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17 Sep 2018 15:11:45
Apparently Gazidis is leaving, will we really miss him. I know he eventually held the door open for wenger but that was at least two years too late. We also have increased revenue but by a smaller percentage than our rivals. I don't think he will be missed, the problem may arise, with who replaces him. I doesn't seem that we are trying too hard to keep him.


{Ed002's Note - Trying hard is not really the issue Steve, his question to himself is "am I done"?}

1.) 17 Sep 2018 16:30:42
Or does he want a payrise Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - It is time to move on I would think Steve. There is also a much bigger picture that might well be worth considering when you are laying in bed tonight thinking of Ivan Gazidis.

Milan is currently in the hands of Vulture Capitalists (Elliott Management) who have taken control of the holding company (Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux) as one of the repayments for a loan debt was not made in time. Although they do not have full ownership of the club they do have full control and have committed a fixed figure for investment with a view to putting it back on a firm footing and then selling at a profit. They immediately began a cull which saw the Chief Executive Marco Fassone removed, Massimiliano Mirabelli sacked and Leonardo installed as Sporting Director. They also told Gennaro Gattuso that he would leave after the US tour they were on at the time by which time a legal matter concerning his replacement would be resolved. However, when Leonardo arrived he did not know that Gattuso had been told he would leave and immediately fought to reverse the decision which resulted in a one off payment being made to the replacement who was lined up, and some very red faces.

Regardless, they still need a new Chief Executive to replace Fassone. Ivan Gazidis is top of the list and one who might do a very good job there. He will be attractive given Paul Singer knows IG well, he worked with the MLS for a long time and critically he has successful experience in Europe. Against it would be whether or not IG has decided that he has done everything necessary at Arsenal and that it will likely only be a two year deal as the club will undoubtedly be sold - unless a little something else were to happen. Even if he feels he has Arsenal in a good position, he may want to stay at the helm for a while, or perhaps he will want a new challenge? But I rather expect the move to Milan. In terms of the something else that could happen, there is a good chance that Alisher Usmanov could be looking for a club to buy in full and whilst Newcastle is available in the Premier League I am not aware of any interest being shown at this time, or any approach to Mike Ashley. However, it is not out of the question that he could join Gazidis in Milan after spending the past 6 months mulling over the move. There is another high end Italian side that is "sort of" available and that is seen as an option by Usmanov.}

2.) 17 Sep 2018 16:41:25
Thanks for the info Ed, that would look like a bit of betrayal wouldn't it, joining usminov.

{Ed002's Note - The other way around though Steve - I did post this before.}

3.) 17 Sep 2018 16:51:17
If he goes Ed, do you think a reason why we aren't falling over trying to keep him, is josh kronke.

{Ed002's Note - At that level of the business folks come and go, once they indicate they want to move on businesses do not fall over themselves. I don't know if JK would be the best option for the club nor if he would want such a significant shift in focus.}

4.) 17 Sep 2018 17:16:44
Agree Ed, i'm not sure it is either but it wouldn't surprise me to see JK take over from Gazidis.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal know what is coming, so they will have to be making plans. There will certainly be some negotiation involved over when he departs and when he can start a new role - and that will largely be amicable and used to perhaps cement relationships. It would make sense to have someone with a very good working knowledge of business in the UK/Europe and with extensive experience to me - after all, he (or she) will effectively be running the business. No doubt they will be taking advice from specialists about this already - I would put aside any thoughts or proposals made that Vinai Venkatesham could take the role - he is in no way the answer nor would he be considered.}

5.) 17 Sep 2018 20:08:39
Thanks for the insight Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

6.) 17 Sep 2018 22:27:17
I don't really understand what he does or doesn't do or whether he's done a good or bad Job at Arsenal but what I do know is he wasn't very popular until the rumours of him leaving surfaced and suddenly people stated worrying about him going.
I remember he was blamed for our lack of signings for a long time.

7.) 18 Sep 2018 06:11:26
I was never convinced by Gazidis, as Wenger totally dominated the club in the post-Dein/ Fiszman era.
I like the set up we now have, which appears due to Gazidis. I am not anti-Kroenke per se, but it concerns me if his son replaces Gazidis. Is he up to the job? On the positive side, the more involved he gets, the more he may influence his Father in terms of investing financially in the club.

8.) 18 Sep 2018 18:44:45
Great call Ed02.



02 Jun 2018 09:38:27
Im sure there must be some legs in the ousamme dembeli rumours. A loan and an option to buy seems plausible. Could he be our star buy/ loan this summer.


1.) 02 Jun 2018 11:37:46
Or maybe the 5th best player who comes in for us this summer Steve:-)

2.) 02 Jun 2018 12:48:28
Hope and expectations going through the roof Gunner. Lol.

3.) 02 Jun 2018 16:29:02
I think he’s way to expensive for us.

4.) 02 Jun 2018 19:38:09
Everything is possible at this stage Steve mate :-) no rain clouds on the horizon as we speak and I have high hopes of a bbq season:-)

5.) 02 Jun 2018 20:17:11
My scepticism radar is on full alert. I find it hard to fathom why Barcelona would loan out a player they paid Euro 137m for last summer, with an option to buy, presumably at a fraction of that price making it affordable. I suspect Dembele is a trifle miffed over his game time being cut since Coutinho arrived - it makes sense for his camp to make noise. I would be very surprised if Arsenal were able to attract a player of that calibre, this year at least.

6.) 03 Jun 2018 02:12:48
I see the legs on the Mislintat/ Auba connection, but we're talking serious money here.
Also, to buy a someone of that price, and so well considered as a future world class player, to let him go just the next year? Not so Barca's alike. Seems more like playing FIFA for me.
If there's really something here, it definitely will be time to start taking seriously the on current changes.

7.) 03 Jun 2018 07:13:44
The way he plays just doesn't fit the Barcelona system and they are already talking about replacing him with someone who is a good passer of the ball so yeah if Sven and Raul are creative, this is a transfer that will definitely happen.

8.) 03 Jun 2018 10:14:08
It's worth remembering this is just a tabloid rumour and if it doesn't happen the club and new management team aren't to blame for what the media invented.
One part or another of the media or another will link us with between 70 or 80 players between them this summer and if people let themselves get disappointed over every invented story that doesn't happen then it's going to be a tough tough summer for some.

9.) 04 Jun 2018 06:34:30
Teams don't spend €140m on a player before checking if they fit their style of play jc.



18 May 2018 16:42:27
So its the dream team of arteta no1 cazorla no2 and henry part time.


1.) 18 May 2018 17:16:32
dont forget mertesacker ducking in from time to time.

2.) 18 May 2018 21:01:02
Bloody pathetic.

3.) 19 May 2018 07:27:00
And diaby in charge of players conditioning and fitness.

4.) 19 May 2018 09:10:36
Banbury what's pathetic?, this could work out to be a fantastic appointment. Or the opposite who knows.

5.) 19 May 2018 11:41:24
Arsenal have always been leaders in innovation. From managerial appointments to ground development. There is a set of values within the club and an Arsenal way that other clubs would love to have within their DNA. The appointment of Arteta and the leadership and managerial structure put in place to take us forward could be brilliant, or it may stutter. However I am behind it, football moves forward as so do Arsenal - forward together I say.

6.) 19 May 2018 13:09:15
The whole thing is pathetic it’s a MASSIVE gamble, the stadium could well be half empty by October . MA has absolutely no experience of management. it just suits the board to have a novice they are less likely to ask for pocket money.

7.) 19 May 2018 13:32:24
Agree Banbury, its all very kronk sports.

8.) 19 May 2018 16:09:44
True it could well go either way. However you've just summed up the modern day arsenal fan. Stadium could be empty by October. Now the thought of our fans throwing the dummies out and not going to support us is pathetic. I understood the previous time we did that. But if we do that each time we don't get our way we'd look far more ridiculous as a club than taking a risk with arteta.

9.) 19 May 2018 19:42:35
D i can't agree with you, fans, no, all humans have every right to protest and let people know how they feel. If no one get hurt physically, i support them fully, if they have a grievance. Wenger would still be here if it wasnt for the paying public showing their dissatisfaction. No problem at all with that. If arteta or whoever is good, then i think there will be no problem at all.



16 May 2018 20:27:40
Just another bit of fake news to counter the arteta news. Ancelotti has a pre contract with Arsenal, according to one italian news site.


1.) 16 May 2018 20:58:22
It's not Sky italia by any chance is it?

2.) 16 May 2018 21:13:14
No it’s the Express.

3.) 17 May 2018 01:44:57
More like pizza express.



13 May 2018 21:36:08
Congratulations to our next manager for winning the italian league again. Now arsenal go get our man.


1.) 13 May 2018 22:41:29
Hopefully mate, just hoping Ed002 gives us some information!

2.) 14 May 2018 00:12:49
He said he is staying at juv.

3.) 14 May 2018 00:40:25
My problem is, i'm not sure what we can offer him to leave juve. We don't think like a big club anymore, so we would have to make him an offer he can't refuse. i'm not sure we will.

4.) 14 May 2018 07:45:36
Yeah not looking good he said he is staying.




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23 Sep 2018 19:24:21
I think torreira needs a partner!


1.) 23 Sep 2018 19:45:00

2.) 23 Sep 2018 20:14:58
Has he tried dating apps or speed dating?

3.) 23 Sep 2018 22:32:31
I suggest match. com.

4.) 24 Sep 2018 02:47:03
I feel he needs someone with long flowing hair and a lovely set of legs, maybe someone like Guendouzi.

5.) 24 Sep 2018 09:23:01
You've done this sort of thing before haven't you JPS :-)
Don't forget emphusia commitment and most importantly passion :-)



23 Sep 2018 19:20:39
Agree Sharpe a great 3 points an absolute undynamic and unconvincing performance. I will take the win and run though.




23 Sep 2018 18:08:03
For 55 minutes Everton were looking far more in control than us, in fact we looked like the away side. Talk about goals changing games. The worldy from lacca was a sucker punch and the offside one took them out completely. But hey 3 points and a solid (cough cough) clean sheet. The gunners are back. Splutter splutter. Well done cech, credit where it is due. My MoM.


1.) 23 Sep 2018 18:29:39
Cech was our best player followed by Torreira and Belerin had a 97.2% pass completion rating, plus Xhaka ran with purpose showed real effort and gave some decent passes especially when playing the ball to his left, obviously there were areas you can pick holes in him still without having to look to hard but most definitely a dramatic improvement on his first 2 seasons and 3 games this season.

2.) 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!

3.) 23 Sep 2018 19:00:38
I think you've got to play 4 3 3 to accommodate and get the best out of both Lacasette and Pea and probably Mesut too.
Mesut playing in a Free role behind Lacasette and Pea both down the middle is the only way I see of having any chance of getting the best out of them all at the same time.
I'd pay Aaron's contract up and let him go now as he's so not interested in anything other than personal interests rather than the teams interests.
On the whole it wasn't good but the work rate of most players definitely seems to be increasing.

4.) 23 Sep 2018 19:02:04
Xhaka is a fraud, his tackling is non existent, his midfield presence is below average and torreira spent most of the game, like Gouendouzi mopping up for xhaka. The sooner these fraud players we have like xhaka pretending to be a midfielder and bellerin pretending to be a right back are taken out of the team, the sooner we will start to look more solid. If we are playing with flying full backs (cough cough) ozil and ramsey in the same team, we need proper defending full backs andxtwo tackling midfielders. Until it is addressed we will always struggle to control games. I do actually think we are controlling games less and less as games go on. It is only our attacking that is pulling us to wins and cech.

5.) 23 Sep 2018 19:06:44
Sy, ozil ramsey xhaka and bellerin can't play in the same team. Any two from four BUT this team needs more winners when we have not got the ball. Xhaka put us into trouble numerous times today with poor distribution and never won a thing.

6.) 23 Sep 2018 19:15:24
Gunner, i think 442 is our best to suit auba and lacca with sanchez left w., no hold on will get back to you on that one.

7.) 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.

8.) 23 Sep 2018 19:51:40
This is what I saw from Xhaka today.

Running back at full pace when we lost the ball.
A defensive header that cleared the ball from danger at a corner.
An interception getting in ahead of an oppenent to be first to the ball when thd Everton player was better placed
He also went past a couple of players although admittedly then went on to lose the ball but he did carry the ball past 2 players.
His passing was quite often neat 20 yards long and aimed forward rather than sideways or backwards or 2 yards, especially when playing the ball to
Although no graet he knows he can't tackle so only challenged oppenents in an attempt to put them off rather than win the ball where he would most likely give away a free kick and pick up a red or yellow in the processes.
Yes he still gives away sloppy passes in really dangerous positions and he also struggled to pass to his right with any accuracy more often than 50% of the time.
If this was his debut and the first time I'd seen him I'd say he had potential once he got used to the premier league but obviously it wasn't his debut but his 100th game for us.
I am not a fan of Xhaka but his in his last two games I've seen more positives than I've seen in his first 2 seasons combined.
Would I want us to buy him if he was at another club? No absolutely not but there is no question he is improving at last under Dick.

Well that's what I saw from where I was sitting.

9.) 23 Sep 2018 19:59:35
I think today was his best game for arsenal i'd give him 5 out of ten. I saw one rating on news now, he got a 4. A bit harsh or maybe i'm being generous. Lol.

10.) 23 Sep 2018 20:21:44
Steve he's been awful for 2 seasons and 3 games but the last 2 games he's not been awful by any stretch of the imagination, obviously he's not going to attract bids from Liverpool City Real or Barcelona even if he maintained his current form for the rest of the season but there is definitely been huge improvement on anything before v Newcastle and Everton, ok It would have been almost impossible for him to have got worse but credit where it's due and I can't believe I'm saying this but I'd play Torreira Guendouzi and Xhaka next premier league game up.

11.) 23 Sep 2018 20:52:00
Gunner, i honestly don't know what he brought to the team today that was what we are needing from our central midfield. I just see his partners covering his weaknesses. He gave the ball away poorly three times, he never made one tackle and he allows players to run past him without responsibility. When we look solid when he is playing, i will cut him slack. While i think and see through my eyes we are slack out of possession and i see him weak at defending and not taking responsibility, i wont. We have a massive problem and in my mind he isn't helping it at all. He isn't good defensively and for me he doesn't make up for it with any other part of his game to compensate.

12.) 23 Sep 2018 21:34:38
Cech has looked shocking at playing out from the back, but in his main remit making saves he's been very good, he's made the 3rd most saves in the league, more than twice as many as kepa, Alison, loris and ederson which is a damning indictment of our defence that he's having to face so many shots.

13.) 23 Sep 2018 21:58:18
Eden, as an out an out goalkeeper, he's been the best in the prem so far. he's got a new lease of life, is he playing for a new contract or just playing better. I don't know but he is playing better.



23 Sep 2018 16:53:16
I thought cech looked good first half. Needed to be.


1.) 23 Sep 2018 17:02:07
Not good to watch but we are a work in progress, obviously there is an awful lot of work needed if we are to progress.
If I was scouting the game Torreira would be the only Arsenal player I'd bother writing a report on.
Ramsey will sign another Arsenal contract or retire from the game because they are currently his only viable options.

2.) 23 Sep 2018 17:09:57
Very poor at the moment.

3.) 23 Sep 2018 17:14:41
What a strike.

4.) 23 Sep 2018 17:18:01
Excellent finish and now it's 2 :-)

5.) 23 Sep 2018 17:21:14
Need a clean sheet please.

6.) 23 Sep 2018 17:37:08
14 minutes to go? It's possible mate but it would take a brave man to put any serious money on it :-)

{Ed0333's Note - you’ll be fine mate the linesman got his Arsenal shirt on underneath his linesman’s one.

7.) 23 Sep 2018 17:49:51
Ozil has been awful today.

8.) 23 Sep 2018 17:53:08
Decent win.

9.) 23 Sep 2018 17:56:24
Who do you think was good today crybaby?
We know you don't like Mesut Emery or the English but is there anyone you actually like?

10.) 23 Sep 2018 18:19:43
Ask me, ask me, G62!

The entire team was pants. A win yes, but this isn't Arsenal, and they aren't playing "the beautiful game".

If we continue like this, we'll be a mid table in a couple of seasons.

The stats and pundits can say what they like about Mesut, but he's a burden on our team.

I'm not saying this is Emery's fault; these players have been rubbish for a while now. Sad to watch really.

11.) 23 Sep 2018 18:42:51
It wasn't good Sharpie mate and Lacasette goal simply stopped Everton in their tracks but I've seen worse from us lot and lots of times over the past decade mate.

12.) 23 Sep 2018 18:54:38
Well said sharpe nice to see you didn’t buy the tunnel vision glasses aswell, if people don’t like certain thing don’t ask lol.

13.) 23 Sep 2018 18:53:16
I thought Cech was ok, and no need to be funny Iam just saying what’s on my mind if you don’t like it ask one of the Ed’s to block so u can’t see what I type, I haven’t got the emery glasses like you have, 3 points is 3 points but we weren’t great today.

14.) 23 Sep 2018 19:00:41
G62, perhaps we've had worse, but at no time have I ever thought I would be seeing the end of an era. The Arsenals, the Uniteds - their time has come and gone. Even Tottenham won't ride this storm, unless someone buys them and is willing to sink serious money into them.



18 Sep 2018 19:08:13
Just seen something i found amusing, on the day gazidis joined us we were first in the prem, on the day he leaves us, we are seventh. Last season we finished 6th, great job ivan.


{Ed002's Note - That is hardly reasonable.}

1.) 18 Sep 2018 21:06:20
Ed02, on the day he joined us, his words were something like, "i am here to make this club great" we were top of the league. I thought it was funny how much progress we didn't make while he was at arsenal. We are now not classed as a top four club and he has gone, saying he has been proud of the job he has done. I just found it funny.

{Ed002's Note - You need to think about what his responsibilities were - they did not extend to the footballing side of things Stev.}

2.) 18 Sep 2018 21:32:35
No i appreciate that Ed, but indirectly he is or was in charge of the running of the club.

{Ed002's Note - The club - not the football team.}

3.) 18 Sep 2018 22:01:39
Just because the engine hasn't ran well for a long time that doesn't mean every component is or has been faulty Steve mate.
I'd say the kit man and tea lady are about as accountable for the teams performances as Gazidis, manager coaching staff and players are where that responsibility lays mate.

4.) 18 Sep 2018 22:22:13
The point is did he come in and make good his promise. The other point is that i just found it amusing after what he has said, when he came in, we were top of the league when he left, we were most definitely not. Our standing in europe has dropped as well and i suggest we are not as big a club now as when he joined, others have over took us. He was the overseer of it all. I don't hold him personally accountable by the way. I just find it funny.

5.) 18 Sep 2018 22:32:14
On a more serious note, it is the CEOs responsibility to run the club and make sure all its targets are achieved. He is the top man. He is the one accountable for everything arsenal.

{Ed002's Note - I think that is generally what the business management text books would say, but it is terribly naive to look to blame him for a full back slipping and an equaliser going in late in the game.}

6.) 18 Sep 2018 22:48:10
Who takes over a new job saying " ok we are number 1 now but it's a totally false position we can't possibly maintain because the players are far to cosy and the manager currently untouchable "
What was he supposed to do Steve mate?
He did his job by putting positive spin on anything and everything he possibly could ( even if he never believed it himself)
PR and total honesty are seldom good friends simply because on most things they are completely incompatible.

7.) 19 Sep 2018 04:12:29
I agree with Steve. He hasn't done anything memorable for Arsenal. David Dein did a better job 10 times over. Good riddance to the guy.




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24 Sep 2018 22:03:51
Agree to a great extent, winning matches when you aren't in control is an art but (and i think we have the players) we have to look more solid first before we can look good second. We will only get away with not defending or a while.




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24 Sep 2018 12:16:54
We are just playing ugly, win lose or draw.




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18 Sep 2018 18:44:45
Great call Ed02.




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17 Sep 2018 20:08:39
Thanks for the insight Ed02.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



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17 Sep 2018 17:16:44
Agree Ed, i'm not sure it is either but it wouldn't surprise me to see JK take over from Gazidis.


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal know what is coming, so they will have to be making plans. There will certainly be some negotiation involved over when he departs and when he can start a new role - and that will largely be amicable and used to perhaps cement relationships. It would make sense to have someone with a very good working knowledge of business in the UK/Europe and with extensive experience to me - after all, he (or she) will effectively be running the business. No doubt they will be taking advice from specialists about this already - I would put aside any thoughts or proposals made that Vinai Venkatesham could take the role - he is in no way the answer nor would he be considered.}




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24 Sep 2018 16:03:23
Gunner, i would like to think we aren't going to lose every game against the top six and i very much doubt we will win every game against the rest either. We just need to get our obvious problems sorted and all the players singing from the same hymn sheet and we have the quality to win most of our games. I don't think we are as good as some are saying but i think we are better than some others are saying. We just need a bit of surgery.




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24 Sep 2018 13:56:56
I think we won yesterday more because of Evertons problems. They haven't beaten us away for 20 odd years, i think and have no wins away against the top six in 28 games or 1 win in 45. It is a bit like us, no cajones.




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I suggest match. com.




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23 Sep 2018 21:58:18
Eden, as an out an out goalkeeper, he's been the best in the prem so far. he's got a new lease of life, is he playing for a new contract or just playing better. I don't know but he is playing better.




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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.