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28 Sep 2017 14:26:08
With Ancelotti leaving Bayern is it possible he'd be considered for our next manager?

I know he was keen on the job after he was sacked by Chelsea just wondered if that'd still be the case?


1.) 28 Sep 2017 15:59:39
There is no job available at Arsenal and if there was he isn't a long term soloution and I doubt Arsenal are looking at that type of manager. This is not an opinion on the man just that he won't be put manager in this lifetime.

2.) 28 Sep 2017 18:34:53
Have I missed something. Thought we had a manager.

3.) 29 Sep 2017 03:52:50
Please I hope not, not another wilting violet.

4.) 29 Sep 2017 07:09:54
Fantastic manager with the trophies to prove it. We have Wenger for at least a couple more seasons. The manager I have an eye on is Marco Silva at Watford. By the time Wenger goes, the old guard, such as Ancelloti, will probably be past their best.

5.) 29 Sep 2017 07:12:03
Shrinking violet.

6.) 29 Sep 2017 19:45:18
Would rather Wenger anyday over Ancelloti.



19 May 2016 22:28:28
With us chasing Reece Oxford and, presumably, a more experienced CB do we see Per or Gabriel being mostly likely to depart?


{Ed025's Note - per for me mate..

1.) 19 May 2016 22:58:21
Doesn't Reece Oxford want first team football?

2.) 19 May 2016 23:05:38
With out injury record Reece Oxford is guaranteed first team football. He is a smart kid.

3.) 19 May 2016 23:25:18
With our injury record he'd get plenty of game time even with 4 CBs!

Ed25, Per is definitely a weak link so wouldn't complain if he left.

If Per was to leave who do we think would be captain and vice captain?

{Ed025's Note - it would be kos and santi for me sforza but im sure others will have their own views mate..



11 May 2016 10:14:58
Apparently Bayern are close to agreeing a 75m Euro move for Alexis Sanchez.

I'm not opposed to selling him as he's not as irreplaceable as some fans would have us believe. However Wenger will never sign more than 3 first team players and we're in desperate need of a CB and a CF. Arsene is clearly targeting a CM too so that would be the 3.


1.) 11 May 2016 13:20:10
A lot of people seem to go with the theory that we'll never sign more than 3 players, which I do understand, but isn't always true.

We signed Welbeck, Chambers, Ospina, Sanchez and Debuchy in one window, which is 4 first team players, 5 if you include Chambers (Im personally thinking of him as still a 'reserve' player)

And in the 11/ 12 seaon, we signed Gervinho, Arteta, Mertesacker, Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chu-Young Park (though the less said about him the better)

Don't get me wrong, I doubt we're going to sign 15 players, but we've got Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini leaving almost for sure.
We've got Szczesny potentially staying at Roma, Ospina's rumoured to be out too.
Debuchy will go also.

Straight away that's 6 players who will most likely be leaving the club.

Then there's rumours that Walcott will go, Oxlade-Chamberlain will go, Mertesacker, Gibbs too and even as you stated, there's talk of Alexis going.

They won't all leave, but that's potentially 10 players who'd leave and we don't have the depth to replace them all from youth.

If the talk of Granit Xhaka almost being wrapped up is true then that already signals a big change in tact from us.

I'm usually a negative nancy about transfer windows, but I'm feeling confident here!
This is probably Wenger's last chance to succeed with Arsenal before he leaves/ retires/ moves upstairs and I don't think he'll want to go out with the memory of fans feelings this year.

2.) 11 May 2016 13:51:06
Decent article, but Wenger always tries to promote before transfers and we have a lot of young players knocking on the door:

Buy a new CB/ RB

3 Midfielders OUT, In:
Arteta => Zelalem
Rosicky => Toral
Flamini => Xhaka

New Attackers:
Welbeck (Injury) => Iwobi
Campbell => JEFF
Walcott (doubt he does) =>?

3.) 11 May 2016 17:19:52
Sometimes I see Sanchez as more of a hindrance than a help if I'm honest. Not that I want to see him gone.

I think 75 is the most he'll ever be worth so it would be peak time to sell him in terms of financial returns of investment. It's a lot of money that could be reinvested in the squad but we've seen with previous high profile departures from the EPL, Suarez and Bale, that often that kind of cash is squandered. Maybe putting the whole lump on one player is a better strategy than diversifying the funds with a multitude of signings.

So next point is, who out there is better than Sanchez (17 goals in a bad season) and bear in mind that we also need to replace Walcott on the right (whether he leaves or not)

Another Sanchez level player on the opposing wing and an upgrade on Giroud (like him a lot but not mobile enough, would make an exceptional rotational choice)

I think Welbeck, with his recent development, would flourish in the middle with the right personnel on either flank and Ozil behind him, but he's out till January apparently.

4.) 11 May 2016 19:26:29
Sure it wasn't the other sanchez?

As in Renato :P.



20 May 2015 15:30:29
Is it true Arsenal are trying to move Mert on this summer? If so who are the club looking at in terms of replacements?


1.) 21 May 2015 05:13:19
Wenger has stated that he isn't looking to purchase any defenders and I believe him. We have:
RB: Debuchy & Bellerin - Chambers
LB: Gibbs & Monreal
CB: Mertesacker - Chambers
CB: Koscielny & Gabriel

Jenkinson can also be considered, unless we sell or loan him out again.

Defensive options look good and I can't see Wenger selling Mertesacker.

2.) 21 May 2015 13:57:58
francis coquelin can fill in at RB as well




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03 Dec 2017 09:54:56
That game was fantastic to watch.

Loved the switch to 4-2-3-1, it makes us so much more fluid going forward.

We still desperately need a good DM to replace Xhaka and a big upgrade at CB.


1.) 06 Dec 2017 13:31:15
To be fair you could argue playing Walcott as DM would be an upgrade versus Xhaka.



31 Aug 2017 13:56:28
Ed, any information on who Arsenal have been looking at as their future manager post Wenger? I know you mentioned Allegri was first choice, just wondered if others are being considered and whether or not Allegri's interest has gone.

Also who would your choices be if you were in charge?

ps big thanks for all the hard work of all the Eds, must be the busiest time of year for you!


{Ed002's Note - Try asking next week.}

1.) 31 Aug 2017 18:14:22
Why ed because that's when he will be installed 🤣.

2.) 31 Aug 2017 18:15:33
I forgot to add I second that sforza they have been bang at it.



14 Mar 2017 12:06:33
Sampaoli saying he'd love to work with Alexis again. Since it's unlikely Sanchez would go to Sevilla or back to Barcelona maybe Sampaoli is angling for the Arsenal job.


{Ed002's Note - No.}



11 Jan 2017 13:03:26
So with our season not going quite the way we all hoped and the attention being drawn to the rather bleak situation regarding the contracts of Ozil and Alexis I thought I'd bring you further misery in the form of: How in the hell do you replace Santi Cazorla?

An article from the 1st December showed our win rate with Cazorla is 65% and without him is just 39%!

So with that in mind who is capable of replacing someone as good as Santi?

The common names I see pop up are Thiago, Pjanic, Verratti, Saul, Kroos and Isco. Those all seem unrealistic for whatever reason.

Anyone have an opinion on any more realistic options?
Only 4 I can think of (and I have no idea if they're realistic or not) are Jorginho from Napoli, Manu Trigueros from Villarreal, Daniele Baselli from Torino and Geis from Schalke.


1.) 11 Jan 2017 15:08:53
Vidal would be immense but hey that will be add it to the unrealistic list

2.) 11 Jan 2017 14:26:31
Ed025 from Merseyside 😃

Payet for me.

{Ed025's Note - the payet without the attitude is great dags..

3.) 11 Jan 2017 17:40:45
Can I throw payet in there as a reasonable possibility. The rest are mostly none starters suggested, not because they aren't good but they aren't likely to come for the money required.

4.) 11 Jan 2017 20:48:50
Payet is great but I don't think he is the best replacement in santi's possition, not that I'm saying I wouldn't like seeing him at arsenal its just the possition. But thiago of Bayern would be great.

5.) 11 Jan 2017 20:50:52
Oh how about gotze?

6.) 11 Jan 2017 21:29:42
Gotze has never quite lived up to his reputation. I like matuidi from psg but he would be expensive, he's a central mid and psg keep playing him on the wing.

7.) 12 Jan 2017 09:03:21
Jack Wilshere.?

8.) 12 Jan 2017 09:56:28
Wilshere should have had a release clause in his loan deal. I agree that Payet would be a good replacement too, although at 29 and a high transfer fee and contract, I'm not too sure. I can't fathom out why Ramsey can't play in that role alongside Xhaka or Coquelin? I liked Elneny alongside Xhaka, as he makes more vertical runs, whereas Xhaka and Coquelin tend to use the ball from deep positions, opposed making driving runs which unsettle opponents.

9.) 12 Jan 2017 13:46:38
I think the main ingredient for santi replacement is player with great dribbling skills. Sometimes going passed that one player in the midfield can make the attack a lot more dangerous

10.) 14 Jan 2017 11:08:46
No-one does it quite like Santi because he's so skillful at drawing opposing players in while they attempt to win the ball, and then darting round them, meaning he creates so much space in the centre of the park. Ozil thrives on that space and Santi combines brilliantly with Coquelin because Coquelin just has to win the balls and play a simple pass to Santi to get things going from deep. The only players we have who've been able to do what Santi does in that position with regular impact are Wilshere on his day and Rosicky. Ramsey lacks that ability on the ball and is better at charging, meaning he makes surging runs forward that draw him out of the defensive, deep lying position. Hell, Ozil would probably do a better job of creating space from deep, but unfortunately he'd get clattered too much in the process.



22 Aug 2016 16:08:18
I understand all the doom and gloom, and for the first time I'm starting to question if it would be best if Wenger stepped aside, but we've still got 2 weeks before the transfer window closes.

There are plenty of CBs out there who would improve us significantly, and fingers crossed the big clubs start a merry-go-round of transfer dealings that leads to us signing a striker.

If we don't make signings, or we sign Johnny Evans, then I will join in with you and metaphorically stone Wenger.


1.) 22 Aug 2016 17:37:03
Pep, the most sought after manager in the World spends £50m on Stones - a young English CB with bags of potential, but not entirely convincing to date.

Wenger spends £2m on Holding - a young English CB with bags of potential, but not entirely convincing to date.

If holding plays as well as Stones this season (I'm guessing he'll start til Gan is back) , hopefully AW will be given more credit and respect for the way he does things.

2.) 22 Aug 2016 18:11:20
Personally to date i hope holding is going to be better than stones, totally over priced but lots of potential, holding totally under priced but lots of potential. It will take years to find out the answer. Stones and holding will not be overnight successes.

3.) 22 Aug 2016 18:12:17
Has Arsene been pumping Holding'stires all along as he is the new CB this year? Too bad Asano didn't get a game sure he would have got raves from the boss.

We look strong boss but we need at least one player of quality. Maybe get ed2 to help, he must have bags of time now that he doesn't help on here (hope he has a sense of humor, jury is out ;-)

4.) 22 Aug 2016 18:26:05
Just to clarify, as I'm not the smartest, but the disagree means that, if Wenger signs a centre back who performs as well as the one Pep has signed, for £48m less, then he doesn't deserve any credit or respect?

Why do people think that arsenal fans can never be pleased?

5.) 22 Aug 2016 18:46:06
Surely no one could reasonably argue that if Holding even matches Stones Arsene has done the better deal there, let's wait and see though because that is a very big if.
Out of interest if Pep spends 100 mil and Arsene only spends 35 mil but city win the title and Arsenal qualify for the CL in a distant 3rd or 4th who is the better manager? Pep taking over a team that could only manage 4th last season and making them champions in his first season or Arsene who after 20 seasons has yet again saved the club a fortune while doing the Arsenal double of top 4 and above Spurs?

6.) 22 Aug 2016 18:49:19
That's fine, if he does perform as well as the one Pep has signed. But my guess is Guardiola knows his onions. Happy to be wrong though!

7.) 22 Aug 2016 19:07:19
I couldn't have put it better gunner.

8.) 22 Aug 2016 20:13:38
Its one of the most relevant criticisms you point out G62. Should AW throw money and gamble on winning (as that's what it is ultimately)

I don't know how much clubs like Villa and Newcastle spent on players, but I do know that you can't take anything for granted. If we spend and start to drop places, I'm not sure many fans would be happier. Jose at Chelsea last season, van Gaal, Moyes at Man U, Rogers at Liverpool, even spurs post Bale. All splashed with no title to show for it.

The manc clubs are both throwing cash around again now. Does that make them a better team? In hindsight, anyone can say aw should have gone in for ibrahimovic. he might not yet keep performing and last the season though. How many of those knowledgeable fans also thought aw should have got in before José on Falcao and Pedro. Or snapped up Benteke or balotelli? Were outraged we didn't want Fabregas etc. Etc.

I generally have trust that aw has forgotten more about football than most of us will ever know. I look at us and think aw knows the team really are good enough to win the league. He doesn't play to come second. He's shown that.

For me it comes down to this:

If we win the league this season, aw was right and justified in everything he has done.

If not, as painful as it is, either the players have not performed, his judgement was wrong or his tactics were wrong, or something unseen is holding him back. he'll have had a fair amount of time to win, so would then have to acknowledge something has to change. Not necessarily him - an assistant with different tactics, or a new manager with aw advising. But he knows that. He's no idiot.

We've been 4th, 3rd, 2nd.
Until the end of the season, 1st is still up for grabs, and the team need support. I'm still behind the boss.

9.) 22 Aug 2016 20:51:37
Very much agree with your posts jimgoon, sensible positivity.

10.) 22 Aug 2016 20:52:25
Jim can I ask you do you feel Arsene was right to be the only manager in Europe not to buy an outfield player last summer?
Mate I totally respect your right to support Arsene no matter what still, even if I struggle to understand it I still respect we don't all see things in the same way all the time.

11.) 22 Aug 2016 22:17:59
Steve, good you supporting your buddy 62 when he references Pep spending 100m. What week was that as his spending far exceeds that plus all the money spent in last two seasons at City - please talk sense.

12.) 23 Aug 2016 02:30:39
G62, I guess I don't really think of it like that.

I would have LOVED a stellar signing, but I know they don't always work, and also think there are plans - like bringing players through etc. That we don't know. I also see how close some players are to being great. So although I'd like mahrez, or lewandowski, when they don't come I know I'll be excited to if someone takes their chance.

When we didn't/ don't sign any/ many, I'm still hopeful for two reasons:

1 - I accept that Arsene won't pay crazy money. that's a huge reason why I love AFC anyway. I would much rather we earn a title the hard way than buy it, or even worse pay £££ for Falcao, balotelli, schweinsteiger etc.

2 - I hope that AW knows/ sees things we dont, and he really believes that there are no realistic upgrades. Again, I love that we can find quality players like elneny, hopefully holding etc. But bear in mind that our big signings have all proven successful. In fact, the lesser ones too recently. Compare that to other clubs. Didn't loads of fans want Rambo out, doubted bellerin and booed ozil? I trust AW!




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04 Jan 2018 15:14:51
Unless we're moving to 2 up front then it'd be a waste of either his or Laca's talents. Weird that we'd be interested in him given his attitude too, especially when Mislintat should know him well.




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01 Jan 2018 11:43:18
Simeone has only done well at one club, he's not some kind of footballing messiah. His style of football is like giving Mourinho the keys to a second bus.




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31 Aug 2017 13:51:43
Signing both would be fantastic, it would give us tactical flexibility and would also mean we're somewhat more prepared for any first team departures next summer. e. g. Ozil.




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30 Aug 2017 16:27:36
Since Sanchez is leaving we need a replacement in, Lucas Vasquez is a great player and if he's available why not? He's a massive improvement over Walcott and Iwobi too.




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26 Aug 2017 20:16:11
Ben, one of the Ed's mentioned on another page ( i think the liverpool one) that Leverkusen have rejected a few approaches for Tah and have no intention of selling so probably not a realistic option, which is a shame as I agree with you he is class.





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01 Aug 2019 10:31:18
He was a gamble signing, but we needed to take those risks back then. If he'd have worked out not only would we have had a bargain signing but he'd of generated huge amounts of revenue from the Japanese market.

Should we have taken the risk? For 3.5m, 100%.




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27 Jul 2019 20:03:50
Ceballos played deeper whilst at Betis if I remember correctly, he could certainly play alongside Torreira and finally bring some control to proceedings in our midfield (something we've lacked since Santi) . Be interesting to see if that then got the best out of Ozil. Ozil is a class player but he definitely needs someone to get their head up and pick him out when he gets into dangerous positions, again lacking since Santi.

I also agree with selling both of those two, Nelson and Rowe-Smith are more than capable replacements and we've also got Saka coming through.




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12 Jul 2019 16:16:09
It's irrelevant whether or not we operated a sustainable business model before Stan or not, it's his management that's poor. He's responsible for staff appointments, and therefore their performance, and he's done a god awful job of that.

Many clubs with less financial might than us are performing at a much better standard than we are currently.




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24 Jun 2019 10:18:35
If true that he's wanting to move to Milan then there's at least a few possibilities for players we could ask for in return.

Suso and Kessie would be decent enough additions, although I'd be unhappy if we didn't also get some cash in on top of either. We could be super cheeky and see if Romagnoli could be tempted.

Kessie would at least give our midfield some bite, however he'd further highlight the need for a better player alongside him to control the game (sorry Granit) . heard there's some guy at Villarreal who's advancing in age but still top draw.




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18 Jun 2019 16:07:09
Regardless of the situation the club finds itself in I still don't believe Emery is the man to lead us forward.

His record is questionable at best. Yes he can win knockout competitions where players don't need motivating to watch 10 hours of video on the opposition, but in the league against teams filled with much less talented individuals that becomes an issue. His playing style is still undefined and his constant changes from game to game cause inconsistencies.

Whilst managing PSG he finished second to Monaco and threw away a 4-0 lead against Barcelona (arguably an issue motivating players when they believed they'd already won before stepping on to the pitch) .

With Sevilla he didn't manage to achieve a top 4 finish. He also seems to get credit for the players Sevilla acquired during this time, despite that being Monchi's bag.

All in all it's hard to put Emery in the argument for being a great manager, and that's really what we should be aiming for as a club. Can we honestly sit here and say performances have improved under Emery? Yes we're achieving better results against the other members of the big 6 but our football is dismal at times. Emery has had access to a better playing squad than Wenger did in his last season. We've had Auba from the start, Lucas Torreira looks like the bite in midfield we've been missing for years and we've also added Sokratis and Leno. Even with those things considered are we actually in a better position?