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21 Jul 2018 19:54:46
Intriguing reports that we are in negotiations to sign Yann Sommer, the Swiss national keeper, a player I quite like, despite him being another relatively small keeper at 6ft tall. I would imagine that Ospina is being sold as has been reported and perhaps rumours of Cech returning to Chelsea are true.
Neither Cech nor Ospina impressed me last season, perhaps the new goalkeeping coach and Emery are of the same opinion.


1.) 21 Jul 2018 20:38:31
Any Ed002 do you know anything about the Yann Sommer rumours?

{Ed002's Note - I would need to ask.}

2.) 21 Jul 2018 21:48:09
Thanks Ed.

3.) 25 Jul 2018 12:07:49
Based on the WC (particularly the game vs Sweden) I wouldn’t be overly excited about Sommer.



01 Jun 2018 12:42:40
Reliably informed that Lichtsteiner has signed. Officials are in Germany, possibly to sign Sokratis and negotiating a midfield player at Bayern.
Apparently the atmosphere has changed at the club for the better. Old backroom staff out. New training regime, as players trained from 10am-12pm, now additional 2 hour afternoon sessions.
Exciting times ahead.


1.) 01 Jun 2018 13:41:01
Would live it to be vidal or tolisso.

2.) 01 Jun 2018 14:30:17
would love for this to be true, but how would anyone know about training regimes when Emery has been away on holiday, hasn't appointed coaches or backroom staff and hasn't even held a training session yet.?

3.) 01 Jun 2018 15:01:19
As much as it would be amazing to sign Thiago or Tolisso, the chances are it will be Vidal. Another 31 year old to tide us over instead of going for the gold straight away.

4.) 01 Jun 2018 15:11:36
If they were to sign Tolisso or Thiago I have to think that would signal the end to the Granit Xhaka era. I don’t think he’ll be satisfied being a squad player and he is not fit to play the role of a #6. I really hope hope we don’t go into the upcoming season without addressing the squad’s obvious biggest need, which is a midfield destroyer eg Javi Martinez.

5.) 01 Jun 2018 17:13:43
This was reliable information from an Arsenal employee, that I have no reason to doubt. Interestingly as we were chatting in Cockfosters, Wenger drove past as we and he pointed him out to me. Wilshere is a friend of his and his Father-in-law owns a hairdressers also in Cockfosters. Apparently Wenger has still been going to the training ground! He was trying to find out from colleagues whether the Arsenal officials were in Germany trying to sign the Bayern midfield player, Tolisso. I would think it would be more likely to tie up things with Dortmundt in respect of Sokratis. In respect of Xhaka he is an excellent player, but played out of position by Wenger and in my opinion would be better used in a more advanced role on the left hand side of the 3 midfield players ahead of the 2 DM's.

6.) 01 Jun 2018 19:14:55
Why is Emery sharing his business with a club employee?
A few years back someone who really does speak to one of our very famous explayers kept sharing information with me from this explayers who is still involved with the club today.
He told me about 2 players who had already agreed to join us that summer, my question was " why is Arsene telling this explayer all his business? " and "how come if he's sharing it with you the media don't know about it?
Needless to say neither player ever arrived :-)
Sorry RG but you might want to try Heimz as your next sauce because they've kept thier recipe a secret for years:-)

7.) 01 Jun 2018 22:14:53
RG - Wenger lives in Totteridge, the training base is in Colney. Unless AW has completely lost his marbles since leaving, or you don’t know North London (or Hertfordshire) Cockfosters is not on the route between those 2 places. Also, out of interest, who’s at the training ground right now that he’d be seeing? A solitary, emotional Arsene haunting the halls of the training ground is a bit far fetched. I get this is a rumours site, but this is BS mixed in with what the headlines are on google. Boring.

8.) 01 Jun 2018 22:18:03
Also, hate to hammer home that this is BS, but unless Cockfosters is in Turkey where AW is currently on holiday according to every news outlet going, with David Dein no less, then you most definitely did not see him anywhere. Mug.

9.) 03 Jun 2018 07:36:58
Wenger is not in Turkey, he was photographed with his daughter in Cambridge, presumably I must have seen his identical twin in Cockfosters! I do wish my comment was read correctly, I never said he was on his way from his home in Totteridge to the training facillities at London Conley. I simply saw him, when the Arsenal employee pointed him out. Time will tell if we have signed Lichtsteiner, as the employee told me. I do wish people would think before they post abusive comments. I have a former PL player living next door and am friendly with Toby Alderwierald who lives locally. I live in an exclusive area near Cockfosters where many Arsenal and Tottenham players have and still live. Toby wants out and Man U is his chosen destination, but he is concerned that Levy will make the deal extremely difficult. Pochettino who also lives locally and I have met and had a few chats at a local restaurants, apperently wants to manage Real Madrid one day, although I very much doubt it will be now. I have a sneaky suspicion that Wenger may be given the role, but I am may be wrong, as it's just a gut feeling as there are not many options at present.

10.) 03 Jun 2018 08:48:12
Yeah. Yesterday. And what I said wasn’t abusive, it was just calling you out on nonsense or stuff that can easily be found by doing a google search.

{Ed001's Note - is Cockfosters by Dartford?}

11.) 03 Jun 2018 12:27:28
Oh no not that ip adress give away again:-)
RG mate if your going to make such fantastic claims then people are going to question you and the more offended you get by thier questions the less believable your posts become mate.
You make fantastic claims about yourself and your life but seem to get maybe just a tad to upset and defensive for anyone to take you seriously mate
Either just be your real self or be prepared to be asked to back up your fantastic claims mate, either one would be good.



30 Apr 2018 11:51:45
Interesting development, Zeljko Buvac has left his position as Klopp's right-hand man at Liverpool for 'personal' reasons. He was at Dortmundt at the same time as Sven Mislintat. Could he be the 'bold' choice Gazidis mentioned and the continuation of the German influence at the club? To depart from Liverpool now until the end of the season, just as the club are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final makes little sense, unless he truly has some personal problem to deal with. Perhaps he has told Liverpool that he is taking up the management role at Arsenal and the club wanted him out. This is pure speculation on my part, but it adds up, as Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Dortmundt defender Papasthatopoulos and are after German keeper Leno.


1.) 01 May 2018 00:19:48
i sincerely doubt arsenal would go for buvac over viera and arteta because all of them are inexperienced but arsenal would rather take a chance on an ex player than someone else. My gut feeling is if arsenal go for a german manager it will be nagelsmann.

2.) 01 May 2018 09:03:44
The words 'Bold choice' from Gazidis made me feel that they had the manager tied up and that he would be a shock choice, which would rule out the obvious experienced managers.
Therefore, the new manager is possibly an ex-player with little or no experience, an inexperienced manager or coach, at the highest level.
Vieira, Henry or Arteta
Buvac or other coaches/ young or inexperienced managers.

3.) 01 May 2018 12:51:30
Is a bit strange now the press are mentioning him as a contender. I swear Ed001 is a liverpool fan. Have you heard anything on this Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he had been bickering with Klopp for a while, he left because he was being marginalised with regards to selection and tactics. I do not know if Arsenal are now in for him, but he has had a number of offers presented to him through the years, they didn't stop when he moved to Liverpool and have increased this season. I couldn't say if Arsenal are one of the clubs that are making him an offer. However I am expecting him to leave Liverpool as he has normally kissed and made up with Klopp by now, as they do bicker like an old married couple at the best of times. They are always falling out and getting back together, which is why no one was really taking any notice initially this time.}

4.) 01 May 2018 13:53:14
It makes complete sense that Buvac is a contender, as he has the German connection, knows Mislintat and is an experienced defensive coach. He is without doubt a bold choice and its odd timing to leave Liverpool on the verge of a possible CL final, with only a couple of weeks to go until the end of the season. He may not be the one, but is there really a stand out option? For me the top two managers are Mourinho and Guardiola, after that there are reservations for almost all candidates that I can think of.

5.) 01 May 2018 14:08:36
Thank you Ed. Wasn't aware they argued a lot. I'm not sure what to make of him tho. I've seen people say how he is the brains behind his work and it seems the others are running the transfer side of things so maybe itll work.

{Ed001's Note - he is a part of things, but I am not convinced he is irreplaceable.}

6.) 01 May 2018 18:07:25
If he was a young guy it would make sense but i really don't get why arsenal would appoint an introverted 56 year assistant manager who doesn't speak english to fill the big shoes left behind by wenger. That rumor doesn't add up. I don't think he is coming to Arsenal as a head coach or even an assistant coach.



19 Apr 2018 07:06:35
Reports that if Wenger decides to go at the end of the season, Vieira is in the frame. Without an outstanding candidate perhaps it would be an idea to bring Vieira in, who lacks PL managerial experience, but will certainly get the fans excited and onboard. He would also be able to attract players to join the club. Thoughts fellow gooners?


1.) 19 Apr 2018 07:23:44
Love Vieira but not as Arsenal manager.

2.) 19 Apr 2018 20:25:18
He would be the perfect bridge between Arsene and the future who everyone would unite behind.
No manager guarantees success or failure come to that (few Leicester fans would have been elated with the Ranieri appointment) but Vieira or Henry both guarantee bring unity back amongst the fans, and that alone would be a great place to start.

3.) 20 Apr 2018 00:38:10
Viera wouldn't certainly be worse than some of the names being mentioned. i.e enrique and brendan rodgers. Luis enrique is a terrible coach. A much as he is a champions league winner, people seem to forget that he finished seventh with a roma team that was full of quality. Brendan rodgers will always be remembered for that title collapse in 2014.Successful managers have that X factor that brendan rodgers seems to lack.

Since tuchel is gone, i'd like us to go for Nagelsmann or tedesco whose work at schalke this season is impressive. They may be young coaches, but they are tactically very good and detailed in their match preparation. If we can't get any of them, i'll like us to for our ex players. Viera or Arteta, whose work at city this season has been impressive, wouldn't be bad. Apparently it is Arteta who did video analysis for city this season. He seems to have the talent to be a coach and he is an ex captain of ours. He wouldn't be a bad shout.

4.) 20 Apr 2018 08:44:12
I posted a few months ago about Nagelsmann. He would be a better appointment than Vieira 100%.

5.) 20 Apr 2018 10:00:44
I fully support your sentiment glenn. Negelsmann is really good. His training is far much advanced than wenger'He has cameras fitted everywhere in training and uses video footage to analyse his own players and how they can improve something wenger doesn't do. nagelsmann with his tactical acumen backed by a bigger transfer budget than hoffenheim would do wonders. My pick is either him or tedesco.

6.) 20 Apr 2018 10:39:43
We can all bleat all we like, Ancelotti is going to be the man given the task (at least short term) to straighten this club out.



06 Apr 2018 09:26:40
Why on earth does Wenger keep taking Lacazette off and destroying his confidence? The player was clearly upset.


1.) 06 Apr 2018 10:59:32
To be fair he has been out since January do we really wanna risk injury. Although in the past it has frustrated me.

2.) 06 Apr 2018 15:50:31
D16, fair comment, but Lacazette was buzzing, having netted twice and on a hat-trick. He was clearly gutted and bemused at being taken off. The loss of confidence that may occur was worth the risk of keeping him on the field.




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14 Aug 2018 10:24:42
Apparently Toot's stadium opening has been delayed as they can't find the trophy room. Might be a long wait.


1.) 14 Aug 2018 11:23:07
I did read that it was going to be called the “Armitage Shanks Stadium” due to its unique toilet bowl shape and a major sponsor was going to be “Biffa” one of the largest waste disposal companies in the UK.

I know they slag of Levy but that is two great ideas right there. That man is genius.


2.) 15 Aug 2018 08:43:59
Looks like poch has drove his Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry 😂.



14 Aug 2018 07:12:43
We must not judge Emery after only a few weeks at the club and after one match against the current PL Champions and favourites to win the league. There is much work to do in order to sort out the mess that was left. We signed 5 players, but only two started against City, one of which was a teenager.
We have another difficult match away to Chelsea, after which it would be good to see some progress, Clearly Emery will use untill Christmas to ascertain which players are good enough to retain, which players have improved and adapted under him.
My own gut feelings are that we need to sign another 2 or 3 players in January and the same again in the following window. Too many players had it way too easy under Wenger, when we had dropped to 6th and won nothing in the final season. We need more players with the type of character shown Lichtsteiner.
Against Chelsea, perhaps:
Lichtsteiner Holding Sokratis Monreal (if fit) or Bellerin at RB and Lichtsteiner at LB.
Torreira Maitland-Niles (if fit? ) or Guendouzi
Welbeck Ramsey Aubameyang

I was a fan of Xhaka, but I admit he was dire against City and perhaps we should move him on, as well as Mustafi. I also believe that Ozil and Mkhitaryan doesn't work in the same team. I wish we had signed Nzonzi, as he would have been the ideal partner for Torreira.


1.) 14 Aug 2018 07:24:09
On second thoughts Emery next to Torreira might be better.

2.) 14 Aug 2018 09:04:44
Totally agree mate judging Dick after 1 game is crazy, I'm really shocked at how upset some people are about Sundays game.
Change takes time to happen and If we are no further forward by October I will worry, I think most of those who have allowed themselves to become so upset by Sunday are also the same fans who think we should make top 4 this season.

3.) 14 Aug 2018 09:38:09
We might struggle if emery plays 😊.

4.) 14 Aug 2018 10:35:44
Agree you Emery needs time to stamp his methods and authority over
the team and a few transfer windows to get the personel he wants. He is still in the learning phase of finding out about the character and attributes of all the players, you can't just fully learn about players from training and Friendlies you need competitive games. So after about 10 games+ or so Emery will have a much better picture of what is needed who is good enough who is not, who fits in with his methods / formation etc.

We not that bad against City taking into account how far ahaed they are depth and cohesion with pep as it stands.

There were positive signs in terms of Emery approach in the game making early tactical changes and his activity on the sidelines.



13 Aug 2018 12:44:32
Early days under Emery, so we need to be patient.
We need to get the Chelsea match out of the way and then hopefully we see progress.


1.) 13 Aug 2018 15:16:14
We all want to see the team playing well and winning asap but in reality we all knew it was unlikely to happen overnight or even over the corse of a few weeks.
I'd hope to see some real sign of improvement by October time, not necessarily top 4 style improvement but tangible signs of where things are different to what we've been used to seeing.
Emery is more vocal more animated and more decisive than Arsene already which is good but it's seeing that effort from the manager transcend into regular performances from the team that will get everyone excited again.

2.) 13 Aug 2018 20:15:46
I think there will be a little more patience afforded Dick, than wenger. But improvement is what people Will expect, if not, patience will dwindle.



11 Aug 2018 08:34:11
With the PL window now closed I am pleased with the 5 signings we made, which rectified obvious deficiencies in the squad. Sensible decisions have been made in respect of departures, which should also include the reported departures of Ospina, Jenkinson and Campbell.
I would like to see us tie up deals to retain Ramsey and Welbeck.
In January we should improve the squad further with 2 or 3 signings, possibly a left back and a wide attacking player.




10 Aug 2018 06:50:30
With the window greeting much shorter this season, what are the thoughts of fellow Gooners on having a much longer period to effect transfers, say from the end of the season until the end of the year, leaving only from January until the end of the season as a period when transfers cannot take place.


1.) 10 Aug 2018 08:36:42
The day after one season ends to the day before the next season starts is plenty of time in my opinion, it's the same for everyone so what's the problem.
I think it's good that all teams can now concentrate on playing football rather than fending off approaches for their players.
If you can't decide what your weaknesses are and adress them in 3 months of the close season then your probably not capable of doing it in 3 years.
As always this summer window has shown us those that can do (Liverpool Fulham West ham Arsenal) and those that can't moan ( United) and those who don't want to make up excuses ( Spurs and Arsenal of the past) .
We did all our business in 2 months and that includes finding a new manager so 3 months is more than enough time for everyone.




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10 Aug 2018 07:30:28
True Ed, it is interesting that club's thought the entire year can change ownership, manager, coaches, contracts etc. Yet for some unknown reason decide that we need two relatively small windows in order to sign players.


{Ed001's Note - it makes no sense. Clubs that used to rely on academies, such as Crewe, have slid down the leagues since it came in precisely because they can no longer afford to hang onto the kids until towards the end of the season. So the big clubs benefit, as they can just stockpile good players, while small clubs suffer as they are left with the dregs to pick over.}



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10 Aug 2018 07:19:33
Hi Ed, I made a comment which you have kindly posted on the banter section. This was a suggestion that the window is open far longer, say from the end of the season until 31st December, allowing far more flexibility for clubs to change their squads, as you stated, try youngsters first and possibly buy if that doesn't work out. This would limit the last minute inflated prices syndrome and negate the problem of coping with players on short contracts, leaving more time to sort out the negotiations.


{Ed001's Note - I think it worked better when it was open until March. There were no issues until the window system came in, yet the clubs keep trying to make the window shorter to fix problems that they created by putting the window in place! Madness.}



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10 Aug 2018 03:57:29
It makes complete sense to close the window before the season starts, but this should have been done in unison, as far as possible, with the other leagues abroad. Now clubs have to withstand the possibility of players being unsettled and possibly moving until the windows abroad close. The overseas clubs abroad are in a stronger position to force through lower priced purchases from the PL. For instance, clubs know that we want tio sell Ospina or face the prospect of having to pay his wages for the remainder of his contract, whilst he has littel chance of playing and hence he has little or no value. The same goes for Ramsey and Welbeck who have entered the final year of their deals and their value will have plummeted. I was extremely surprised that nobody came in for Welbeck, although wages may be a stumbling block.


{Ed001's Note - it only makes sense for big clubs. For little clubs they now have to run with an even bigger squad than ever, costing more money than they can afford, as they can't bring any players in to cover injuries later. It also makes sense for agents, as a shorter transfer period increases prices. It certainly makes no sense for anyone in youth football as youngsters have even less chance of breaking through. Every team has to buy a complete squad, rather than just having a team and giving a youngster a chance when there is an injury and only buying if you need to. Teams used to run with much smaller squads because they were able to buy up until March, so you could cover injuries with kids, if they didn't work out you then went and bought. Now teams have the full 25 in their squad, lessening the gaps available for youth players to get their chance. Nothing about a shorter window makes sense at all to anyone apart from people who stand to make money from it. It is to the detriment of the game as a whole.}



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09 Aug 2018 07:00:00
Interesting Ed002 that you would consider Vida a possible mistake. He looked solid during the World Cup and alongside Sokratis would form an experienced formidable CB partnership, With Torreira ahead of them offering much needed protection and I would have liked Nzonzi alongside side him.


{Ed002's Note - Clubs should not buy players because of a WC performance, particularly those the club has shown no previous interest in.}



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08 Aug 2018 02:15:57
I cannot see much change as Kroenke takes full ownership of the club. The club has been run reasonably well whilst he has been the major shareholder and I don't expect much to change.





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14 Aug 2018 07:24:09
On second thoughts Emery next to Torreira might be better.




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12 Aug 2018 10:11:06
G62 Clearly you are suffering from an inferiority complex, my comment was in response to another comment and was not aimed as a personal attack at any individual fan. I was heavily criticised on a personal level for my comments in respect of Chambers. Clearly my comments proved accurate as Emery moved him out after assessing him. Bearing in mind we only have 4 fit CB's that was confirmation that he simply isn't good enough. I suggest you watch the extended highlights of Fulham's match and see how poor Chmabers was. He was easily 'rolled' by the Palace scorer of the first goal and was poor throughout the match. I repeat that any Gooner that suggests Chambers is of the necessary quality for a top 4 or even top 6 club hasn't a clue.




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12 Aug 2018 03:15:34
About as tough an opening two matches as we could get. I will be happy if we avoid defeat today and would take a 1-1 draw now!




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12 Aug 2018 03:13:35
The comment in a newspaper was 'Chambers struggled on his debut with the pace of Palace's counter-attack'. Chambers was part of Middlesborough's relegation side last time he was loaned out and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he suffers the same fate with Fulham this season. I found it absolutely bizzaire that we extended his contract and then gave him out on loan. Presumably Emery quickly realised how poor he is during the pre-season friendlies. I fail to understand fellow Gooners on this site that criticised my negative comments in respect of his ability or rather lack of it. I repeat my thoughts that he is not PL quality and is best suited to a Championship side.




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10 Aug 2018 10:17:55
Hi MM - My starting line up would be:

Cech - Only just due to his experience in the first match of the season

Bellerin (pace against City) - Mustafi - Sokratis - Maitland Niles

Ramsey (if fit) - Torreira (if match fit) if either are not fit then Xhaka, then Elneny

Mkhitaryan - Ozil - Aubameyang


Your choice?