25 Jan 2020 12:49:07
Mari to Arsenal confirmed subject to medical. I've just retweeted a video of him walking through Heathrow with Edu. Not one we saw coming but fingers crossed he's the answer to a strong partnership with Saliba. Loan with option to buy 👍🏻.

1.) 26 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020 08:33:14
I like the fact he is tall, at a good age for a CB and Arteta knows him. Next season it will give us a good combination of CB’s - experience in Luiz and Mari with promising young CB’s Holding and Saliba. We have 4 decent full backs, so defensively we look in good shape next season. We have 2 decent keepers. I think we need an additional DM, creative midfield player and a wide attacking player. The biggest concern is the contracts of Aubemeyang and Lacazette.

{Ed047's Note - I’ve really liked Aubameyang since Arteta arrived, he’s played as captain and led by example for me, considerably upping his work rate.

I’d like to keep both to be honest. City and Liverpool have impressive front 3’s and I like that we have Auba, Laca and Pepe especially if Arteta can get them performing at the top of their game together.

I didn’t realise what a big guy Edu was and Marí was slightly bigger again.

2.) 26 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020 08:55:34
It would be awful to see Auba and Laca leave but hey, if we can get some decent money for the both of them which we can invest in the squad then so be it. It's a new era with new players and Arteta can really be a full front of this! Right behind the decisions made so long as they keep buying players to fit the mould 👍🏻.

{Ed047's Note - my one concern is Auba knows where the back of the net is and those guys aren’t easy to find.

It’s like we sold RVP and never replaced him. Just a concern for me Glenn but like you I’m behind Arteta.

3.) 26 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020 09:34:41
Fully agree Ed. I would love to keep our forwards. The problem is whether they want to stay and try ge talk of Lemar coming concerns me, as I doubt we will shell out £40m+ without a substantial sale.

Mind you Lemar would be a terrific signing, as we would have pace on both wings. We could also have Aubameyang, Lacazette, Martinelli and Nketiah!

I would love to see us sign Thomas Party and a creative midfielder, possibly Grealish, to replace Ozil and Ceballos.

{Ed047's Note - I don’t know about the links to Lemar, is it just lazy journalism as he’s allegedly available and we were once interested. He’s not been the same player in Spain as he was in France.

Not saying he wouldn’t be great for us but there would have to be a sale or sales for him to come.

Definitely not a Grealish fan though, flatters to deceive for me and very lazy. Would be a step backwards.

4.) 26 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020 09:55:21
Completely agree Ed but there are players out there, we just need to convince them to join!

Players like Timo Werner for example and if we sell both Auba and Laca then players like that may be a real possibility 🤷🏻‍♂️ then again we already have Martinelli who knows where the goal is but like Arteta said, we need to protect him!

A big CM is 100% needed, a Kondogbia like player will certainly provide that stability on the middle of the pitch.

{Ed047's Note - again my concern is whilst we’re trying, initially to get back in the Champions League, that maybe our attractiveness as a club is not quite all it should be.

So using the likes of Auba and Laca now, whilst bringing on Martinelli and Nketiah, would make more sense until we can get the likes of Werner or the two youngsters turn into ready made replacements.

The midfield does cause concern but has been almost unrecognisable from under Emery to under Arteta and my biggest concerns remains Ozil and Xhaka although both have been way better I’d like to see more from them before I’m convinced they’re going to be good enough going forward.

I feel like I’m being greedy now! 🤣

5.) 27 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020 21:06:04
Any truth in the Rodriguez rumours ed.

{Ed002's Note - Which Rodriguez?}

6.) 27 Jan 2020
27 Jan 2020 08:53:35
The lad fron Real Madrid James I think he’s called.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans to move to Arsenal. He is however available for sale or exchange.}