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18 Feb 2020 22:22:01
Has anyone heard of this rumour that Guendozi had a row with the coaching staff and Arteta on the Dubai break? I notice he wasn't in the squad for Sunday's game, so that might back the rumour. To be honest, based on his recent performances, combined with Ceballos performance on Sunday, he is sadly not missed. He is another Arsenal youngster who is in danger of having his career go backwards. His performances certainly have.


1.) 19 Feb 2020 10:36:51
That appears to be the case Epping but I think you're being hard on him. He's only 20 and the occasional bust-up is nothing special. I think there was a culture of entitlement that Emery fostered among many of the players so I'm glad to see Arteta challenging that ethos.

2.) 19 Feb 2020 13:19:50
I think most youngsters do have a rough patch, it's normal, maybe a spell on the sidelines will help him, he can be quite rash and his positioning is questionable.

Dropping could mean he has a boot up his arse, tries more in training and his performance goes up when he does win his spot back, worst case? He gets pi*sed off and leaves, we would move on quite fast.



20 Aug 2018 13:30:53
Much debate on what Emery needs to do, who he should play etc, but perhaps are we missing the single biggest potential difference he needs to concentrate on, and that's getting Ozil back to his best? With our current attack, getting Ozil back to playing something like what he achieved during his first season, and we will be scoring for fun, whilst alleviating some of the other worries such as our CB pairing or even Xhaka playing?


1.) 20 Aug 2018 20:10:14
Ozil needs to buy in to the way ww play, i'm not going to hold my breath but IF he does, happy days all round.

{Ed002's Note - Willie Wonker?}

2.) 20 Aug 2018 21:00:57
The way "we" play. Thank you Ed, damn my sausage fingers.

{Ed002's Note - I prefer Willie Wonker Steve. And I still have a slight fear it will turn out that way.}

3.) 21 Aug 2018 17:26:40
The problem is that we have very few players that would be capable of getting into the squads of the top four teams:
None of our keepers
None of our defenders: I would have said Bellerin, but he has been poor for a long while.
Midfield: Torreira, Guendouzi, perhaps Ramsey although I'm not convinced
Attack: Aubameyang and perhaps Lacazette.
Not a single player of ours would get anywhere near a Premier League best eleven. This shows the magnitude of the job Emery has.

4.) 21 Aug 2018 18:59:19
RG, i think the truth is wenger left a squad of players where probably only 4 or 5 are actually top four potential everyday performers, the rest are either not good enough or just too inconsistent.

5.) 21 Aug 2018 21:59:42
I think it's a case of working out what can be salvaged from what Dick inherited and then adding to that over the next two windows to form an 11 to 15 man reliable squad for next season bolstered by the best of the rest Steve mate.
It won't happen over night:-)

6.) 22 Aug 2018 09:22:21
It shouldn't be a case of our individuals getting into a pl eleven. We need to work as a team first as that is the most important thing. That may mean some bigger names not playing week in week out. Look at Leicester, Wales and Iceland in the euros. Its a team attitude that wins titles.

7.) 22 Aug 2018 13:45:57
Ahh Willy Wonker Ed002. A great right of childhood passage was to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a brilliant book (and decent film, but only the original staring Gene Wilder not the utter trash made by Tim Burton) . With all the smut and adult like content constantly forced on children these days, what could be better than a harmless family story about a strange hermit like man who either chooses to lock himself in a factory with only a workforce of child like people for company, or who when he does finally emerge into the world only looks to befriend children. Now that's more like it, good harmless family fun.!

8.) 22 Aug 2018 20:30:18
EG, i would be very wary of anyone with a name like Willie Wonker, especially around children.

9.) 25 Aug 2018 00:58:50
Late to the post on this. But I have a strong feeling Dick has a half idea who he wants to keep and who to let go. I think the ones the jury’s out on he wanted to give enough rope to hang themselves with so he can eventually bin them with no resistance.
Cech who has my sympathy, is having to re-adjust and it could prove difficult due to his age.
And the likes of Xhaka et all, were played last season even though they were dump but still have that flicker of hope that, it was the coaching, that there was room for improvement.
Hopefully Dick will be given the freedom and he has the fortitude to bin the ones he believes offer no long term benefit.
Then I think we will see the likes of Torreria and Leno.

10.) 29 Aug 2018 13:37:21
I think the thing to remember about Cech is he is still a very good keeper, and has already made some important saves for us. Also, his experience behind the dodgy defense should not be underestimated. Currently, i think this more than makes up for the lack of distribution skills and is probably why he is still being played over Leno.



10 Aug 2016 15:02:50
Ok, so i am no ITK, but i caught up with an old friend recently who knows someone who knows someone who supposedly works at Arsenal and regularly sits in on meetings with Ivan Gazidis. So the story is that Ivan and the board only have 1 actual target (forward, no mention of CB) and are expecting two things to happen that they believe will result in the target becoming available. The first is for Chelsea to re-sign Lukaku, who then will allow Costa to leave. He will go to Athletico Madrid who in turn will allow Griezman to leave, who is the true target. Personally I don't believe this is true, as even if he did become available we would only bid £12.50 and a kitkat versus Chelsea and Barcelona and Bayern all bidding £80 million, but that's what i heard anyway, and as the saying goes you pays your money and you takes your choice!


1.) 10 Aug 2016 16:07:32
Stop being ridiculous.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 16:58:41
A lot of people are making the Costa to Atleti, Griezmann to us link.

Only signed a new deal this year, release is probably into the Pogba regions and I can't see them selling him for anything less than it.

I can't even see them signing Costa either, they already have Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro.

Even if they were open to letting him go, I can't see us being the only club to move for him, as you say.

That being said, I personally expect this exact rumour to pop up in the media shortly, it's almost panic season!

3.) 10 Aug 2016 17:51:04
I know someone, who knew a man who lived next to a boy who watched Arsenal last season . Apparently we have money in the bank


4.) 10 Aug 2016 17:57:12
Ed i know its not going to happen but any interest from us for lewandowski?

{Ed001's Note - do you think Arsenal would be willing to break the transfer fee record? If not, why even ask?}

5.) 10 Aug 2016 18:09:17
I didn't know it will be that much, i thought it would be around 60 million.

{Ed001's Note - why would they let the best centre forward in the world go for less than Higuain when Bayern have no need or desire to sell?}

6.) 10 Aug 2016 18:28:03
Apex seriously come on now 😂.

7.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:40
I've come to the conclusion our friend Apex is actually Arsene in disguise.

As soon as one of the Ed's confirms a player would be interested in Arsenal, in he'll swoop with the pound!

8.) 10 Aug 2016 19:56:32
I wish I lived in Apex's world.

9.) 10 Aug 2016 20:11:23
Who knows Wenger maybe mad enough to do it.

10.) 10 Aug 2016 23:48:21
Some info regarding griezmann on the european page if anyones interested.

11.) 11 Aug 2016 09:48:29
looks like the offer for mahrez if lequipe are to be taken seriously is 41 mill and 9 mill in bonus, they quote in euros, so not sure if true as most transfers within this country would be in pounds.

guess that would be a lot of money to make for leicester and a massive profit, but i guess with every team flush with cash no need to sell.

12.) 11 Aug 2016 11:44:47
Hello ed, sky sports germany are reporting that a deal between arsenal and valencia is close regarding mustafi, any truth in this at all?

13.) 11 Aug 2016 11:54:28
Just to add to my post, the agent also said that a deal is imminent which is why I'm asking.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. Though he is available, I am not aware of any change in the situation. Clearly the agent is trying to remind people he is for sale....}




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07 Jun 2021 20:27:39
Just an question from me, partly an experiment. Who would you name as the greatest attacking players in world football over the past decade, and who you wished had played for Arsenal. I will accept both strikers and Attacking midfielders/ wingers.?


1.) 07 Jun 2021 20:37:07

2.) 07 Jun 2021 20:49:57
The two great attacking players last decade are surely Ronaldo and Messi. Of them, I would have loved Ronaldo in our team.

However, realistically, we had a chance to get the next best lot, Saurez is someone who could have been immense for us. Him and Ozil could have replicated Henry and Bergkamp. We definitely would have achieved something in Wenger's later term and Ozil also justified his value with Saurez upfront.

3.) 07 Jun 2021 20:59:23
Suarez - to think if we’ve just bid a fiver more.

Have to add Ronaldo, Robben, De Bruyne, Lewandowski, Hazard, Iniesta, Griezmann, Benzema, Agüero and Pirlo

So my 3 - Benzema, Pirlo and Ronaldo.

4.) 07 Jun 2021 21:00:46
Obviously Messi and Ronaldo, but the one for me would have been Benzema, we've had a LOT of strikers over the last decade, some of them quality, some really not. He has been absolutely world class for the entire decade.

Suarez would be a close second and then even though he's not been around for the last 3 or 4 years now, Iniesta, because he's Iniesta.

5.) 07 Jun 2021 21:01:05
Kante, he turns defence into attack faster than than Arteta can say " we was robbed "

6.) 07 Jun 2021 21:12:50
Ronaldo and Messi, but I would not have said no to Lewandowski, Hazard or Saurez.
Big big fan of De Bruyne as well.

7.) 07 Jun 2021 21:25:43
That’s the sort of responses I expected, and completely misses out the player I also suspected wouldn’t make any list. This is despite that player having a goal scoring record of 1 goal for every 3 games for both club, over a 13 year period, and country, over an 11 year period, and who holds 1 world cup winners medal and two Champions League winners medals, countless domestic medals, and who also set a league record for assists in 2019. Can you guess that player, and can you also explain why he continually seems to go below the radar of being one of the best European players of the past decade in most people’s lists, including mine.

8.) 07 Jun 2021 21:46:47
I have a guess at Thomas Muller.

{Ed014's Note - Bendtner?

9.) 07 Jun 2021 22:02:24
David Villa?

10.) 07 Jun 2021 22:12:52
No idea but Mario Mandzukic should be on the list.

11.) 07 Jun 2021 22:34:46
Giroud is just a champions league medal short, well sort of, he ticks most boxes.

12.) 07 Jun 2021 23:24:44
HB hit the nail on the head with Thomas Muller. Why is he never included in any lists of the best players of recent time? His record is superb, and over a decade period. Is it because you never here anything about him, no transfers, no issues, no histrionics that some of the better known players seem to have?

13.) 08 Jun 2021 00:23:26
I really like muller and it was ludicrous Lowe told him he would never play for Germany again (backtracked since, showing what a stupid thing that was to do, never say never) his goal scoring record for Germany at big tournaments, he could of been the highest scorer at World cups! But even so I don't think he comes close to Messi and Ronaldo does he?

14.) 08 Jun 2021 09:22:10
Ronaldo record smashes Mullers

Man U 84 goals in 106 app

Real Madrid 311 goals in 292 app ( wow )

Juventus 81 goals in 97 app

Portugal 103 goals in 174 app

In 4 different countries quite incredible.

{Ed077's Note - but Muller does have amazingly absurd assist numbers though....

15.) 08 Jun 2021 10:49:04
Yes he does 223 in 669 games

Ronaldo 225 in 1057 games.

16.) 08 Jun 2021 11:25:01
I agree he is not in the same league as Messi and Ronald, but to be fair no one is, and also to be fair Muller doesn’t play as an out and out forward, so one in 3 is pretty good for an AM. However, it was the list from SY4 that interested me, as again people like Griezmann make the list but Muller never does. Not having a go at SY4, my list would be the same. In fact even now, if I could pick a German player from the past decade to play for us it would have been Marco Reus, even though Thomas Muller has clearly been a better and more consistent player. I can’t figure out why that is?

17.) 08 Jun 2021 12:13:51
Oh no doubt mate and he’s a player we’d love at our club . TM is clearly up there with the best but we know who the top two are.

18.) 08 Jun 2021 12:43:13
Agree with that epping, he should definitely be in the conversation for the next step down, but like you say often gets overlooked.

19.) 08 Jun 2021 22:43:20
I'm a Mbappe fan and to think Arsene was in talks to sign him at one point!



06 May 2021 23:24:18
Sums it up perfectly I think. Biggest game of our season and we we put in a tepid, disjointed performance. Over the two legs we were outplayed and ultimately lost to a team from a town who's entire population can fit into our stadium with room to spare. We need someone who can get more from this team, who can up the overall tempo of our game, and who wants us to get the ball forward quicker. Arteta has had his chance and nothing has happened, so again, it's time to look elsewhere.




01 May 2021 23:45:23
So some have mentioned Arteta is getting more leeway than he should because he is an ex-player. So my question is, if we were in exactly the same position, but our manager was one of the recent greats, such as a Viera or Henry rather than Arteta (who let's be honest, is not one of our much loved greats) would people still want them out, or would they really get preferential treatment?


1.) 02 May 2021 08:59:22
For me personally there is a standard that needs to be achieved and it's irrelevant who does or doesn't achieve it, the bar has to be the same hight for all or we deserve nothing better than we get.

I'd rather be champions under big Sam than 10th under Mr class on grass himself, the legend that is Dennis Bergkamp, if Dennis had took over from Emery and done What Arteta had done it would be Bergkamp out too, it can't be any different if you are serious about competing with the best.

Arsene could no longer make us competitive and we became a Europa league club in his last 2 seasons finishing 6th and 5th so he had to go, if 6th and 5th weren't good enough from our greatest ever manager how can 8th and 10th be good enough from Mikel? because he worked under Pep?

Andrew Ridgely sang with George Michael for years but it never made him a singer and I don't remember Andrew having to many solo hits 😎.



21 Apr 2021 17:01:35
Ok so now the silliness is over, and we can all sigh a relief, it's time to play devils advocate. If the ESL has still been announced this week, but with Arsenal not involved, rather than be happy, how many would have been howling that it proves our owners have no ambition and lamenting how far we have fallen? If you are in an industry, and one of the leading players at that, you need to be aware of and in touch with any major developments going on otherwise you quickly stop being a leading player. Now I am by no means saying our owners were dragged in kicking and screaming, and in fact it sounds like the American owners were at the front, but what would have been the fan reaction if we either hadn't been involved or invited, but Spurs and Chelsea were?


1.) 21 Apr 2021 17:21:34
Difficult to tell Epping. I ersonally wouldn't have been happy with a closed league, especially if it was the only league we were in. And for 24 years, no thanks!

2.) 21 Apr 2021 17:38:06
My answer to your question is Epping mate, I wouldn't be in the slightest bit upset if the rest of the street were invited to help vandalise the old man across the roads garden and no one asked me if I wanted to join in.

In fact I'd be flattered they didn't think I'd be up for it mate.

There was no honour in being invited to help destroy the game we all love, any decent organisation would be outraged that anyone could even think they'd want to part of it.

Truth is we hung on longer than City and Chelsea in the hope the scheme could be saved despite being fully aware of the unhappiness it had caused Arsenal clung on to it as long as possible.



20 Apr 2021 20:14:41
The golden goose that Kronke and the other Yankee owners were clinging on for has just fallen flat in their face. Message to Mr Kronke, there is no reason for you to continue to own our club, please sell and leave football for good.


1.) 20 Apr 2021 20:26:25
He suddenly needs UK fans again, don't support Stan and his imposter Arsenal, drive them all out and get our club back again.

This fight was forced upon fans and now it's up to fans to win the war nkt just this battle.

Well done Boris well done Uafa Fifa Jurgen and Pep.




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15 Jul 2021 16:06:37
Definitely not Sally, we do need more. But I think we need to strengthen in the CM area rather than across that front 3/ 4. I know the Willian signing proved to be a poor decision, but I do understand why we signed him (just not at that salary! ) . When you have the likes of Saka, Marinelli and ESR breaking into the first team, I don’t see how signing an established international who is only a few years older can be in any way positive for those players. That player will instantly move ahead of them in the first XI, otherwise why would they sign for us, and also being young, will be around for a long while. For me if I was ESR, Saka or Martinelli, that would be a real slap in the face and I would consider my career at the club. That’s why I understand signing someone like Willian, as in it’s someone who should offer a short term option who allows those players to rest, but who ultimately is not a long term threat to their development and first team chances. It’s funny, but maybe someone like Isco, who I laughed at, might actually fit that 2nd category?




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14 Jul 2021 14:25:39
I am not sure we need either to be honest Sally. Both would get in the way of ESR and Marinellis game time and subsequently their first team development. Personally if I was ESR and we signed either I would be straight on the phone to Villa. Also I know Isco is a very good player but I have a thing in signing players who are shorter than the match day mascot! Not sure he would last very long in the PL.




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12 Jun 2021 11:57:51
Why would you want to replace Rob Holding DG. As already said we had the 3rd best defence last year, and he was head and shoulders our best center half? So why replace him at all, and if you did want to ship one out, why not Gabriel, who consistently was our worse defender?




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23 May 2021 22:04:28
Well if you are going to spend a lot of money on a single transfer, I think buying a player already proven in the premiership makes much more sense than blowing 70mil on a player who has absolutely no premiership experience and has given all his best performances in a weaker league.

We wouldn’t spend 70 mil on a championship player so why we did on a player from the French league is anyone’s guess. Man City won’t mind buying Kane and Grealish and you won’t see many say they have spent badly if they do.




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19 May 2021 21:38:26
Have to say I am a big fan of Fekir. He looks very good in the Spanish league and has had a very good season as far as I saw.





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19 Jul 2021 14:09:45
I wish we could let Leno be a goalkeeper, of which he is more than capable, rather than expect him to be the deep lying playmaker. If this is the most important aspect for Arteta, then slap the goalkeepers shirt on Xhaka and see how you get on. When will managers learn that the GK is probably the second most important member of the team. Yes I am a full card carrying keeper, and I say please stop messing with our role!




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12 Jul 2021 11:16:44
They are all low IQ knuckle draggers Sally. Thankfully the world has moved on and their sort are a dying breed. They also obviously don’t get irony as no doubt they are the same people that attacked the picture of the German girl crying by stating her father was a person, when in fact they are all closer to that party than any German.




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05 Jul 2021 22:57:24
Unless ESR wanted to go, selling him now, at any price would be a disaster IMO. We have had thousands of youngsters on our books over the recent decades who never made it with us, and many who never made it with anyone. The success rate is extremely low. So when you finally get someone come through the ranks who looks like they will be a very good player, you need to give them every chance to make it, and not flog them before they get that chance. It would send such a negative message to both our youth set up, and our fans. If ESR is a flash in the pan, or doesn’t quite live up to early promise, then we have missed out on 30-40 million, but if he does continue to build on last years performance, then 40 million will barely buy one leg!




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04 Jul 2021 12:23:52
I am the other way, I hope we do. I just don’t get the obsession of buying cheap euro trash over established home grown players. I played in goal, and I can confirm the best thing that ever happened to me was playing in a poor team. Yes I conceded more goals that season than any other, but I learned and improved massively. I think Ramsdale had a similar season, and should benefit greatly from it.




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29 Jun 2021 22:47:37
Lol, cheers G62.