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23 Apr 2018 21:51:02
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23 Apr 2018 21:00:12
Hi Edds

I know you say not to ask about random players bit have Arsenal ever shown onterest in Lascelles? Great young English CB with bags of potential still and a proven leader of the team when you hear about the back room stories.

{Ed001's Note - a long time ago when he was at Forest Wenger was very keen but not since.}

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23 Apr 2018 18:38:02
In my OPINION Nagelsman and Tedesco will be out of their depth at Arsenal, they are young, good coaches and very exciting, but managing a club of Arsenal's stature is a totally different prospect.
They really no nothing about the pressure of the EPL, nothing about managing clubs outside their league, nothing about managing the pressure at Arsenal, nothing about managing players with the big egos our players have, absolutely nothing about managing a team that plays European football.

It would end up being a Moyes-like appointment. Moyes couldn't even take his style of play to United.
I'd rather have Rafa Benitez than Nagelsman or Tedesco.

Rookies like Arteta and Viera don't even deserve to be mentioned unless if in an assistantanagerial position, as much as they have potential, managing Major League soccer or being Guardiola's assistant isn't even close to the pressures of managing our reserve team. (Again, this is my opinion. I don't mean to offend anyone)

Our best option would be to get Ancelotti on a short term contract with an assistant manager like Henry, Bergkamp, Viera, Arteta with the view of them replacing him in the long term. We need someone with experience who would jump in with as little adjustment period as possible as we don't have any leg room for more fall for grace (we are already becoming a joke) .

Arsenal has a brand and a name to protect.

I also don't get why Tuchel is getting so much stick, if he is considered good enough to manage PSG and Dortmund and even get tipped for the Chelsea job.

Simeone would be nice but his negative football would have our fans boycotting games as early as matchday 10. The only reason why it took fans so long to get disenfranchised with Wenger is because of the level of respect he has gathered over time, Simeone having us park the bus would lead to massive outcry. Besides we don't have the players needed to play his style and it would require massive one-time investment.

Enrique hasn't proved to me that he is good enough, a goat with a tie on would get Barcelona to win trophies. Enrique at Roma didn't do a good enough job.

If all goes to hell and none of our options are available, I'd much rather have Conte on a short term basis to steady the ship with Henry/ Bergkamp/ Arteta/ Viera as assistant. Conte's downside is he moans more than a sick cow. Never trust am employee who constantly complains about his employer and work place in public.

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23 Apr 2018 19:55:30
For me personally I would love to see Conte take the reigns. He would be the perfect fit for us with respects to his ability to get the very best out of his players and improve teams that are floundering. Look at his achievements with Juve and then the Italian national team and add to that what he did at Chelsea. I really do think he would be by far the best option. I presume that there is little to no chance of this happening though?

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23 Apr 2018 21:27:39
I agree, Chelsea's horror season aside, he has a great record of winning (though he doesn't win cup finals)

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23 Apr 2018 15:58:46
Hi all, I know a lot has been spoken about who will be the next manager but is there any rumours on timeframe to announce?

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22 Apr 2018 23:08:08
I know majority of the posters here want allegri and i for one think he won't be a bad choice but there is a reason why he isn't my favorite and tonight was one of the many games against big teams where Allegri set up to defend.

His football is too reactionary and boring. His juventus team tonight didn't even have one shot on target. Imagine ) shots on target and you are the home team.

Napoli on the other hand attacked the whole game and kept the ball well. I am not sure alegri's methods would survive in the premier league when we don't have a good squad. The only way we can win with the likes of allegri is if we spend big which i don't think we will and that is why i always preferred tuchel or nagelsmann or tedesco. Very young bright coaches who can get the best out of the squad while playing attacking football.

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23 Apr 2018 12:55:41
Just wait and see mate, there are so many names so many possible outcomes once the managerial merry-go-round gets going who knows who will end up where by the time June gets here.
Conte will most likely lose his job but he will get another so someone somewhere will have to make way for him and then whoever does make way for Conte will take another managers job and so on it goes.
Jump in to quick and we could miss out on someone who suddenly becomes available who knows what might happen between now and June.

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23 Apr 2018 16:41:57
Juve were outplayed by a young and naive Spurs team. Let's be honest. Both Allegri and Carlo are overrated with some media backing behind them.
Those who talk about experience and big clubs etc - remember Barcelona turned down Jose for an unproven Pep.
I'll take Enrique or Jadim - they have the versatility to deal with the sort of transition we need to go thru.

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23 Apr 2018 18:55:10
Who ever you go for Gabo it's a gamble and absolutely no one comes with guaranteed success not Pep not Jose not Jurgen.
All you can ever do is make the best educated guess amd hope its right.

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21 Apr 2018 19:27:29
To any of the dates who wish to answer your reply is greatly appreciated. After ed002 gave a very indepth response of possible replacements to Mr Wenger I was surprised to see no mention of Luis Enrique! Does anyone think he is in with a serious shout?

{Ed002's Note - As a date I am happy to deal with this. Luis Enrique is available and has, to my knowledge, spoken with two sides about vacancies for a head coach in the summer. Neither of those sides were Arsenal. If they have approached him, which they can because he is not attached to a club, then I am not aware of it - hence my not mentioning him, nor Brendan Rodgers, nor Remi Garde.

If Arsenal were to bring in LE as a manager it would be a soft and safe option and not a way forward. His ability to change and succeed with a 5th or 6th placed side in a competitive league is near zip.}

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21 Apr 2018 22:10:56
Thanks date002 apologies for the typo! 😁 Personally I had a feeling that he would be the next manager due to his sabatical and Arsenes short term contract. I now though have no clue as to who would be best. Do you think maybe pep may get the sack for having an unsuccessful season with just the 2 trophies? 😋😋.

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23 Apr 2018 00:25:40
I think you’re right Ed regarding your view on Enrique. I think arsenal need some fight and personality back in the squad and that starts from the top. You’ve said more I’m sure than you’d like, that Simone isn’t an option or at least not one to bank on. May I ask the reason why that is? Does he not favour a move to the Prem or is it just Arsenal?

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23 Apr 2018 03:04:21
Hi Ed002 - I have reservations in respect of the fact that he was successful at Barcelona and hasn't recent experience of a 5th or 6th place team. However, he was cutting his teeth in management prior to taking over as Barcelona manager in 2014. He would be a risk. Other than Simeone, I can't think of a stand out candidate and that is dependant upon Simeone wanting to leave Atletico and having learnt to speak English.
My next two choices would be Vieira and Allegri, but both raise concerns.
No's - Low, Rodgers, Howe and Dyche.

{Ed002's Note - I agree with you about Enrique but I have been told over the weekend that there is a nervousness felt by some at the club that Arsenal may take that soft option. Simeone can speak English to a reasonable level and has been taking lessons for perhaps three years, but as I have already said, I would discount him. Vieira lacks experience and is likely only of interest to Arsenal fans because he is an ex player. Maybe give the job to Carlo for three years and then bring PV to work with him in the final year before taking over, but right now not a good choice. Max Allegri would be a good option and he has support at the club - but I am not so sure the job would interest him.}

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21 Apr 2018 01:27:28
Hi Eds,

Any idea who the guys on our managerial short list are?

{Ed002's Note - The two that the club have had in mind for a considerable time as the preferred options were Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone. This dates back as far as last summer when, as I explained, something happened that meant Mr Wenger was very close to leaving. They did not go away in the mind of the board and certainly Carlo Ancelotti is a serious contender.

On the plus side Carlo Ancelotti is available, lives in London and is interested in the position and can work within the revised management structure that Arsenal is putting in place. His age, Carlo is close to 60 now, might actually favour him as well as it may allow a succession plan with a future younger manager might be an attractive option. And that might open the door to an ex player (perhaps Henry, Bergkamp or Arteta or whoever to move in to a supporting role after gaining more experience.

As for Simeone, he can pretty much be discounted as an option.

I am told that Max Allegri has effectively replaced Diego Simeone as the second preferred option but there are several complications that cannot be discounted. Perhaps one to keep in mind.

I would not discount Leonardo Jardim being considered but he has does have a job right now and in my view he is not a strong enough character for the role and would therefore be a risk. I spoke with someone senior from the scouting organisation who had been at a Monaco game a couple of months ago and apparently Jardim asked him about the position and the club then. As such he might still be keen himself.

Lucien Favre might make a very good wildcard for you to think about and although already in a job, he might prove to be someone the club would like to talk to. I can say another club is very keen on him taking over.

Due to something else that is going on, regardless of past issues with SM, I would discount Thomas Tuchel from Arsenal but I can see him working with Wenger soon.

Joachim Low has been mentioned as an option but it is difficult to see him wanting any discussions until after the Euros and I expect he will want to see out his contract with Germany after signing an extension to 2020).

Another that I understand was discussed by the board is Paulo Fonseca – but for me the risk is too high and his immediate future has seemingly now been resolved in any case – I would strike him from the list.

In terms of ex-players, fans seem to always be keen on them taking over but it is generally not a particularly good idea and can easily end in tears. From those who know better than I, Patrick Vieira is the only one suitable of perhaps being considered a viable option at this time. And it needs to be taken in to account that he has a good opportunity where he is now. The likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Mikel Arteta are simply not right at this time and should not, I hope, be considered.

So that is about what I know. I need to talk to a couple of people now that Mr Wenger has actually clarified the situation. If you have questions about others I will try to answer them.}

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21 Apr 2018 08:08:08
Superb reply. Thanks ed.

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21 Apr 2018 08:11:30
Thank you ed for the list, can I just ask who you think the best manager for the job will be?

{Ed002's Note - The fans would I think like Lucien Favre's style of play and I think he would be a decent fit. Carlo Ancelotti would be a near perfect fit as he is adaptable, very easy to get on with, used to working in a structure with a string Director of Football, very much liked by players and respected throughout the game because of the success. So I would go with Carlo.}

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21 Apr 2018 10:27:28
No nagelsmann or tedesco? I feel like this two are the two best young mangerial propspects. They would represent a new diection for our club and i think we should go for one of them.

{Ed002's Note - No, they are not viable options for Arsenal.}

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21 Apr 2018 13:48:09
Thanks Ed! Carlo is my option too. Superb info as always.

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21 Apr 2018 15:29:03
That Carlo Ancelotti is even considered a main option given the speed with which Bayern and Real got rid is sad. We need a young innovative coach.

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21 Apr 2018 15:46:10
I should imagine the young innovative coaches may be deemed as not ready yet by the people selecting. Ancelotti may not be my first choice but he will be a sensible choice.

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21 Apr 2018 17:19:33
Agree with you gabo ancelotti suits teams that have a lot of star players. He is a great man-manager but he surely won't improve Iwobi's shooting. I always vouched for someone like tuchel because they are very tactical and they also work on minute details about a player i.e stuff like how a player moves, how he shoots, body postioning etc that is how tuchel was able to improve players like aubameyang and mkhi and we need someone like that because we don't have the resources to compete with Manchester clubs and ancelott, allegri, enrique are not coaches like that. Allegri is the best of the bunch that was suggested because he is tactically good noone can deny that and he is animated and a great motivator but i doubt he would improve iwobi's shooting and the new school of german coaches are good at that. They work on every aspect of a player to an extent that a team would over-perform. That is why schalke will finish second this season and why nagelsmann finished fourth with hoffenheim last season even though quality wise they were not even goood enough to be in europa and that is who arsenal need someone who can overperform and the best choice would have been tuchel but he is off to PSG so that leaves us with nagelsamnn and tedesco. i hope the club will be brave enough to make such a choice.

{Ed002's Note - The club will not be making any such choices - they have zero relevant experience with any sides at the level of Arsenal. I also think you perhaps don’t understand how these managers and coaches work.}

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21 Apr 2018 17:36:48
Thanks Ed002, superb information.

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21 Apr 2018 18:04:52
Punani, i have to laugh at some of you twisted opinion, or should i say opinions twisted to suit your arguments. Sometimes a manager/ coach just knows how to win major trophies. All the coaches you mention however you rate them have won nothing compared to the ones you say (that have managed to win recent top leagues and champs league) are not good enough is laughable. i'm sure any coach if we manage to get one that has multiple major trophies to his name, we should be honoured. Neither guarantee anything though. We will all like or dislike the appointed coach but that's only opinion.

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21 Apr 2018 18:07:05
By the way punani, i do like you enthusiasm. And thanks ed02 great knowledge passed on these last few months on the subject.

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21 Apr 2018 21:11:57
Thanks steve for the compliment but i don't think we in a position where we can compete for trophies.

Our first team is not quite the ticket old chap. if we are to compete for trophies with coaches like ancelotti we need at least to sign 6-7 first team players with emphasis on goalkeeping, central defence, right back, defensive midfielder, box to box midfielder and both wings. That is a minimum of 7 positions. can we do that in one transfer window? Definitely not. Do we even have the resources i am not sure.

So that means we need a coach with a strong tactical approach ancelotti is not. He is a man manager a great one at that. He is decent tactically because he is italian. Italian coaches are generally decent tactically but tactically he is not the best available.

The best coach tactically in my opinion today is tuchel but he is off to PSG but there are a younger generation of german cocahes schooled in that approach. They are analytical but also inspired by guardiola's philisophy of positional play. nagelsamnn for instance counts guardiola, wenger as some of his influences. His training is unique. Don't think there is any english premier manager who conducts training like nagelsmann.

steve, it is unfair to judge a manager solely on what he has won. The best parameter to use in my opinion is what resources he has at his disposal. Nagelsamnn and tuchel have achieved and over performed relative to the resources at their disposal. That is why they will suit arsenal, a club with a limited budget.

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21 Apr 2018 19:17:01
Ed 02, you didn't mention brenden rodgers, is it paper talk and hot air. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I know nothing of any Arsenal interest in Brendan Rodgers. Hence I did not mention him. There were other I also didn't mention. I am not hip to what the papers say I am afraid Steve.}

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21 Apr 2018 21:37:13
Great Ed02 that's the best response possible.

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21 Apr 2018 21:41:09
You are twisting again to suit punani, winning trophies at the highest level is not what they have done and they are not proven, whatever your spin on them is. You even mention arteta, wow, better than a guy who has won the champs league, i don't know what logic you use but it doesn't wash with me.

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21 Apr 2018 22:40:17
Lol steve. We can agree to disagree ill take Allegri though he is not my favorite choice but all the other names like ancelotti, rodgers and enrique would dissapoint me. No one can doubt his in-game tactics. He is the kind of coach who could be losing a game and then make a tactical tweak or a substitution and boom he is back in the game.

Enrique and rodgers are both terrible managers. People forget that enrique finished 7th with a roma team full of quality starts. He is terrible and an arrogant prick. All you need to do is watch his interviews and how he talks to the press. Rodgers is a fraud. Pretending to be a guardiola with a notepad. If rodgers gets the Arsenal job. i'll be nauseated for a week.

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22 Apr 2018 07:06:28
Thanks for the knowledge ed don't know much about Favre is he a good coach but Carlo is someone I have liked for years and still has a lot to offer so if be happy with him when he was Chelsea manager they were scoring for fun and enjoyed his style of play.

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20 Apr 2018 12:48:44
Hi Ed,
Does this mean no new business until the manager is sorted?

Thanks!

{Ed001's Note - the whole point of the new backroom staff was to take over transfers etc.}

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20 Apr 2018 17:31:31
Any idea who eds.

{Ed002's Note - What?}

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20 Apr 2018 17:51:23
I think he’s asking what players are arsenal interested in, but not too sure ed.

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20 Apr 2018 18:50:18
The backroom staff are mislinstat and sanalhi Steven.

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20 Apr 2018 18:35:58
Yeah sorry that's what I meant any idea on which players.

{Ed002's Note - Something like this:
Bernt Leno (GK) - Bayern may yet be interested and has resisted moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past. Napoli also see him as first choice. If he can't be first choice with Champions League football then he would likely not consider a move. First pick for SM at Arsenal.
Timo Horn (GK) - may be a viable option.
Jan Oblak (GK) - circumstances are such that there could be significant interest from elsewhere if he were to be available, and price a major stumbling block.
Alban Lafont (GK) - another player, like Sule, that Arsenal have made no secret of their long-term interest but have not committed at all.
Keylor Navas (GK) - Liverpool are keen as well.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) - not going to happen.

Alvaro Odriozola (RWB) - if Bellerin were to leave - but won't want to leave Spain just yet.
Ryan Fredericks (RB) – watched a couple of times but a move is unlikely.

Chris Smalling (CB) - interest may leave with AW, but being English gives him an advantage. Harry Maguire might be a better solution.
Medhi Benatia (CB) - first choice in January.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB) – Dortmund are trying to fend off interest but if Juventus were to win out it will free up Rugani.
Daniele Rugani (CB) – a bit of a wildcard but has been looked at by Arsenal.

Fabinho (DM/RB) - I expect interest to leave with Wenger, but he will be available.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (M) – another viable option, not as defensive as perhaps preferred but capable of providing a good solution.
Julian Weigl (DM) – interest from elsewhere will win out.
Wilfred Ndidi (DM) Wenger is keen apparently, but I am not sure that is shared by others.

Max Meyer (CM) - I think there is a very good chance that something can be done.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – has been watched several times by one senior scout who tells me that Arsenal want him - but I expect Lyon to take up their option.
Maycon (CM) - won't happen, he is heading elsewhere.
Jean-Michael Seri (CM) – still not interested in Arsenal and discussions are in hand with another side.

Nabil Fekir (AM) - it will be difficult because of his club, but something is possible.
Bernard (AM/LW) alternative to Fekir, but Inter (whose interest runs hot and cold) may provide a viable alternative to Arsenal for the player.
Oguzhan Ozyakup (AM) - Arsenal want to bring him back but it won’t happen.

Riyad Mahrez (RW) - if he moves it will probably not be to Arsenal.
Malcom (RW) - I am doubtful he would move to Arsenal unless two other clubs step away.
Andrija Zivkovic (RW) - maybe priced out of a move.

Ademola Lookman (LW) - has been watched at RBL.

Timo Werner (S) – not going to happen.}

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20 Apr 2018 20:43:41
Thanks ed, do you think that the managerial position will be sorted before the end of the season?

{Ed002's Note - There is every chance but it may not be announced.}

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20 Apr 2018 20:44:45
Thanks ed. Some players on that list I like a lot . Max Meyer seems like a no brainer. Fabinho looks a good option, I like Jorginho but I feel he is a step to far for arsenal. I like harry maguire a rough diamond perhaps but I feel we need to brush up on our defensive coaching, maybe comewith the new head coach. I’ve watched federicks a few times and like the look of what I’ve seen, really like his team mate sessegnon but feel again that we won’t be able to do that as he looks a real talkent. Fekir I would blow my load
Thanks again.

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21 Apr 2018 00:20:32
Ed002 what a post! Thanks!

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21 Apr 2018 07:41:45
With a heavy German influence from Sven Mislinstat and Spanish influence from Sanllehi, a German or Spanish manager and players is a distinct possibility.
Hence:
Manager - Enrique
Keeper - A German is likely as our chief scout is German and Germany provide many top keepers.
Defence - Interesting, as many top defenders seem to play in Italy.
Midfield - Already looking at Max Meyer.

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22 Apr 2018 09:21:46
Thanks for taking the time to reply ed.

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20 Apr 2018 11:53:37
Hi Eds,

Reading back through previous posts, I just wanted to ask if Arsenal had one specific target for manager, or if it will be 'open for application' so to speak.

It was stated by one of you in March that Arsenal had informally spoken to someone, but that nothing could really be done as Arsene hadn't decided what he was doing.

So I guess I am asking are we using a sniper rifle or a shotgun to find his replacement?!

Any light you can shed would be greatly appreciated by all, I'm sure.

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained, there were two preferred options originally but one was not viable. As such they have moved on to consider other options. The club did want an early answer from Mr Wenger as I have previously explained. This would allow them time to make a suitable appointment. It won't be advertised in the Evening Standard.}

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20 Apr 2018 12:52:18
Thanks Ed. I seen to remember the two Being ancelotti and Simone that the board were split on. Not sure if that's still the case and sure things will change now they are stepping up the search. Thought I'd add the two names so people may stop asking doubtful tho lol.

{Ed002's Note - It was but isn't any longer. Simeone is not an option.}

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20 Apr 2018 15:30:16
Think that's a shame Ed. Maybe he'll be more defensively minded than I'd like but defending does seem to be our weakness.

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20 Apr 2018 16:07:39
Enrique?

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20 Apr 2018 17:07:54
Ancelotti also isn't and option anymore? Thanks in advance ed02.

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand.}

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20 Apr 2018 17:58:37
The club have move on from both first preferred options (Ancelotti and Simeone) or Ancelotti remains an option?

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20 Apr 2018 10:15:57
Ed002, with the news wenger is stepping down, have we a new manager lined up.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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20 Apr 2018 12:09:51
Probably gives the board time now to consider who they want.

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20 Apr 2018 15:49:41
My thought is that Luis Enrique must be of serious consideration? Although I hear Chelsea are after him also.

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20 Apr 2018 21:29:10
sunny mate, luis enrique is a terrible manager. Good man manager but tactically lacking, the oppossite of what arsenal need.

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20 Apr 2018 10:00:07
Let's win the Europa League for wenger send him out on a high he will go down as the greatest arsenal manager.

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20 Apr 2018 10:17:01
Liverpool fan here in peace. Not here to criticize the fans actions of the previous few months when you see your club clearly needs a change.

However, now the decision has been made, I really hope you give Arsene Wenger a legendary send off he deserves.

Gotta say, I hope he grabs that Europa Cup. I know that makes you more of a threat next season but what the hell. That's what makes it fun.

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20 Apr 2018 10:37:24
I like the cut of your jib Davey.

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20 Apr 2018 10:49:57
Ed’s- no disrespect to Wenger but looking at the future, I’m sure the board had a big part to play in his decision to stand down. Have you heard any whispers or have any knowledge of who the front runners are to succeed or if not, whom they may likely approach for the role? I know you’ve said names in the past but I’d assume with wenger 100% leaving now managers might actually consider this job with a more open mind.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained for a very long time where the interest has been and what is viable and what is not. At this point in time, nothing has changed.}

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