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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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09 Apr 2021 18:25:41
Can anyone honestly say that we are a better team now than under Emery, and if yes, how?


1.) 09 Apr 2021 19:09:51
More organised and better defensively over 90 minutes. We seemed to have lost a lot going forward though.

2.) 09 Apr 2021 19:37:21
Emery finished 5th Arteta 8th and currently 10th.
How can it be better.

Obviously some people may enjoy Arsensl under Arteta more than they dus under Emery but that's personal opinion and possibly based on Arteta being an ex Arsenal player.

But if 5th wasn't good enough under Emery or Arsene then why is 8th and 10th good enough under Arteta?

It's not as though we are improving at all because last season Arsenal under Arteta averaged 1.45 points per game and now it's 1.40 per game.

He wouldn't be retained by United City Chelsea Liverpool Everton Spurs or Leicester with that record so why should he be retained by Arsenal.

3.) 09 Apr 2021 21:36:04
I agree G62, I could get behind it if there were some positives, like the play was good to watch and we had lost games because we were unlucky or poor decisions. But we are absolutely dire to watch and we've arguably got more points than we should through luck and poor decisions.

4.) 09 Apr 2021 22:09:21
It’s difficult to say that Arsenal finished 8th last season under Arteta because he took over after boxing day. Like i said better defensively and a better shape, we have lost something in attack. Would we be any better now with Emery in charge, impossible to say. Like would anyone other than Arteta be doing any better? that's anyones guess.

5.) 09 Apr 2021 22:20:23
We all want something to get behind Eden mate.

Going into next season with half the fans and a large section of the players feeling negative about the Man in charge is not good.

It's not as though Arteta has been fighting an uphill battle with the fans and players since he arrived, 99% of fans and players welcomed him with open arms, backed him 100% and desperately wanted him to succeed, it's Arteta himself who has lost that overwhelming support he enjoyed for free.

6.) 09 Apr 2021 22:51:13
My view is that Emery took Wenger's team and made it worse. Arteta took Emery's team and hasn't done much with it. You can't just say Emery finished 5th without including the fact that we lost almost every game in the final few months of his tenure and never recovered from that. The trend of our results under Emery last year would have had us relegated.

7.) 10 Apr 2021 00:59:59
We are not better defensively, have you been watching someone else .

8.) 10 Apr 2021 08:26:00
That's a fair comment on Emery Wire mate.

Its difficult because he only had one finish but it's hard to believe he'd have finished 5th in his second season the way he was going before being sacked.

And you are right too JG Arteta did only take over on Boxing Day but still Emery did better in his fist half season than Arteta did his plus Emery did far better in his only full season than Mikel is doing in his

What i think is for sure is after 16 months in charge Mikel is getting 1.4 points out of his Arsenal side which is 53 points over 38 games and that definitely wouldn't be acceptable at other big clubs.

9.) 10 Apr 2021 12:02:49
Everton sign the manager we should have and were a worst team than us but are averaging 1.62 points per game. They are also better to watch. We made a mistake and need to keep standards high. Last season they were 7 points behind us, season before 16 points behind us. 14 points the season before that.

10.) 10 Apr 2021 15:32:15
It's the Arteta effect SY mate 😎.

11.) 10 Apr 2021 16:28:41
Does no one find that shocking 62, why isn’t Mikel being compared to Them?

12.) 10 Apr 2021 18:52:43
I hated emery, but we have gone completely backwards now, don’t need to explain why eyes don’t lie.



23 Mar 2021 14:40:36
RIP Frank Worthington. He played his best football before my time, but he seems one of those players you would pay to watch. I certainly remember seeing him take the best kick off to a match I have ever seen. I think he was playing for Leicester, and the ball was played back to him and he flicked it up before hoofing the ball skywards, way above the camera, and probably way above the stands. The ball fell just outside the other teams area, rugby style, just out of reach for the keeper, and putting the centre half under massive pressure, as most of the Leicester players were now up and challenging for the ball. Talk about putting the opposition under pressure from the off, they must have hated it, absolutely brilliant.


1.) 23 Mar 2021 15:01:07
RIP Frankie

Super star of his generation.

2.) 23 Mar 2021 17:17:12
Bless him, what a brilliant player he was and that goal he scored with tee ups with his back to goal, wow l Bergkampesk before even Denis Bergkamp knew what that meant.
Great character and wonderful footballer who was adored and admire by every fan in the country.

Class on grass was a phrase that fiited Frank Worthington perfectly located, just like his tailor made white suit.

Always sad to see the passing of people who've had such a positive effect on so many people's lives life.

3.) 23 Mar 2021 17:44:52
Well said john.

4.) 23 Mar 2021 19:51:08
That goal was pretty amazing. Not just the foresight but his composure and finish was a delight. The Working man's George Best! Another young player with Dementia -thoughts with family.

5.) 24 Mar 2021 10:36:25
Brilliant footballer a genius that’s not often talked about.



13 Mar 2021 14:12:47
So message for all, but perhaps especially for Ed, seeing as he has a foot in each camp. We signed Arteta the same week Everton signed Anceloti. Who has done better so far, and where do people think we would be in the league currently if we had signed Anceloti not Arteta?


i would say everton epping, if arsenal had ancelotti i would think they would be in the champions league places with the quality of your squad mate..

1.) 13 Mar 2021 21:50:18
I'm not sure Carlo is quite the manager he was, but I'd be chuffed to have him anyway. He's always been a man great at managing big squads and getting a tune out of them. I think it depends how much you expect Arteta to improve.

2.) 13 Mar 2021 18:16:10
Hello Ed025 Mate brilliant to see you on here again mate 🖒

And as a celebration I am going to agree with you 100%, we missed out on Carlo twice, as Julia Roberts would say " big mistake, ;HUGE "

{Ed025's Note - Hi G62, i think the arsenal job came a bit quick for mikel, he has the potential to become a good manager but at this moment in time i feel its a bridge too far, just like frank lampard i would have liked him to cut his teeth in the lower divisions for a few years to create a CV before the step up to a big club mate..

3.) 14 Mar 2021 09:40:15
At premier league level potential has to be realised very quickly Ed025 mate, bigger clubs can't offered to loose touch with the pack and even smaller clubs need a manager who can keep them up now not at some point in the future.

The premier is a now business where the luxury of time for building is short because if your not achieving those clubs that are will pick over your squad like fussy Vulchers taking what's worth having leaving you with the bare bones and anything they don't want.

In the lower leagues there is a lower profile and less pressure and time to learn is more available to the big name rookie.

{Ed025's Note - i agree mate..



07 Mar 2021 11:23:29
The questions for me are; 1) Considering we insist on playing out from the back, why are we so rubbish at it the minute the other team press? What do we practice in training all week? 2) Considering we see time and again how difficult it is to play out from the back when the other team presses, why don't we press? Tottenham had destroyed Burnley within 20 minutes. Why, because they pressed and dominated. If so called good teams struggle to beat the press, then surely not so good teams, and let's be honest Even by their own standards, that was a poor Burnley team, struggle even more. 3) why do we incentivise teams to press by playing so slow? If I was Sean Dych I would be gutted that they gave Arsenal so much space early on. I think if they had have pressed from the start, they would have won. If you encourage teams to press, surely you play a style where if you beat the press, then you aim to break quickly and get in on goal, so you give the other team a risk, to press or not. We beat the press and frequently do nothing, in fact more often than not the ball will go sideways for a while before ending up all the way back to Leno, giving the opposition an easy decision to press as you have plenty of time to get back and defend deep as well.


1.) 07 Mar 2021 13:20:58
Our goal came from playing out from the back, in my eyes it’s not about playing our form the back. It’s about sensing danger and when it’s time to go long.
Your point about spurs is a good one but as ever, teams learn from mistakes. except us it seems. Plus the spurs pitch is suitable for knocking the ball around Burnley play on a rugby pitch, maybe the have stokes old grounds man.

2.) 07 Mar 2021 21:20:03
We should of been 3 up inside 20/ 30 minutes though.



03 Mar 2021 19:46:30
Ok your fairy godmother has returned and granted Arsenal 3 premiership signings of your choice. Only 1 player from any team, and we have to give up an existing first 11 player in return. So who would you choose and why? For me it would be 1) Declan Rice in, and Elneny out (Xhaka would be my first choice for departure but Elneny worth less so economics win) . 2) Jack Grealish in, Willian out. Would love to see our 3 being an all English trio or Sake, ESR and Grealish, especially seeing as Grealish spends most time down the left for Villa, so would fit in perfectly. Third choice more difficult. Head says a CB, so Van Dijk from Liverpool for any of our current CB, s but probably Luis. On the other hand heart says Harry Kane from Spurs for Lacca. Not necessarily someone we would need but could you imagine how upset the Spuds fans would be, that would surely make it worthwhile😂.


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1.) 04 Mar 2021 00:08:36
1. Foden for Willian
2. Pogba for Elneny
3. VVD for Luiz

I tend to prefer Arsenal signed younger players hence no KdB but you make a good point about Kane. I think Son is the better player, though.

With no restrictions I'd probably have picked Dias, Foden and KdB though. City really are just that good right now.

{Ed014's Note - wouldn’t touch Pogba with a barge pole

2.) 04 Mar 2021 02:11:02
I like Pogba. With a good manager I think he'd be a top 3 mid in the league.

3.) 03 Mar 2021 22:56:18
He’s talking about raver I think Ed 🤣.

4.) 04 Mar 2021 10:52:13
Raver only goes out with fairy godmothers or Lily Savage look a likes.




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19 Mar 2021 14:30:01
That would be typical of Arsenal, settling for Silva when they should be going for Gold😂.




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01 Feb 2021 13:12:07
I think that would be a really good move for him. Hope it goes ahead and he gets game time.




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28 Jan 2021 18:54:20
Deffo agree on the Max Aaron’s for Bellerin CB. That’s a good shout.




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24 Jan 2021 14:17:34
If he wants to stay then I suggest Balogan needs a new agent! On what earth should he be picked ahead of Nketiah? He scores a goal and plays well just makes it easier for his agent to get the price up elsewhere. Unless he signs a new contract with us he should never get near the first xi again.




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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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16 Apr 2021 19:15:56
I know winning trophies is the main objective, but for me we have something amazing in never being relegated and therefore having the longest unbroken run in the top tier. No one else in our league can say that, and therefore I would never risk breaking that record.




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14 Apr 2021 21:17:54
For me, the start of the rot under Wenger was when he forgot the pace and power of his earlier period and decided the future of our football would be based on slower possession football, tippy tap style and through the middle. This eventually failed and so we moved onto Emery who played slower possession football, tippy tap style and through the middle and it failed. So we move onto Arteta who plays, well you know the rest. So through apathy I say what’s the point of replacing Arteta if we bring in another manager who will just be more of the same? Lots of comments on here about Arteta having no plan B, but I fear that it’s our board and hierarchy who really have no plan B.




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14 Apr 2021 20:54:31
SY4 you must be confident as you have gone without a keeper!




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12 Apr 2021 21:51:52
Every time I see Holding play I see nothing wrong, and yet he is another that gets dropped all the time. Arteta really needs to give these players a run of games.




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11 Apr 2021 09:29:50
I don’t think Arteta has helped himself by changing the team so often. Yes you need a squad and to rest players in less important games but surely every manager knows what their best XI is quite quickly? With Arteta I am still not sure he does?