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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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12 Apr 2022 22:00:08
Can someone explain, but shortly before joining us, did Emery bang his head and forget he was a football manager for a couple of seasons? Watching Spanish football this season and Villarreal have been brilliant, and now they have just beaten Bayern Munich over two legs and are in the CL semi-final. This is a club that represents a town that has the same population as Clacton-on-sea! Always felt sorry for him when he was with us, but he really did look devoid of all ideas at the end, but really pleased to see him doing so well.


1.) 12 Apr 2022 22:15:19
Like players, some managers just suit certain leagues. Emery did nothing outside of Spain.

2.) 12 Apr 2022 22:16:59
Good ebening for him and Villareal though.

3.) 12 Apr 2022 22:24:45
Yeah, obviously Spain really suits his style, although I suppose you could say he has just had success in Germany as well!

4.) 13 Apr 2022 05:50:23
Emery is a quality manager,3 Europa leagues tells you something. First manager after Wenger would not have been a good time for any manager. Still managed to get us to a Europa league final despite having some players pulling his way.
I am genuinely pleased for him because he came across as a genuine really nice bloke.

{Ed0666's Note - a thoroughly nice fella. Didn’t get the respect he deserved due to xenophobic tools.

5.) 13 Apr 2022 10:31:28
I'm not sure they were xenophobic. I mean, if they were, they'd hate almost the whole team.

He definitely seemed like a genuinely nice bloke. And he also seemed genuinely out of his depth at Arsenal.

6.) 14 Apr 2022 13:16:53
If I remember right is Auba hadn't miss the penalty at the end of the NLD we would have had Champions league in that season.



27 Dec 2021 21:06:38
Watching the Chelsea game the other day and again it reminded me on how important our next CF will be to our ability to reach the next level. I don't want to sound like a stuck record but I again marvelled at what impact Lukaku had when he came on. Was never a massive fan, but what a CF. This is a player who bullies the defenders, can receive the ball with back to goal, or can be slipped through, and if neither is working you can lump balls into the box. It's like having PEA, Lacca and Giroud in one player. I know in the past we have had a like for a fox in the box type forward, but I really hope we take our time and get someone who will really make a difference, play to our style, and take us to that next level. I do not see that type of player being available in January, so we should continue to clear the decks and make space and money available for next summer.




26 Dec 2021 21:44:58
They last few games have done wonders for our goal difference. Nice to see goals coming from multiple players.

It's amazing but winning games becomes a self perpetuating motion, in that players left out the starting xI suddenly become desperate to get involved, as apposed to remaining happy to keep out of a losing team.

The picked players also don't want to be left out, in fear the player coming in has a stormer and keeps the place. Suddenly we are seeing both confidence and competition to be part of a winning team.

Long may it continue.


{Ed014's Note - totally agree and with the Wolves game now off, next up is City, let’s see if we can give them a game, that would be a nice start to 2022!

1.) 26 Dec 2021 22:09:25
I agree both Epping and Ed014, playing a settled side brings so many benefits both to the settled 11 to 14 and the squad wanting to become part of that 11 to 14.
City like Liverpool are class above let's look to give them a game before expecting our young team to match them, if we get something from the game yippee but as long as we make it hard work for them it will be improvement ?.



06 Dec 2021 22:51:58
Dreadful game, played by two poor teams, just separated by one team who tries to get the ball forward but doesn't have good enough players to do it, and the other that has good enough players but has no idea how to get the ball forward.


1.) 07 Dec 2021 02:40:23
Not here to ruffle feathers, but I’m not sure you do have good enough players. There’s some potential in some of your youth, but any team that has Xhaka as a “captain” like influence needs to be dismantled. Your keeper likes to make simple saves look spectacular but he’s the media darling right now. PEA looks like he’s finished. And Lacazette looks like he’s still trying to get started. I think it’s always dangerous taking an assistant from a team with unlimited resources and assuming he knows how to work without them.

Reminds me of us when we had Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson. Inconsistent all around. Just when you thought they had turned a new leaf, right back to square one.

I don’t envy your team…it took a once in a generation manager to turn us around. I don’t think Arteta will ever be called that.

2.) 07 Dec 2021 06:53:54
Good points apart from the Ramsdale comment, he’s been absolutely superb and very consistent.



01 Dec 2021 22:14:53
Watching these midweek games and I have to say, is there many better players than Bernardo Silva in the premiership currently? I always thought that rumour that Man City would let him go in the summer was rubbish, but loved those few days that we were linked with his services. Unlike other more show pony type footballers currently in the premiership, I love how he seems to have absolutely no baggage or attitude, and just gets on with it, whether he is asked to play on the wing, through the middle or anywhere else. He seems a real credit to football IMO.


1.) 01 Dec 2021 22:30:08
Much like Kante, just goes about his business on the field and let's others talk about him rather than needing to talk about himself mate.




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27 Apr 2022 21:15:38
No point letting him go for a song if there are no takers. We will probably be in some form of European competition next year, and need that squad. Would much rather give him a chance with us rather than ship him out for peanuts. He was never a 70m pound player, but he has shown he can score, which is worth its weight in gold in the premiership. The chances of him succeeding with us are low, but it would be brilliant if it happened, I would love to be proved wrong.




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27 Apr 2022 21:11:21
It doesn’t s.




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25 Apr 2022 10:06:17
Jesus, not the best finisher, but great on crosses!




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12 Mar 2022 13:36:41
Signing him up for the Houses of Parliament, yes 100%. For us, maybe, but I see him more as a left winger rather than CF.




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31 Jan 2022 19:51:04
As long as we are not paying the balance of his salary Ed. He wanted to go play for Barca, so he should accept whatever they can afford to pay him, but we shouldn’t be making up the difference.


{Ed014's Note - sadly I’d imagine we’re paying a fair chunk Epping, can’t see Barca as affording a lot to be honest.




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22 May 2022 21:17:41
Yes he has had a better season, but it Is so easy to ‘improve’ when your coming from such a low, low base. Hopefully it’s his parting gift, with the previously known ‘worlds greatest manager’ stumping up an extra 10m or so from last years bid to take him to Roma.




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20 May 2022 23:36:33
When you think we lost/ got rid of Minlistat, and were linked with Monchi, how much better position would we be today with those guys pulling the strings, even with the Kronke clowns above them.




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20 May 2022 00:03:53
Ed, the thing about finishing 5th, is all those later years under Wenger, where we were fighting for the 4th place trophy season after season, our desperation to get 4th was always, if we don’t get in the Champions league we won’t get that striker, midfielder or whatever we need.

In the end we would get in, and not sign anyone decent anyway, or we just signed Chamakh or other losers anyway. Man Utd are also not in the CL, but something tells me they will still make big signings this summer.

Players will come if they believe the story, plus get payed a lot, and I think sadly, it is here we let ourselves down. We are a massive club, but being run poorly, by people who don’t understand either the game, or who they should appoint to run the club for them.

Players and agents who sit down with Kronke Junior and Edu will see that instantly. Compare us to a team like Bayern Munich, and it’s chalk and cheese, and until that is sorted, I think we will struggle to attract top talent.


{Ed014's Note - totally agree mate, we’re shockingly hapless in the transfer market, ed02 has told us so many times what an arse Edu is and particularly how he embarrassed himself in attempts to buy Aouar amongst others.

It’s so disappointing knowing what we could be and what we are.

Any slight hurdle that pops up in front of us as a club from top to bottom we seem to fall over with ease.



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17 May 2022 21:05:45
I did post about it earlier, as based on his statement Xhaka clearly needs to be added to the list of people who clearly don’t get or understand irony, ie most Americans and Alanis Morrisett, but it didn’t get posted, so assume one of the Ed’s is a big Alanis Morrisett fan?.




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17 May 2022 19:55:22
Very easy for him to say, he just needs to look at all the posts about his performances over the past 4 years.