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30 Apr 2019 02:25:04
Ed 002 do arsenal have an interest in Lewis Dunk, to your knowledge. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - No, I am not aware of Dunk being one of the Arsenal CB targets.}

1.) 30 Apr 2019 16:07:21
Thanks Ed.



30 Jan 2019 17:38:26
Arsenal have signed "barca outcast" denis suarez, lol some of the media outlets on the web are gutter snipes. Very talented player, the only thing we need to find out is wether he copes with the prem. We have4 months to find out.


{Ed0333's Note - i agree Steve I think the guys a very good player. Really looking forward to seeing provide bullets to Aba and Lacazette. I don’t see anything wrong with this transfer at all.

1.) 30 Jan 2019 17:50:22
Emery knows him really well Ed0333, he knows what he is getting, so i'm hopeful he can blossom but at least we can try before we buy.

{Ed0333's Note - exactly it’s a win win situation for arsenal.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 19:36:46
Alexis wasn’t a first team regular in Barcelona before he came to us. So if Suarez can be anything close to that I would be thrilled. (Yeah yeah, I know Alexis was a better player, with more power to his game)

3.) 30 Jan 2019 20:42:05
The truth is Nor, Barcelona don't have many donkeys in their A or B teams, they can all play football and would get in a hell of a lot of first teams. He probably needs to play regularly to find his true potential. he's no mug that's for sure.

4.) 31 Jan 2019 01:51:15
Alexis was a regular, he was almost always in the team except for a handful of occasions off the bench or left out of the cups.
Personally I'm glad we've picked up Suarez but wondering who will make way in the side as a result.



14 Jan 2019 22:59:15
Ed 02 do you know if it is right we have been offered €10 by juve to let ramsey go. I know you don't like talking money but have you heard anything. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - It is rather more than €10 but they do want him now and Benatia is another option.}

1.) 15 Jan 2019 13:10:21
I'd take benatia and let Ramsey go now.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 14:44:02
Just realised i missed the million out of first post. Doh!

3.) 15 Jan 2019 17:38:25
Yes, they have doubled their offer by adding a glass of Chianti to the bid Steve.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 14:42:52
Thanks for that Ed 02.

5.) 15 Jan 2019 17:52:49
One of the few fine things to come from Italy Epping . We should bite their hand off.



14 Jan 2019 22:56:02
Since the summer Ozil joined, Arsenal have spent on transfers £378 million. we have recouped £77 million. I think its plain to see why this club has been struggling.


1.) 14 Jan 2019 23:20:40
No question the buying and contract management of players has been woeful to put it mildly and that's why the Sven men have been brought in by the club. Who knows the club might just feel a little less nervous in future if they start seeing the assets they invest increase in value rather than simply vanish into thin air.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 00:14:09
The list of players we have lost money on or like sanchez lost out on when their market value was lost. Ok not now but his market value was £80 big ones, we got way below that in the deal. Gabriel, Lucas etc not big buys as such but bought and sold at a loss in a short time.

3.) 15 Jan 2019 04:10:27
Agree with both Steve and G62. I'd still take a loss on Mustafi if it meant getting rid tomorrow though. We desperately need a CB.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 06:22:31
We have been operating like that for years Steve, constantly letting players go to rivals for below market value and getting shafted when going into the transfer market too late as was the Wenger way.

5.) 15 Jan 2019 08:12:04
It seemed to all start with RVP moving to United a move that hurt Arsene personally, after that we seem to give any player who might just one day be a top player ridicules wages not to leave and of course the players quickly learned how to play the game with Arsene in order to get more than their true value in wages.



14 Jan 2019 20:21:51
This season is about transition and change, if people can't or won't give Dick or Tom or whoever enough time to get right or get wrong ( i don't know anyone who gets everything right and nothing wrong) then we can't expect anyone ever to come to this club and put it back. Dick is a very good manager, a very highly decorated manager, for goodness sake let him get on with it and let him get things wrong. Then maybe when it has been time to digest the level of problems that need to be addressed, then give him time to address it. The squad had ad still has problems of not his doing, he isn't Dynamo. Oh wait!


1.) 14 Jan 2019 21:32:05
Next up Chelsea United Cardiff and City Steve given its Dicks first season what would be acceptable mate, 3pts v Cardiff and free to concentrate on the europa league 100% :-)

2.) 14 Jan 2019 21:54:58
Amen to that Steve 🙏🏻.

3.) 14 Jan 2019 22:23:32
Gunner, our home record is pretty good, if we beat chelski next week, happy days, if we dont, i think pretty much cups all the way and a bit more experimenting with the team for me.

4.) 14 Jan 2019 22:36:55
Glen, I've never thought about being a preacher man. Lol Are they opinionated like me.

5.) 14 Jan 2019 22:53:53
What about United in the cup Steve? Do you think Dick can out smart Ole given he's been in the job slightly longer :-)

6.) 14 Jan 2019 23:55:00
Gunner, why not, we will find out soon enough.

7.) 15 Jan 2019 10:13:20
I guess so Steve mate. All hail Pope Emery.




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01 Sep 2019 20:20:32
Granit Xhaka has to be the biggest fraudster in the whole of the world and the worst buy for Arsenal, way ahead of Mustaffi. What gonk bought them. The guy was made a captain of a top German club at a very young age, captain of his (well adopted) country and captain for us. We look a disaster in defence waiting to happen (still players to come in) but one of the biggest reasons for the way we look and the way we play is down to the lack of footballing ability and the liability of Xhaka.

I will go as far as to say Xhaka is one of the worst footballers to ever play for AFC. So what is it that the managers of all the clubs that he has been under, including Emery, see in him. He is a bigger liability than mustaffi ever was, so Emery, open your eyes now and get the fraud out of the team because he will let you down.

Whatever you think he gives us, he takes it all away because he is a disaster waiting to happen. We lost today and was put under extreme pressure nummerous times by xhakas lack of ability to tackle. The way we play we need a midfielder to protect the defence, not compromise them.

Everyone makes mistakes in football, that's football but when you make mistakes and they are serious and stupid every week, it needs removing. If he remains in Emerys plans, he will be the downfall of him, he is that poor. He will let you down! Its your call, on your head be it.

On the other side of the coin, how good was Gouendouzi? I know it may look silly but when fit Holding needs to be socs partner (or chambers need a run at center back or holding mid) and a midfield containing Gouendouzi and Luiz or Chambers.

Or three at the back with a midfield four of Gouendouzi, torreira, ceballos and Luiz/ chambers. It would then have protection and creativity. Maybe it will all develop over the next few months when more players will be available but Xhaka has to go!


1.) 01 Sep 2019 21:07:11
Steve, let’s make note of the date where we both agree. I still can’t work out Xhaka and why he plays ( height / experience / Age etc ) . Every time we face a big club because we don’t have the right balance in midfield - we end up playing 3 players to do a two man job which leaves limited creativity. Then you add that they all either run round like kids or tackle like kids. Our midfield is our biggest issue which if solved right will really help the back 3 or 4 immensely.

1. Get Luiz who was also disastrous for the goal, out of defence

### Papa Chambers Holding ### with Mavropanos as back up, then me then Luiz

2. Beef up midfield and add some flair at the same time

### Torriera Luiz as the hub with Ceballos slightly in front in the MIDDLE to keep the ball, speed up our methodical lacklustre directionless football and feed the guys up front ###

3. Stick with the 3 up front and find an option quick fir the bench as the bench is strikerless

### PEA / Laca and Pépé ###

Tell Pépé to chill and goals will come. It took Henry 9 games to score

4. Buy the goalie some new gloves

5. Fxxxing coach the team and have a plan A please.

6. If you can’t get your message across to the team from the touchline - figure out how you address it going forward. Pull your captain over or wait for a break in play

7. Get a real captain

8. Stop messing with the set up - you’ve had 40 odd games plus friendlies plus hours in training. If you don’t - visit this site and i’m sure between us and the Eds we can point out some obvious errors you make

We can blame individual errors but the team has no discipline and invited trouble onto themselves. Then the errors kicked in.

Laca and PEA - well played boys. Especially Laca - my captain today.

Matteo - headless chicken but great assist and good game. Needs coaching 🤷‍♂️

Ceballos- you and I can’t work out why you didn’t start but thanks for changing the game.

Great fight back although we should not have needed to fight back especially at home and Spurs injuries and Spurs start to the season.

A point gained I feel and a great battle.

2.) 01 Sep 2019 21:19:15
Xhaka will remain a starter mate that’s a fact but I just don’t get what people see in him he’s a bag of.

3.) 01 Sep 2019 21:27:08
So far Emery is having none of it mate and has made Xhaka his captain, only 2 players are guaranteed to start each game and they are Leno and Xhaka.

4.) 01 Sep 2019 21:53:58
I predict, its xhaka or emery. If xhaka keeps playing, Emery will be gone because we won't improve with him. If xhaka is replaced, our midfield will look more solid. Whatever these people think they see in him, they are wrong, he is an absolute fraud of a footballer. Ultimately Emery or his replacement will get rid of xhaka, its just which one.

5.) 01 Sep 2019 22:23:40
You need to call Emery buddy :

The Arsenal boss told reporters after the Spurs game that Xhaka can learn from his mistakes, saying: “In 90 minutes I’m very proud of his work.

“Some mistakes we can have. I want to use to progress and improve and learn.

“There are a lot more positive things collectively than individually. The penalty is really one very disappointing action.

“If we win that match maybe we’d talk about that action less. ”


6.) 01 Sep 2019 22:52:36
Sounds like someone who is in denial to me SY, being wrong about something or someone is a very common thing in all humans but refusing to admit and change it is a weakness that isn't common in successful people, ok Donald Trump is the exception to that rule.



02 May 2019 06:13:16
Tough game tonight, Valencia no mugs, they drew home and away to Barcelona in the league, scoring draws both times and we saw last night what Barcelona can still do. A win with no away goals would be great but i think it will be tight.


1.) 02 May 2019 07:54:35
I'm looking forward to tonight's match. I don't know much about Valencia, but they have lost their last 2 matches.
Qualifying for the CL is vital in order to increase the funds needed to make signings and to encourage players to join.
In reality the EL is our best chance of obtaining CL football as finishing in the top 4 is now out of our hands, as we could win both remaining league matches and still finish out of the top 4.
We need to emulate our performances against Napoli to get through and need a fit Ozil to turn up.

2.) 02 May 2019 07:57:08
Almost impossible to call mate, 3 0 win wouldn't shock me but niether would a 0 3 defeat.
Which Arsenal will turn up?
We are back to that again I'm afraid.

3.) 02 May 2019 12:09:10
Time for some of the overpaid primadonnas to earn their over inflated pay packets 2-0 to The Arsenal.

4.) 02 May 2019 17:51:44
We have lots of 'overpaid', not so many prima donnas. Maybe some prima ballerinas.

5.) 02 May 2019 18:49:02
A win of something to nil would be brilliant but I just don’t see that the way we defend, as has been previously posted which Arsenal will turn up, the v Leicester then we will get hammered, the one v Napoli then we are in with a chance.



30 Apr 2019 21:54:20
Its got to be said, Ajax are a revelation this year in the champs league, not just because tonight (and the score may change) but some of their performances have been breathtaking.


1.) 30 Apr 2019 22:01:48
Just goes to show that all the money in the world doesn't make you winners, amazing job by the club.

Just need Overmars to do it at Arsenal now 😉.

2.) 30 Apr 2019 22:34:54
They've always run a club the right way and play football the right way steve, people also forget they've won the European cup 4 times and its the usual goodnight for us. I can't wait for the summer to come no spurs to depress the raver as I will be lying on the beaches in Thailand with a nice reefer and lots of senoritas after the ravers ripped torso 😎.

3.) 30 Apr 2019 22:39:00
Totally agree Akie, money helps but it really isn't everything.
I remember the Barcelona team that beat us in the champions league final and some of the players in thier team who had been rejected elsewhere.
It's about buying clever organisation and motivation every bit as much if not more than money.

4.) 30 Apr 2019 23:13:40
Raver did spell check change it from Senior Citizens?

5.) 01 May 2019 00:28:56
I like ajax and hope they win it, but their fans are a nasty bunch and let them down.

6.) 01 May 2019 07:52:33
Some of Ajaz's football in the first half in particular was outstanding. Dutch football during my youth was my favourite to watch and Cruyff was my idol. I loved the Ajax home shirt as it reminded me of an Arsenal shirt. Two of my favourite alltime Arsenal players were Bergkamp and Overmars, both products of Ajax's amazing youth set up.
Reports suggest that we are interested in Ajax's left back, Tagliafico. Was it just me, but did he look a little lightweight for the Premier League?

7.) 01 May 2019 09:36:26
Ajacks have indeed produced some fantastic talent over the years, didn't Kilvert David's and Sedoff and co all come through in the same youth team that went on to be champions of Europe? Or has time caused me to become confused about that :-)

8.) 01 May 2019 10:45:50
Ajax, its also a decent bleach powder. good at getting rid of stains.

9.) 01 May 2019 11:11:21
Gunner, I remember that team, Kluivert, Seedorf, Davids, Van der Sar, Litmanen, de Boer beothers and good old Blind in defence. I hope they will go all the way this year.

10.) 01 May 2019 12:42:49
They've always been Ajacks to me, it's what everyone in the 70s called them before we went all cosmopolitan and started letting other countries tell us how to pronounce things properly :-) , just because it was their language and their country :-)
Just because they're a Dutch club doesn't mean the Ducth people know what they're called anymore than we do :-)
If it sounds like Majorca then it's Majorca:-)

11.) 01 May 2019 15:01:40
Quite agree g62, they should also quit moaning when we refer to the whole place as Holland, bunch of snowflakes.

12.) 01 May 2019 21:02:48
I went to Holland in my mountain climbing days but it all went flat really.



21 Apr 2019 19:33:34
Now that was awful defending, what on earth was mustaffi doing. We looked like 11 different players who had never played together. But i do think we had two shouts for penalties. Bad day at the office and a result required at wolves.


1.) 21 Apr 2019 19:48:00
Mustafi is one of the worst players we have, I’d love a few days with him showing the basics of defending.

2.) 21 Apr 2019 21:24:54
BG, i think it more that that with him, the mistakes he makes are brain farts of the highest order. He is a complete and utter liability. i'm sure that the rotation today hindered the performance too. We don't know why certain players didn't play, maybe they were not able too but to have mustaffi, mavropanos, jenkinson and al ninny in the same team at the same time, got what it deserved.



19 Apr 2019 01:17:00
Our manager has more wins in his first 50 games than any manager in arsenal history. Wow!


1.) 19 Apr 2019 02:39:27
yeh i saw that and was just about to post and say it would make you happy to hear! anyone who didn't see, the list looked like this

32 - Unai Emery

28 - George Allison

27 - George Graham

27 - Herbert Chapman

25 - Jack Crayston

24- Tom Whittaker

24 - George Swindin

23 - Arsene Wenger

23 - Don Howe.

2.) 19 Apr 2019 06:02:59
Thanks eden, i hadn't seen the list, just that he had. Not to be sniffed at though.

3.) 19 Apr 2019 06:22:15
Considering the squad Emery inherited, plus a spend of only £70m, he has done a first class job. In a difficult transition season, having lost. 3 players to injury for much of the season, to think that we could be in 3rd place after Sunday's match and are in the Semi-Final of the EL is an amazing achievement.

4.) 19 Apr 2019 08:39:01
If we make top 4 or win the europa then no one can argue
Dick has done an amazing job in his first 12 months at Arsenal.
Last night was a fantastic results and performance but personally I'm still not convinced by the teams overall performances or Dicks tactics and team selections.
What ever happens next season and beyond it won't change the fact that in season one qualifying for CL football in either or both top 4 and or europa league would be an outstanding achievement.

5.) 19 Apr 2019 22:56:01
Impressive but I’d take Wenger’s first season over anyone’s first regardless of number of wins.

How many goals has Emery conceded in his first 50 games Vs the rest?

6.) 20 Apr 2019 00:15:27
Sy, i can appreciate you can't move on yet but that's your problem and that's something only you can say when you get over wenger. For me i can't think of any manager who in his first season could have done much better. Would klopp, would poch, would solschar, would sari, would Ancelotti or would arteta? who knows but to be in a better position than we are now would have required a minor miracle. i'm lucky, i moved on straight away and i'm loving it. Hope you can love it too soon. I've got my Arsenal back, i'm not a mardy sod anymore and i'm grateful.

{Ed001's Note - you live in a major dream world if you think none of those would have done better.}

7.) 20 Apr 2019 09:38:40
Steve, I have moved on. I said it was impressive. Wenger’s first season - he changed a failing team around and addressed its weak spots. Who cares about the number of wins in the first 50 - we had trophies in the first season as issues were addressed. That’s not caught in the past but a yardstick for your expectations to be measured against as I think your using a 5 inch ruler to judge Emery because he’s not Wenger. We don’t have our Arsenal back we just have change plus new hope and May be it’s that hope that’s skewing judgement more than reality. Either way - I WANT Arsenal to succeed and if Emery doesn’t improved next season and address the obvious then I hope we change again. I hope it’s not necessary as that delays success but that’s life.




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30 Apr 2019 16:07:21
Thanks Ed.




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25 Feb 2019 23:45:48
I would be very surprised if Gouendouzi was sold, he is an arsenal fan, playing for his club st 19. As a club the midfield duo of him and torreira are the future for the next three or gour seasons. The club should be building round players like him. I for one would be devastated if he is sold on for profit over progress. I don't see it.




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26 Feb 2019 00:11:52
We should be building a team round Gouendouzi if we are looking to break back into the top four. It is obvious that big teams will be sniffing, he is pure class but he is an arsenal fan and i think we will keep him for a few more years. Him and torreira should be the future of a great potential midfield.




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11 Feb 2019 20:21:07
I think we will get at least 3 new defenders next summer, a left back, a center back and a right back.




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04 Feb 2019 21:47:37
Am i right, monchi worked with Dick in the past. There may be legs, it may be people putting two and two together. Overmars is in the frame as well, i think.





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02 Sep 2019 22:14:55
It really is out with old and in with the new. Pity xhaka wasn't one of them. And mustaffi, nobody wants him, can he sell programs.




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02 Sep 2019 22:11:40
Sy, you weren't the only one taken in by the fraudster. Lol. And yes you did say the other day, you got it wrong about klopp. Look you didn't rate him and that was your opinion, no shame in that. You got xhaka wrong and that is unforgivable. LOL.




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02 Sep 2019 18:00:21
Gunner, top four or points improvement and Europa win is within our compass. Its a results and trophy business. We have no excuses not to be in the CL next season. Emery hasn't succeeded for us yet but he hasn't failed either. I would have more confidence in him than Ole and Lampard (although i believe Lampard will make a top manager eventually) poch has his problems but outside the top two toots and us should be top four this season. I do predict Leicester will be a massive threat this year to top 6, how much will remain to be seen.




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02 Sep 2019 12:17:14
You maybe are right gunner but that's is his style, i think. that's maybe why he's a bit marmite. Last season he was like it and were just 2 wins from doing the double. i'm sure it will be a rollercoaster this year as well, if we get a coconut at the end, everyone will be happy (well nearly everyone) but if we dont, i think he will be moved on.




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02 Sep 2019 00:11:02
I had a manager at work a few years ago that used to stick up for me and others at work in any situation in public but if we had done wrong, we got a right dressing down in private. I have never forgot that and what goes on behind closed doors is private and different. that's how you gain respect. Any other way and it quickly becomes a problem as i am finding out with a new manager now at work.