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08 Jan 2019 13:01:14
Weirdly widespread rumours appearing that we're in for Carrasco. Hope not, myself - way too inconsistent - but does seem the kind of thing that someone made up and the other papers just ran with. Personally don't see Pepe moving until the summer, so depends how desperate we are.


1.) 08 Jan 2019 13:35:45
There must be a reason no one wanted him and he ended up playing in china.

2.) 08 Jan 2019 18:36:28
I’d rather Walcott.

3.) 08 Jan 2019 20:26:47
Very good player, who made a money decision and not a footballing one going to China. Top player for athletico scoring some important goals in big games. A lot of big teams were sniffing before he went to China, which was a strange decision and only he new why he did.

4.) 09 Jan 2019 00:17:58
The two clubs are owned by the same organisation Steve. My guess is it was a convenient way to both move on a player Simeone didn't like and transfer some assets to Atleti.

5.) 09 Jan 2019 09:21:19
I’ve watching him play few times and he was full of energy, personally I like him, and I think he could be a good buy. What the eds think of him?

{Ed001's Note - every time I saw him he was abysmal, looked utterly disinterested, though he clearly has a lovely touch and skill, he just has not got the application or intelligence to know how to use it.}

6.) 09 Jan 2019 19:01:28
When he went to China I was disappointed that we were unable to sign him, he looked pretty useful to me.

7.) 09 Jan 2019 19:17:38
It’s a funny thing because every time I saw him play he looked decent. You can get that sometimes.

8.) 09 Jan 2019 22:24:30
Axel Witsel came back from China and is a great Aaser for Dortmund. Why not Carrasco? He is a regular in the Belgias National team. I say go!

9.) 10 Jan 2019 14:50:16
Bring Walcott back he’s faster 🙄.

10.) 10 Jan 2019 20:28:42
Bring back Perry Groves - sure he would come back on a loan 👊.



14 May 2018 01:58:32
A few of my mates were at the match today and there was talk among the away fans that there is real opposition among the players of appointing Arteta, and some will actively push for a move if he is appointed.

No idea where this has come from and not sure how legitimate it is, albeit somewhat believable.


1.) 14 May 2018 06:44:55
I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like a bit of a mental appointment to me. There must be something about him behind the scenes, that has got him such a good reputation with out any experience. But I think he would have real trouble commanding much respect and getting people to buy into his ideas if they didn't work quite quickly. But we're any of these fans close to any of the players to know their opinions?

2.) 14 May 2018 09:09:42
Arteta would be a big mistake in my opinion, he was part of the cosy club mentality we had here for too long and would be too pally and weak in my view with the existing players. He appeals to the board no doubt as he would be a cheap option and would not demand the transfer funds we need. If we were to go down the ex-player route I rather Vieria, at least he was a winner and woudl command more respect. We should really be after Allegri for me, a bit of Itaillian defensive disipline would do wonders. The board are still scared of spending though by the looks of it.

3.) 14 May 2018 11:58:17
BIG BIG BIG mistake on a loot of levels.

4.) 14 May 2018 13:30:09
None of my mates are connected with the players as far as I know eden. I agree with the general sentiment that he is a poor choice.



12 Jul 2017 05:17:02
Some news from down here in Australia that Wenger sees Martinez as next season's cup keeper, with Cech set to start in the league and CL. Martinez seems to be highly rated by the boss.


1.) 12 Jul 2017 06:15:29
Which team is cech going to play in the CL for 😂.

2.) 12 Jul 2017 06:44:58
It makes sense although Ospina is still at the club and unless someone stumps up the transfer fee Arsenal require then he may remain at the club. If Ospina departs then Martinez moving up to second choice keeper makes sense as I belive he qualifies as 'homegorwn', with numerical pressure coming on the squad.

3.) 12 Jul 2017 10:38:33
ospins deserves to go and be number one. Martinez is worth a shot. good call for both players.

4.) 12 Jul 2017 16:24:53
I'm very unconvinced my Martinez to be honest. Seems just average to me. But again it's not like I've seen him a lot of times.

5.) 12 Jul 2017 18:16:13
Sano, man citeh probably, we are their feeder. Lol.

6.) 12 Jul 2017 19:40:07
Your prob right.

7.) 13 Jul 2017 01:57:26
LOL I guess I'm still in automatic mode about thinking we're in CL. Wenger really has spoiled us.



18 Jun 2017 01:46:49
L'equipe is reporting Arsene has told Giroud he's "not in his plans" to use their words. Strikes me as drumming up a story on a slow day, but I do hope he stays regardless, especially if we can't retain Alexis and even if we sign another striker. Is there any concrete news on his departure? I'd sooner see the back of Walcott to be honest.


1.) 18 Jun 2017 11:14:20
I'm pretty sure Theo will be seeing out his contract with Arsenal, who else is going to offer 140k a week?
As for Olly I hope he stays even though he's not the answer in a one man strike force he's still an asset in many ways.

2.) 18 Jun 2017 14:08:49
Sky saying that West Ham want him. Personally think its a good move. He would do alright for them and not sure he would be happy if we bought in Lacazette (mbappe just ain't happening) .
Definitely want to see the back of Theo but i know he's one of those players that will go somewhere else and start banging in the goals, especially against us.

3.) 19 Jun 2017 12:53:18
Who cares get rid of Theo.

4.) 21 Jun 2017 20:46:30
Who cares get rid of Theo (2)



06 Jun 2017 12:28:49
Hi eds, hope you're having a good summer for the moment because looks like this next couple months will be crazy.

Any news on Arsenal interest in Kovacic? Heard this morning that a club from London is discretely trying to make inquiries but could just as easily be Spurms or Chelsea.



{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 07 Jun 2017 08:50:44
Kovacic forgot about him. Would be a great signing.

2.) 07 Jun 2017 11:42:14
Arda Turan would be a great replacement for Cazorla.

Similar technical ability to ghost past players like Cazorla does.

Ramsey is a talent but can't beat the man directly in front of him.




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13 Sep 2019 06:28:48
New contract for young Joe. I'm delighted, exceptional talent.




13 Jun 2019 13:59:30
Suarez has said that he got injured from his second game at Arsenal and was never more than half fit. It certainly explains why he looked so fragile and how a player who managed to force his way into the Barcelona side could look so awful for us.


1.) 13 Jun 2019 18:15:56
I read that too mate, but if I'm being honest I'm not sure how much of his frailty was due to injury and how much was down to him not being cut out for the Premier League.

No disrespect to him at all, this league has chewed up and spat out more talented footballers than him.

2.) 14 Jun 2019 02:45:30
I've never bought that argument at all, personally. Seems like a convenient excuse and PL marketing.



21 May 2019 13:55:06
Mkhitaryan will not be travelling to Azerbaijan as his safety cannot be guaranteed.


{Ed002's Note - He can go if he would like to and both clubs have played there before without any whining.}

1.) 21 May 2019 23:38:19
What's the clubs have to do with his nationality? Pretty sure he had to miss our game last time too. Not really sure the ins and outs of all the politics to do with why it's not safe for him to go if im honest.

2.) 22 May 2019 20:21:33
Imagine if it was messi or Ronaldo not allowed to play there or won’t because of there safety, uefa would move the game to a different stadium.



16 Apr 2019 06:23:57
Iwobi still does my head in, especially in terms of his final third decision making, but considering that he laid 4 chances on a plate for Auba and Mkhi (2 each) I think he deserves some slack. He remains our best dribbler, always tracks back to help the defence, has bags of pace, and is still young and an Arsenal man through and through.

Not his best performance yesterday, but a very clear upward trend this year and he's convinced me that he can still get better.


1.) 16 Apr 2019 06:49:31
I think he has ability but he lacks a brain, doesn't score and rushes everything. i'm waiting for a player too emerge but i think i will still be waiting in 5 years. Reliably unreliable and unremarkable.

2.) 16 Apr 2019 08:20:46
I agree, there is still a lot of work to do with Iwobi, particularly in respect of his final ball and his defensive duties. However, he is still young and is improving under Emery.

3.) 16 Apr 2019 13:58:38
There has certainly been improvement from Iwobi this year, whether that suggests any more development remains to be seen. He is however, one of the few players that goes past players with pace and disrupts defences. He makes more chances than he did last year, and if he could improves his decision making (by training his brain Steve ;) , and especially shooting, he cold become a very useful player. I hope so.

4.) 17 Apr 2019 11:11:37
I hate not liking any player who puts on an Arsenal shirt, as i really wish them all the very best. However that said, i have to say Iwobi is utter garbage. No way would he get in Watford's team, let alone any of the top 6. He is not just consistently not good enough, he is also a liability in defence, allowing players to drift inside time and time again, but most importantly, he is costing us goals. Time and again against Watford, any half decent player, given the room he had, would have either scored or at least created multiple chances for the other forward players. He really has no clue, time and again he gave the ball away, or decided to shoot, which for him means just blasting the ball at someone standing about two foot away. When you look at the wide players of other teams, and sadly let's highlight Tottenham here, they have Ericson and Son playing in the same role as Iwobi. They create chances galore and score plenty, and that is the bar if you have ambitions on winning competitions. Not only is Iwobi not in their league, I would say he is not in their galaxy. The sooner we ship out Iwobi, Mustaphi and Xhaka, the better we will become.

5.) 17 Apr 2019 13:28:43
Agree EG, we need better players in those positions you mentioned. All three make far to many errors and at times look like they are brilliant but then completely out of their depth with awful moments in games on a regular basis.



11 Mar 2019 14:05:55
Hi eds, what's your take on Monchi? The rumours are getting particularly leading now with him leaving Roma, and while much obviously depends on our final CL position come end of season, might he be a good appointment? My personal view is that things will get hung up on the power he requires to do his job compared to the power our executives are willing to grant him, but interested to see what you or others think. Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - I explained a couple of weeks ago but you take on it is a good one.}

1.) 11 Mar 2019 23:49:40
Apols, found it now. Cheers.




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03 Sep 2019 01:13:10
Our display against Spurs was very encouraging, we were all over them for large parts of the game. The goals we conceded were poor but ultimately hard to blame on the manager.
First goal: individual error from Sokratis + individual error from Leno
Second goal: Utterly stupid from Xhaka.

If the football we put together in the second half is what we can begin to expect from Emery's team then I'm very impressed. Ironically it reminded me a lot of Poch's early days with Saints, in terms of the pressing, energy and attacking threat, but without the defensive stability (yet) .




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27 Aug 2019 22:57:21
Ndombele may not be fit, and Lo Celso hasn't yet completed a game for Spurs I think. Torreira will be key to this game I think.




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27 Aug 2019 22:51:28
Monreal gets skinned badly by pace, but as the left sided CB, especially as a back 3, he's still a good option to have. Personally I would rather keep him than Mustafi.




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26 Aug 2019 07:23:07
Agreed 911. We need to overrun Spurs in the midfield to starve Kane of service, and I think Torreira/ Willock/ Ceballos (or Xhaka) is the perfect way to do that.


{Ed0666's Note - Ndombele, Winks Sissoko & Le Celso will be a tough midfield to overrun mate.



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10 Aug 2019 05:29:39
Mustafi, Elneny and Mkhi out would do me. I see us playing 3 at the back this season so Chambers should get some time and hopefully prove himself. Good DM cover too.





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21 Oct 2019 03:29:39
Hah g62 I was thinking that game would be a draw all day long. As far as I'm concerned it was a sure thing!




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17 Oct 2019 23:41:15
Anyone else wish we'd just f*****g PLAY Ozil? You know, the guy with multiple assists records and WC/ La Liga winners medals?

This whole saga is beyond a joke. I know he doesn't fit Emery's style of play - he'd probably have frozen him out at PSG too - but he's easily one of the most talented players on the planet.

I'd have him over Xhaka in the team any day of the week and twice on Sundays.


{Ed047's Note - it would be amazing to get the best out of him again, he needs to get a game then make it impossible for Emery to drop him.

We have all that talent up front and the assist king and it’s just so disappointing he’s not there feeding them.



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09 Oct 2019 22:18:52
Slightly different answer but the most beautiful passage of play we've ever put together was that Wilshere/ Giroud goal against Norwich. It was a one in a million chance, could have gone wrong with even the slightest mistake.

Obviously you can't beat Bergkamp's pirouette in Newcastle but for sheer cheek I thought his goal against Leverkusen was better. My jaw hit the floor when I saw that.




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09 Oct 2019 22:14:51
Going to base this on the players I've seen over the ones I know were good but never managed to watch. Also 4-3-3 because it's how I like to see us play:

Sagna Adams Campbell Cole
Vieira Petit Fabregas
Henry Bergkamp Pires.




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07 Oct 2019 21:50:25
That's probably the right order. Poch likely to stay on until end of season I think.