first.



30 Aug 2020 09:41:24
Ed02 what happened to our interest in Cole Basset? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I have not heard anytthing of it since the turn of the year when Robin Fraser said that Arsenal were keeping in contact after the London sessions.}



26 Jul 2020 08:25:26
Ed02 have you got time to give us a list of targets today? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Soon I hope.}



28 Jun 2020 18:43:40
Ed02 are we interested in Enis Bardhi? Reports in Spain are saying that we have made an offer for him. cheers.


{Ed002's Note - I don't know if Arsenal are interested but they would have to pay over the odds to get him a Work Permit easily. Fiorentina held discussions about him before the break.}

1.) 29 Jun 2020 06:45:06
Thanks Ed. He looks a descent player.

2.) 29 Jun 2020 19:31:07
He's a very Cazorla'esc type player by the looks of it. Someone we never adequately replaced.

3.) 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.



30 Apr 2020 09:22:53
Ed02 seen rumours that we are interested in Gabriel Veron and Malang Sarr. Is there any truth to these rumours? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Gabriel Veron (RW) kiddie from Barzil that ths been watched at youth-level by plenty of European sides with Everton and Braga turned away from the door in January and a very steep asking price. Edu has certainly looked at the kid a few months ago but Arsenal do not have that sort of money to spend on a youth player who cannot move this year unless the transfer window is moved. Barcelona and another side have looked to a deposit and leaving him where he is for another year.

Malang Sarr (CB/LB) is in talks with Bayer Leverkusen about a move and Borussia Mönchengladbach has also declared an interest. RB Leipzig have another who seen as a Dayot Upamecano replacement but have Sarr in mind as an alternative.}

1.) 30 Apr 2020 10:31:47
Cheers Ed. Are you aware of any other players in Brazil we are interested in because it’s seems to be a market that we’re exploring?

{Ed002's Note - It is no more than where Edu is from and he has little enough to do. They have the option to add Pablo Mari. Wasting time on Walce who would not get a Work Permit etc. is not doing the club any favours. They don't seem to be able to sort out their management mess, are going nowhere in the league, spent their savings last summer and are now very much stuck.}




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11 Jul 2020 09:02:56
Ed02 is there any chance we could get an updated ins and outs list please? Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - When time allows.}



19 Oct 2019 09:02:45
Which player made you fall in love with football? Mine was Paul Merson until Dennis Bergkamp came along and he is still the best player I've ever seen.


{Ed047's Note - Pele, he was incredible!

1.) 19 Oct 2019 09:55:36
Charlie George but them Bergkamp just took me to a whole new level, along came Bergy and the phrase "class on grass " was born.

2.) 19 Oct 2019 09:41:59
He was before my time ed.

{Ed047's Note - I guessed so ja54 but he was pretty much the best I’ve ever seen.

3.) 19 Oct 2019 11:22:06
Jim Baxter.

4.) 19 Oct 2019 11:28:06
Thierry Henry.

5.) 19 Oct 2019 11:47:28
I don't remember the 1970 world cup because I wasn't really into football at the time and the first world cup I really got into was 1974 and unfortunately Pele didn't go because he was playing for New York Cosmos by then so pretty much semi retired, Francisco Marino is my lasting memory of the Brazil 74 team :-) as Revelino and Jairzinho were both playing but past their best by then too
Everything I've ever seen of Pele does confirm his status as the very best of the best of all time but I didn't actually ever see him play a live game, although I did actually speak to him during a England v the rest of the world game at Wembley when I was right next too subs and dignitaries, well I say speak to him I shouted out and he acknowledged my existence with a smile and a wave :-) .
I did actually speak to Chippy Brady that day though when I asked him who was playing right back for the rest of the world team and he told me Steve Clarke of Chelsea who was extremely young back then.

6.) 19 Oct 2019 12:44:24
At Arsenal Charlie George was my first hero at the club.

Johan Cruyff - was my first foreign hero.

Diego Maradonna - Best ever player during my lifetime.

G62 - Surprised it was Calum for you?

7.) 19 Oct 2019 12:45:45
Best ever team - Brazil 1970.

8.) 19 Oct 2019 13:15:35
Someone is having a little trouble not getting Calum into every conversation :-) , don't worry RG it's perfectly normal when I first stated dating my missus my friends and family would often ask me " don't you ever think about anyone else these days? " and of course the answer was no ;-) but that's love for you my friend! So I do understand RG I really do, you just enjoy the love you've found and carry on expressing it at every opportunity, it's a beautiful thing you've found, truly beautiful!



12 Oct 2019 09:03:37
Ed 02 is there any players we are looking to buy in January? We seem to lack creativity in the final third now without Ozil. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal looking to add players in January. If Ozil leaves it will only be on loan - when he is sold the club will perhaps look to another. The club spent far more than intended in the summer and have taken a significant risk - along the lines of the risks which have come back to bite a number of Italian sides.}

1.) 12 Oct 2019 09:52:06
Does that mean champions league or bust Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The expectation was that the summer splurge would guarantee, or pretty much guarantee, Champions League football. talking with an ex-Arsenal scout a month or so ago he could not understand why the club spent as much as they did on Pepe.}

2.) 12 Oct 2019 09:52:40
Do we really need anymore players before getting the most out of what we already have?
I think our current squad is way more than good enough to finish above Spurs Chelsea United as it is, what's the point of spending more money if your not already getting the most our of what you already have?
I know fans like new players arriving but I'd have thought it's far more important to use what we have to its full potential rather than spending for spending sake.

3.) 12 Oct 2019 10:08:50
I agree gunner I’m not sure emery has decided his first 11 yet.

4.) 12 Oct 2019 10:40:43
I think virtually everyone would agree we already have the tools to the do the job of finishing top 4 Ja mate, once that's achieved then it's time to start thinking of how to improve and actually start looking at City and Liverpool.
We have all the ingredients and our chef has 30 games to prove he's capable producing a dish worthy of the ingredients, if not, in the words of Masterchef " sorry Mr Emery your time at Arsenal is over and you won't be coming on our journey with us "

5.) 12 Oct 2019 10:53:12
Totally agree G62. We won't know how our team is really looking till December I don't think, but still, come May, the club will either be looking pretty, or looking for a new manager.

I'm enjoying this season so far, and I'll stay hopeful that we can have some success before it finishes, and have some memorable performances to look back on!

6.) 12 Oct 2019 11:41:45
I'm extremely happy to let the season ride out Ned and if we finish top 4 it would be strange to part company with the manager that got us there, be anyone fan of Emery or not he should most definitely keep his job if he makes top 4 and equally he should most definitely lose his job if he should we fail to make top 4, because let's face it if not now with this United Chelsea Spurs when?
I'm most definitely not enjoying our performances against premier league opposition Ned mate, I think we've berm awful to watch and being totally overrun by this Watford side was extremely difficult viewing for me mate but to each his or her own and it's most definitely not for me to tell other people what they do or don't enjoy,
I am also really struggling with having to watch us go out each week in my opinion a man down before we even start while Torreira and others sit and watch but it's not all about what I enjoy or not that matters to Arsenal football club but top 4 is and if we all agree that is the line that decides Emerys future them I think we've all found common ground be us fans or not fans of our current manager.

7.) 12 Oct 2019 11:02:34
Ed, difficult to argue with the question of the vast amounts spent on Pepe with limited spent in CDM and CB or just keep some money in the bank for the future.

We’ve got a great squad - just needs organising properly. should be top 3 with that squad.

8.) 12 Oct 2019 14:57:48
I can’t see any January signings as we appear to have a well balanced squad and we have Saliba arriving next season.
As for Emery, the fans must be patient as he oversees integrates the signings made and enforcing his methods on the squad. I seem to recall that he signed a 2 year deal with the possibility of a 3rd.
Players often take a season to get used to the pace and physicality of the PL.
Last season we finished a place off a top four finish and we are currently in 3rd spot, having only lost a single league and cup match, against unbeaten CL winners Liverpool.
I had a feeling that fickle fans having turned against Wenger could easily do the same to Emery. Personally I am happy with him.

{Ed047's Note - I assume you’re ignoring the fact you also turned against Wenger. 🤷‍♂️

9.) 12 Oct 2019 15:28:14
And there is the thing, no one has the right to tell someone that is perfectly happy with Emery they are not allowed to be so and equally no one has the right to tell those who are totally unhappy with Emery that they can't feel that way.
In the main for me watching Emerys Arsenal play isn't very entertaining or enjoyable experience and I spend a lot more time frustrated by what I see than thrilled but one man's meat is most definitely another man's poison.
In the end it will come down to top 4 finish or lack of it whether he's part of our future beyond this season but if the fans and players are still struggling to understand his methods tactics and philosophy come January he might not get that far even because absolutely no way are this pool of current Arsenal players anywhere near as bad as they look in most games right now.

10.) 13 Oct 2019 11:19:39
Arsene’s time was over with us we all agree on that but We all wanted a better and improved option, but what amuses me is that we got someone who’s giving us what mr wenger did, although if wenger was in charge last season I bet he would’ve got us CL football due to the under performing rivals but hay ho emery did wonders in his first season.
Imo top 3 is were we should finish this season and nothing below as we are much better than our rival and better equipped.
The next few matches will tell a lot about our manager I think, because if bottle it again against these teams.

11.) 13 Oct 2019 11:44:06
Agree Moe - anything outside of top 3 is not a successful season.

12.) 14 Oct 2019 11:08:14
For me top 4 is a fair line to draw, yes you could argue we should be 3rd with our squad or argue the other way that 5th and winning the Europa is as good as 4th, both are attempts at adjusting the bar to either make tougher or easier to get over it.
Top 4 Emery gets a 3rd season and anything lower it's absolutely got to be bye di bye.

13.) 15 Oct 2019 16:09:24
I want emery out even if we finish top3 because personally with utd spurs struggling, it’s a bit of a free ride for him, he isn’t good enough for arsenal, that the way I think I’m sure the regular moaning will have a go.



29 Jul 2019 19:23:40
Ed02 despite saying that we aren't getting Pépé I remember you was the first person to mention we are interested.


{Ed002's Note - At that time nobody realised Arsenal would start spending money they have not yet earned.}

1.) 29 Jul 2019 20:15:36
Exactly Ed. I just saw a few people said you wer wrong but know one could predict that we would start spending next seasons money.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, a number oif people have pointed out that I have been wrong. It results in less shared.}

2.) 29 Jul 2019 20:44:29
If you call something wrong and people get excited about it then it only goes to show how little you get wrong in general.
No one takes any notice of sky talk rubbish or any of the papers because they are almost always wrong about everything they report without exemption.
Ormstein doesn't always get it right, I remember a few seasons back people on social media were really excited and celebrating Ormstein getting something wrong, sad but in a weird way it's a compliment.

3.) 29 Jul 2019 20:48:31
That’s a shame Ed. I for one really appreciate your work on this site.

{Ed002's Note - I tried to explain things as they were but the abuse easily comes. So I have to perhaps say less going forward.}

4.) 29 Jul 2019 21:46:41
I've been saying we'd sign both Zaha and Tierney all summer, if I'm proved wrong then it just goes to show there really is a first time for everything :-)

5.) 29 Jul 2019 22:36:56
Sorry to hear that Ed. Its a shame a minority have to spoil it for everyone else. Your insight is well appreciated here.
It was Ornstein himself that first reported the 45m budget and most people reckon he is mr. reliable.

6.) 29 Jul 2019 23:27:17
Don’t go all Aristotle on us Ed - we need you.

7.) 29 Jul 2019 22:14:32
Ed, please don’t devalue the site by not posting what you know. You have to be prepared to be wrong to be right. Everyone appreciates your input also no with th3 other Eds. Postings generate interest and chatter. To be fair, we can all give it out and a little stick shouldn’t detract from all the appreciation others have. I won’t suck up as that’s not right but let’s not have the minority ruin a good thing. Too many people have invested and are vested in the site.

I actually found it really interesting as to why you were wrong as I learned more about the club strategy from that. I got thinking about bloody Leeds spending UEFA money before they earned it but then I thought - how clever as Chelsea can’t spend this year which just leaves us With a monopoly on players wanting to play in a London. that with spreading payments over a few seasons mean we can compete more this window which I like.

So - thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

8.) 30 Jul 2019 09:27:59
Fair point Paddy, humans do tend to be fallible, i'm ever so human myself :-)



12 May 2019 21:30:24
Do any of the Ed's have an opinion on Xhaka? He seems to give the ball away in dangerous areas but he is the best at passing through the lines. I also feel we miss him when he doesn't play.


{Ed001's Note - he is a very average, on a good day, lower end Prem player. Offers little to the team.}

1.) 13 May 2019 06:36:30
Xhaka is an enigma. On his day, an excellent link between defence and attack. However, he can be a total liability. Against Brighton I can’t fathom out why he gives away the penalty that arguably cost us 4th place.
There are also question marks over his defending, which I thought would improve under Emery.
However, both Wenger and now Emery played him consistently.
We have other areas in the team that need improving such as full/ wing backs that can defend. A tall, commanding centre back and the greatest problem is no width and attacking midfield players that contribute so little defensively. Such as Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi.

2.) 13 May 2019 09:45:08
Would welcome selling xhaka for a half decent price just don't see what he offers tbh can't tackle illdisiplined and gives away dangerous fouls, does not track runners and slow sidways passing for the most part, he has a decent long shot that is about it.

Lets give AMN a chance to shine in his position. I think the priority shoud be two CB's to replace Mustafi and chambers that both need selling not forgetting Kos will be in final season. That will most likely take all our budget anyway.

3.) 13 May 2019 12:19:15
I think that it is a double case that a) he is just not good enough and b) the whole deep lying playmaker just doesn't really work, and it just slows our play right down. Chelsea have suffered the exact same issues at times this season with everything having to go through Jorginho rather than just getting the ball up the pitch quicker to the players who make a real difference. It seems to me that the teams that have dominated this season get the ball up the pitch much quicker, use the full width of the pitch, and finally press high up the pitch.

4.) 13 May 2019 15:33:16
Weird situation in that he's one of our worse performers and yet the only option most of the time. Our other deep players don't have the passing range to offer what Xhaka does. Agree that I'd like to see AMN get a go though.

5.) 13 May 2019 17:22:18
Stats have shown we get more points without him than we do when he plays, I said on the day we got him he was a liability and it’s been proven.

6.) 13 May 2019 18:47:17
Xhaka for me this year has again been hot and cold, we have missed him in games where he hasn’t played but again he is a liability 80%, Goundouzi would be more of a replacement for Xhaka as he is always available deep turns and looks to get play moving, great vision, just needs to work on the timing of his play a little more, but that will come woth experience in thw league AMN wouldn’t be able to play in a deep play maker role, he’s more of a box to box playmaker, suppose he would be a good replacement for Ramsey, if he could hit the ground running. On the plus side i was rather impressed again by Joe Willock on Sunday, showing signs of real promise, potential future midfield 3 of Terreira, AMN/ Willock Goundeouzi. I feel in the summer we need to really be buying leaders more than anything, for me 2 new commanding CBs a LB with an engine, and some steel in the middle, i don't want Doucoure but a player of his size and mobility would be great, just abit more technique 🤣 if Emery gets this summer right then we could either be challenging seriously for 2nd/ 3rd if he gets it wrong we will be exactly where we are now. Big summer needed!




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29 Jun 2020 06:45:06
Thanks Ed. He looks a descent player.




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30 Apr 2020 10:31:47
Cheers Ed. Are you aware of any other players in Brazil we are interested in because it’s seems to be a market that we’re exploring?


{Ed002's Note - It is no more than where Edu is from and he has little enough to do. They have the option to add Pablo Mari. Wasting time on Walce who would not get a Work Permit etc. is not doing the club any favours. They don't seem to be able to sort out their management mess, are going nowhere in the league, spent their savings last summer and are now very much stuck.}



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18 Apr 2020 13:00:02
Maybe we should take risks on players like Maddison before they move to clubs like Leicester. We take risks on players like Pepe for big money.




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18 Apr 2020 11:17:51
It makes no sense Ed. It’s another big problem we are going to have unless we sell a lot of non home grown players and replace them with youth.


{Ed002's Note - Much of it is driven by cost - Maddison, as an example, would cost double that of an equivalent from mainland Europe.}




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03 Oct 2020 21:09:48
Well I for one would be pleased if we could get him.




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03 Oct 2020 20:49:12
Have we spoken to them about him Ed?


{Ed002's Note - Yes.}



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03 Oct 2020 19:15:27
Sanson is a very good player isn’t he Ed? I’m surprised know one has tried for him. Golovin at Monaco would also be a good buy.


{Ed002's Note - Marseille have been speaking to clubs about him.}



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08 Aug 2020 08:57:52
Apparently he was at London colony yesterday Ed.




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19 Oct 2019 09:41:59
He was before my time ed.


{Ed047's Note - I guessed so ja54 but he was pretty much the best I’ve ever seen.