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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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19 Jan 2021 22:11:50
I hope somebody at our club has been in contact with the fraud squad about the fake person pretending to be Willian at our club.

I am not sure if he is just a doppelgänger or perhaps Willians identical twin brother but its clear that whoever it is, they have spent most of their life working in a factory, or shop, or something similar, and have clearly never kicked a football in their life until accepting a large contract to wear the Arsenal shirt.

In fact to say they have never kicked a football is a slight understatement, as based on the fact that they tried to control an easy cross field pass with their hand last night, I would say they don't actually know what a football is.


{Ed047's Note - I never understand how managers give players like him game time.

He’s got to be every bit as lazy and useless in training.

1.) 19 Jan 2021 22:34:05
Harsh that Epping very harsh.

On Shop workers and factory workers, no need for that at all 😂.



17 Jan 2021 20:12:45
So question for all. What is Martinelli's best role? Is he ultimately our number 9 in waiting, or is he actually best playing in the wider role in the 3? I ask as I wonder if that will affect the thinking of the club when it comes to deciding whether to offer Lacca or Balogan a new contract at the end of the season. Second question is about Partey. Is he a DM to partner an AM, or is he in fact the box to box midfielder who needs a DM?


1.) 17 Jan 2021 20:59:13
I think martinelli is going to be one of those players that needs to be given a certain amount of freedom to roam across the front, from what I’ve seen he has a good footballing brain, great sense of awareness and skill for someone so young.

2.) 17 Jan 2021 21:23:55
Agree with 737, Martinelli is a free range striker. Let him run the channels and pop up where he's dangerous rather than holding him to the central striker role. I'd pair him with Laca because of Laca's support play, similar to how Alexis thrived off Giroud.

As for Partey I think he's at his best in a double pivot or a Ramsey-role b2b, both he and another midfielder together who can go forward and defend when their partner does the opposite.

3.) 17 Jan 2021 23:03:50
I must confess Wire, I always wanted us to sign Kondogbia for our CM role, and it was no shock when ATM went and signed him to replace Partey. I would think having both of them as our central midfield would be a formidable force IMO.

4.) 17 Jan 2021 23:20:00
Think Partey would partner Kante well tbh, would give a lot of freedom to whoever plays the 10 role. Martinelli for me doesn’t seem strong enough yet to play a 9, no chance of a long ball up to him with a big cb on his back, so LW for me Epping. Plus he has shown to have a real understanding with Tierney, but then again Tierney has linked with everyone really well that's played on the left.

5.) 18 Jan 2021 00:08:55
Partey and Bissouma = 😃 SY4.

6.) 18 Jan 2021 08:41:34
Martinelli's preference is to play on the LW and he cuts inside behind the full back rather than going down the outside. However, he has stated that he's more than happy to play anywhere across the front 3. His mentality and attitude fantastic and I hope that he can stay injury free. He was once asked if he aspired to be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and he responded with "I can be better than Ronaldo". It's a bold statement but that's the attitude you want in your team. Young, hungry, enthusiastic and has already proven that he can play at the top level. He just needs a good run of games now and hopefully his body will allow him to do so. I'll probably get slated for making the CR7 comment because people get compared to him all the time but even the man himself has said that it's having that mentality which was key to his success. He wanted to better than everyone else and prove it everyday.

7.) 18 Jan 2021 09:43:13
Glenn I don’t think GM35 has the same ring to it as CR7 but if he turns out as good as him I’ll have a tattoo done just for you mate
Joking aside I am extremely excited about Martinelli, almost as excited as G62 gets about Callum.

8.) 18 Jan 2021 13:04:00
No you're right it doesn't and I don't expect to anyone for a long time to reach his level but it's great that the kid that mentality. Why aspire to be as good as others when you can be better? I'm confident he'll be a big part of Arsenal going forward and he can play anywhere across the front 3 (just like CR7) 😉. He now just needs a run of games and a couple of goals to get back in the swing of things.



24 Dec 2020 23:49:15
Just wishing you all a peaceful and wonderful Christmas. It's been a difficult year for many, including our football team! But they say you learn more from adversity, and despite most having to cut down celebrations today, I hope you all realise and learn that you are actually still sitting down with the people that mean the most in your life, and that really is something to celebrate. Merry Christmas all.


{Ed047's Note - nice words Epping, have a great one!



24 Dec 2020 08:47:15
There were many moments in Tuesdays game that summed up our problems, but one in particular stood out for me. It was about the 82 minute, and despite winning comfortably, Man City broke, with a 5 versus 3. Luckily one of our CB, s made a last ditch tackle and we had the ball back.

We then went back to our slow build up play, and you saw those same 5 Man City players drift back past the ball to take up defensive positions. That summed up our football for the past 5 years, we play only one way. Teams know they can commit attackers against us, and press, because even if we win the ball back, we will never hit them on the break.

The ball will remain safely in our own half for the next few minutes, allowing plenty of time for the other team to get back into a defensive shape. This was how we played in Wengers final few years, how we played under Emery, and how we still play under Arteta.

Until we have a manager who is happy to shake things up, and play in ways other than 'possession at all costs as it gets you goals' then we are stuck in an unpleasant Ground Hog day situation.


{Ed047's Note - and it’s weird to think Arteta learnt his craft from Pep yet serves up this dire stuff 🤦‍♂️



13 Dec 2020 23:14:06
Arteta says; Xhaka cannot make those mistakes. Yes he can, he did it to the previous 2 managers and as soon as he is back from suspension he will be back in your team, so Xhaka can make whatever mistake he wants. Go and shove that boy out of his wheelchair, yes you can. Punch the chairman's wife in the face, yes you can. Obviously he is the worlds greatest footballer of course. Shame only the last 2 and current imbecile who managed him can see it, must be magic I suppose.





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30 Dec 2020 21:34:10
Don’t think you will see too many fans upset at that leaver list, in fact it’s great news that we can at last clear out so much dead wood at the end of the season. Perhaps Lacca and maybe Balogun the only names on the list that I would like to stay, but if we can get some cash for Lacca then maybe he should go. However not sure Eddie has shown he is capable of stepping up and filling his boots.




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09 Sep 2020 20:59:02
So we let a player Possibly good enough to play for PSG and Barcelona go, and replace him with a player Southampton didn’t think was good enough and who let leave on a freebie? And this is supposed to help us get in the top 4 exactly?




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28 Aug 2020 21:19:17
That reminds me G62, I kept fearing everyone was out to get me, so I went and told my doctor and he said hold on a second, leant out the door and said he’s in here lads.




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26 Aug 2020 20:59:06
No thanks, we have many wingers already. Have to agree with DG, it’s Partley or a decent wedge of cash only.




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03 Aug 2020 19:29:00
Can anyone actually work out why we would need him? Maybe if we manage to lose Ozil perhaps, but not exactly the hard hitting central midfielder we so desperately need is he?


{Ed047's Note - no idea Epping, I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole




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24 Jan 2021 12:09:46
Without ESR = absolutely no movement off the ball. Why don’t other players learn this? Pass and move, run into space, it’s not that difficult, but it appears to be the opposite for so many of our players. Also once again we struggle against a team who played a well organised press, and yet we don't do the same. Why doesn’t our manager learn? Walcotts chance yesterday came from a combination of suicidal football, in that we held a high defensive line but didn’t press. Surely it’s one or the other, but at least with a younger team we should have the fitness to press.




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20 Jan 2021 19:58:50
Ok all sing along “Papa from Greece, had his contract ceased. ”.




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19 Jan 2021 21:51:51
What’s wrong with a Pina Colada sharpie. Only real men drink with fruit and an umbrella in their glass! And SJ, when you say would Deli Ali be a suitable midfielder for us, I assume you are actually talking about you second favourite club, which will be someone like a Bognor Regis Town? Personally I would rather see the Emirates bulldozed and turned into a health spa before I would ever want to see Deli Ali wearing an Arsenal shirt.




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17 Jan 2021 23:03:50
I must confess Wire, I always wanted us to sign Kondogbia for our CM role, and it was no shock when ATM went and signed him to replace Partey. I would think having both of them as our central midfield would be a formidable force IMO.




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17 Jan 2021 21:46:25
I am conflicted about ESR, in that he is just breaking into the team and looks very promising. On the other hand he is young, and it’s a very important role in the team.

Maybe our lack of funds means he gets a good run as we can’t afford to buy anyone else anyway, but maybe we should just trust our youngsters anyway? If we think he will be good enough, what we don’t want to do is go out and buy someone else for his position who is in their early or mid twenties and already established.

That will just be a massive hit to ESRs confidence and development, basically saying the person occupying that role in the team will still be there in 4 years. Therefore someone older, who won’t be at the club for long, would be better, which ironically we had with Ozil.

At the end of the day we haven’t got back into the top 5 despite spending money on plenty of so called established internationals over the last 5 years, so maybe we give these youngsters a proper go?

What’s the worst that can happen, we finish outside the top 5, again?