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01 Apr 2020 14:52:25
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01 Apr 2020 10:34:54
Hi Eds,

besides Auba and possibly Laca, who do you envisage us selling this summer (and are there any clubs with known interest + suggested transfer fee figures) ? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
Sokratis (C) With Saliba joining, if Mari is to join the another CB could make way - Sokratis might be the one as Holding will be fit again.
Granit Xhaka (DM) there was a tentative agreement for a move to Hertha Berlin, who are looking at a complete rebuild. Lucas Torreira will need to step up if it happens but right now nothing is happening.
Mohamed Elneny (DM) Milan are trying to reach agreement for a summer move and have asked if it will be possible for a January release from Besiktas - but they have an option to buy and do not want any disruption at all as they are doing well.
Dani Ceballos (CM) agent is investigating other options as the player is edging away from signing for Arsenal. It is about direction, opportunity and the future. The idea is he gets another loan, gets to the Euros, gets to talk options with Real Madrid and the decides on a practical way forward - perhaps with a progressive side like Real Betis.}
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (AM) Arsenal will sell to Roma but value him at three times therejected €10M offer.
Mesut Özil (AM) if a deal can be found - which will be tough - if he stays then there will be a significant impact on transfer plans and he will leave for zip in 2021.
Bukayo Saka (LW) Bayern Munich are keen to take the kid from Arsenal so Arsenal need to sign him to a new contract.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangadingdong (S/LW) wants a new start elsewhere but the club have spoken to him and he says he will consider a new contract - but it is unlikely agreement will be reached over terms.
Alexandre Lacazette (S) wanted a new start elsewhere but seemed to have settled before the season was halted.

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01 Apr 2020 13:54:40
Hi Ed,

Pushing my luck a bit, but do you have any news on the state of the Saka contract? Arsenal seem to be prioritizing the PEA talks.

Thanks,

{Ed002's Note - None. I am not interested in contracts.}

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01 Apr 2020 10:19:05
Hi Ed, are arsenal interested in buying Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) and Willian (Chelsea) ?

{Ed002's Note - Obviously if Pepe leaves Arsenal will want a first pick replacement. Clubs have spoken with Willian directly but his preference is to stay at Chelsea.}

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01 Apr 2020 11:41:33
Ed, you mentioned Pepe. Surely they’ll give him another season at least. I personally feel for him this season.
1. Emery was in charge and changed his tactics and team every week. No one was performing consistently. And 2 he makes so many runs of players but never gets the through ball. People seem to only want to play it to his feet because of how skillful he is. He’s rapid and they need to lay it through like they do aubamayang because he can shoot. And correct me if I’m wrong but his interception numbers are good so he does do the defensive work.

{Ed002's Note - I would have thought so but people seem obsessed with replacing him with the likes of Willian. Arsenal massively overspent on Pepe utilising the stash of money put aside for something else. It was extreme stupidity but given the ridiculous set up at the club they may well continue to make mistakes. I have no idea what his "interception numbers" are but in simple terms he was not ready for the significant step up and Arsenal continue to be in a serious mess.}

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01 Apr 2020 11:44:20
Thanks Ed.

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27 Mar 2020 11:05:16
Hi Ed, any truth that arsenal want Carlos Soler from Valencia?

{Ed002's Note - I have answered this before. "Carlos Soler (CM/RM) interest of Spurs and Manchester United has gone but Arsenal could give the player a move to the Premier League - if a reasonable fee could be agreed with Valencia."}

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27 Mar 2020 11:30:02
I searched in first but I didn’t find it- thanks still.

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27 Mar 2020 14:06:38
Honestly, I thought I had seen it previously, but when I searched yesterday, nothing came up.

Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - At least you know now Alex.}

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27 Mar 2020 22:18:23
Note to Arsenal, right club, wrong player. If you going to call Valencia the conversation should be about Geoffrey Kondogbia.

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29 Mar 2020 14:02:33
Or ferran sorriano? I think. but we got plenty upfront.

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22 Mar 2020 15:21:16
Hi Ed,

We’ve been linked with Odsonne Edouard as a replacement for PEA. Do you see us bringing in another forward? Thoughts on who it might be? Or will Martinelli simply be tipped to started next year?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have looked at a few forwards and see Odsonne Edouard a cheaper option than perhaps bring Malen back or pressing for David. It also depends whether or not Nketiah interests the coach as an option. Alexandre Lacazette wanted a new start elsewhere but seems to have settled. Aubameyangadingdong will be off in all probability.}

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22 Mar 2020 16:29:24
Are we looking at Orkun Kokcu and Matty Longstaff Ed? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Orkun Kokcu (AM/CM) is Arsenal's first choice addition for the attacking role in midfield if they can move Mesut Oezil on. The player has been watched by PSG, Chelsea, Spurs, Barcelona, Sevilla but Arsenal are particularly keen. They want a reduction on the €20M asking price. (2) There is a lot of interest in ML but I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal.}

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22 Mar 2020 16:48:58
Thanks Ed!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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22 Mar 2020 19:08:40
Sorry to bombard u with questions Ed but are man united interested in Aubameyang too?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for him.}

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22 Mar 2020 22:29:22
Thanks Ed!

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23 Mar 2020 21:38:08
I think pea will stay.

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24 Mar 2020 10:15:37
Hi Ed,

so you think Lacazette will stay and Auba will leave? That's annoying because would much prefer it the other way around! But guess Laca hasn't really been showing much worth over the course of the season in terms of goal output.

{Ed002's Note - Aubameyangadingdong does not wish to sign a new contract so Arsenal need to move him on this summer. Alexandre Lacazette wanted a new start elsewhere but seems to have settled.}

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24 Mar 2020 13:52:00
I love that we appear (at least) to be getting our replacement lined up now, not after the fact. Maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part.

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25 Mar 2020 15:03:48
Just thinking about the striker situation, Sako has made it clear he doesn’t want to be a LB but is happy playing fir the time being there. ED do you see him next season being pushed up? Seeing as you see Aubamyang being sold.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are going to do what the coach sees as the best way to utilise the players. If Kieran Tierney stays is fully fit it takes the pressure if Sako to provide cover as often as he has. And of course there is an "advisor" still pushing Arsenmal hard to take Layvin Kurzawa.

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26 Mar 2020 11:31:51
Hi Ed,

you say in the original response that Edouard is a cheaper alternative to Malen or David. How much do you think Celtic would sell him for? Because I've read a lot that David can go for ~£17.5m. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Gent has quoted a much higher fee than that to another side interested in JD. The €50M asking price for Malen is huge. Actually since Celtic quoted one side £30M for Odsonne Edouard and I wrote that note, another side have been quoted that bidding for the player will start at more than £50M as they accept that he will move on and .}

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26 Mar 2020 12:39:43
Jesus 50m for Odouard?! I can appreciate he's a very good player but given the calibre of the SPL I reckon teams would still be extremely hesitant paying even 30m.

{Ed002's Note - I would agree but they know it is inevitable he will move on and will look to get the best money they can.}

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21 Mar 2020 23:31:27
Hi Ed, any truth that arsenal are in for N'Dicka from Frankfurt?

{Ed002's Note - Evan N'dicka (CB/LB) has been scouted by a number of sides including Milan, Arsenal, Marseille, Sevilla, Valencia and Nice. It has been suggested that Milan would be open to an exchange for Andre Silva. Arsenal have certainly not approached his club as they will be no more than fishing just in case Pablo Mari does not work out and they really don't need any more CBs with Saliba returning. Marseille want to replace loanee Alvaro Gonzalez with a left footed CB. EF will not want to sell.}

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22 Mar 2020 12:20:05
Thanks Ed, do you reckon we’ll keep Mari?

{Ed002's Note - Pablo Mari (CB) is a cheap and cheerful addition that Arsenal will probably look to take up the option to buy him. It saves the need for another CB to be added.}

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22 Mar 2020 22:29:55
Thanks Ed! We don’t even know if he’s good yet, he’s played one match!

{Ed002's Note - But there are other questions like is he a good fit. DL is a real nice guy who will look after him.}

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23 Mar 2020 10:23:16
Thanks ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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15 Mar 2020 12:50:45
Report that Real want £36m for Ceballos, should we sign him?

Interesting report we are interested in Denzel Dumfries at RB.

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15 Mar 2020 18:24:30
Not for me mate. Not a game changer, look at the impact Fernandes has had on Man Utd. I'd rather we return him and look elsewhere personally.

{Ed002's Note - Ceballos may well not be interested without some assurances - but there is nobody else showing an interest.}

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16 Mar 2020 11:22:35
Hi Ed, does Arteta have the final on transfers or does he take what he’s given? Also does he himself create a shortlist of players he wants or is the list created by those above and given to him?

{Ed002's Note - Neither, you have gone for two extremes. Players are identified by the scouting system and the enormous number of otherwise unemployable people in the ridiculous structure.}

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17 Mar 2020 17:47:26
Thanks ed.

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18 Mar 2020 02:20:27
Clearly Cellabos is a talented player but somethings not quite right for him at arsenal. Maybe it’s because he apparently wants to leave so he’s working hard to stay in the team, but where’s the enjoyment flair gone? A player like Partey would be better use of our funds I think and we have a lot of talented youth players that can fill in for Ozil. Not linked but I’d love to see Isco in the prem.
Penny for your thoughts Ed?

{Ed001's Note - neither Isco nor Ceballos are right for the Prem imo. Ceballos only bothers when he feels like it and Isco is the same.}

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19 Mar 2020 08:18:11
A bit light weight to be Vieira or Petit while likes too many
touches to be a creator of chances. Reminds me of a number of Arsenal midfielders where we would end up playing 3 in the middle and none specialist at anything

Huge gamble at 36m that makes no sense to me.

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19 Mar 2020 21:19:32
I think he is the best of our “creative” ball carrying midfielders, but then again maybe that’s not saying much. Would still prefer him to stay and let pretty much every other of our so called midfielders go. The main issue with Ceballos is he plays alongside other players who are the same. I would like to see him partner a proper defensive midfielder and then see how he plays.

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13 Mar 2020 21:10:06
Heard from the same person that told me saka is close to signing a new deal (is almost done now) that we could well be getting Thomas partley. Fingers crossed.

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14 Mar 2020 10:48:30
lol Ed are arsenal interested in Partey?

{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}

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14 Mar 2020 13:28:04
Thanks Ed.

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10 Mar 2020 16:54:36
Hi Ed, I saw your latest post about Aubameyang and wanted to know if your stance has changed regarding him leaving?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed at this point aside from Barcelona moving on to another.}

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10 Mar 2020 19:13:50
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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