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22 Aug 2014 09:25:48
Hi Ed, what's the situation of Stephan El Shaarawy? I think he'd suit our style. He'd bring some spark to our left wing if he can stay injury-free this season.

Iceman

{Ed002's Note - Very unlikely he will move this summer, although Arsenal have previously shown interest.}


1.) Okay thanks Ed, I'm really struggling to see who we could sign but luckily we'll find out soon.


 

 

04 Jan 2014 09:49:27
ed what's the situation with matthias ginter? I expected him to move last summer and we were definitely interested. are we still interested?

Iceman

{Ed002's Note - Freiburg will look to hold on to Matthias Ginter until the summer when Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich will likely push for the defender.}


 

 

31 Jul 2013 14:53:02
ed do you know of any interest in mccarthy or ginter? heard some rumours today. {Ed027's Note - {Ed027's Note - i hear we're looking at Mathias Ginter guys, young Cb from Freiburg, been in talks for a while, Mccarthy is not a target as such, maybe an alternative in the future, if targets fail, we've looked at him}

Iceman

 

 

20 Jul 2013 12:58:15
i must say when I first heard about these suarez rumours I thought no way but now cautiously optimistic. honestly he'd be a perfect fit and I used to think we should sign him but in a million years we won't. now it seems more likely though.

pretty confident 40m would do the trick. liverpool seem to demand more but they're not going to get much more. and the other option for them is to keep him. and keeping a player with suarez's mentality against his own will is, well, a frightening thought!

some are concerned about this "baggage" he has. i'm not. the most concerning part is his ban, but if he signs a 4-5 year contract that ban is really meaningless. imo his reputation doesn't work completely against him. now every defender knows he's not just a fantastic dribbler, a goal scorer and a provider, but he bites too! he makes defender's feel uneasy I can see him starting as a striker, but also as a "winger" (winger like walcott, poldi, ramsey or santi meaning he'll play more centrally than wide) alongside giroud.

Iceman

1.) To be honest I'm feeling this one aswell just hope it don't go right to the wire and we drop out again last minute


2.) Still think Arsenal will end up with Higuain. This Suarez business is just some sort of mind games with Real Madrid. Selling Higuan to Arsenal will fund Real Madrid's move for Suarez but Arsenal won't pay over the odds for Higuain.


3.) Not really a rumour, but I like this post


4.) I think Wenger and the fans would be equally happy with either. No mind games, Higuain at one price, Suarez (or Rooney) at another. Any of these will do the job!


5.) Suarez interest is very real indeed. Wenger will not pay the asking price for higuain when he can get suarez for a couple million more, anmd who is a much better player in my opinion.


6.) Higuain has had second thoughts about moving to Arsenal. Personally, I don't want Suarez at the gunners. He is obnoxious and a cheat. Don't forget the whole transfer might cost us £70 million


7.) Im not concerned about his baggage either. he's a great player and it outweighs the what-ifs.

Honestly, I prefer Higuain. But i'm happy with either. Both awesome players and will be crucial in the seasons to come.

StarsplashTaiwan
TaiwanGunner


8.) 20 Jul 2013 18:27:25
I would be happy with higuain at £23m however I would not like to see us pay much more for him seeing as he is second choice behind benzima at madrid and they play one up top usually so he is a great second choice striker for them. However I would prefer to have arguably the best striker in the premier league at the moment for an extra £17m, if we got him with the service our midfield can provide he will have a field day for us.


9.) Since when will liverpool become a feeder club to the biggest feeder club in the league? suarez will move to madrid or stay at lfc. there's an outside chance of bayern or psg. not arsenel!


 

 

30 Mar 2013 10:50:18
since the transfer talk is heating up, here's my take.

i think we need five players. cb, rb, gk, dm and st. I really like the jovetic rumours, he'd provide a different option to giroud. what is more important he's proven quality with good age and relatively large experience.

asmir begovic would be brilliant for us. I like szczesny a lot and these two would provide good competition for each other.

we need at least one cb anyway because djourou will probably leave. i'd like someone young like 23 or something because verm, kos and mert are all something like 27/28. we don't need necessarily an immediate starter because kos-mert is a really solid pairing and vermaelen is great as well if he sorts out his form.

painful to say this, but sagna is in decline. it's the right time to sell him. jenkinson is ready to become our primary starter but we need cover. I can't decide, should we buy a new one or take a gamble with bellerin? he's awesome. and of course there's yennaris as well.

finally, a dm is a must. wanyama? capoue? gonalons? I haven't seen enough of them to decide but wanyama has attracted a lot of hype and he's young as well so.

i think ramsey has been great lately. next season I think he's ready to bench arteta. I can see a midfield of *a new dm*, ramsey and wilshere bossing games with santi roaming as a winger and popping up everywhere. with jovetic and walcott up front we'd have loads of pace and technique.

the bench would also be superb. imagine ox, podolski and giroud all warming up, that would scare the hell out of oppositions. coquelin and arteta could freeze the game and protect our lead. szczesny and vermaelen would complete the defensive security if a defender picks an injury.

Iceman

1.) Very good post this, in a ideal dream world I would love hummels as a new cb {Ed029's Note - I have been told by Ed2 that Hummels is off to Barcelona if he moves.}


2.) Oh reall! I didn't see us getting him just wishful thinking. Thanks for the info tho


3.) I'd be very surprised if we signed jovetic but i'd be very happy if we did class player, a pretty solid post but I disagree with playing santi on the wings he's miles better when he's allowed to roam through the middle.


4.) I think we will sign:
jovitec
Aubameyang
wanyama
amorebieta
muslera


5.) First of all I think its clear sagna is off. There have been strong solid rumours that Arsenal have an agreement with Socheux to bring Sebastian Corchia for 5m in the summer.

I think its clear as day that along Corchia, Jovetic will join very early in the summer ( it sounds excactly like podolski last year and some high profile people have been saying that jovetic is ours)

Secondly I think we will get a cheapish 4th centre back. Some unknown african or maybe Amorebieta on free.

We will most certainly get a goalkeeper. Think wenger will buy a premier made goalkeeper. Simon Mignolet, Julio Cesar both make sense. Especially if Sunderland and QPR will get relegated. If not one of those two then I think he will get Begovic.

We will get a Defensive midfielder.
We will get one of Wanyama/capoue/Gonalons.

Finally we will get a second midfielder. Diaby will be injured, rosiscky is off and arshavin is off. I have been tipped that arsenal have been in negoations with Marseille for some time regarding Francis Coquelin. Arsenal want Matheu valbuena from Marseille and I am told that is 7/10


6.) 01 Apr 2013 07:32:14
Does not one else rate fraser forster, I think he's a good young keeper that wouldn't necessarily break the bank, I think wenger would look at him before an established Pl keeper that might cost him too much?


7.) We need an older experienced keeper as we have potential at the club
SY4


8.) We need a good CB ours aren't up to it!


9.) Actually Ed I think any transfers to barcelona will depend on them selling some players.

Also I have a feeling they won't be able to stump up over 20 million for Hummels, unless they win the champions league or reach the finals.

This summer is looking to be the war of the strikers. {Ed029's Note - They are looking to sell players like Sanchez and Villa.}


 

 

 

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06 Jun 2021 19:59:34
Now that the season has finished and some time has passed, it's time to start thinking about the next. I'll have a look at the current squad and try to pick out a few positions i think we could strengthen on. This is made more difficult by the fact that some players are going to leave and i don't obviously know who those players are, but based on reports and the insight given by the ed's maybe i can anticipate at least most of the departures.

Starting at goalkeeper and that's already a very difficult position to call because a lot depends on Leno staying or going. I'd be happy for him to stay because he fits so well the style Arteta wants us to play and generally he has been a solid keeper. In terms of back up something has to be done and i'd expect either an academy player (Okonkwo? ) to step up or someone cheap like Ryan to be signed.

At right back Bellerin will probably go and Cedric will be a back up. Chambers stepped up towards the end of last season and i (like some other members of this forum) rather liked the way he handled the position. Thanks to him we don't have to prioritise a right back but at the same time i wouldn't be overly surprised to see one being signed this summer.

At left back Tierney obviously will remain first choice and i believe ed002 said Joel Lopez could be ready to step up in order to play back up. Haven't seen the kid play but i'm all for giving chances for our academy youngsters!

At center back we have a good pool of players to select from. I think Holding was in the top 3 last season and Gabriel showed promise even though at some point during the season his form seemed to sort of drop a bit. Saliba is a huge talent and next season he has to get into the team. My worry is that he and Holding are both right footed and so far Arteta has been very stubborn about playing left footed cb on the left. Saliba and Holding are in my opinion the best cb's we have and i'd love to see them starting together. Gabriel would be great rotational option and Mari and Chambers would offer enough back up. Sadly i don't think there's a place for Mavropanos. I think he's a very talented player but i feel like Arteta doesn't rate him enough to include him.

In midfield i expect to see most of the changes. Ceballos has already gone and i'm almost certain Torreira and Guendouzi will follow him. I'd also be happy to see Xhaka and Elneny leave but we may price Xhaka too highly and i suspect Arteta will be happy to keep Elneny as back up. I'd have Maitland-Niles get his chance in midfield (as back up) over those two, even though i'm not particularly excited about him either. Partey is the only non-attacking midfielder from last season's squad i want to keep and the number one priority of the summer is in my opinion finding him a partner. I feel like Partey would be better if he could move forward a bit more as he often looks to play forward passes and those passes could be more dangerous in the attacking third. I think he would be complimented by a dm who in contrast keeps the play simple. So in essence a better version of Elneny what i want.

In attacking midfield i'd be happy to see Smith Rowe continue starting. His injury record is a bit worrying though and as a young player he shouldn't be put under too much pressure. And that's where i think Joe Willock could step in. I'm not sure if Willock fits Arteta's style that well but after his loan i'd at least like to see him being given a chance. He reminds me of Ramsey with the way he arrives into the box to score goals and perhaps with good confidence he could take his recent scoring form into the next season as well.

On the right wing i think Pepe will be the starter. I still have some reservations but he finished the season strongly and perhaps he will be a key player next season. I'd expect Nelson to go as he has been nowhere near playing first team football for ages and perhaps Willian will continue as back up.

On the left Saka has to start and i'd have Auba as his back up as that's where he has played his best football for us. I guess this is controversial but i don't remember Auba simply doesn't do it for me as striker and he's not better than Saka on the left. He's much better when he doesn't have to play with his back towards the goal as that's what Arteta seems to want his strikers to do.

Finally in terms of strikers i feel like Lacazette will leave and that to me is a bit of a shame as i quite liked him despite his scoring record being a bit modest. I think his overall play is very good but he and Arteta just don't seem to be that good of a match for some reason. I wouldn't mind Nketiah to leave as well so that leaves us with Martinelli and Balogun as strikers. A bit of an inexperienced duo so i'd like to see a striker being signed. Maybe someone experienced with a proven record would complement the youngsters well. For a while i toyed with the idea of Giroud returning but then he signed a new deal with Chelsea. Another player who crossed my mind was Jimenez but he hasn't played for a long time and as he has to play with a helmet from now on i sort of fear it could affect his game. I remember Cech saying once it narrowed his field of view so i wonder if it could be detrimental for Jimenez.

Overall two positions i think we should prioritise are defensive midfield and striker. But like i said at the beginning a lot will depend on players leaving. I'll be watching the summer transfer window with great interest. Hopefully we will be able to sign some talented players to improve the squad and i wouldn't mind if this time we managed to do that without offending the other clubs we are negotiating with!

As a side note i'm not disappointed by Buendia being signed by Villa. Buendia is a talented player but as you now know AM is not a priority for me. We do seem to be keen on adding one though so hopefully it won't be to the detriment of Smith Rowe and Willock!

Iceman

{Ed014's Note - nice post Iceman. 👍🏼


1.) 06 Jun 2021 20:38:57
Lukaku's bossing it tonight Iceman.


2.) 06 Jun 2021 22:09:06
Very good analysis Iceman.

I would discount Leno though I think slows the game down by not transitioning the ball quick enough and very confident on catching aerial balls. I really do think we need a striker and would keep Lacazette over Auba, but a pity their contract situation is the wrong round.

I believe Arteta has an emphasis on getting goals from all positions including the defenders.

Also to note, we could be be without Gabriel and Martinelli for the first couple of the new season due to the Olympics especially if Brazil progresses to the finals.


3.) 06 Jun 2021 22:37:18
I only disagree on a couple minor points. CAM is a priority IMO because we look better when we have at least one player who can thread passes besides Saka. Smith Rowe is fantastic on the dribble but can't spot those little through balls that unlock deep defences. If our only signings were an attacking and defensive mid, I would be quite happy. Brandt and Bissouma would be great business if we could move Xhaka, Willian and Elneny on.


4.) 06 Jun 2021 22:56:10
Leno is the only disagree with Iceman in what was a very good post.


5.) 07 Jun 2021 05:19:34
Great Post but could willock not have a role for us to play next year.


 

 

01 May 2021 10:56:00
My take on Arteta.

Let's go back a few seasons. Broadly speaking Arsenal have been declining since the 15/ 16 season when we finished 2nd behind Leicester with 71 points. 16/ 17 we were 5th with 75 points (notably we scored more points than in previous season but finished lower) , 17/ 18 6th with 63 points. 18/ 19 saw a small improvement as we finished 5th with 70 points (that was Emery's first season) but 19/ 20 was significantly worse and we finished 8th with 56 points.

This season, with 5 games still to play, we are currently 10th with 46 points. It's looking likely we're going to finish somewhere between 9th and 11th with similar or slightly lesser points tally than last season.

In terms of transfers, Arteta has overseen three transfer windows. During that time we have signed 9 new players and renewed 6 contracts of existing players. Notably Transfermarkt lists Smith Rowe as having joined in 2020 as he returned from loan and Martinelli is listed among those who renewed his contract when actually the club simply used their option to extend the existing contract by a year.

Roughly speaking the club has spent around 90m € and received around 20m € with net expenditure of about 70m € during Arteta's regime. But these figures only involve the transfer fees so they should only be taken as a vague indicator of how much money has been available for transfers when Arteta has been the boss.

Final note before conclusions is the expectations of Arteta. Arsenal is his first job as a manager so the expectations of him must have been pretty low when the club signed him. In addition to that the club was and has been pretty much in disarray before and during his time. Recruitment of new technical director and head coach have both been extremely difficult for a club whose executive structure is apparently a complete mess.

Conclusion time:

In terms of results and on field performances I think this Arsenal side falls way short of what should be expected of a club of Arsenal's stature. Performances have been steadily declining, last season was especially bad. This season is similar or slightly worse. After such a bad season the club was surely hoping to improve results this season.

In terms of transfers Arteta has clearly had enough time and money to bring "his kind of players" in. Depending how you look at it 13-15 players have signed for us under his watch and most of those have been senior players who have played a fair amount of games this season (with the exceptions of Ryan and Runarsson perhaps) . There is an argument that Arsenal will start playing better when Arteta has been able to bring in more players that are suited to his style. However around half of the current squad has been signed when Arteta has been the coach without any improvement in performances. This is for me an indication that things don't necessarily improve any more than they usually would even if Arteta would have another summer transfer window to bring in more players he likes.

For a club this big Arsenal are seriously underperforming. They have a manager in place who has very little experience. Perhaps underperforming should be expected from Arteta? This is a valid argument and perhaps Arteta can't be seen as having failed at his job as an inexperienced manager should not have such big expectations of him. Ultimately more relevant question is though: Should Arsenal have gone for a more experienced and proven coach in the first place?

In my opinion Arsenal should replace Arteta.

There are several limitations in this post. Firstly it should be noted that even if Arsenal wanted a new coach they might not be able to attract many. They struggled with this when they had to replace Wenger and then had same problems replacing Emery. Sacking Arteta only makes sense if Arsenal can replace him with someone they actually want.

It should also be noted that Arsenal have done well in the Europa League and might just qualify for next seasons Champions League through it. This would be a merit for Arteta but i believe he has had a rather easy road so far in the competition and the Premier League is a much better meter for performance levels. Choice for coach should be mostly based on the overall performance in my opinion.

Lastly, the C.V. This season has been very different in comparison to a normal season. Therefore this season may not accurately depict the actual level Arsenal could play on. However the conditions are the same for every club. There's no obvious reason why Arsenal would suffer more than other English clubs due to the C.V.

Iceman

{Ed014's Note - there is a likelihood that City could finish the season with a points tally in the 90’s.

That has been a minimum requirement for the last 3 seasons, to win the title.

The truth is we’ve been a million miles away from that for so so long and a difference of almost 40pts is a potential for this season when none at the top have been at their best.

We are falling like a stone in every aspect but weirdly with exception probably of our squad.

We seem to be wasting an opportunity to do so much better because of the ineptitude of the owner and those supposedly running the club.

Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney, Leno, Partey, Torriera, Martinelli, ESR, Saka, Balogun, Guendouzi, Mavropanos, Chambers, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubamayang, Odegard, Holding and Ceballos is a group of players capable of so much more.

We have no excuses in reality and nor does Arteta. It hasn’t taken Rogers, Potter and even Moyes to get their respective sides playing a style and system.


1.) 01 May 2021 11:41:43
Fantastic reply Ed014, everything you say is the reality of things.

{Ed014's Note - we’ve even had Fat Sam talking of us possibly being in a relegation battle earlier in the season. What does that say?


2.) 01 May 2021 13:53:11
Yeah Ed i agree that the squad itself seems pretty good. We're massively underperforming.

{Ed014's Note - absolutely Ice


3.) 01 May 2021 14:01:49
As unthinkable as it seems Big Sams prediction could yet happen in the near future if something doesn't change soon mate, 2 years ago a 10th place finish would have been a laughable suggestion.

We've been slowly but surely been declining for 17 years now and unbelievably our fall is actually accelerating rather than being rater than brought to a halt and turned around.

{Ed014's Note - don’t think you can write much off the table with the current owner.

Without that total will and dedication to win in sport, you’re nothing.


4.) 01 May 2021 14:32:56
Absolutely Ed014, the Kronkee's don't care so Arteta is fit for purpose.

Roman wants Chelsea to be the best again so Frank Lampard, Club legend or not had to go.


5.) 01 May 2021 14:49:15
Well said Ed. We have a wealth of riches in that squad that addresses all the weaknesses we said our team had with Wenger. Now we just don’t have the manage to get the best out of them.


6.) 01 May 2021 18:50:50
With the exception of Saka and Tierney, and lately Laca, every one of the players has under performed. Partey has been pathetic, his passing is awful and his shots mostly leave the stadium.

I can't imagine what would happen if Xhaka was performing at the same level.

With the players performing at this level, I don't see what manager could help them.

How long do we give the next manager to get it right.

I don't think fat Sam would take the job.

{Ed014's Note - What do you want to see happen Davy?


7.) 01 May 2021 19:03:30
I'd like to give Arteta more time, but something needs to be done. The kids seem to have more spirit in them, maybe with the few games that are left, bring some more in, it can't be worse. I really like Smith Rowe, but he needs to be played in the correct position. WE have been crap with the exception of the second half v the Hammers.
I'm still undecided to replace Arteta, a lot of my hesitation is because I don't want a new manager every 18 months.


 

 

19 Apr 2021 11:49:20
Football clubs are run like businesses nowadays and i'm finding myself having more and more issues with that as time passes.

I know very little about anything football related, especially when it comes to finances, but here's how i see it: the "super league" will be the end of the champions league financially as majority of people will want to watch the biggest clubs play. Majority of the revenue previously generated by the CL will now go to the pockets of the 12-20 clubs playing in the SL. Big clubs won't need to worry about participation as they are in every year and obviously they can also keep all the money to themselves. So in a nutshell it's an effort to concentrate even more of the money involved in football to the very top of the pyramid.

So what is going to happen? Will all the other clubs outside SL become mere feeder clubs? Will more of them go bankrupt? How is this going to affect the game on a grassroot level? Maybe wiser people can try to answer these questions as i really don't feel qualified enough. Comments and corrections are welcome!

Iceman

 

 

20 Feb 2021 19:28:24
I've just seen Everton awarded a penalty against Liverpool. I personally don't think it was a foul, but as referee thought otherwise why didn't he send Alexander-Arnold off?

His "foul" has denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity and he certainly has no intention to play the ball when he "fouls" Calvert-Lewin. When David Luiz was sent off against Wolves we were told the referee had no choice but to send him off as he did not try to play the ball and he denied a goal-scoring opportunity.

We were told it wouldn't matter whether there was intention to foul or not. So why does Alexander-Arnold stay on?

Again i don't think it was a penalty in the first place but the referee has seen it differently.

Iceman

{Ed047's Note - that was one of if not the worst decision I’ve ever seen and he went and looked at the monitor, albeit for a fraction of a second.

Nothing refs and VAR do makes any sense mate!


1.) 20 Feb 2021 20:11:38
Ed your last sentence is spot on or then the rules are just too complex for me! When he whistled for penalty my first thought was "he has to send him off as well". He didn't. Then i saw the replay and instantly thought "he's going to overturn the decision". He didn't. I don't even remember who took the penalty and how as i was too confused by the decisions. Apparently it was scored though 😂.

{Ed047's Note - I was the same mate, it was bewildering! 🤦‍♂️🤣


2.) 20 Feb 2021 20:50:52
Not being funny but if the same decision was made against a Wolves player and we'd won that game would we still be talking about?

All clubs get good and bad decisions that go for and against them.

{Ed047's Note - don’t know if you’ve seen it 62 but it was a shocker!


3.) 20 Feb 2021 22:14:55
Hi G62, i actually accepted the explanation for the Luiz red. He had no intention to foul but he prevented wolves player from scoring and didn't try to play the ball. In these circumstances there was no other choice but to send him off.

I think the same applies here. The foul happens when there's contact between Alexander-Arnold and Calvert-Lewin. Alexander-Arnold is deemed to bring Calvert-Lewin down to prevent him from having a tap-in. No intention to play the ball.

Not sure if this makes a lot of sense but go see it for yourself and maybe then it will. In my opinion the decision has to be either no penalty at all or penalty and a red card.


4.) 20 Feb 2021 22:06:20
It was a shocker Ed mate but one the weirdest decisions I've ever seen in football was when the ref allowed Kos to put the ball over the line with his hand for a last minute winner at Burnley, another retired ref tried to justify and explanation the decision after the game but it was totally bizarre the ref saw it but still gave us the goal.

It's football and all clubs get dodgy decisions for and against them.

My favourite example is Pires dived v Portsmouth to make the invincibles 49 game run possible and Rooney dived to stop Henry using his 50 not out out T-shirt
I personally find it easier to just accept footballs swings Just as I accept the roundabouts.

{Ed047's Note - and just when you thought VAR would make it all so simple! 🤣


5.) 20 Feb 2021 22:25:51
So did I Ed mate but it's worse with than without in my opinion, at least with Just a ref there were no long ridiculous waits for the bad calls.

{Ed047's Note - it’s mental mate, no idea how they’re going to fix it but they don’t even seem bothered which is even more concerning!


6.) 21 Feb 2021 11:39:37
David Luiz red was a joke, the guys got caught out of position, again, then comes running back in a panic. what a surprise he brought the guy down. trent 's is a pen and rightly not a red card.


 

 

18 Jan 2021 13:32:33
Now that he's about to go, i wanted to share my favourite Ozil moment with all of you.

There's just something magical about the delicacy of Ozil's touch and it's perfectly captured here. The referee is perfectly placed yet he doesn't even notice Özil has actually touched the ball to play Giroud in. I'm going to miss that skill but now it's time to move on.

Iceman

1.) 18 Jan 2021 18:30:41
Amazing footballer!

My favourite is against Spurs November 2017.

Such a subtle move but one that has always stuck in my mind.


 

 

 

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04 May 2018 07:46:32
Why would we give the new manager/ head coach any transfer budget at all given the appointment of SM and RS?

As for the candidates who see the lack of champions league football next season as a problem, i think it's better to overlook those coaches anyway. I'd rather like a coach who plans for long term instead of one season success.

As for the salary, i don't know of any details but would imagine it's just natural the new guy wouldn't earn quite as much as Wenger since he wouldn't have as many responsibilities as Wenger had (like transfers for example) . I'm sure we can still offer competitive wages.

I would also like to point out one reason why i think we will be an attractive option for any coach, and that is the way the club has handled Wenger. We are known as a club with patience and the board won't make any rash decisions based on short term results. I personally would like to see the new coach get at least two seasons time to improve our performances (unless the first season is a total disaster) .

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Okay thanks Ed, I'm really struggling to see who we could sign but luckily we'll find out soon.

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I thought he has a spanish passport?

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Daniel I think your reply is ridiculous. no effort? you have watched obviously the wrong player. have you seen how he goes to aerial duels? he's not the fastest player but he does block lines to put pressure on defenders and for me he's good at anticipating passes.

his link up play is brilliant yet you think it's a negative thing. do you remember podolski's goal against montpellier? or gibbs against swansea? bet you wanted him to turn and have a go rather than providing a perfect assist. come on if he likes to pass with the first touch it doesn't mean he doesn't like to receive the ball.

one thing you're right he's quite anonymous against big teams. but then again it's his first season.

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19 Jul 2021 17:36:55
I suspect the real reason Saliba has been loaned out yet again is he and Arteta don't get along. I'd actually bet the only way we'll see Saliba play for Arsenal is under a different manager.

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01 May 2021 13:53:11
Yeah Ed i agree that the squad itself seems pretty good. We're massively underperforming.

Iceman

{Ed014's Note - absolutely Ice


 

 

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20 Feb 2021 22:14:55
Hi G62, i actually accepted the explanation for the Luiz red. He had no intention to foul but he prevented wolves player from scoring and didn't try to play the ball. In these circumstances there was no other choice but to send him off.

I think the same applies here. The foul happens when there's contact between Alexander-Arnold and Calvert-Lewin. Alexander-Arnold is deemed to bring Calvert-Lewin down to prevent him from having a tap-in. No intention to play the ball.

Not sure if this makes a lot of sense but go see it for yourself and maybe then it will. In my opinion the decision has to be either no penalty at all or penalty and a red card.

Iceman

 

 

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20 Feb 2021 20:11:38
Ed your last sentence is spot on or then the rules are just too complex for me! When he whistled for penalty my first thought was "he has to send him off as well". He didn't. Then i saw the replay and instantly thought "he's going to overturn the decision". He didn't. I don't even remember who took the penalty and how as i was too confused by the decisions. Apparently it was scored though 😂.

Iceman

{Ed047's Note - I was the same mate, it was bewildering! 🤦‍♂️🤣


 

 

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20 Dec 2020 16:17:28
I've got massive respect for Potter and would love to see him at Arsenal. Ed do you know if he has been able to continue organizing those non-football activities like ballet at Swansea and Brighton? I'd love to see Sokratis in the lead role 😆.

Iceman

{Ed001's Note - apparently he has done a few things, but not ballet at Brighton. Wouldn't it be great to see Aubameyang doing a twirl?}