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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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03 Jul 2020 01:16:42
Given the words our club have been putting out about wanting to keep our big names, I'm very interested in seeing who we end up selling. With so many promising young midfielders and strikers at Arsenal it is fast becoming important we sell and give them a chance.

Wondering what you all think but my guess is that the likely outs are:

and possible outs are:

The only replacement we are crying out for is someone with good positioning and quick tempo in the middle of the park, so our Partey hunt seems sensible. If we focus on selling, keep Auba, and restrict our incoming to one big name and a handful of youth, I will be very happy.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 08:15:44
I'd be happy with that first list on outs, but I can't see Ozil leaving. Nobody is going to give him his wages.

I'm interested in seeing Kolasinac as one of three central defenders in a 3-4-3, when he first signed he played there and looked good, if we continue to play with that formation I'd like to give him a chance as a left sides center back for the time being.

2.) 03 Jul 2020 13:18:43
We might up in an Alexis situation, paying another club 100k a week to get Ozil off our hands.



11 Jan 2020 23:41:59
Have to love the irony of Palace fans crying "same old Arsenal, always cheating" when Zaha hits the deck every 5 minutes and their players saw 7-8 fouls go unpunished in a row. Pretty sure Ayew left one in on nearly every single member of the squad.

The contrast between our style of play now and under Emery is mind boggling. The only chances Palace really had were the wild deflection (probably a Luiz OG for me) and Papa's clearance off the line. Can anyone remember us looking this defensively solid in the last 12 years? Not me.

Regardless of what spot in the table we end up with, one thing you have to give Arteta is that he has seen and addressed our frailty at the back. I am impressed and excited for the first time in years.


1.) 12 Jan 2020 04:24:18
There seems to be a better team spirit than I can recall for years too Wire.

2.) 12 Jan 2020 07:33:25
I’m pleased you brought up the unpunished Palace fouls. I was astonished that no players were booked in the first half, when they fouled persistently. There was one incident when a Palace player pushed an Arsenal player into another Arsenal player, ending up with the pair injured on the deck. I think one of them was Torreira, who went off injured at half time. I thought the ref was poor, he was only going to book Aubameyang for the terrible foul that was quite correctly was amended to a red. I agree fully that Arteta is a breath of fresh air. He understands the problems and I believe in time he will rectify them. One other point, yesterday was not a day to play Ozil, he tried, but a windy day on a small pitch against a physical team wasn’t for him.

3.) 12 Jan 2020 09:17:43
Top post Wire mate fully agree mate.
At last we have a coach who understands the value of being difficult to score past again and that is a really exciting prospect for us all, the players are obviously enjoying not going out expecting to get torn to shreds on the pitch and then again by pundits and fans after the game too, it's got to make going to work a much much more positive experience for the players when they no longer expect to be slated by everyone everywhere for thier collective performances week in week out.



26 Nov 2019 20:18:03
Based on the corporate structure at Arsenal,
1) how likely is the structure to change to a one that can attract good managers?
2) if it stays like this, who is realistically the best manager we can get?

Emery obviously needs to go soon, but the question is whether we go for a caretaker or a full blown replacement.


1.) 26 Nov 2019 21:41:39
Caretaker gives us chance to change and reinvent ourselves in order to be more attractive to a long term replacement.
If we settle for all we can get right now we may well find ourselves in the same situation 2 years from now.

2.) 26 Nov 2019 22:27:58
A caretaker manager is just that and as a rule they are very temporary, you are asking for a miracle if you think we can reinvent ourselves that quickly.

3.) 26 Nov 2019 23:20:24
:-) Banbury.



05 Nov 2019 20:17:07
Xhaka stripped of the captaincy. Harsh but fair.


1.) 05 Nov 2019 21:13:39
Aubameyang is the new captain.

2.) 05 Nov 2019 21:51:58
Emery " he's no longer in the captains group "? Implying he was never THE captain just one of the Captains, this despite Emery making a huge deal last month about how the players voted Xhaka to be THE CAPTAIN.
Emery trying to limit his own clinlnb down and mistake rather than simply man up and say " I got it wrong in the first place ".
Maybe I've got Emery wrong but the longer he goes on the bigger I get the feeling his ego is.

3.) 05 Nov 2019 23:16:43
I wouldn't be surprised if his ego is huge, he has isolated star players before. Mourinho does the same, it's a power trip I guess.



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





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09 Jul 2020 11:53:24
Looks like everyone's starting new this month, I just accepted a PhD offer myself, funny enough. Best of luck on day 1 Glen.




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01 Jul 2020 10:06:03
That the club wanted to keep Balogun was never in doubt, it was whether he was willing to stay. Loved the Saka news.

Eds, is the fractious situation between Arsenal and St Etienne anything to worry about? I wouldn't be surprised if this puts a red flag over our negotiations with other clubs this summer.


{Ed002's Note - I know nothing of it.}



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30 Jun 2020 02:51:40
If we want to keep the likes of Martinelli and Balogun, we probably need to sell one of Laca or PEA. PEA is the wrong side of 30 now and Laca's form has nosedived lately so I wouldn't even be that upset if we sold both.




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26 Feb 2020 22:54:15
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25 Feb 2020 21:52:20
Hopefully a mess in a good way, like when you turn your keyboard upside down and sweep away all the crumbs, bits of bumfluff, and dubious dried pieces of unidentifiable white stuff.


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11 Jul 2020 13:09:38
I think we tend to overly fetishise this mythical DM a little. We bought Torreira for exactly that purpose, remember. How the team is set up matters more.




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10 Jul 2020 04:02:23
I'll feel a wee bit sick if we fail to beat this Spurs team. I love how Arteta has set us up, especially against Chelsea and Man U, but these are the games we need to start dominating. COYG.




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08 Jul 2020 01:30:28
My guess Dags is that it wasn't a typical 'ooh that needs to be checked' foul like Eddie's was. Still dangerous play and it still should have been but if you're looking for consistency from the officials you'll be waiting a long time - maybe forever.




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07 Jul 2020 12:01:34
Nonsense I'm afraid. Auba is better on the left wing. 0.83 goals per game from that position compared to .57 or less from centre and right. He gets more touches, can use his speed to isolate his marker, and can open up his body better. If we had someone who could feed better through balls then maybe but as it stands, he is just better on the left.




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07 Jul 2020 11:56:26
Really like how we defend in a back 3. I never would have thought anyone could make a backline of Mustafi, David Luiz and Kolasinac screened by Xhaka capable of a clean sheet, so hats off to Mikel.

Agree that I'd like to see Pepe, and Torreira to start.