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25 Mar 2017 18:41:15
Hi Ed,

Last summer we were credited with interest in Torino's Belotti. Is there interest still?

{Ed002's Note - Torino will look to a significant offer in order to sell Andrea Belotti and know that Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Arsenal have had the player watched repeatedly and have made general enquiries with his agent and informed the club of their interest. Other sides have had scouts attend games to watch him, Adem Ljajić and Joe Hart. I suspect that a number of clubs scouting games and credited with interest in Belotti were actually looking at Joe Hart. Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid and Chelsea have also had scouts watch him but have taken matters no further at this time.}

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26 Mar 2017 09:51:34
Ed many outlets claiming arsene is staying, has there been any update?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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26 Mar 2017 10:49:29
I wouldn't take to much notice of what's being written in the media 96 mate as the only papers that are claiming to know anything about Arsene's future are the most unreliable ones who write he's singing a 2 deal on one page but have a different article 3 pages later claiming he's going to PSG.
Obviously Arsene is still the only one who really knows what's going on right now but I'm sure as soon as he reveals his intentions to the club we will know within hours of the club knowing.

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25 Mar 2017 09:54:07
Ozil voted top German player of the year for the 5th time in 6 years? Is there another Ozil out there that I don't know about? Please help!

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25 Mar 2017 12:42:16
A, motivated happy Mesut is most definitely a delight to watch but a dissolutioned unhappy Mesut is better off else where for both his and our benefit.
Like Sanchez Cech and Kos it's brilliant we signed them but such a shame we wasted the opportunity we had to kick on with them.

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25 Mar 2017 19:49:31
Funny I heard Gnabry was German player of the year. (obviously not but I'm just agitating) .

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24 Mar 2017 21:43:01
Some talk about Vieira Potentially replacing Wenger at the end of next season on sky sports.

Personally I believe he would be a brilliant manager! Hopefully teach Xkaha how to tackle and sort out our defensive fragility.

It boggles my mind that the invincibles were let go so easy, i'd have thought that they'd have stayed and got their badges at arsenal, or done some coaching in the academy.

Being Vieira back to manage would be a really nostalgic appointment, one that I'd love.

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24 Mar 2017 23:47:46
I believe its mersons view rather than any sort of set plan.

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25 Mar 2017 00:10:59
It would be a risky appointment mate. if an ex player could come In and do the business that would be great! But it wouldn't fill me with hope.

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25 Mar 2017 07:39:27
I belive Wenger deliberately kept popular ex-players with big personalities at a distance. Yes, he would employ 'yes' men such as Rice and Bould, but has a problem with big personalities such as Vieira, Henry, Adams, etc.

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25 Mar 2017 09:51:26
I agree RG mate, Arsene is 100% his own man and isn't interested in what others think and this has been a large part of his and our inability to challenge.
It seems to me the more people point out our weaknesses the more Arsene refuses to address them simply because he won't be seen as reacting to others ideas.
If this wasn't the case we'd probably all be 100% Arsene in still.

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25 Mar 2017 11:52:55
As much as I didn't like Ferguson when he was still UTD boss, he still managed to reinvent his teams. constantly rebuild and adapt. Changed with the times when it was needed.
Unfortunately Wenger hasn't done that and looks to purposefully fight against it.
It pains me to see it like this. I'm 27 so really Wenger is the only manager I've ever really known. It's sad to see him looking like this but time has come now to make a fresh start. A new voice with new ideas. If he's given a new two year contract (or however long) but actually looks like he's on board with a rebuild then I can handle that. I'd love nothing more for us to be successful with him in charge, quite frankly I think he deserves it. However he sheer determination to no deviate or change his ideas is what's causing a lot of the frustration.
If he starts by getting rid of the crap which clearly isn't good enough (elneny, ospina, Perez) cut the players he's been too loyal to with no real results (Walcott, Ramsey, Coquelin) and say bye bye to the players that don't really wanna be here (think we all know who they are) then it's a good start. I realise that's the majority of our squad but we need a major rebuild.
I'd love for Wenger to oversee one last title win but I really do think enough is enough.

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25 Mar 2017 13:42:40
I don't know how Perez doesn't get a chance and how anyone can call him crap. Every time I watched him he's looked good. Defiantly worth more of a look than the perennial disappointments that are currently getting the nod.

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25 Mar 2017 14:00:35
You know what, you're right actually. I was a bit harsh on Perez, got carried away in my frustration!

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25 Mar 2017 16:35:02
I like Elneny too i think he is good enough for ud.

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24 Mar 2017 17:22:25
Keep seeing us and spurs being linked with Leon Goretzka after he rejected a new contract.

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22 Mar 2017 15:43:22
Hi ed002, is they're any possibility you can let me know the latest on Mbappe at Monaco, and if they're is any interest from Arsenal in a Summer move for him, Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are still interested but I certainly would not hold my breath.

Last summer Real Madrid spoke with Monaco regarding Kylian Mbappé about an agreement to possibly recruit him in once their ban is over. A number of clubs have been watching him for some time including Barcelona, Porto, Liverpool, Spurs, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, Rennes, Marseille and PSG, and this summer might be the time for a move but the sort of money they will be looking for if they agree to sell will be outrageous. Manchester City were rebuffed in August with a significant offer. The sort of figures that one side were quoted would remove most clubs who have looked at him from bidding - including the likes of Barcelona, Spurs, Marseille, Porto, Liverpool, Renne, Bayer Leverkusen and, I suspect, Arsenal. Monaco don't want to sell and if someone were to make some deal this summer I would expect it to be one of Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City or Manchester United.}

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22 Mar 2017 16:26:37
Okay cheers ED002, I know the club is in a bit of turmoil at the moment with a certain someone leaving everybody in the dark about his future, but can you give us a indication on the targets we are looking at as this ones sounds unrealistic if you' ask me, many thanks in advance👍🏻.

{Ed002's Note - When I get time I will do the Sharkopod - perhaps Monday if the vegetable behave until then.}

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22 Mar 2017 17:20:14
I read online this morning that monoco rebuffed an offer around 95m in the summer. I thought that was ridiculous and untrue but seeing what you said I just wanted to ask if that number being quoted was anywhere near man
City's offer. He looks a good prospect but that seems far too much to me.

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23 Mar 2017 09:47:53
I'll be amazed if anyone pays a world record fee can't see it. 50-60mil I think he'll fetch.

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23 Mar 2017 10:29:57
I can see it be similar to Martial with most of it being future add ons depending on how he does. Really is madness after a good half a season at 18 that money is being quoted.

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23 Mar 2017 19:42:25
Imo he's better than martial.

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22 Mar 2017 09:59:32
We have two maybe three world class players. Cech, the jury is out for me whether he still is, ozil and sanchez. There is a good chance we are going to lose the last two.

World class players don't come cheap or easy. We may not be in the champs league and players are choosy. Our manager is not pulling up trees in the big comps and we have a squad full of players who are not hacking it at the top table time after time.

We spent big last summer on players who are not cutting it. The pessimism around the club is growing and we are in a pickle, to say the least. Our players are hiding behind the manager and the manager is backing the players. We have started losing to the smaller clubs now as well.

I'm really worried we have let this go on too long and we will be pay for it. I can usually see something good, but the player that could have won us the league because he is good enough will fly. There is nothing at the moment I can see that's bright for next season. I can't even predict ground hog day.

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22 Mar 2017 11:16:36
Hi ed, any interest in ....

{Ed002's Note - This is the Arsenal page - try the more appropriate page - we are not going to answer questions about random player names just thrown at us.}

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22 Mar 2017 11:28:07
It ...........

{Ed002's Note - You are missing the point - it is nothing to do with Arsenal - just a random name.}

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22 Mar 2017 12:04:34
Steve,
Definitely one of your most cheerful posts.
Well done 😃.

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22 Mar 2017 15:44:23
Dags sorry I forgot to add but at least we change the clocks this weekend.

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22 Mar 2017 15:56:56
That's the clincher Steve lol.

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22 Mar 2017 16:43:54
Let's get rid of the fact players and get young hungry and confident players out there - with a young hungry manager - 1 step back and 5 steps forward.

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23 Mar 2017 09:49:24
Steve it is a big worry. I have a feeling wenger is happy for them to go and start again. He can then tell us he is rebuilding once more for the top 6 trophy.

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24 Mar 2017 22:29:05
Regardless of money attracting top players to Arsenal right now is going to be difficult with or without champions league football next season as our 4th place and champions league last 16 chasing reputation isn't exactly attractive proposition for players with good options.

But I'm no longer sure it matters who we sign as we haven't achieved any more with Sanchez Ozil and Cech than we did without them.
I know it should but I'm not sure Sanchez and Ozil leaving will change things any more than thier arrival did.

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21 Mar 2017 20:40:17
Did I read right and Pete Cech got player of the year?
So Alexis obviously isn't pulling his weight!
Am I going mad or does this look like a bit of bitterness towards him.
How in the World would you choose Cech over Sanchez? Someone help me please .

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21 Mar 2017 20:53:59
Czech player of the year, hope that helps!

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21 Mar 2017 20:55:04
I think Cech got Czech player of the year, although I might be wrong.

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21 Mar 2017 21:21:51
He did, which shows you how crap they are. Not sure he's even Arsenals best Czech player.

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21 Mar 2017 21:44:48
Is Alexis Czech? if not I can predict that the best Slovakian player of the year will be Hamsik. sorry Alexis it couldn't be you☺.

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22 Mar 2017 03:10:10
Yes its cech mate.

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22 Mar 2017 04:45:36
Oh! I did read it wrong thanks guys. I thought I was losing the plot. But then again nothing would surprise me lately.
:-)

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21 Mar 2017 14:20:13
hi ed, i remember you saying dybala was our top target before he joined juventus, would we still hold any interest? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am pretty sure I have never used the term "top target" but Arsenal were interested when Paulo Dybala was at Palermo and they made a cash offer - but it is short of what Palermo were looking for.

Right now Juventus would like to keep Dybala but are aware that there is interest from Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The player will move to Real Madrid if they can strike a deal but what they will offer to start with will be two players plus a little cash. Barcelona would need to sell to make anything happen. Arsenal can strike him off the list.}

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22 Mar 2017 01:29:56
Sorry yes, preferred option was I think what you said. Thanks for the info as always Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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21 Mar 2017 13:32:40
Ed,

The papers are full of purported targets, particularly Lacazette. Is this a bad time to ask for a transfer target update? If you say be patient, I can be. I've been waiting for years now for us to resign Eboue.

{Ed002's Note - I was going to do it last week Alex but the vegetables have been wrestless. Perhaps at the end of this week.

However, interest in Lyon's Alexander Lacazette from Newcastle and Inter has long gone. Additionally, whilst Guy Hillion has continued to extol his virtues but there is no support whatesoever from the folks in London for a bid at this time - so prior interest of Chelsea has gone. Barcelona, Atletico, Juventus and Spurs had him watched late last season - but Barcelona had another solution in mind for what they want and will not be following up. Atletico would need to overcome their transfer ban but he is one of the two players they see as potential forwards they would like to do business for. Juventus took it no further and moved to hold talks about another player and Spurs purchased Janssen but may still want to add a striker in the summer - and Lacazette may become an option again so I would not discount Spurs nor Juve.

West Ham enquired after Lacazette's availability previously and submitted two bids that were rejected - but wages and the lack of desire from the player to move to a club like WHU means that option has probably gone - plus Lacazette will want Champions League football.

Arsenal decided that the asking price was too high in the summer and opted, for reasons beyond me, for Lucas Perez. I don't know if they might return in the coming summer but they will be in the market for a striker and Lacazette might well be a good option for them - much will however depend on who the manager is.

He is not first or second choice for PSG but they could potentially turn to him if they fail to bring anyone else in - I think a less likely option.

I am not aware of Liverpool showing any interest in the player, but (a) if they look to move Sturridge on (which I think they will), (b) if Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, and (c) if Liverpool have the stomach to pay what will likely be €60M for the player, then Lacazette might well be an option.

Lacazette is a player that Mourinho has looked at from his time at Chelsea, but any interest will depend on what happens with Ibrahimovich. Right now they have shown no interest.

Lyon are very difficult to negotiate with and they may well see an Gallic shrug in response to any initial bids. Lacazette wants English money and Champions League or Juventus. Lyon will look for at least €10M more for a sale to an English side as they know what they can expect from elsewhere. Two French players who have played in England have been providing advice to Lacazette that it is not essential to move to England immediately, but I suspect he has other ideas now.}

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21 Mar 2017 18:01:00
Awesome Ed thanks. Short of telling me that Manu was coming back to wear No. 27, that's the best answer I could hope for.

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21 Mar 2017 13:56:23
It has just dawned on me, that all the negativity that is happening, and has been for a while. Some say deservedly. It may bring Wenger out of his ways and do some early business in the transfer market going that extra few quid and hopefully uniting the fans.

I do think the unrest has shocked the board. For me Sanchez will go, he wants the money, he is not playing with his heart as he did in the beginning. Sad but true I feel.

Ozil, well I don't know if he is an arsenal player. I think we have missed Caz, the little man passes, runs his heart out for the clubm

So trade in those two super stars, and a few bits of dead wood, and start buying 5 good quality players. I think all we need is:
GK, RB, CB, RW, CF.

We need players that want to play and not argue about how much they are getting.
At 52 I could still play, i might not be as quick as I was, but I would be clapped off for my effort. (well hopefully).

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