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21 Jan 2020 21:14:02
I truly hope we get some players in now.
Boateng on loan until the end of the season. Kurzawa and Guimaraes. Both Boateng and Kurzawa for left back, Saka tries so hard, but he isn't a left back. Boateng can also play at CB. It has to be the end of Mustafi, he is dire. Whilst Guimaraes will give us reinforcement in midfield.

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22 Jan 2020 09:17:10
Plan for today and you need find another plan tomorrow, take your time and get it right long term and things seem to magically fall into place all by themselves.
What's the rush where's the panic?
The title has gone, 4th place has gone and if you put all your eggs in the Europa league basket chances are you will carry on being a Europa league team for years because you wasted your already limited funds when you didn't have to.
We have the luxury of time and we would be fools not to take that time between now and May when there will be a glut of options open to us rather than make knee jerk reactions available right now.

21 Jan 2020 07:17:06
Hi ed002, any update on players leaving

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - What?}

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21 Jan 2020 01:50:11
Interestingly most of the goals conceded since Arteta took over have been late on. Could this be due to fatigue as the players adjust to Arteta's more intensive fitness regime and his high intensity tactics?
I would imagine we will benefit more next season, after the player's adjust to Arteta's methods.

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21 Jan 2020 08:04:59
Next season we will reap the rewards of all the effort we put in the rest of this season and next summer.
Full squad of Artetta players " oven baked ready to go "

20 Jan 2020 08:28:42
So possibly Boateng until the summer as defensive cover. Then in the summer or an outside possibly now: Guimaraes, Umpenicano (spelling? ) and Kurzawa. If so I expect Kolasinac with 2 years remaining to be sold. Sokratis with a year to go and Mustafi also to depart.
Our left backs will be Kurzawa and Tierney. Our CB's Luiz, Umpamecano, Saliba and Holding. I can see a RB too.
The situation with PEA and Lacazette will be interesting, as their contracts are running down.
Thoughts?

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20 Jan 2020 10:05:23
My thoughts are it's the daily star reporting these rumours and once I read which paper the story was from I immediately stopped thinking about the rumour.

{Ed047's Note - thank god as we don’t need another past his best defender!

20 Jan 2020 15:14:49
Boateng is apparently only being touted as a short term loan until the end of this season to cover for Chambers and Tierney.
Next season Saliba arrives, plus we have Holding and Luiz. I would imagine we will buy one more young CB, perhaps Umpamecano. I can see Mustafi and Sokratis being moved on.
Kurwaza 27 years of age is being reported in France, as joining on a free in the summer, unless a deal can be arranged to arrive in this window.

15 Jan 2020 22:04:09
Thoughts on Nketiah staying at the club?

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16 Jan 2020 08:08:04
Personally i'm pleased. He's got the talent and the likes of Martinelli, Nelson and Willock are getting game time. Appreciate that's because we are short in those areas and Eddie has Laca and Auba in front of him but hey, if you're good enough then you're good enough.

Yes he needs minutes and going out on loan is the best way to get that but everyone is raving about Arteta's training sessions and his coaching. It's only fair that Eddie has time to learn from that and maybe he'll step up if Laca or Auba leave in the summer?

{Ed047's Note - I thought he was off to Bristol City

16 Jan 2020 09:41:26
I thought so to Ed but it was posted on Sky and by D Ornstein last night that he would staying at the club after discussions with Arteta.

According to reports Arteta has been impressed with him in training and both parties have decided that staying would be more beneficial for him.

{Ed047's Note - ah ok, hadn’t seen that, I’m more than happy with that.

16 Jan 2020 10:03:12
I read that he preferred to remain at the club. Probably best, as PEA is suspended for 3 matches and we have a heavy schedule with cup matches.

16 Jan 2020 11:32:36
Yeah same here. Game time for him is key though to really build some momentum going in to next season. The only way he plays regularly is by pushing someone out of the team.

{Ed047's Note - it’s where he’ll get the game time, will Martinelli fill in for Aubameyang and will Arteta want to persevere with Lacazette up top as he’s not scored for a while.

Maybe if Lacazette isn’t doing it then Eddie could be used as a direct replacement from the bench. I think that’s more likely unless he’s ripping it up in training. Leeds training is by all accounts pretty intense so aside from not playing his fitness shouldn’t be to bad.

Arteta was saying yesterday how Cabellos was having to build his fitness up before he would get minutes.

16 Jan 2020 15:11:31
Yeah it's a hard one. I can't see him dropping Lacazette regardless of form because he's our recognised Number 9 and Pepe and Martinelli/ Nelson will play on the other side. That's assuming Saka moves back to LB with Kola and Tierney out of action because he's in the frame for playing out wide to! I imagine he will play in the Europa League and the FA cup but as we advance to the latter stages, surely Mikel will stick with his strongest 11 unless he blows everyone out of the water. I'm a big fan of the young players and really hope they start to cement their place in the first XI but the step up is massive no doubt!

16 Jan 2020 21:55:58
I think keeping him in the fold is very very sensible, over the next 7 months he and Artetta will get to know each other and what can be achieved between them.

14 Jan 2020 21:32:33
Sorry Ed, s I know it's not Arsenal related, but can I say I am absolutely delighted to see Setien get the Barcelona job. I had previously mentioned that I would have loved him to come to us, but it's great to see him back in management and I hope it's not too big a step up for him. What he achieved at Las Palmas, taking them to 11th in La Liga, with a team which had to contain mostly players born on the island itself, is, I believe an amazing achievement and something I am sure someone will make a documentary or film about it in the future. He also quickly turned Real Betis around, from a team that regularly underachieved, suffered relegation etc, to 5th in La Liga. Why they sacked him is nobody's guess. Still, he is having the last laugh now I guess!

{Ed001's Note - the Betis board were idiots and thought the club was performing so well in spite of Setien rather than because. Plays great football as well. I love watching his teams play.}

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14 Jan 2020 21:50:40
Your 100% right Ed, forgot to mention that in my post. I used to love watching Las Palmas play under him, great attacking football using pace and width. I still remember the game they drew 3-3 with Real Madrid at the Bernabau, it was an absolute cracker. Not many teams gave Real Madrid the runaround like they did, and if I remember correctly they took a big lead and RM just managed to claw themselves back right at the end of the game.

{Ed001's Note - I remember when I was writing the manager profile on him, I went back and had a look at some Las Palmas games and they were so entertaining. Proper Cruyffian football.}

14 Jan 2020 11:12:53
The forward hits a shot it strikes the defenders hand, which is in an unnatural position. The ref thinks their too close together I'll let VAR sort that out. The ball rebounds onto the attackers hand but the ref cannot see it, again VAR will catch this. The attacker tucks the ball in the corner of the net. Over to VAR.
VAR agrees the proximity pf the defender is too close to be a hand ball, there is not a clear view of the ball hitting the attackers hand.
VAR rules four passes before the ball was shot at goal, an attackers knee cap was in an offside position as he crossed the half way line.
Dermot Gallagher agrees with all of this.
I'm going to start watching wrestling.

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11 Jan 2020 14:31:45
Worst part of todays game, was Palace fans holding a banner against VAR to then singing ‘Var Var Var’. pathetic if you ask me. Great character loosing Auba and seeing the game out. Defended well again limited them to very few chances and were lucky with the goal. We just need to start making sure we are killing these games off when we are on top like the first 30 minutes.

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