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29 Aug 2018 21:47:07
Hi Eds
Will we see any free transfers coming in or exits before 31/ 8?


{Ed002's Note - Reiss Nelson if Hoffenheim agree to Arsenal's request, perhaps some kiddies going on loan.}



08 Aug 2018 23:01:38
Ed, any chance of a quick run down of likely ins / outs at Arsenal tomorrow?
Really hoping for a few signings.



{Ed002's Note - The list remains the same aside from those previously left: Ospina, Elneny, Welbeck and Jenkinson seem the most likely. Vida might be an option as Besiktas want the money and they would like Ospina as has been explained.}

1.) 09 Aug 2018 08:55:03
What about off loading Ramsey?

{Ed002's Note - If you want, but I would not expect it.}

2.) 09 Aug 2018 09:24:10
Vida might b an option how can we enter the season so light weight at the back it’s been our weakest area for years, the attack looks as good as it’s been for years. Mina going Everton Soyuncu Leicester how can’t we match there offer? Am I the only one who thinks this?

3.) 09 Aug 2018 09:50:27
I haven't heard of interest in Elneny Ed's. Where might he go?

{Ed002's Note - OPtions will be looked at over the coming weeks.}



30 Jul 2018 09:13:17

Are we having any joy selling players to free up salary cap issues as well as to generate transfer funds.

We've had some limited successes but mainly youth, players out of contract with the exception of Jack.

Thanks .


{Ed002's Note - Wilshere has gone from midfield. Reserve striker Takuma Asano has gone on loan. Per Mertesacker has been replaced. Santi Cazorla has gone from midfield. Jeff Reine-Adelaide has left. David Ospina will look to move. Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell will be on their way out. Nacho Monreal may well move move. Mustafi might look to his options. We will have to wait and see about Aaron Ramsey but if Arsenal want to bring in another midfield player after Torreira, then perhaps he might look to his options as well. Lucas Perez is not wanted by Emery, Lazio has an interest but not at €10M.}

1.) 30 Jul 2018 10:37:38
Thanks Ed. They need to get a move on to free up space, wages and funds so that the new player (S) are ready to go and integrated into the team / system.

Thanks for the great info.

{Ed002's Note - Remember there is no August 9 deadline for selling any to non-English/Welsh sides.}

2.) 30 Jul 2018 11:11:39
True - but doesn’t help balance the books to fund a new incoming player.

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

3.) 30 Jul 2018 11:19:30
So that would make Aaron Jenks as the most pressing issues to resolve because they would seem the least likely to move away from England.

4.) 31 Jul 2018 02:23:09
Surprised Perez is not wanted as there was all this fanfare about him returning for this season to be given a chance by Emery. Perhaps what he saw in pre-season wasn't enough.

5.) 31 Jul 2018 06:17:44
We need to sort out deals for Ramsey and Welbeck or move them on before the window closes.
Other outs:




02 Jul 2018 13:26:53
Dreams do come true

18-year-old Robbie Burton confirmed he has signed a professional deal with Arsenal, the club he has been at since he was just six.

Well done and good luck.




01 Jul 2018 11:16:03
Ed, a lot of talk about our defensive signings. I think we still need a good winger who can turn defence into attack very quickly and make us faster going forward.

Are we looking at any particular players, I saw us linked to Lucas Vazquez from RM but that seems far fetched.



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal making any approach for Lucas Vazquez who Real Madrid will be willing to let go but they may want to try and use him as a trading chip in any transaction including players as part of the deal - an idea they are keen on this summer. There is also interest from elsewhere. In terms of other players I think the list remains pretty much as was:
Gelson Martins (RW) - Gelson Martins (RW) - interest is growing but there is also interest from elsewhere
Riyad Mahrez (RW) - Manchester City are now looking at another player so there is the potential for something to happen if the new management want
Malcom (RW) - I am doubtful he would move to Arsenal unless other clubs step away
Christian Pavon (RW/F) - Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target but there is interest from elsewhere
Goncalo Guedes (RW) offered to Arsenal but they know that PSG have turned down a €40M loan to permanent offer from elsewhere and are offering him to other clubs at a higher fee - about double - player wants Spain
Andrija Zivkovic (RW) - priced out of a move
Ademola Lookman (LW) - has been watched at RBL but Arsenal won't offer guarantees - nor perhaps Everton - and the need for a LW as a starter has drifted
Emil Forsberg (LW) - hot and cold performances this season and a Wenger target - probably not
Steven Bergwijn (LW) - a wildcard - don't lose sight of him but no more than cover in the EPL at this time}

1.) 01 Jul 2018 11:54:07
Thanks Ed, appreciate the info. Good to see we are looking at options up front also.

Have a great Sunday.

{Ed002's Note - I would only expect one.}

2.) 01 Jul 2018 12:52:58
Thanks Ed. Some names there I wouldn’t mind seeing included in our squad. Hopefully Martins, Vasquez, Mahrez or Pavon are seriously under consideration 🤞🏻 Although, based on the rejections last time out I don’t see Arsenal pursuing Mahrez.

3.) 01 Jul 2018 16:21:20
Thanks Ed, is this the list u wanted to give us?

{Ed002's Note - This is what it is.}

4.) 01 Jul 2018 16:45:33
Brilliant info as always Ed002. Interesting to see no mention of ousman dembele, guess it was all paper talk then? Also the names are all of sporadic/ rotational players. The marquee type signing won't be made this window maybe! What do you guys think?

5.) 02 Jul 2018 02:24:19
I would say if we signed guedes, malcom or mahrez they would be pretty marque, the fee certainly would be- probably breaking our record. And in our current position with no champions league pretty good.

6.) 02 Jul 2018 04:17:22
Who would you all prefer out of this list? My first choice would be Pavon but I don't think there's a team in the league that would turn Mahrez down. Only thing would be the price - whatever Leicester are asking is probably too much.

7.) 02 Jul 2018 05:49:05
Ed002. You have said the need for LW startee has drifted. If I may ask, what made you think so? Lucas Perez? Or th thoughts on formation? I don’t believe we have an outright winger to play in the left or right. Your thoughts are highly valued and appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)

{Ed002's Note - The need for a RW is seen as more of a priority than on the left given that if a 4-3-3 is played Aubamayangadingdong can play on the left, Iwobi is versatile enough to play on the left, any RW added will be versatile enough to play on the left. In the view of someone still with the club, albeit in Russia right now and slightly concerned about his future, most of this will be down to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being played on the right rather than centrally.}

8.) 02 Jul 2018 12:12:06
Thanks again, Ed002. :)

9.) 02 Jul 2018 16:13:23
any truth to Lozano rumours Ed?

would be a perfect addition, right age, solid workrate.

{Ed002's Note - Hirving Lozano was certainly of interest to Wenger at Arsenal and Allardyce at Everton - but it is not clear if that Arsenal interest remains from last year.}




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23 Sep 2018 19:26:22
Could we see another swop deal involving Sanchez? Özil to Utd and Sanchez home.

We need to accommodate Özil or move on.

Front 3 - Sanchez Laca and PEA

Just no one to feed them 😂😂😂.


1.) 23 Sep 2018 20:13:50
In Pea and Lacasette we have a top of the rage porch and ferrari but in order to accommodate them bkth we are restricting one to the B roads to let the other use the motorway.
Neither are wingers both top quality strikers so find room for both on the motorway.
Mesut isn't a AA man who changes punctures or gives people a tow home he's a highly skilled technician that isn't suited to towing or changing tyres but fine tuning top class motors, he not above a bit of fetching and carrying but that's not where his best ability lays.
Use our best players where they can show their quality rather simply fill gaps in my opinion.

2.) 23 Sep 2018 20:31:28
While its not totally ideal, lacca and auba have both scored in the same game 3 times out of 5. that's working for me, attacking wise but ozil is not at the monent. Dick has to play lacca and auba, he has to find a solution that includes both. He has to sort the central midfield and he has to sort right back.
Then he can start building his team, with the type of players he wants/ needs. Auba and lacca are at least working for us providing goals.

3.) 23 Sep 2018 20:42:28
They are indeed scoring Steve but would score less or be less of a problem to oppenents if both played down the middle?
There are a lot better wingers than Lancashire and Pea but we'd struggle to attract better strikers than those two, personally I'd shape my team around getting them both on the pitch as what they really are apposed to asking one to do a pretty average at best impression of someone they aren't.
They might share 30 to 40 goals between them of we are extremely lucky as we are but what about if found a way of getting 50 or 60 + from them?
We'd be contenders if we did that in my opinion.

4.) 23 Sep 2018 21:02:45
If they are happy, then i'm happy, if they arent, they won't produce. What the future brings as far as shape of the team, its a wait and see i think. Dick wasn't at first convinced they could both play, at least he is now, so he has to try and work the team around them.



22 Sep 2018 13:20:29
What are people thoughts on the centre half pairing and centre midfield pairing.

We must get this right this season by an existing or new combination before we close the season as every challenger has this core right.

Looks like : Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira

Centre half - no idea yet except that Emery likes Sokratis

I think we need : New signing and Lucas Torreira

I think : Mavropanos and Sokratis

Up front - Lacca and PEA

Build next season around that - sell and buy around that core.


1.) 22 Sep 2018 15:04:59
I think we have to work around what we have mate because we've no idea what or who Dick and Sven have in mind for the future.
For me it's Guendouzi and Torreira
And Mustafi and Sokratis.
Are they the best pairings in the premier league? Not by some distance but they are the best we currently have and that's why we have to accept we are a work in progress and in the very early stages of that work in progress too.
I'd be surprised if competition for both pairings wasn't much tougher next season.

2.) 22 Sep 2018 16:15:52
I agree on both pairings g62.

3.) 22 Sep 2018 16:52:37
Guendouzi looks very good, and torriria looks good and either of those can sit deep or play slightly more advanced than Xhaka to better effect. Torreiras passing range is far better. Guendouzi looks far sharper and more mobile than Xhaka and looks more defensively sound.

4.) 23 Sep 2018 04:26:29
At present:
Torreira and Xhaka.
Mustafi and Sokratis, although I would like to see more of Holding played alongside Sokratis. Once fit, Koscielny and Sokratis will be a solid combination.
Guendouzi has bags of potential, but needs to gain experience and the physical strength that comes as he matures.



16 Sep 2018 19:55:33
Sokratis looking a lot better than I thought plus a lot quicker. Guess I was wrong and glad to be wrong. Well done Sokratis - now let's get Mavropanos next to him.


1.) 16 Sep 2018 20:12:41
Hopefully so but let's see a bit more of him before we get over excited, he's new and like most new signings needs a bit of time to adjust but 1 good game doesn't make a player.
5 games in and one good game but fingers crossed it's just the start the best is yet to come.

2.) 16 Sep 2018 20:21:30
Sy, the slow coach is apparently the third fastest in training. Lol.

3.) 16 Sep 2018 20:51:01
Yep - couldn’t be much more wrong 😂😂

He’s demonstrated it in a few games also

Admitting being wrong is important.

4.) 16 Sep 2018 21:32:17
Totally agree on that SY mate, anyone who can't find the humility and strength to put their hands up and say I got that one wrong will always live in a bubble of self delusion.

5.) 16 Sep 2018 21:50:09
He is obviously a very good defender, with a lot of experience, the problem was/ is that it wasnt in the prem. It is a far quicker league and arsenal are a far more open team than he is used to. He needs time to acclimatise.

6.) 16 Sep 2018 23:04:40
Definitely Steve like Dick all the new players need time, both those who have started well and those who haven't.
Aaron has been living off that one season for 5 years and Jack lived off that Barcelona game for his years too while Nacho Monreal has had to work very hard for years to get any recognition at all.
We have to be more balanced as fans where we don't write people off after a handful or games but equally don't accept underachievement for prolonged periods off the back of previous achievement.
Peole say your only as good as your last game but that's silly, but I think rating people over their last 10 games is fair.



15 Sep 2018 10:17:28
Looking forward to today - our first true real test to see how we are doing, in my humble opinion. This will let me know if we have a plan, the stamina and bottle to fight. It will show if we can defend and attack.

Looking forward to seeing Ozil's St James Park debut.



1.) 15 Sep 2018 10:49:05
SY have you mastered the art of time travel and gone back to August? ;-)
If so let me know and I will send you last week's lotto numbers if you promise to come back into the present and share with me :-) .

2.) 15 Sep 2018 15:11:43
I thought I read somewhere that he’s never played away at Newcastle.



11 Sep 2018 22:50:19
How did Xhaka play tonight?





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21 Sep 2018 23:45:38
Baby, based on your posts - you need some assistance. May be that swap at home works for you?

No deal for me - we need to figure out how to play with him not without him. First step = Torriera in starting 11.




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30 Jul 2018 11:11:39
True - but doesn’t help balance the books to fund a new incoming player.


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



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30 Jul 2018 10:37:38
Thanks Ed. They need to get a move on to free up space, wages and funds so that the new player (S) are ready to go and integrated into the team / system.

Thanks for the great info.


{Ed002's Note - Remember there is no August 9 deadline for selling any to non-English/Welsh sides.}



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20 Jul 2018 22:58:19
Cech didn’t put that on through Emery training - he’s built up over the break. Can’t credit Emery with everything.




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17 Jul 2018 08:22:37
So a disciplined Rambo is the square peg in a square hole - makes sense.


{Ed001's Note - I would say so. He has shown he can be disciplined when played out on the right for the team, so he has got the sense to follow specific instructions. Even if those instructions are to his detriment but for the team's benefit.}




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23 Sep 2018 19:20:58
62 - I like the idea of PEA and Laca as a front two with Özil behind them in the middle.

That means we need a lot of discipline in the middle 3 while still giving us options going forward. Rambo ( agree ) can’t be part of that 3.

May be it’s Torriera, Matteo and Xhaka ( for more ) - that’s Xhaka using his 9th life with us.

In the back - Bellerin ( get disciplined or dropped ) Mavropanos Sokratis Nacho ( get disciplined or dropped )

We have two fullbacks ready to jump in if we can’t figure out that one stays back.

This gives us minimal width. alternative is 3 at the back and pack midfield with Özil at the tip in the middle.




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23 Sep 2018 18:41:51
Cech was excellent in crosses, decision making and saves. He also looked better on the ball. MOM by a long way

Need to stop Khaka dropping off to sleep as him and Torreira could form a decent pairing .

Holding did a decent job as Sokratis looked solid again before taken off.

Front two still look disjointed but can’t complain about their goal ratios together nor with Laca’s commitment to the badge.

Still trying to work out Özil and Rambo - struggling to fit into the new look Arsenal

3 points and a clean sheet - well done today boys!




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22 Sep 2018 16:22:34
5 - 2 tomorrow.




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22 Sep 2018 13:05:14
You mean tomorrow - right.




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16 Sep 2018 23:16:05
We won the last game 😂😂😂.