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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.



04 May 2018 00:21:26
Simeone was always my first choice but for various reasons i don't think that was ever going to happen. Tonights result for me also knocks out a few more top managers (no champs league, fewer funds and less pulling power) out of the reckoning. I am a little worried about gazidis's words "we have to be brave in our appointment" especially now. We won't give a manager a big budget (did wenger waste our funds when he had them) and we are not giving a manager a big salary, supposedly less than wenger. I just wonder what and who we will attract on the terms we are offering. Interesting times ahead.


1.) 04 May 2018 07:07:26
Yes, Steve I too am a Simeone fan and the semi-finals showed how well drilled his team is and defensively superb. We have been missing in both these aspects for some time. Our defending is attrocious.
The options are:
1. A top manager such as Simeone, Ancelloti or Allegri.
2. An up and coming young manager such as Marco Silva, Dyche or Howe.
3. A coach or former Arsenal man such as Vieira, Henry or Buvac.

I believe we will go along the 3rd route, with a more European style of the manager being more of a coach, backed by a backroom staff that deals with contracts, player acquisitions, etc. Moving away from Wenger's post-Dein total domination of every aspect of the club.

Interesting times ahead for sure.

2.) 04 May 2018 07:46:32
Why would we give the new manager/ head coach any transfer budget at all given the appointment of SM and RS?

As for the candidates who see the lack of champions league football next season as a problem, i think it's better to overlook those coaches anyway. I'd rather like a coach who plans for long term instead of one season success.

As for the salary, i don't know of any details but would imagine it's just natural the new guy wouldn't earn quite as much as Wenger since he wouldn't have as many responsibilities as Wenger had (like transfers for example) . I'm sure we can still offer competitive wages.

I would also like to point out one reason why i think we will be an attractive option for any coach, and that is the way the club has handled Wenger. We are known as a club with patience and the board won't make any rash decisions based on short term results. I personally would like to see the new coach get at least two seasons time to improve our performances (unless the first season is a total disaster) .

3.) 04 May 2018 08:46:40
I agree Iceman I don't think the next manager/ coach should earn more than Arsene immediately.
I don't really want someone who joins us for the money but more for the opportunity.
Arsenal are a big club in the doldrums which means for the right man it's a great opportunity to rally achieve something.
We are like Liverpool when Klopp arrived a big club with a great history with one or two good players plus some ok players but an awful lot of not good enough players filling our squad.
We need the right man for where we are now and that isn't going to be someone who comes for the money or someone who comes because it's he needs a job it has to be someone who really wants it because they are excited about what they can achieve for and with Arsenal football club.
What's the point of getting someone who comes in gets us top 4 next season then gets a better offer from United Bayern Real or whoever and puts us back to square one.

The next manager not only needs to be capable of turning us around he also needs to be 100% committed to making us the best we can be again.

4.) 04 May 2018 10:01:22
Players seems to be attracted to a "project" they could believe in. Morinho got Zlatan, Bailly and Pagba without CL. Conte got Kante and Luiz without CL. Klopp and Poch seems to get great players or hold on to players without anything but a top 4 to show for. We need a manager that has something interesting going on and have some pulling power. Simeone, Sarri and Jardim would fit the bill IMO.

5.) 04 May 2018 13:06:20
Players buy into what the club is aiming for over the next 2 to 3 seasons Nor mate, it's not always about the season ahead but whether they can be convinced by the club they will achieve their ambitions by joining them.
Our next manager will have more credibility when it comes to attracting and convincing players to join us than Arsene would have had thi summer simply because he won't have so many seasons of not competing behind him putting players off coming.

6.) 04 May 2018 13:59:40
I wonder what the arsenal "project" will be?




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11 Jul 2018 21:51:20
Englands coming home!


1.) 11 Jul 2018 22:10:22
You are English - right?

I am more annoyed than you. So annoyed. Angry at the team as Croatia were not a tough team and we could have seen England in a World Cup final - a final.

That and Federer got knocked out - shite sports day, just plane shite.

2.) 11 Jul 2018 22:10:58
Yep to many spuds in the team.

3.) 11 Jul 2018 22:23:42
Still can’t believe people thought they might win it. Never going to happen and on the bright side after some of their thick as mince fans bragged about how many spuds were still at the World Cup, they’re now all knackered, injured and deeply depressed.

Now that’s a result. 😂.

4.) 11 Jul 2018 22:33:54
Yes Sy i am but i have my feet firmly in the ground. Lol.

5.) 11 Jul 2018 22:49:24
I don't see spuds and Mancs when it comes to England, I see English men representing their country.
Players change clubs but nationality is permanent.
I thought Deli Ali was excellent tonight and Walker in my opinion was immense Kane worked hard for the team but wasn't great, they gave thier all for their country, what more could they do.

6.) 11 Jul 2018 23:09:29
Kane could have and should have scored

Agree with Walker statement

Not sure nationalities don’t change - Arteta could have played for England when he was with us and was Guggs Welsh and Greg the Canadian sorry British tennis player.

I get your point but some pick and choose their nationalities. Birth place should be the rule

I thought Senegal was in France - Vierra.

7.) 11 Jul 2018 23:28:51
Sterling is from Jamaica while in prior years

Other England players born outside the UK include Sky Sports pundit John Salako (Nigeria) , Owen Hargreaves (Canada) , John Barnes (Jamaica) , Cyrille Regis (French Guiana) , Brian Stein (South Africa) , Tony Dorigo (Australia) , Luther Blissett (Jamaica) and Terry Butcher (Singapore) .

You can elect to be English and I am sure nations fight over players.

8.) 11 Jul 2018 23:50:18
True SY it is possible for the tiny minority to chose their nationality but once chosen it's extremely rare for it to change.
I'm born English and wouldn't want to change that but I'm sure I would feel the same where ever I was born or bright up at least.
If i was born in Britain but moved to say Portugal when you were a year old I'm sure I'd feel Portuguese and want to play for Portugal.



11 Jul 2018 21:49:16
Gunner, it ain't coming home. It don't think it ever was. As easy a route to the final as they will ever get. They are a young team but england lack the clever players needed. I don't know where they are.


1.) 11 Jul 2018 22:02:55
Average team with a favourable draw.

2.) 11 Jul 2018 22:08:04
Not in the Spurs team - thought Kane was terrible when needed most. Sterling was hopeless. Croatia took their chances - England didn’t nor did they create enough.

What was bloody Kane doing with the game gapping in normal time. does he not have a left peg.

3.) 11 Jul 2018 22:26:08
You talking about Arsenal fa cup 2017 or England 20118 RG? :-)
You really are a Billy have it both ways aren't you mate :-)
Steve your right mate it ain't coming home, hey ho I enjoyed the ride, how about you? :-)

4.) 11 Jul 2018 22:32:04
Not really mate, i think and thought the whole thing was a disappointment and over hyped by the media. Flogging a dead horse comes to mind. As far as england 2 wins 2 defeats and a draw against no super power teams, not great. As for the Russian world cup, well run but lacked that world cup spark. Still we can now look forward to Dick time.



04 Jul 2018 03:57:47
I have only just stopped laughing at what phil neville said after the game yesterday. "Hes a fake" priceless. Who was he on about?


1.) 04 Jul 2018 08:47:10
I've no idea mate, you will have to enlighten me?

2.) 04 Jul 2018 14:46:45
It was someone we know well gunner in the SWITZERLAND v Sweden game, he does eagle shadows quite well. Lol.

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4.) 04 Jul 2018 17:01:57
Well done stephen, did you get it on the fake bit or eagle shadows. Lol.

5.) 04 Jul 2018 18:30:31
I only saw the highlights of the Sweden Switzerland game last night which was about 3 or 4 minutes long, I didn't hear Xhaka name mentioned once during the commentary so I guessed it was either the bbc editing Xhaka best bits or he had a really bad game.
I don't think the world cup made any difference to Xhaka reputation as those who loved him before still love him now and those who couldn't see anything in him before still feel the same way about him.
I guess he's going to continue to be one of those marmite players for a bit longer yet.

6.) 04 Jul 2018 19:17:49
But he's ours gunner and Dick is going to pull a rabbit out of the hat with him. If he does, he desreves a statue.

7.) 04 Jul 2018 21:37:40
Both Steve.

8.) 05 Jul 2018 17:47:43
To me you and others Steve Dick will deserve a row of statues if he can make a player out of Xhaka but to others Xhaka is already a player and it's only his degree of brilliance that can be improved on.
I don't get it but equally those who rate him don't understand my view either.
Just when it looked like Arsene leaving would give us fans a chance to unite together again Xhaka has become the new Arsenal fan base deviding point.
If only he could split a defence as well and as often as he can split our fan base, then he really would be a some player;-)

9.) 05 Jul 2018 18:04:02
Gunner, what ever arsenal fans think, every opposition fan thinks he's shat. Every pundit thinks he's limited to put it mildly and i'm still waiting myself to see what he actually brings to a game. But i predict many statues, in fact xhaka is already doing a good impression. Come on Dick, do your best.



25 Jun 2018 20:28:33
Does any of the Eds know if we have any interest ..................


{Ed002's Note - We cannot answer questions about random players - it will just get out of hand.}

1.) 25 Jun 2018 21:30:48
Thanks ed, i presume that's a no then.

{Ed002's Note - Obviously not.}



23 Jun 2018 18:22:02
At least loew had the balls to drop an underperforming ozil. 300k a week looking more and more like another millstone. The guy needs to stop his sulking or skulking and knuckle down.


1.) 23 Jun 2018 18:42:26
I thought he was one of Germany best players in the first game and his drop in form for Arsenal coincided with Sanchez leaving and having to accommodate playing with Aaron.
The two together means a drop in winning the ball back with both needing others to do that for them.
Too much of a good thing with both and a lack of graft which Sanchez always gave.

2.) 23 Jun 2018 18:53:27
He has been pretty much mr untouchable for germany and arsenal gunner. His attitude needs a reinvention or else he will be yesterdays chip paper. It will be interesting to see how he responds to a bit of accountability.

3.) 23 Jun 2018 19:15:14
I'm not against anyone having to prove themselves every time in every game they play mate.
Maybe Mesut did take his foot and mind off the gas with his new contract but equally his dip did happen when Sanchez and his work ethic both up and back left.

4.) 23 Jun 2018 19:53:52
Well Steve mate no Mesut no change for Germany so far.
I think we will see him introduced pretty quickly in the second half if things don't change quickly.

Is this a new trend starting where world champions go out in the groups? Spain 2014 Germany 2018
Much like premier league winning managers getting sacked the next season Ranieri Mourinho Conte.

5.) 23 Jun 2018 20:49:09
Dont think so gunner, i think ozils answer will be to retire from international football. He is obviously not the man anymore.

6.) 23 Jun 2018 21:03:04
Looks like you could be right Steve, if they didn't bring him on tonight then it doesn't look good for him mate.

7.) 23 Jun 2018 21:10:52
Germany have a very good younger generation waiting in the wings.




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17 Jul 2018 18:38:25
Ok thanks ed.




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17 Jul 2018 18:13:39
Ed, you never mentioned nzonzi, is that because you don't think he is being persued. Appologies if you did and i missed it.


{Ed002's Note - I scratched him when Torriera signed (given that Xhaka and Elneny also play in the same position). Sevilla have told another side they want €40M for him.}



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11 Jul 2018 06:35:50
It wouldn't surprise me if selling ramsey doesn't lead to us getting nzonzi or gomez or both. Keeping him will mean any other incomings will be reliant on what we get for our rejects, when we sell them, if we can sell them.




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08 Jul 2018 15:49:38
Gunner, i think Dicks masterplan is to have a whole new defence and holding mid. I have got to say, it might take a while to bed in but i concur. Monreal looked good in a poor defence, he might struggle with the new regimes ideas, at his veteran stage.




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08 Jul 2018 15:01:37
Thanks Ed.





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18 Jul 2018 22:15:32
Agree gunner but a few of us called it. He will be, sadly, like wilshire, blighted by injury.




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16 Jul 2018 01:19:30
To be fair Belgium were only just beaten by france. Both teams best in the tournament by some distance.




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14 Jul 2018 15:31:59
I may be wrong sano but i think we will move a few out before we buy our next player. Or at least, be in the process of.




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14 Jul 2018 12:45:03
There does seem to be a strategy now and an organisation that was lacking in the final wenger years. We seem to be trying to address problems instead of fudging them. We can at least go into next season with renewed excitement. Just another holding mid, a wide attacker and the season will be ready for lift off. i'm looking forward to the new arsenal.




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14 Jul 2018 02:24:16
A big possibility gunner, its all pointing that way.