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22 Jan 2021 11:28:45
Jesus, Matt Ryan on loan from Brighton until the end of the season. A very good goalkeeper indeed and is ample back up to Leno.




22 Jan 2021 10:23:54
Signing Odegaard means less playing time for ESR. He'll take a backseat once again which will frustrating for him I'm sure. A lot of people raved about Dani Cabellos, myself included and he's not exactly been superb in his time at Arsenal. Let's not forget about Dennis Suarez to. Could it be DS 2.0?

What does everyone else think? Ed's too!


{Ed002's Note - It is a strange choice and Arsenal have had better options in mind.}

1.) 22 Jan 2021 10:54:24
I can only assume that these other choices may be looked at in the summer? It does baffle me for sure.

2.) 22 Jan 2021 10:55:01
I’m far from a Dani fan. Can’t understand why we loaned him. He’s not the future and not good enough.

If ESR is going to have competition or sit on sidelines - why would we do it with the kid from Real. It will take the player 12 months to get up to epl standards. Bad idea in my book.

3.) 22 Jan 2021 11:12:50
How did the media not pick up on the Mat Ryan signing? Ed do you think it’s a good signing for arsenal?

{Ed002's Note - He had a very good reputation but Brighton decided some time ago it was not working out - so a loan makes sense in the short-term.}

4.) 22 Jan 2021 11:17:54
FFS you lot, it makes perfect sense. We don’t have the money to sign our long term targets, you all complain when we make rash decisions or take second or 3rd choice players like we did with Pepe because he was on HP terms rather than money up front
ESR cannot play every game and has had injury issues before so needs bringing through slowly
Odegaard has played approaching 30 games last season in la liga so will be a perfect fit without a risky lay out whilst ESR is bedded in as a first team regular
Honestly you lot have to stop moaning it’s depressing and a BANTER site not the Samaritans.

5.) 22 Jan 2021 11:17:34
In my personal opinion I don't think Odeegard will walk into the first XI and take ESR's place - ESR has been fantastic since being integrated into the side, and as SY4 said Odeegard will need some time to adjust to the premier league. But I do think it is important we bring in another CAM/ #10 for rotation. We will have an extremeeely congested fixture list should we make it far in the FA cup and Europa league, and we cannot rely on ESR alone to play in the #10 position. We have seen what we were like playing without a true attacking mid (absolutely awful) and how important that position is to improve our attack. I have no doubt both ESR and Odeegard will get more than enough minutes each rotating, and I doubt that MA would want to stunt ESR's development now after seeing how much he has brought to our team. A good move for all parties involved IMO (provided Odeegard can find the level he did at Real Sociedad)

6.) 22 Jan 2021 14:13:35
Agreed Colney but apparently odegaard won’t come to Arsenal to be used that way, GH said and apparently I’m an idiot ( which is sometimes true I admit)

7.) 22 Jan 2021 14:39:16
337 - why are you an idiot, where did you get that from? You’re normally having a go at me for being a fool. So if you’re an idiot - what am I?

So we agree we need creativity and we need someone capable of supplementing ESR but that can make an immediate impact and get up to epl standards.

I am not sure if another kid is the answer - that’s all.

8.) 22 Jan 2021 23:14:30
Would never call you a fool mate. I’m just always seeing the positives others deal with things the other way, truth is we all want the best for the team we love.



20 Jan 2021 18:16:23
Hello Ed,

I can't find the thread where someone asked about Dele Ali but I know you replied saying that Draxler or Joan Jordan might provide an option.

Previously you mentioned that Brandt was our preferred target. Is this still the case or has our attention moved more towards Draxler and Jordan?

Thank you 😊.


{Ed002's Note - Right now you can scratch Joan Jordan. Draxler and Brandt - interest remains.}

1.) 20 Jan 2021 19:29:27
Brilliant, thanks Ed.

2.) 20 Jan 2021 20:20:07
Hi Ed, Sly Sports are reporting we are interested in Odegaard? You know about any approach? Sky are saying we were already knocked back and have gone back in? Also would this mean we would have to send Dani Ceballos back to Madrid, as i though you could only have one player from a club on loan? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Martin Odegaard (RW/AM) Real Sociedad are keen on taking him on loan and have spoken with Real Madrid. His agent has said that he has had enquiries from two English sides. Why would Arsenal want another RW?}



18 Jan 2021 08:49:49
Good Moring Ed,

Another name in the rumour mill this morning is Ivan Toney. Do you know if there is any interest from Arsenal, whether that be now or in the summer? I can only think he would be seen as replacement for Lacazette if he was to leave in the summer.

Many thanks in advance :)


{Ed002's Note - Ivan Toney (S) The player decided on a move to Brentford in the summer instead of Swansea or Brighton. Celtic also made enquiries. After a very good start to the season he has attracted scouts from a number of Premier League sides including Everton, West Ham, Arsenal, and again Brighton. Brentford have no interest in selling.}

1.) 18 Jan 2021 12:48:33
Cheers Ed :)



08 Jan 2021 18:32:13
Evening Ed,

Reports this evening that West Ham are interested in signing Nketiah. Is there any solid interest at all and would Arsenal be open to selling him?
Personally I would rather sell Eddie if it meant being able to give Balogun more game time.

Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach and West Ham have been actively enquiring after other targets.}




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15 Apr 2021 11:48:21
Lets go and get it tonight! I might be mistaken but I think Slavia are unbeaten at home all season. It's not going to be easy and the state of the pitch will certainly not be like ours. We need to be ruthless, clinical and play with real character to avoid defeat. We know we have the quality to dictate the game so it's what happens at the business end that will determine whether we progress or not.

I would go with the below as a starting 11:

Gabi, Laca, Pepe
Xhaka, Partey,
Saka, Gabriel, Holding, Cedric

Personally I wouldn't want to drop Saka to LB but he can cause some serious danger down that flank with Xhaka covering when he goes forward. I think Xhaka will start at LB again to be honest with Dani C in the centre. Pepe will drop to the bench with Saka on the right.

Let's get the win and take the momentum home for Fulham on Sunday. COYG!


1.) 15 Apr 2021 14:59:52
They certainly aren't easy to beat Glen as we saw last Thursday plus they have that away goal which means we have to score and they don't.

Like all teams in a chasing position we have to be aware of our vulnerability on the break, but if we keep our discipline and don't panic no matter how long the goal takes to come then I think we will be ok.

They held both Leicester and Rangers to 0 0 draw when they needed to do so, it's all about having total respect for them and what they are capable of while still playing our own game in our own time knowing if we keep doing all the right things we will get the result we want.

For me it's all about holding our nerve as a team.



09 Apr 2021 11:55:22
The only reason I continue to back Arteta at the minute is because the players aren't delivering when it matters. Yes we are frustrating to watch but some of the responsibility has to lie with the players themselves. The manager can't be held accountable because one player doesn't clear the ball in a critical moment. We were doing it all game but not when it really mattered. The manager can't be held accountable because Lacazette and Saka miss their 1 on 1 chances which would of buried the game.
If the players took their chances last night then Arteta wouldn't be in the firing line this morning. We did create, we just bottled it.

I appreciate that at the end of the day the manager is responsible for the results, but I feel that there have been too many times where the result has been 'out of his hands' so to speak to because of silly errors, poor individual performances.

Thoughts? Am I being to naive?


1.) 09 Apr 2021 12:37:28
Im with you Glenn, i think the players are failing to deliver, i suppose having a leader on the pitch helps. And for me we have a few, Tierney, Mari, Luiz. Why on earth Bellerin a player that will depart in the summer is captain is beyond me.

I still believe there will be a few departing this summer, that continue to lack the ability needed to play 90 minutes at a decent level. You look at the goals we have conceded this side of Christmas and you would have to say that none of them are unstoppable and 90% of them are down to our own doing.

2.) 09 Apr 2021 13:03:58
That last comment is exactly what I was getting at mate. How many of them have been class individual or team goals? Very few in my opinion.

I'm hoping for another positive transfer window in the summer and we'll really start to see what players he thinks he needs/ wants.
Personally I think he already knows what players aren't up to the task but purely for squad rotation and injuries he continues to give them a chance. He looks on with as much disgust as me when players do stupid things that we all know full well doesn't come from him.

I do question his team selection a lot though but then again, we always questioned Wenger's towards the end and Emery's every week!

3.) 09 Apr 2021 13:35:26
But are the players failing to deliver because of Arteta’s lack of experience a bit like Frank at Chelsea?

4.) 09 Apr 2021 14:03:25
Team selection and approach is something Arteta lacks. He has a set way and doesn't want to change, for whatever reason, that is not a sign of a strong manager.
One game we play attacking football and the next three we go back to passing sideways and backwards. If you look carefully, 9 out of 10 times the man in front of the player who has the ball is pointing to pass back instead of demanding the ball.

5.) 09 Apr 2021 19:24:14
To be honest Ox i'm not sure why they aren’t they delivering, we can say its Arteta, yet he somehow got them to beat Liverpool, Chelsea and City last season, he has shown he knows what it takes. Maybe we have a group that just can’t go 90 minutes without switching off or making a mistake. I think its ability, compare our squad with the teams above us and can you honestly say we have more than maybe 3/ 4 that would get into any of their 11s? there's lots of work to do with that squad, and the question is can the club afford to bring in a world class manager and supply them with funds to get who they want?
The thing i fear for the summer is we get rid of too many and don't have enough cover.

If they all leave we need two CBs two RBs and a LB
Again 2 centre mids and 1 attacking mid.

Loosing all these and replacing will be difficult enough under normal circumstances but with CV and no funds coming in from tickets, its not looking like it will be great.

{Ed077's Note - A few weeks ago, people here were saying not many players from Man Utd would get into a combined 11. Now they arent good enough to be competing for European places? Im confused...}

6.) 09 Apr 2021 20:31:33
We do have a good enough starting 11 but Arteta frustratingly continues to change it every game.

I personally think there's something going on behind the scenes with PEA which ia causing some issues in the squad.

7.) 09 Apr 2021 21:11:14
I’d love to see Arteta succeed - he’s our manager and explayer

I’d rather have kept Freddie to be honest - he talked slot of sense and played players who were performing and saw that Laca and PEA couldn’t play together in a front 3.

For me - Arteta would be sacked if at any other big club and I feel we are giving him such a low performance bar because he’s an explayer and Pep said nice things about him. Honestly think people hope and want him to succeed rather than believe he has the experience and horsepower to succeed. We’ve given an inexperienced manager too big a job then we make his job even bigger with more responsibility. Crazy. That plus a screwed up set up.

Issues with Arteta

Tinkers - Can’t get us to play a balanced defence and attack game - doesn’t know best 11 - doesn’t play to players strength - can’t manage big names - tactics - can’t adapt in game - continues to play from the back - lacks tactics - over analysis opposition to detriment of our game - poor attack play - drops / picks players despite how they play - wants us to press but we don’t - makes us play slow methodical football

On a positive - loves our club, wants to play the game the right way ( doesn’t deliver though) , attack minded ( doesn’t deliver ) and seems to talk a good game ( doesn’t deliver) . I do look forward more to watching his Arsenal than Emery Arsenal but I’d take the Worst Wenger over Arteta.

We need a rebuild and sell 3 or 4 defenders to replace with 1, sell 4 or 5 midfielders and buy boussima and sell strikers to clear room for the young blood.

Sorry - I like Arteta but he’s out of his depth and we have to be more clinical on / off pitch and behind the scenes


8.) 09 Apr 2021 22:14:44
Ed baring a few from United it would be 50/ 50 for places. I think and not looking for excuses that United have been lucky with more than a few decisions which have resulted in getting points this season.

Baring Fernandes, wan bissaka and Rashford, I wouldn’t want anyone else from United.

{Ed077's Note - then surely Arteta is dragging the squad down. After all Man Utd finished 3rd last season too whilst Arsenal were competing for top half finish just like this season, with all due respect.

Maybe if you guys tried to play in and around the opposition ox every so often instead of passing square balls inside your own box then you might get lucky sometimes instead of conceding silly, avoidable goals.

P.s I actually think Man Utd should be doing better but for OGS.



08 Apr 2021 21:53:09
We are shockingly bad.


1.) 08 Apr 2021 22:09:17
The players have list their fight for Arteta, I think it’s all over after Thursday if we go out.

2.) 08 Apr 2021 22:11:44
We are going to fail to finish in a European qualifying places for second running.

It's been 25 years since it last happend at all and now twice under Arteta, he's got a squad that's far far better than that.

3.) 08 Apr 2021 22:24:25
Would have like Wenger to have had such a strong squad at the end of his reign - defence and midfield is so much stronger while attack has an embarrassment of riches. This squad including loaned out players is so much better than what they are achieving. It’s quite embarrassing.

4.) 08 Apr 2021 22:25:20
The squad is full of talent but Arteta is out of his depth.

5.) 08 Apr 2021 22:30:49
I think he will see the season out even if we go out next week as there is no advantage to sacking him before the summer.
At least 50% of the players don't rate him and the same amount of fans don't want him.

Going into next season with such a devisive manager wouldn't be a smart move.

6.) 08 Apr 2021 22:57:14
Arteta has definitely lost the dressing room- especially the older players.

{Ed002's Note - He has not lost the dressing room. It is under the main stand and second left.}

7.) 08 Apr 2021 22:57:36
Arsene was a Rolls Royce manager but his vintage couldn't keep with more modern update models on the market. The problem is we tried to replace him twice with £500 bargin buys.

Our next manager has to be both modern and come with a very good service history even if he costs the going rate.

8.) 09 Apr 2021 00:10:58
Funny Ed lol.



19 Mar 2021 11:03:37
Tottenham players have been banned from owning dogs after the RSPCA raised concerns that none of them know how to hold onto a lead.



1.) 19 Mar 2021 11:47:41
Love it

Made me chuckle.



14 Mar 2021 09:17:10
What are people's opinions on the debate about heading in football and its links to dementia? I've been listening to Talksport this morning with Tony Cascarino who feels that it could well be forced out of football within the next decade.
Personally I think it's ludicrous to even suggest that heading is removed from the game. There are risks to health in every job and every professional sport and you know this when you sign up to it. An electrician can work all day knowing the dangers of his job just like a professional boxer/ MMA fighter can have their faces smashed up every few months but you don't stop punching in boxing?
Obvisouly it's horric that people do suffer as a consequence of heading in football but how many other sports and day to day jobs cause potential long lasting damage to the body as a result of it?
By all means call me naive because I probably am but I'm interested to hear everyone's opinion, especially that of the Eds 😊
Cheers all.


{Ed001's Note - it needs a lot more research, otherwise we are all just talking about something out of ignorance. So I have no opinion right now and am happy to be guided by people who have done some research. There are a number of alternatives to consider, not just removing it from the game. Headguards, for example.}

1.) 14 Mar 2021 11:00:49
The thing is for the first 100 odd years of football no one knew that heading had the potential to cause long term damage so we all carried on in happy ignorance.

Now we are aware that there is a very real chance that there are long term effects from heading so we have the chance to look at sensible ways of minimising the risks and allowing adults to make informed decisions for themselves.

Ignorance is bliss but now the potenial danger is identified it wouid immoral to let kids of 3 to 17 make choices they are not yet equipped to make for themselves.
At 18 young people are free to smoke drink and pretty much make thier own choices and I think it wouid be wise and fair to include heading a football to that list until we know a lot more for sure.

I am sure those families of ex players who have watched a loved one suffer and in turn suffer with them would something to be done if possibl.

2.) 14 Mar 2021 11:34:17
I wonder if the very heavy leather balls used years ago caused the issue for the players suffering dementia now? Perhaps with the lighter modern balls it won't be such a problem for our players? That said, if a definite link is found, I just think players will adapt their game to use their head less frequently.

{Ed001's Note - the ball moves quicker now, which makes it more damaging.}

3.) 14 Mar 2021 13:39:14
I think it is a very difficult subject and needs to be thoroughly investigated. As Glenn suggested, it's part and parcel of the game. Are we talking about completely avoiding headers? That will be totally out of line. how do we deal with ball hitting the head? And where will this all stop, so tomorrow someone relates problems to the feet, knees to football then what?
If there is a definite link then may be we can put some process in place, we have all the statistics these days so if a player has headed the ball x number of times, he should have a mandatory rest for a game and get checked up medically, or something like that.
But it will be a very difficult situation to deal with.

4.) 14 Mar 2021 12:11:49
I considered the same thing Sally, maybe heavier balls were more dangerous but like Ed001 says maybe not.
We are only at the beginning of the enquiry and all possible causes and all possible solutions are worthy of consideration until we ultimately come up with the best possible answer, which of course we will in time.

5.) 14 Mar 2021 14:40:31
If there is a demonstrable link the game will most likely have to change. Everything changes as our knowledge increases - I can't imagine many parents happily sending their kids on the pitch to potential scramble their brains for later life. I know boxing is cited as an example where we do nothing but 1, the object of boxing is to cause damage to your opponent, football isn't and 2, Even if we accept that it surely cannot be too long before a civilised society decides that two men knocking the daylights out of each other is entertainment. Few boxers seem to me to have all their faculties after a full career. Are we going to see a critical mass of ex-footballers in their sixties sounding punchdrunk and do nothing about it?

6.) 14 Mar 2021 14:46:25
Back in the 70s there was ignorance towards the impact of heading the ball. No footballer signed up knowing there was any personal risk and you are seeing more and more players being diagnosed with dementia. I’m sure it wouldn’t have stopped them but I’m sure an motor racer knows the risk or an electrician but I can tell you a footballer back then didn’t know about heading risk and their families have been getting no support from club or PFA as it’s not a work injury. These footballers never earned what players do today.
In the olden days the pitches were poorer, weather wetter and the ball absorbed water making it heavier than any ball today. Also consider that at Arsenal they did huge amounts of heading training every day, the goalie just about always hoofed the ball in the air so heading was more common, ball far far heavier and awareness less. It’s totally different today and to be fair, kids shouldn’t be heading the ball at school while their skull is still developing etc. American football addressed the issue / addressing the issue and so should EPL. It’s football not head ball and i'd rather see the ball on the floor than hoofed in the air.
To say we should ignore the issue hotting players from the 70s is crazy and there is no reason for young teenagers to head footballs that often. Player the ball on the pitch like Cloughie preached rather than necessitating lots of heading. You can’t limit it but don’t do loads of heading. Raise awareness, it’s not a nice condition or nice to see it happen.

The heavier balls were dangerous - heading a water sodden ball from a Pat Jennings goal kick not as dangerous as a light ball in today’s game? Not convinced one bit. The ball today may be worse than a ball 5 years ago but not from the 60s / 70s and consider the amount of heading also and the terrible muddy pitches.

COYG - let’s stuff the Spurs today.

7.) 14 Mar 2021 15:59:31
Just because we've always done something doesn't mean we should always do it, is my view!

I remember it being fair game to barge the goalkeeper over the line if was holding the ball and big centreforwards use for that purpose and would do anything possible to force the keeper over the line with the ball in his hands 😀 Seems crazy now days I know.
The games evolved since then and will continue to evolve as long as it's still played.

8.) 14 Mar 2021 16:10:44
Hey SY mate brilliant to hear from you 😎😃😄😊🙂🤗😆😊😂😄😃😁.

9.) 14 Mar 2021 16:49:16
Thanks 62! Big afternoon for the boys.

10.) 16 Mar 2021 00:22:13
can not see football without heading.
Maybe a no heading outside the box rule?




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26 Feb 2021 08:41:15
To be honest Shaq it's hard to disagree with that point. We were clearly the better team in both legs and played some lovely football going forward but individual errors made it difficult. There was absolutely nothing that Mikel could of done to avoid those errors and the tie would of been 4-0 with nobody complaining.




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24 Jan 2021 12:03:31
337, wrong. His agent wants him to leave, he wants to stay. He's class and he deserves his moment over Eddie end of story. If he leaves it's another huge mistake. So thanks but no thanks 👍🏻.




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23 Jan 2021 23:04:24
Nope but it seems like it's going to be a while whatever it is. Doesn't sound great but hopefully everything is okay. Maybe it's time to let Balogun play step up in the first team 👀.




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22 Jan 2021 12:12:28
Yet you have heard of Odegaard and that signing makes perfect sense? Matt Ryan has been solid for Brighton and is a great loan signing for us. He is a shotstopper and very comfortable with the ball at his feet. I'm actually quite impressed that we made a sensible signing for once.




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22 Jan 2021 10:54:24
I can only assume that these other choices may be looked at in the summer? It does baffle me for sure.





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09 Apr 2021 13:03:58
That last comment is exactly what I was getting at mate. How many of them have been class individual or team goals? Very few in my opinion.

I'm hoping for another positive transfer window in the summer and we'll really start to see what players he thinks he needs/ wants.
Personally I think he already knows what players aren't up to the task but purely for squad rotation and injuries he continues to give them a chance. He looks on with as much disgust as me when players do stupid things that we all know full well doesn't come from him.

I do question his team selection a lot though but then again, we always questioned Wenger's towards the end and Emery's every week!




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09 Apr 2021 12:57:48
Excellent news! Now they need to let the young blood do the business.
Martinelli needs to play, ESR needs to continue getting regular minutes and he'll be a starter next season and Saka is already there.

Balogun through the middle with the other 3 around him I say haha! He wouldn't of missed Laca's chance last night that's for sure.




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01 Apr 2021 07:58:47
Lukaku would be class for us 👍🏻.




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31 Mar 2021 09:52:45
That's a very good point Mal! How much did Wan-Bissaka cost? 50m as well? Mad.




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20 Mar 2021 12:29:12
It would be interesting to see how many of those were due to individual errors/ silly mistakes beyond Arteta's control. It's certainly not purely down to him. I don't recall many of them being well worked team goals or worldies that's for sure.