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22 May 2024 19:07:15
During the transfer season one of my favorite things to do is check on teams that are in a transitional period or in an otherwise confusing state, to hypothesize whether there could possibly be talented players available for bargain prices.

For a couple years now Chelsea has featured in these searches and i have to say, Conor Gallagher intrigues me. Apparently he will be sold as he has only one year left in his contract. He, Rice and Odegaard would form a pretty good midfield in my opinion.

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{Ed014's Note - you said talented and then mentioned Conor Gallagher, I’m a little confused Iceman. 😉

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22 May 2024 20:20:02
Perhaps my algorithm needs tweaking Ed. Though i also searched on United and that yielded no results so it can't be too far off.

But on a more serious note, while i don't think Gallagher is a 9/ 10 player he'd still fit stylistically and even improve our midfield, potentially for a good price. He also has good workrate and presumably leadership skills given he's been captaining Chelsea as well.

As an internal solution Smith Rowe would be fine by me as well but Arteta seems to want a bit more defensive set up overall. Though we don't know how Arteta plans to evolve the squad for next season.

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{Ed014's Note - I’m just not that convinced with Gallagher Iceman, he’s not a defensive mid and that’s really our priority.

I don’t really want to see Rice as our DM as he has too much to offer away from that role.

I wouldn’t say no to Mainoo from United, he looks the type of player Arteta could bring on and he’s just wasting a promising career staying at United.

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22 May 2024 20:59:00
Ed i think Rice should be our dm. The reason why i think so is our left hand side has been pretty anonymous when he has played there. Though maybe Timber as lb would fix that?

I want Rice as dm and two 8's a bit further forward, with possibly a fullback (Timber? ) inverting to form a box midfield. Gallagher could fit in there. But i get it even i wouldn't call him exciting. 'Sensible' feels like a more appropriate word. I want to spend the big bucks on a forward.

Mainoo is great but i don't include him because everyone else knows it as well so he wouldn't come cheap.

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{Ed014's Note - I think Arteta wants Rice to be more box to box which was why he was happy that Partey returned to the side.

Unexciting is probably a good description of Gallagher and I think we’ll buy much better and still buy a quality striker.

Agree on Mainoo, plus he has a couple of years left on his contract with an option for another 12 months.

Timber looks quality and I’d be happy to see him fill the LB role.

We have Tierney, Lokonga, Tavares, Nketiah, Nelson and maybe Marquinhos to generate some additional money.

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22 May 2024 21:35:00
It seems that way with Rice. I'd just prefer a player who can release Martinelli quickly into space and Rice hasn't been able (or instructed) to do that. But maybe there are ways to solve that while Rice stays as a cm. Who would you like as dm Ed?

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{Ed014's Note - I don’t really know re a DM, the links to Zubimendi seem to be the strongest but I’ve never seen him play.

Ugarte was highly regarded before his move to PSG but not sure he did that well this season.

Not convinced by Douglas Luiz and maybe Paulinho is a little to old.

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22 May 2024 21:45:54
We've been linked with Bruno Guimaraes and De Jong, while I don't think either of those are very likely. Hopefully that's the type of calibre we are going for to replace Party, Gallagher is decent, good leadership and may become great, but at the minute I don't think he would improve us and would arguably be a step down. I'm hoping we don't skimp on that position and get the best possible player available.

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23 May 2024 06:22:39
Ed002 says Zubimendi wants Barca. From the players he listed i guess Guimaraes would be the best but i feel like he's (Guimaraes, not Ed) a bit of a hothead so i have some reservations. Mats Wieffer from Feyenoord is apparently quite Rodri-like so maybe he would be a good fit but apparently there are no links. I wonder if Slot wants to take him to Liverpool.

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21 May 2024 19:41:08
Didn't think Pochettino would be leaving, that was a surprise! Well, not really considering the turnover at Chelsea I suppose.

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{Ed014's Note - Tuchel, De Zerbi and Mourinho all getting mentions for the job.

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22 May 2024 12:28:54
Typical of Chelsea really.

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22 May 2024 14:36:39
Frank Lampard better stay close to his phone :)

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{Ed025's Note - God i hope so.. :)

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21 May 2024 13:48:10
Hello everyone
Just like to ask the Eds and posters about Zinchenko.
I have gave him stick here on a couple of occasions in the past when he has played at lb and he has been poor. I seen him play in midfield which showcases his skills more and he is obviously a very good footballer but no lb.
Do you think he could do a job in midfield and save us looking to by a dm.
Views greatly appreciated.

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{Ed014's Note - that’s the issue Bill, I don’t think he’s a defensive mid and with our progression it would feel like a backward step.

Whilst he has ability going forward are we really looking at another almost attacking mid.

If we get a quality DM to play alongside Declan and Martin there won’t be many teams with a better midfield.

I really like Partey, just age and more so his constant injuries are a killer as he needs regular football to get to his best.

It’s a shame Tierney doesn’t fit the role profile for the LB in Arteta’s plan.

I’ve also no idea of the plan for Timber as he came on in place of Ben on the right.🤷‍♂️

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21 May 2024 15:09:15
If Zinchenko were to stay i'd like to see him in the left 8 role. I don't like his defending as an lb and he takes too many risks on the ball to be a deep-lying playmaker.

One way to set up would be Rice as a 6 flanked with two 8's (Odegaard on the right and Smith Rowe/ Vieira/ Zinchenko/ new signing on the left) . As a more defensive option Rice could be the left 8 and a dm (Partey/ Jorginho/ new signing) would be 6.

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21 May 2024 14:08:10
Thanks for your views Ed mate.
Can see where your coming from.
Be interesting who Mikel has in his sights for a dm role
All the best to you and the wife❤❤.

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{Ed014's Note - welcome Bill mate, will be so interesting to see what we do in the window and how quickly we do it.

Thank you too Bill and the same to you and yours!

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21 May 2024 22:26:08
Waiting for some cheeky sausage to say, "I'd like to see him in the left out role". Go on Mal, you know you want to.

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21 May 2024 23:20:24
I'm sure MA said he signed Timber because he can play multiple positions including DM so might be an option too now Benny has made RB his and we also have tommy as very good cover for both sides and all 3 can also play CB so I fully expect a LB to come in also a ST and then CM/ DM would be icing on the cake.

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21 May 2024 23:30:35
To be fair Mal has Martinelli already filling the left out role. I also think he had an average season particularly goals wise but if we buy a big main striker ( Isak for me please) thought Martinelli played really well down the right v Everton! If we are as we are Tross Kai/ Isak Saka with Martinelli covering Saka is fine by me with Neto rotating with Tross! Good to go with a top quality Partey replacement COYG FOYS.

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20 May 2024 20:27:11
Good luck Cedric Soares
Best wishes for you.

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20 May 2024 08:03:35
Big shout out to all the Ed's

Thanks lads.

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{Ed025's Note - you are welcome mate..

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20 May 2024 11:13:32
Good call, Mal, I agree. Thanks to all eds, except Edtwot.

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{Ed014's Note - 👊🏼🤣

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20 May 2024 10:15:53
Absolutely, I second that. Thanks for all you do, it is really appreciated. 👏.

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{Ed025's Note - nice one sally..👍

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20 May 2024 13:38:23
Second that Mal anthor season done thanks to all the Eds.

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20 May 2024 14:59:01
Hey ed025, what'd you make of the arm of jesus?

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{Ed025's Note - i thought it was Meadowlark Lemon SW, i was expecting him to end up scoring a basket mate, the worst thing was that Oliver went to the monitor and seen it was handball as clear as day...and still gave it!!, he must have had a bet on the Gunners i think and im just glad it never effected anything..

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20 May 2024 16:57:20
Meadowlark Lemon 25 there one for the teenagers - saw them years ago as a kid and high fived the bald one I think called Curly! Yep massive thanks to all Ed’s especially 14 for putting up with Sharpie for a whole season! Must make you want to go back to the United page 😂😂 #dontbanhimthoughwhowouldbuymyrollecks.

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{Ed014's Note - 😂😂 I can’t let his wife carry the whole burden mate!

I’d never ban Sharpie mate! He’s a legend and takes one for the team every half time! 💨💨

The United page, now there’s a thing, is it still going, no doubt they’ll have been saying exactly the same as I did all those months ago.

#Irrelevantdreamers!😂

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20 May 2024 18:07:57
Why drag me into your shenanigans? I'm sat here being pleasant.

#whyalwaysme.

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{Ed014's Note - pleasant - “giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment”.

#areyoupullingmyleg! 😂

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21 May 2024 12:07:04
#stoptalkingdirtytome.

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EFL SIGNINGS FOR LEEDS UNITED

20 May 2024 07:39:07
{Ed's Note - Dillinger has posted a new article entitled, EFL SIGNINGS FOR LEEDS UNITED

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19 May 2024 20:28:10
Couldn’t be more proud of this team on too next season, after the game today the commentators mentioned that coming second this season will affect Arsenal next season as the wounds will still be open, I have to strongly disagree with that as i personally think last year was worse we actually lost the title ourselves after a huge gap in points, and look how good we have been this season, a world class forward world class cm and some squad players to push the team on and I really think next year will be our best season in the last 20 years COYG.

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19 May 2024 19:43:01
Evening all Ed's and fellow gunners. hope all's well. just wanted to say. look how far we have progressed in the last couple of seasons. and this is just the beginning. super, super proud that we've got our arsenal back. well done to everyone associated with our great club. from the tea lady to our fantastic fan base. we are THE ARSENAL/ TOGETHER STRONGER. ONE TEAM THE ARSENAL/ ONE ❤️. 🔴⚪️. massive thanks to all Ed's and fellow posters on this site. that makes it a great place to share.

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19 May 2024 19:52:28
🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶🫶.

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19 May 2024 19:17:35
Hi guys end of yet another season, my 67th. But for some poor results like Villa and Hammers it could have been so much better. But it wasn’t we a striker more than anything else, sure we would have got better results.
But Mikel has given us our pride back to finish 2nd to probably the best team in the world, how ever illegally they’ve acted and push them to their absolute limit says something a out us.
So onwards and upwards guys, a massive thank you to all the Ed’s for their hard work in making this my favourite site. Also big thanks to all the posters on the live chat we’ve had some laughs and you’ve all cheered me up.
So guys roll on next season.

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19 May 2024 20:13:45
As a Liverpool fan do wish Arteta was a bit braver in the City games?

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19 May 2024 20:35:13
Hello saga mate me old mucker

Everything to look forward too

Take care my friend, speak to you next season.

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19 May 2024 21:28:56
Hi Malaga bit down tonight as we all are I spose, But let’s all have a great summer and Euros to look forward to. Talk on live chat next season mate.

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19 May 2024 23:29:00
Not me Jonesy. Ultimately we took 4 from 6 from them - an incredible achievement. You can spin a narrative around any time we dropped points this season but the only time it really ended up mattering was Villa at home. Thought we did enough to win that game comfortably but got sucker punched twice. Got to hand it to Mikel, with the exception of Villa we really had the big teams number this year.

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20 May 2024 02:34:29
Nor me wire! At the time I think we were one point ahead of City - draw which we played for - kept it in our own hands lose in City hands! They also do quite well at home! Can’t legislate for Villa at home! We lost league due to Villa Fulham and Wet Spam games but I am really really nit picking! COYG.

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20 May 2024 05:16:55
Over to course of 38 games you're going to have bad results and bad performances. Sure the results against Villa and West Ham weren't good but at least i thought we were performing decently. The stand out bad performance and result was Fulham away. But then again it's nearly impossible to keep a good level for the whole season so can't really fault the team.

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20 May 2024 10:56:05
Jonesy - no. 4 points against them is fine. I wish we had been braver in the summer. We needed a Granite replacement, a leftback, a keeper and a decent striker. We go into this window - the same.

Rice was a bargain but needs a proper partner and we desperately need an upgrade on Kai / Eddie / Jesus as our striker options. Same position for 2 years if we are honest. We’ve done great but they are the fine margins. There are other games that I wish Arteta had been braver and wiser. Fulham, Villa and West Ham games.

The tinkering at the start of the season cost us a bit but to be fair - we’ve progressed, closed gap on a team on financial steroids who are immune to the laws that every other team plays by and we are young. I think we’ve played within ourselves since the business end of the season and we need to figure thst out. BUT we competed right to the last day and squad is wiser, better and more experienced. Next year could be the year!

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19 May 2024 18:36:35
Hello everyone
So much to be proud off.
So much to look forward to
Some good signings in the summer and we will be even stronger
To all the posters and the Eds and your families have a great summer
COYG❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤.

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{Ed014's Note - absolutely Bill and have a great summer too!

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19 May 2024 18:24:35
No tears just so proud of the club.

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{Ed014's Note - absolutely mate, a fabulous season we can be proud of.

The best thing is, it’s all only really just beginning!

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