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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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11 Nov 2018 18:32:09
Only 2 teams in the prem, Cardiff and arsenal, that haven't gone in at half time with a lead. I suggest while you have a donkey like xhaka in midfield who is limited in his physicality, movement and tackling, we will always struggle. From the minute wenger bought him, our midfield strength has been none existent. Dick, open your eyes to this fraud and get him out!


1.) 11 Nov 2018 20:00:51
When Ozil we have ten men aswell somthing needs to be done.

2.) 11 Nov 2018 21:38:59
Cheer up lads only 7 more months of this horrible boring season left to endure:-)
Plus both of your least favourite players did poorly too, it ain't all bad when you think about it boys is it :-)



11 Nov 2018 17:27:59
Surprise Surprise, what idiot is at fault for that goal. He shouldn't be anywhere near the prem let alone arsenal. Useless!


1.) 11 Nov 2018 17:45:26
Just as people were starting to back Xhak, I have a feeling he will spend his whole career handing over his arse to those who start to believe. Needs a match winning performance to level the scales in the second half.

2.) 11 Nov 2018 17:47:23
Same as Iwobi and Ozil shocking performance from the back 4 and the 3 names above.

3.) 11 Nov 2018 17:53:08
Not only the dummy he didn’t track the player who scored.

4.) 11 Nov 2018 18:21:53
Wilfred, the guy is an absolute joke, i don't see what people including dick, see in him. Liability.



09 Nov 2018 00:12:57
Get well soon Danny, you didn't deserve that bad luck!


1.) 09 Nov 2018 05:36:06
Hopefully a speedy recovery.

2.) 10 Nov 2018 10:36:58
I was wondering what will happen with him as I’d imagine it’s unlikely he’ll be back before his contract runs out on 30th June next year.



05 Nov 2018 16:01:31
Regards the "leaked" European super league formation. I for one are 100% against it. Your national league should be respected as the best and only league. The set up as it is works and works well. If a European super league was set up, it would be set up to placate and favour the richest clubs and the control over finances be on existent. Teams like citeh, real, barca, psg and a few others don't like the restraints on them by ffp. The prem is already geared to the top clubs and a ESL would be far worse. A national league should always be the no1 league. Apart from the cost of travel and other things, the fans will be the ones that suffer in more ways than one. Fans should be given a say in any decision by its club to go its own way. They actually might get a big surprise at how much they might lose. The present system isn't broken and it allows top teams to play other top teams in europe, i see only problems and more greed from the so called big teams, that can't be good. Money is behind it and nothing else. I won't be interested in us leaving the prem at all.


1.) 05 Nov 2018 17:42:58
It might but I don't think it will happen mate, it's a short sighted plan to make the tiny minority super rich at the expense of all others, it's fine if your one of the chosen few but who will be included in the chosen few? I'm pretty sure let's say Porto just for argument sake would be in favour if included but against if not and the same goes for Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool United Spurs, no doubt some would be used to get the go ahead then left high and dry once it's done and dusted.
Fools gold for almost everyone but the tiniest minority.

{Ed002's Note - This has been under discussion for 10 years and is not in any way short-sighted. You probably need to read what has been explained and updated regularly on the European pages about the "breakaway".}

2.) 05 Nov 2018 18:08:44
Many things have changed in that 10 years Ed, I'm sure City weren't under consideration to take part 10 years ago while United would have been top dog certainties.
In my opinion it's always short sighted to think you will always be invited to a party that's only for the very elite, things can change even for United.

{Ed002's Note - They have continued to discuss it on a regular basis. Why not go and read it before making comments like this that make no sense?}

3.) 05 Nov 2018 18:15:04
I don't think the clubs have fans in mind at all, i think they are misguided and i think it is not workable. It is all about money and i think when the details becomes more mainstream, there will be an outcry. Maybe in the end a watered down version might be introduced but you can not have teams leave national leagues on a full time basis. There could possibly be a mid week mini european league with promotion and relegation within that mini comp but teams can't leave the prem. It has to be a competition working next to national leagues not above and away.

{Ed002's Note - I have explaine dthe situation over and over - try reading that first.}

4.) 05 Nov 2018 18:53:29
That's a very fair comment Ed, I will read it before I comment on it again as it would silly to get all the info first.
Your sensible advice has been noted mate :-)
Hasta la vista European super league, I'll he back :-)

{Ed002's Note - The point being is what Der Spiegel have cobbled together is from three of four items dating from 2014 to now and some of what they have is far from correct and some is briadly right.}

5.) 05 Nov 2018 18:54:22
Ive read something you replied to Ed02, explaining what's going on. My thoughts still is that most fans would not be interested in a breakaway european league, the clubs can have all discussions they like but the fans will not want to stump up the extra costs that would be involved and most fans love their own national league. It is a bit like the EU, we joined and after all the flaws were found and our say got less and less we are coming out. I don't think fans will fancy the idea of changing traditions for a start and as far as tv is concerned, i know lots of people leaving because of money, they wouldn't be too interested in joining up for something like that at all. I know one here who would cancel my sky. It is about money and i think ultimately the clubs will realise the fans mostly are not behind it and i don't just mean this country. There will in my opinion be some sort of a compromise somewhere.

{Ed002's Note - They will have no problem filling the grounds with fans.}

6.) 05 Nov 2018 20:24:58
I don't think filling grounds would be the problem, i think people paying more money to watch on tv would be. Plus most fans i know prefer the premier league. If there was a ballot, in the ESL and out of the prem or in the prem and forget the breakaway, i know with speaking to people where my money would be. I think the clubs who are talking are not thinking about the fans. The problem lies that the clubs with the most to lose are the prem clubs, they get more tv revenue than most foreign teams from their national leagues tv payouts. It is also the most saleable league in the world because it is so competative. Most other leagues only have two or three teams max that create revenue for their respective leagues. That isn't the case in the prem. isn't it something like the top twenty earning clubs in the world, ten are from the prem. The premier league is working well and earning clubs in it a lot of money. I think they have the most to lose.

7.) 06 Nov 2018 08:02:58
I wouldn’t be interested in watching it, the current format and mixture is fine as it is . I’d rather we stayed away from it.

{Ed002's Note - Sure, no problem with Arsenal staying away at all. But other leading teams will go with it so games against those sides will no longer happen. But what if Arsenal did go with it, you would no longer see them play?}

8.) 06 Nov 2018 09:48:01
The stadiums will be full but they won’t all be with fans from each club.

9.) 06 Nov 2018 11:13:45
Valid Ed I could never say never but I’m old school and like the domestic side of it all, it’s far more exciting, of course as time goes on each new generation will be on board with it

Your correct CB it won’t be fans of each club, how could fans possible afford to keep travelling.

{Ed002's Note - It is a natural progression for the game.}

10.) 06 Nov 2018 13:07:15
I’m not sure it is, deminishing domestic crowds, smaller clubs getting smaller

Each to their own opinion but It might be where it’s going but it’s not necessarily the right move ( domestically)

{Ed002's Note - You need to look at the much bigger picture. English football struggles because their are too many professional teams and it is not regionalised. The following was written probably three or four years ago:

If the proposal for a breakaway goes ahead, there is every likelihood that the big money from television, sponsorship etc. would go with a breakaway league. It would completely rupture the operations of UEFA and I would expect it would require national associations like the FA to restructure their leagues. Nobody wants this but it is the eventual consequence I would expect. Initially it could be that there is a single 16 team league with 2 or 3 EPL teams making the initial plunge. If I had to speculate, I would think (1) you might eventually see something like five or six EPL teams leave for two-tier pan European league - but it won't be based on the UEFA rankings; (2) the Premier League would be disbanded as an organisation; (3) the FA would restructure in to two 20 team divisions with lower leagues regionalised as they were many years ago; (4) FIFA would ban all players from the breakaway teams from International football - perhaps rescinding that position to stop FIFA breaking up as well - they don't want further issues but the troubles are not going to go away. I could also see many teams lose their professional status. I would think we are probably 10 years away from any significant move at this time.

I hold a reasonably strong view in terms of the need to restructure football in Europe in any case. For me an eventual a breakaway pan-European league would force the restructuring of many of the national leagues, possibly resulting in a British league with perhaps only a couple of professional tiers and then regionalised amateur leagues below that. Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Governments will ensure that grassroots sport get funding but everything in the middle (Southern, Northern, Conference, Division 2, Scottish Divisions 1-3, League of Wales will not get the funding needed to continue on any sort of professional basis. For me, clubs should already recognise this and put their efforts in to getting there finances in order to see if they can make it to a British professional league that will need to flourish without perhaps six sides that have eventually gone down the pan-European route - and have gone for good (it would be two or perhaps three initially). Clubs like Accrington Stanley will need to carry on as amateurs or face extinction (yet again). Recently Hartlepool has been struggling - again it needs to adapt. The mighty Third Lanark have started their long journey back to the top - it can be done.

The game has changed significantly and will continue to do so whether the Liverpool supporters like it or not. Football at the highest level is big business and attracts the sponsorship it does because the sponsors wish to tap in to the disposable income of the fans and ride the back of the advertising that flows naturally from the success some clubs achieve. Long gone are the days of the cloth-capped, hobnailed-booted, chimney sweep making his way, rattle in hand, to cheer on his team at Anfield on a Saturday afternoon. I have explained that there will be changes, probably within the next 10 to 12 years, which will force the restructuring of all of the leagues in Europe and likely do away with the likes of UEFA. You will have the opportunity to see the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and the other major European sides play in week-on-week regular competition at The Emirates, St James Park, Stamford Bridge or wherever. Fans of the sides who take the plunge will have the opportunity to visit cities such as Milan, Barcelona, Munich, etc. every couple of weeks to watch their team play. If you want to don your cloth cap, have a pint of wallop with your chums before going off to the local match through the grim, wet and cobbled streets of the Northwest of England where there is smog, dead & dying pit ponies laying on the street and only chips and fried curry to eat., perhaps one of the sides from the suburbs will have survived so you can go and watch them?}

11.) 06 Nov 2018 14:07:02
Personally I don't think it's worth worrying about because I don't think it will ever happen, it might and if and when it does that's the time to have strong opinion either way.
Nobody knows what the future holds and in my experience if ain't happening today tomorrow next week or next month then it ain't really worth to much thinking about.
At the moment its merely a wish that some would like to see come true for thier own ends not because it's right for football.

12.) 06 Nov 2018 14:38:45
Initially I thought will never happen due to footie being part of fabric of society tribal etc . But went recently to Tampa Bay Bucanneers NFL game and shocked at number of Cleveland Browns fans were there! Maybe like the weather we get what USA have a week later we will have big franchises in different areas of Europe . Me I’m old school and hope not and personally travelling to and from places in Europe for me would be cost prohibitive with plane hotels food etc etc COYG.

{Ed002's Note - There are no too many sides in the NFL and not too many games - but folks make a big deal of it and travel (although it is hard to see why anyone would travel to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Green Bay etc.). To be honest, getting around Europe is cheap. Paris is nearer to North London than Manchester (and a great deal nicer).}

13.) 06 Nov 2018 17:56:10
Gunner, i don't know one fan who thinks its a good idea, the clubs might want it, or not but the fans don't. I think the clubs will alienate many fans if they blindly do something stupid without consulting the people that matter and keep the clubs where they are, the fans. i've seen two online polls and they were both over 80% against it, one was 92%. I think it will cause that much resentment, it won't happen as a breakaway.

14.) 06 Nov 2018 18:46:06
I'm sure there is a strong desire from those who believe they will be involved Steve but there will be a lot of resistance from all other clubs and uafa and fifa, when thd premier league first came into being I'm sure the clubs who were involved at the time like Norwich and Barnsley? Were rubbing their hands together but now wish it had never happend and Arsenal Liverpool Spurs and Chelsea could all be the Norwich and Barnsley of a European super league quite easily in years to come.
For me personally I'm not much interested in Barcelona v PSG or Bayern Munich v Real in fact last season the only champions league tie that got me excited about watching it was Liverpool v City so I can't see the European super league being of much interest to me personally.
There are other things in life than football and fans who are pushed out will vote with their £s ultimately.
I wonder if supermarket Giants Tesco Sainsbury and Asda ever thought they would be running scared of Aldi and Lidl but they are and it's all because they misjudged what the public wanted and they took thier customers for granted.

15.) 06 Nov 2018 19:25:23
Gunner, the clubs are getting too big for their own boots and if they piss the fans off, they will suffer ultimately. There isn't the passion for it among fans at all. And that's what matters. Fans love football for derbies and historical rivalries, not for who is the richest greediest club in the world. Like i say, the clubs need to be with the fans on this and not the greedy owners, who could ruin their club in a heartbeat. For Arsenal not to play toots or liverpool not to play everton would be a something that people don't want to lose.

{Ed002's Note - Not going to be a problem if Arsenal stay away. There is nothing new in any of this so I am not sure why all of the fuss.}

16.) 06 Nov 2018 20:12:37
Its not about arsenal Ed02, its about english football the culture and the total disregard of all fans, not just arsenal, whom i think generally haven't got the appetite for a completely separate european league. I doubt it will ever happen as has been suggested. I don't know of anyone who sees it being good or right and that isn't just arsenal fans. This won't happen without the fans support and i'm yet to see that that is the case. I hope our government steps in to make sure english football is not sold down the river. If there is the appetite among fans then no problem. I don't see it at all.

{Ed002's Note - Surveys have been done with some fans, the whole issue has been discussed for 10 years and there is as I have explained something Arsenal may opt out of. You can keep saying it won't happen but it is nothing more than tiresome and I am not so sure you are seeing the bigger picture about a progression. I also don't understand why this is such a big deal to you all of a sudden.}

17.) 06 Nov 2018 21:07:18
Yes Ed02, if the fans are all on board and its what they all want, i'm sure football will go off in its new direction, no problem. Personally, i wouldn't trust any organisation that is ruled by the middle east money men. There will be too much influence in it from psg, citeh, Barcelona and real. But like you say this has been in the pipeline for ten years. I hope i still have the premier league for at least the next ten. I just think the prem teams ultimately have too much to lose. We will see.

{Ed002's Note - Which Middle Eastern money men are these? There is no influence from those sides beyond any other and I am not so sure you understand what is being proposed.}

18.) 06 Nov 2018 23:07:28
I'm with you there Ed002 why are we talking about this now when there is so many positive things happening at Arsenal right now, this is nothing new and like a manned mission going to Mars is merely something that could happen rather than something thar is about to happen in the near future.
When there are imminent concrete plans that are top of the football agenda is the time to really debate the subject surely.

19.) 06 Nov 2018 21:33:58
Ed02, you are saying it will happen, with all due respect, it will only happen if the support is there and that won't become apparent until everything is made mainstream and all the years of behind the door, cloak and dagger negotiations are put out. Then people will see what is being proposed. Secret polls, which i know nobody who has been asked are a waste of time. let's get the final proposals out in the open and see how good and popular they really are. Whatever, i or you think as individuals is neither here or there. The majority is what matters.

{Ed002's Note - I assume you have not read what I have been explaining for years as you simply don't seem to get this at all. The polls weren't secret.}

20.) 06 Nov 2018 22:05:15
A league of 16 ed02, 11 of which are "elite" teams, i wonder why psg and citeh are in there, would they have been if it wasn't for middle east money. 5 guests, none of the elite teams would be relegated for is it 20 years, Only the guests. Straight away, i see massive problems with that idea. How will the guests get in and out of their respective leagues, i can't see many national leagues (after being stripped of the best teams and devastating it) allowing random clubs in and out. No relegation for the elite, i don't like that, what is the point. I just don't like what i have read/ heard so far. I hope my club and the others, do the right thing and stay in the prem. Just my opinion of course.

{Ed002's Note - You are going by information which is far from complete. You don't know which teams are involved nor which teams are involved in the "elite" discussions. As I have explained but you are just not getting, there is every chance Arsenal will not be involved.}

21.) 07 Nov 2018 19:53:51
Interesting to hear players will be banned from International football if they join a super league.



04 Nov 2018 00:14:31
Been out to watch the fireworks, came back to watch recording not knowing results and impressed. Very good game, i know we were at home and we should be the aggressors but i thought the defence was pretty sound in the main. We deserved the draw at least, a massive shout out to torreira, what a footballer, great ability, carries the ball quickly and can tackle. A big shout to kolasinac, considering he is just coming off an injury. At times we looked very good, especially when we moved the ball quickly through torreira. Great goal from lacca he worked very hard all game.


1.) 04 Nov 2018 08:07:17
And Xhaka too mate, the tackle on Salah was inch perfect and the ground he made up was a lot for any player but for Xhaka it signified a total transformation in playing style from anything I've seen from him before.
I've given him lots of stick in the past but he really impressed me yesterday.

{Ed025's Note - fair play to xhaka he had a stormer today G62, now he has to keep that up on a more consistent basis mate..

2.) 04 Nov 2018 09:14:30
I think we all kind of feared this game and with good cause. The players and manager have been slowly raising the bar and that was an impressive performance for the whole game and we could have won it.

How many times in big games have we been able to say “we could have won it”.

Torriera, Holding, Lacazette and Xhaka were the standouts and I never thought I’d say that about Xhaka. In reality they were all good and even Iwobi made a difference.

I just really enjoyed the game and what a massive difference in the crowd they were immense.

I’m definitely starting to like Emery and let’s hope we continue to progress the way we are too.

3.) 04 Nov 2018 12:34:26
I don't think anyone had a bad game, for me the stand outs were, toreira by an absolute mile, lacca, holding and kolasinac, it was xhaka best ever game for us in 2 and a half years but i have to agree with skys rating for him, 6 out of 10. Torreira turned over the ball 10 times in the game and that was key to this peformance, we need a similar player next to him to take us forward. The defence was better but like milners goal, the goal that should have stood and the two that hit the post, big holes in midfield and ball watching in defence. Like i said, it was a bonus game for us and the secret is improving again, so we beat utd and toots in the next few weeks (our real direct rivals) but Bournemouth won't be easy. The main thing is we are playing big boy football again but the next two big boy teams that we play need a slapping down from us. I have to say though, with what i have seen, Dick (who is a massive breath of air) and mislintat are dragging us back after the wenger dross of the last few years. Early days but looking good.

4.) 04 Nov 2018 15:40:04
Dick is disappointed with the last 2 results as he sees them as 4 points dropped rather than 2 gained, yup a breathe of fresh air indeed and with that mentality I doubt he will be planing of an open top bus parade if we finish 4th or calling it a trophy either, I get the impression Dick would see 4th as failure rather than mission accomplished and I'm sure he would tell the players they need to do better next season.

5.) 04 Nov 2018 16:03:48
Gunner, he must see where it is still weak but unlike before, i trust him and mislintat to sort that. For the time being we are stuck with what we have but i have to say, holding and kolasinac yesterday were promising. I think with work and perseverance we can improve at stopping goals but i think it will be a while before we can say we are pretty watertight again. But slowly we are hauling ourselves into that 4th place and competativeness.

6.) 04 Nov 2018 16:25:52
Absolutely Steve mate, I've got my sights set on a year 3 title challenge that sees us in the thick of it in the merry month of May, obviously I won't be complaining if happens next season ahead of schedule but I'm equally trying to keep my feet on the ground and just enjoy this new exciting ride.

7.) 04 Nov 2018 16:35:44
Yes Steve, somehow I forgot Kolasinac, he was great and should have been in with Lacazette, Holding and Torriera. 😁.

8.) 04 Nov 2018 16:57:43
Stoner, we have had a false dawn with kol before but i think Dick will help him more than before. There is a good player in there from his bundesleague days. He has the tools, he is just a bit rash.

9.) 04 Nov 2018 10:42:54
Totally agree Ed025 mate this has to be a new standard for Xhaka not an all time high but 100% credit to him because no one has given him more stick than me but I'm actually looking forward to seeing him in the team to play Wolves, wow that's new :-)
Agree Stoner mate all played their part but those were the stand outs, it's incredibly to think how far Xhaka and Iwobi have come under Dick in such a short space of time, last summer few would have shed any tears if they'd left but now we are all ( well nearly all :-) singing their praises, a huge well done to Xhaka Iwobi and Emery, I'm impressed by all 3.




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12 Oct 2018 01:19:56
When he starts getting it right at the start of a game, we are going to be dangerous. Lol.




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06 Oct 2018 17:15:05
Wow, thanks Ed.




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06 Oct 2018 17:03:26
Ed02, can you see ozil leaving in January, i would have thought because of his wages, he would be hard to move on but i don't see him as an emery player. He isn't pulling up any trees so far.


{Ed002's Note - Possibly, there is interst.}



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06 Oct 2018 16:54:48
Not sure what Ramseys position is in this team Ed02. Emery has tried him at no10 and ozil has been out wide. I think he likes it more fluid and prefers his players to press, wherever they play. I think Almiron works more like he wants his players to work.




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06 Oct 2018 16:02:51
I would think he's ramseys replacement if correct.


{Ed002's Note - He plays in a different position to Ramsey - in fact the same position as Oezil. Piotr Zielinski and Ever Benaga are seen by the club to be potential replacements if Ramsey were to leave.}




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14 Nov 2018 18:36:52
Sano, Dicks in and Dicks out, yeh we missed a trick. Lol.




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13 Nov 2018 22:03:06
Yes, its funny how Dags disappeared of the face of the earth without saying adios amigos. i'm sure all being well he will return with his old jokes again. Maybe he will turn up in the jungle next week!


{Ed025's Note - lets hope so steve..



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13 Nov 2018 20:02:37
Gunner, i think i scared a lot of the wenger in boys away and they can't come back now can they? Lol
I mean somebody actually doing something right for this club.
But to be serious for a bit, i think we are in limbo at the moment, it could still go both ways and when it gets better or worse, the posters will flock back. Its all a bit calm at the moment and the season isn't at the sharp end yet.




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13 Nov 2018 19:16:44
Ed025, jose is certainly taking the club in a new direction. Down! Lol.


{Ed025's Note - love it steve..



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13 Nov 2018 19:07:38
Ive got to be honest, i didn't think it was bad on here, since you know who left. Generally, the posts have been pretty positive, when it is positive and negative when it is negative. I think most posters on here are on point, with their views. Many plusses and a few minusses. The problem with utd fans is because its "maureen" most give him more slack than most including putting up with Neanderthal football. I think he is the posh persons sam allardyce. Or just sam allardyce. Humpa lumpa football of the highest order.


{Ed025's Note - united fans wish jose was allardyce steve.. :)