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30 Jan 2021 09:00:20
Morning Ed's should we be expecting anything else happening this in terms of incoming players.


{Ed002's Note - It is possible cover for Left Back could still be added.}

1.) 30 Jan 2021 11:45:57
Hi ed002 have we been and are we still looking at Ryan Bertrand and would Saints interest in Maitland-Niles have any bearing on any possible move . Thanks COYG.

{Ed002's Note - As far as I know Southampton and Bertrand are looking to agree a new contract.}

2.) 30 Jan 2021 12:41:01
Thanks Ed . Shame would have been great back up COYG.

3.) 30 Jan 2021 23:36:32
Seen a few reports regarding Patrick Van Aanhalt Ed? Any truth in that do you know?

{Ed002's Note - It would be another who will be reasonably cheap now as his contract is running out.}



10 Jan 2021 11:18:53
Morning Ed's just a quick one what should we realistically expect in the window I know its obviously going to be outgoings first with afew leaving already but who's on our list of targets for january every day there's a different name being mentioned.


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will keep looking and don't expect too much in January - and remember the club have already gambled a lot of future income away, so funds will be very thin on the ground. Rebek has joined and it is possible a midfield player could follow. Oezil will likely depart and Sead Kolasinac. Saliba will get at least a loan and efforts will be made to have Balogun agree a new contract but he can talk to non English or Welsh clubs about a move as a Free Agent now we are in January. There are also a number of players who are unhappy with their lot at Arsenal and the club need to appease them.}

1.) 10 Jan 2021 14:23:16
Hi Ed, do you reckon arsenal will keep balogun? I know him personally and know he’s a great talent because but he doesn’t seem to get chances to play but I know for a fact that he wants to stay.

{Ed002's Note - They would like to keep him but he has other options who he can now talk directly with and a move to mainland Europe beckons for the kid.}

2.) 10 Jan 2021 14:42:51
Ed would you know if the unhappy players are this way because of Mikel or because or lack of game time or both perhaps?
I ask because the youngsters seem to have responded well to his instructions.

{Ed002's Note - In at least one case the competence of the coach is being questioned, in other cases it is game time, broken promises, the general lack of direction etc..}

3.) 10 Jan 2021 16:16:55
You can see what he's trying to do the wage bill is sky high loads of deadwood in the squad ozil needs to go sokratis needs moving on the list goes on and on I think AMN will have to move on aswell he's not getting used and was one of our best towards the end of the season I can imagine the lad being fed up and wanting to go.

4.) 10 Jan 2021 18:02:18
Thank you Ed. Do you reckon we will recall guendouzi?

{Ed002's Note - It is not a simple thing to do and can be expensive.}

5.) 15 Jan 2021 23:40:57
Dags, if you know him personally. Please tell him I’d love him to stay 👍.



06 Jan 2021 10:36:54
Are we actually interested in buendia from norwich or is it paper talk.


{Ed002's Note - I think it goes back to when Arsenal opted for Pepe.}

1.) 06 Jan 2021 12:34:25
What do you mean by that Ed? Sorry not getting that.

{Ed002's Note - Buendia was an option for the RW role then.}

2.) 06 Jan 2021 20:36:42
Hi Ed know you said he reminds you of Ozil and could play in that role. I think he could play beside Partey, reminds me of Carzola actually. Could be what we need with a No. 10 to rotate with ESR.

{Ed002's Note - Not me.}

3.) 07 Jan 2021 12:26:25
Thanks Ed not sure how I didn't get what you meant first time! Not the best decision to over spend on pepe was it!



11 Jun 2020 19:21:09
Hi Ed's is there any on potential incoming or outgoings lots of talk daily on different players do you have any idea on what positions we are looking to fill.


{Ed002's Note - Nothing beyond what I have said. The issue will be money and sales will be a driver plus after the devastating stupidly of last summer the club is not in a good place financially. They are going to take a very significant hit this year so I would not expect too much.}

1.) 11 Jun 2020 20:53:45
Anybody else sick of Arsenal being in a difficult position due to stupidity. I can see you repeating yourself for the next few years Ed i'm sorry to say 😂.

2.) 12 Jun 2020 01:01:20
Hello guys hope you are all well. Not been on in a long time. We need to hold the owners responsible. I still remember when David Dean left and the reason he left was the owners where not right to keep us competitive.

3.) 12 Jun 2020 03:18:44
Mari agreed fee. Courtinho loan wishful. Partey 43 mil. Lemar swap laca (maybe)

Niles. Sokratis. Kos. Elneny. Myk. Torreira (if reports he’s still unsettled are true) Either Luiz or Mustafi. Aubamayang (Dependant on champions league and if R Madrid come in for him)

They’re my guesses so far going from gossip from forums and commercial news sites. Of course a lot can change dependant on if we get CL.

4.) 12 Jun 2020 08:46:34
Lots of talk about players coutinho loan jovic loan partey for 43 million is unrealistic the clubs in rubbish state the est to hope for are loans and free agents like ryan fraser.

5.) 12 Jun 2020 08:47:49
Could possibly see kluivert coming as a swal deal but is he good enough.

6.) 12 Jun 2020 09:26:22
Kluivert is a weird deal for me, Smoggy. Why would they be happy to sell him at such a young age, for a bit of cash and Mkhitaryan? Just seems off. Especially considering we have Nelson, Saka, Martinelli and Pepe all trying to play winger positions already.

7.) 12 Jun 2020 09:36:57
Based on Ed 002s info you’d have to imagine very little incoming this summer.
If we look at this realistically we are the worst off we’ve been in over 25 years from our current domestic league campaign to the structure of the hierarchy within the club.
We need a Thomas Partey type but I cannot see this as the fee would mean an Auba sale with most of his fee going towards Partey and then you haven’t replaced Aubas goals.
Pepe and Tierney need to be judged on next season regardless of their fees it’s irrelevant now what’s important is if and when they adapt.
This is the time for Willock, Saka, Nelson and Martinelli to step up to the level with the win next year to get into top 4. You’ve Saliba and Mari coming into the side so we will have a new look team anyway next year.
I can see Torreira and Ozil being sold, possibly Niles but other than that i'd say nobody will leave and Auba will run down his contract.
If we sell him the replacement should be Raul Jimenez, a proven proper PL CF.
I’m not expecting much to happen at all.

8.) 12 Jun 2020 14:27:40
Who's going to match Mesuts wages Shambles mate? Ozil is happy at Arsenal so why would take a pay cut to leave when he's really really happy and wants to stay?
All the talk of selling or even letting Mesut leave for free is based on people's own wishful thinking rather than any logical thinking. Mesut Ozil will be at Arsenal for one more season whether people like the idea or not.

9.) 12 Jun 2020 15:48:16
Spot on 62.

Best just accepting it and moving on. Hopefully when that 350k a week is freed up, the club doesn't pi** it up the wall and we can start to move forward.

It's a shame we don't think forward as a club, it's the same s**t over and over again.

10.) 12 Jun 2020 17:47:04
Cheers Akie mate and I agree with all you've said mate, if you don't change what hasn't worked how can things change?

What's happend has happend there is no changing that be it good or bad and what is legally binding like contracts from the past have to run there corse whether we like it or don't like it.

Replace those in charge who simply haven't made wise choices in the past and replace those players who simply haven't worked out at the earliest opportunity.

We have to accept the reality of what is and work around what is and isn't possible in the foreseeable future the very best we can.
It isn't impossible for us to have an exciting next few seasons ahead as long as we are realistic about our capabilities and reasonable about what success looks like.

For me top 4 given the competition for those places would be exceeding reasonable expectations while dropping below the Europa league places 6th and above would be falling below acceptable standards for a club our size regardless of our current problems.

11.) 12 Jun 2020 21:51:32
Well gunner it certainly doesn’t help that Ozil has lost two big endorsement deals, one with Adidas, seemingly because of his politics or association with certain political figures. There’s also no chance of ever selling him to China also for political reasons.
There is still interest in Turkey and he has made no secret that’s where he will finish and there was talk at one time of his wages being shared by both a big Turkish club and investor but I don’t know how much truth is in that.
Look the reality is we need to be thinking beyond Mesut Ozil soon and I don’t see him featuring much in next seasons plans once Arteta has a chance to impose his own philosophy and identity on the club. We are in a position where the people the owners employ to run the club are selected on their ability to lower and then manage the fans expectations whilst maintaining a high enough standard to keep revenue coming in.
It’s pretty obvious what they are doing. Edu was brought in at a time when our fan base was turning on that part of the hierarchy’s structure as a fan revolt would be less likely when the face of it is an ex invincible. Arteta, while proving very worthy and I’m delighted to have him, was another ex player put in a role at a time where serious pressure was coming from the fan base to start showing some actual intent to drive the club forward and it was a massive risk based on his experience when you offset it against what we were demanding which was an Ancelloti or Allegri. So we’re all in agreement where we are and that it will not change while Stan Kroenke is the owner.
Here’s the stark truth, we are penny pinchers so that he can afford to take money each year from the club, if you thought we were bad before C.V. 19, wait til you see Stan play these next 18 mths, because even if he had reserves there, he’s going to put out through our PR that we are in an era of serious constraint because his interest has never been with on field success and he would see this as a vehicle for tightening up ship again regardless.
So much of what our situation makes you just wonder if it could have been deliberately made any worse. The wage bill is just ludicrous also.
Arteta has bought Stan at least 2 years more time now as we will be willing to give him that much with what he’s got to work with as that is our reality now. We know we don’t have the players now so we must back the manager and give him time without setting any other real targets. Truly a mid table team now.

12.) 12 Jun 2020 23:39:00
Il never get sick of arsenal's position due to stupidity long may it continue.

13.) 13 Jun 2020 09:21:18
Ah the Chelsea fans are back running their mouths now that they can spend the Russian mobsters money again. remind me again G Gola what was that ban for again?
I don’t think you should be commenting on how any other club is run or how it’s fans conduct themselves.
They say ignorance is bliss, well hypocrisy must be absolute heaven for you mate.

14.) 13 Jun 2020 09:22:56
Hi Shambles mate look beyond Mesut by all means but in reality that is the 21/ 22 season, I personally really admire Mesuts humanity and compassionate nature I think it's a brilliant quality.
We all know things haven't been done right at Arsenal for a very long time but things will change again it's just a matter of when not if.

15.) 13 Jun 2020 16:33:04
Hey Gunner,
I don’t know too much about those things personally, I hear he is quite generous to causes he believes in so for sure that's a great trait.

On an Arsenal level I must admit on the whole he’s left me wanting more. I’m 36 now so as I get older I’m having to realise that maybe I was blessed to have players with the mentality of Bergkamp, Vieira, Adams, Campbell, Henry etc etc who had the ability but more so the personality when they represented the badge.

I don’t feel that same connection with these last couple of generation of players as I don’t see the drive and I certainly don’t see hurt after a loss followed by a determination to put it right next game.

Remember when we’d lose a game badly, or even more critically, a close rival in the league table would lose before you played and you’d see a real effort and drive to get the 3 points and momentum that comes with it?

Well all too often these last 10 years the displays and level of intensity blend into Reruns of what appears to be just turning up and jogging onto the pitch for ‘what will be will be’.
And I think, probably harshly, that Ozil personifies this for me. All too often the commitment towards putting in the hard yards first and foremost is reactionary instead of the prerequisite.

There’s just no point puffing your cheeks and throwing your arms, or gloves, up in the air when you’ve been taken off after an anonymous display with 20 mins left when you had 70 at the start and 25 since instruction at half time, to make the difference or at least try change something for yourself or the team.

A lot of people tell me it’s not his style or that there’s 10 others on the pitch and it may be true. But coming an extra 5 or 10 yards deeper than where you’ve been to try and set something in motion doesn’t take a Bergkamps intelligence or drive.
It’s time they all stood up now and played for the badge. No more of these instagram and Twitter self promoting videos or pics declaring their love and commitment to the Club.

Only Actions from here on will do and I thank God gunner that we have Arteta who actually identifies and emphasises the values of the club needed to not win trophies, nobody has a god given right to success, but to at least put a code of practice in place that reminds us why we fell in love with this club in the first place. And for me it wasn’t all about winning it was the endeavour and the personality shown by players through the years that spilled over into real passion and memories that live with you forever.

Like I said we are starved right now of those types of players. Go through the squad and tell me who fits the bill of ever making it to cult status or even being a standout as your favourite player, someone you really relate to. maybe it’s not just our Club, maybe it’s how money has made the players, who ultimately are the faces of the game, disconnected from us but we’re definitely at the loss of that aspect of the game.

Maybe Torreira is the closest I have seen, along with Sokratis, to showing the passion and heart that any fan wants to see from their player. Before them Van Perdue and Fabregas. after that we are very very casual from my point of view nearly indifferent at times, and I think it shows on the pitch.
Interested to know what anyone else thinks on this.

16.) 15 Jun 2020 11:48:10
Hi Shambles mate, the mentality of the whole club from top to bottom became jobs for the boys ensure champions league participation for next season and we all get a nice quiet easy life free from all the stress of high expectations.
Mesut came in and was publicly berated by Mertersacker for being embarrassed and storming off after his first taste of a proper Arsenal collapse and thrashing v Manchester City.
I Think Mesut got the message " your not a Real now mate you either fit with the rest of the cosy club and be happy or your life at Arsenal isn't going to be a happy one at all"
That mentality once ingrained at a club takes some shifting complely mate but it will change because without champions league football abd money each and every year both club and fans won't accept a cosy atmosphere any longer.
Arteta didn't join Arsenal to be a nearly man or for a cosy number he came to make us great again, whether that happens or not under Arteta only time will tell but I'm pretty sure they will be much better when he eventually leaves than when he arrived both on and off the pitch mate.



16 Jan 2016 08:29:11
Hi again eds a lot of talks in the papers and other sites that we are very interested in morata does this rumour have any legs or is it as i suspect just because of the ban placced on real madrid.


1.) 16 Jan 2016 19:35:12
did Juve buy him or was he on loan there? I thought they bought him. I would love for us to buy him. perfect age for us to bed him in as our new target man as Olly gets older.

2.) 16 Jan 2016 23:56:10
I read he's on loan for 2 years but I'm not entirely sure.

3.) 17 Jan 2016 01:34:35
They bought him for €20m so I'm not sure they'd be willing to sell yet although they'd probably get a hefty profit on their investment. I'm going to assume Madrid have a buy back clause like they do with almost anyone they sell purely cause they don't get game time.

4.) 17 Jan 2016 11:10:39
Pretty sure, but can't substantiate it with anything, he signed a new deal at juve that means;
a) madrid buying him back cheap isn't happening.
b) he's in juves future plans and seems happy, so won't leave without somebody else offering big money, to him and the club, so they could replace him sufficiently.

So incredibly unlikely I. m. o.

5.) 17 Jan 2016 15:08:08
I believe Morata is unhappy he's not been first choice recently as he's being kept out of the team by Dybala. Any new contract he's since won't have affected any buy-back clause agreed with Madrid.




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21 Jan 2021 16:37:47
All the rumours are suggesting we are going to sign the real madrid kid
I can't understand why when he's more a winger than a number 10 he had a good season a good season last season but he wouldn't be my first choice.


1.) 21 Jan 2021 17:13:51
Also why are we loaning players? They very rarely make much impact in half a season.

2.) 21 Jan 2021 18:07:31
I see sense in it, he can play as an AM, he’s creative if we use him sparingly along with ESR he would fit in perfectly I think. Creative players like to roam behind the strikers across the pitch just like ESR has been doing, all this “ he’s a winger” rubbish isn’t relevant for these guys they just want to create chances.

{Ed001's Note - when I have watched him, he played central and he has said that is the position he feels he is best at and where he wants to play.}

3.) 21 Jan 2021 18:36:02
Exactly Ed thanks, can you imagine if someone would have told some of the greatest creative players they have to stay in one position? They see space, make space and create passes I don’t get the cliche of but he plays LW, RW etc. In my humble opinion you cannot restrict this type of player to a particular position but you have to balance the rest of the team to accommodate them.

{Ed001's Note - agreed.}

4.) 21 Jan 2021 20:32:55
He's not going to come to Arsenal to be used sparingly.

5.) 21 Jan 2021 21:09:57
Hey 337 sounds like you were talking about Ozil 😄.

6.) 21 Jan 2021 21:32:48
GH I don’t think any young player coming on loan to the EPL expects to start every game, Dani seems to be happy to be used “ sparingly “ or he wouldn’t have extended his loan with us would he?

7.) 21 Jan 2021 21:56:21
In thr league Dani has started 10 and been subbed on in 6, plus the cup games he's been involved in. Not really 'sparingly'.
Odegaard will go to Real Sociadad to get more game time- makes little sense for him to come to us.

8.) 22 Jan 2021 10:37:14
Looks like he is coming to us. Strange signing.

9.) 22 Jan 2021 11:20:16
Like I said yesterday GH perfect fit for us and him and no layout meaning we can get our long term target in the summer. Everyone’s a winner!



02 Aug 2020 17:37:51
Hi Ed's have u managed to get together a list of potential targets yet now we know we are in Europe next year will have changed things with budget ect.


{Ed002's Note - They will find a little more budget but the club has financial difficulties still. Much will be driven by leavers. Remind me in a couple of days please.}

1.) 03 Aug 2020 09:44:46
Hi Ed, is the reason you are struggling providing us a list because your not sure yourself because your not sure if arsenal are able to sell? Or is it because you simply don’t have the time?

{Ed002's Note - I don't have the time.}

2.) 03 Aug 2020 10:36:17
Thanks Ed.



12 Jul 2020 21:56:43
Hi ed are you ready to do a update on potential trial incoming and out goings yet not had one in a while.


{Ed002's Note - Try toward the end of the week please.}



10 Jan 2019 20:42:54
Any truth in the vector Herrera rumours ed?


1.) 10 Jan 2019 22:28:06
He is probably angling for a move and someone is probably pointing him towards us. But it will probably go south.



01 Feb 2016 21:12:31
Dunno about any of u guys but I've got to say i feel abit disappointed that we havnt brought anyone else in we are in an ideal place to win the league this year and probably would do with another signing or 2.


{Ed025's Note - im with you smoggy..

1.) 01 Feb 2016 21:54:28
Same old story i'm afraid, we will probably regret it again. But all will be forgiven.

2.) 01 Feb 2016 21:57:25
We should have signed Charlie boy 2 weeks ago.

Missed a trick there.

3.) 01 Feb 2016 22:00:29
I just can't believe it this could be the last chance for years especially now peps at the helm of city probably have unlimited funds and a list of players a mile long that want to play for HIM we should of at least brought a striker in even charlie austin 4mill BARGAIN l.




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27 Apr 2021 22:09:00
If there Ed's arbt commenting for arsenal no more what's the point in this page loads of small minded pricks given Ed's a hard time have ruined it for the rest if us.




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18 Mar 2021 22:39:14
What about now ed.


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10 Jan 2021 16:16:55
You can see what he's trying to do the wage bill is sky high loads of deadwood in the squad ozil needs to go sokratis needs moving on the list goes on and on I think AMN will have to move on aswell he's not getting used and was one of our best towards the end of the season I can imagine the lad being fed up and wanting to go.




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05 Oct 2020 23:35:08
Thanks for all the hard work Ed's frustrating at times for you we all know but we finally got our man coyg.


{Ed002's Note - Yep.}



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05 Oct 2020 20:20:50
Rekik 18nyr old centre back.





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01 Feb 2016 22:00:29
I just can't believe it this could be the last chance for years especially now peps at the helm of city probably have unlimited funds and a list of players a mile long that want to play for HIM we should of at least brought a striker in even charlie austin 4mill BARGAIN l.




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16 Aug 2015 11:43:19
2- 1 to us the ox and per




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15 Aug 2015 19:20:25
Ive got to say far to early to be jumping the gun in wenger i agree we are 1 or 2 players light at the minute a a striker and a cdm for me ide bid for berahino and i think we missed a trick in not signing shneiderlin and wijnaldum don't get me wrong in wide positions we probably have the best 4 in the epl ozil sanchez the ox and theo but i don't think anyone thought this year of the same thing that's hampered us for years INJURYS wilshere is like a time bomb as is theo what if giroud is ever out for 3 months and wellbeck we would be buggered




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08 Jul 2015 18:45:18
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Remy would be a great signing at least he is proven in this league and will score goals if given the chance and we create a lot of chances it would certainly improve our goal difference and we don't have a good striker on the bench bentner is poor podolski is a wide player