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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.


{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?


{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}




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.


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.


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.


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:

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

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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11 Feb 2024 09:30:26
We have lost our last three games against West Ham. A win today would be something worth celebrating. Hoping for Trossard and Smith Rowe to start as i think they'd be well suited to breaking a low block.


1.) 11 Feb 2024 13:34:37
No ESR Jesus Tommy Zink plus Partey and Veira! Going to have to do it with first 11 it seems. Jorghino must be a bit peeved. Every confidence in the boys though COYG.

2.) 11 Feb 2024 14:03:15
We absolutely have to win today to make last week and beating City earlier in the season count for anything in this seasons title race.

Psychology those victories are huge and will stand us in good stead moving forward but if title chasing is our aim beating West Ham today is vital ?.



09 Jan 2024 19:27:36
For a while now i've had a few things in my mind i wanted to write about. Somewhat surprisingly today i'm having a lot of free time in the evening so might as well take advantage of that.

About the latest games - apart from the Fulham game in my opinion our general play has been quite good excluding the obvious weak area, finishing. There's not a single in-form forward in the team at the moment so of course that will make things way harder than they should be. Has the pressure got to our players? If so, i hope we will use this break to relax a bit and hopefully that will result in a bit more composure in front of goal when we return.

In terms of January signings i'm not expecting much. Short term deals at best but that'd be fine as well. I believe we can improve the team if we want to. This is something my heart wants probably more than my head, but i'd take Giroud on loan or even on a 1,5 year contract in a heartbeat. Once dubbed as one of the best super subs and surely capable of starting the odd premier league game as well. AC Milan are 9 points behind the leaders in their league and out of UCL so he won't be missing much. Let's make it happen.

They say prices are inflated in January so let's use that to our advantage. Get some inflated fees on Nketiah and Smith Rowe (sorry but he's obviously not in Arteta's plans) , then get the short term deals to boost the end of this season and in the summer spend big.

Back to the current squad. I want to give some appreciation for someone who does not seem to be that loved among the fans - Jorginho. I get it that he's a very limited player. Reminds me of Arteta when he was asked to play pivot alongside the likes of Wilshere and Ramsey. He was not strong enough to protect the defense. But this team is different. Jorginho has Rice for company. And i think they might just be the perfect complimentary players for each other. What Jorginho can do extremely well? Play pivot. He can sit in the middle of the opposition block, receive the ball with his back turned, turn with the ball in a tight space and then play the pass. That's i would say the one and only main thing Rice is lacking. Rice plays outside the opposition block and then usually plays the ball to the side. So credit to Jorginho for being able to do something the absolute monster named Declan Rice cannot do.

Finally, i want to say something about the officiating. Not just VAR, but officiating in general. I've seen so many times the ref being placed absolutely perfectly when an "incident" happens. The ref let's play go on and when there's the next break, VAR will be checking the "incident". Why? Can't the on-field referee just say to his microphone "i saw it and this is the decision"? Are the on-field refs too scared to take responsibility or is VAR simply built in a way that it will check all the major incidents no matter what the on-field ref does? We see time and again VAR being criticised but i don't think it's fair to only put VAR in the spotlight. We should be talking about officiating as a whole instead.

So quite a few random things squeezed into a single post. Sorry for the somewhat disjointed structure but hopefully you've enjoyed the reading anyway!


1.) 09 Jan 2024 20:36:45
I would like to see the wingers swap sides more often, and get in behind the packed box, and get the defence turning towards their own goal.

Our buld up is too slow, even the few teams that don't play a low block against, always have time to get every one behind the ball.

VAR, initially I thought it was good idea, the refs need help, especially from the con men on the pitch. But it hasn't helped, if anything it's worse. I watched a few cup games where VAR wasn't available, and generally the games were a much better watch.

2.) 09 Jan 2024 20:46:51
Absolutely Davy mate. last season during games Saka and Gabi were swapping wings and pulling defenders all over the place.
Also like you said me don't make defenders turn, instead we try to play neat little one twos in a packed penalty area and it doesn't come off.

3.) 09 Jan 2024 23:01:31
Agree totally with the above and yes get Giroud absolutely quality.

4.) 10 Jan 2024 23:43:14
I watched a Championship game recently without VAR. It was so much better.

5.) 11 Jan 2024 07:47:56
Agree the game is better off without var.

6.) 11 Jan 2024 19:33:38
Personally i'd like var to be another assistant to the main ref. I'd like them to be able to freely talk and just like with the linesmen (at least i imagine the linesmen work with the main ref like this) the ref would be able to ask the video referee if he saw an incident and if he thought it was a foul. And the video ref could notify the on-pitch ref for any incident he saw fit to talk about. So basically make the interaction between them less restricted. And ditch the var check screens and long pauses. The video ref can watch the game live from a different perspective and rewind once or twice if needed. Surely that's enough to come to a respectable decision?

So in a nutshell i want var to be far more usable for the on-field ref and far less intrusive for everyone else.

7.) 12 Jan 2024 11:07:05
Wish football would do what rugby do show it on the big screen stop the clock and you can hear the refs talk to each other its so much better.

{Ed002's Note - Football fans are very different to rugby fans and it would never work.}

8.) 14 Jan 2024 18:45:47
I agree most football fans find it difficult to see what they don't want see and not defend their teams interest regardless of evidence or even fact. Many fans are as dogmatic in their beliefs as religious people.



28 Dec 2023 22:39:58
A bad result but West Ham have shown recently that they know how to beat us. The disappointing bit is we didn't learn from the last two games against them. They are very good at making the centre congested and we simply couldn't find a way to make them uncomfortable.

The worry is that other teams could try to emulate them. We need to find a way to win against these kinds of tactics if we want to win trophies this season. With injuries and fringe players playing very few minutes (and thus being out of form) our options look limited.

This is a testing time that will make or break our season. Fulham away in just a couple days. Good response will be crucial.




23 Dec 2023 22:28:08
Zinchenko vs Salah was always going to be tough but remember we have Tomiyasu and Timber out injured and both would probably have been preferred if fit. And credit to Zinchenko for improving as the game went on. He's still a good player but better suited to games where we are looking to dominate the ball more.

Our big game strategy clearly is to go long for a target (usually Havertz) and then try to get the second ball. Today it didn't quite work out in my opinion. I thought we went long a bit too early. Should have baited the press a bit more to open up more space further forward.

Overall very pleased with the result and performance. Remember this was a title-challenging Liverpool at Anfield. This game will never be easy. The result means we stay on top and at this moment i'll take that gladly.


1.) 24 Dec 2023 00:20:42
Agree with most of that Iceman. No point in buying a left back or bringing Tierney back as that would be Zinchenko Timber Tommy and Sir Kieran plus new signing fighting for one place. Good point today and means my son in law ( a Pool fan) can still come on Christmas Day. If they’d lost he was going to make his excuses ? very lucky with pen but it’s swings and roundabouts- was us v Villa and Newcastle so I’ll take it ?
Wishing all Eds and all Gooners a Very Merry Christmas and a Fantastic New Year and the Prem come May COYG.

2.) 24 Dec 2023 08:34:04
I agree this time it was us who were lucky with the officiating. Merry christmas and happy new year to all of you!

{Ed014's Note - Have a great Christmas too Iceman and all the best for ‘24!

I said in the chat that Tommy would have played in that game had he been fit but that’s the game.

3.) 24 Dec 2023 09:02:34
Very good and honest point about the penalty incident with Ode Surrey mate ?

It really is swings and roundabouts over a season mate, we'd have been outraged if that happened in the Liverpool box, but it didn't and all is well, on this occasion at least ? ? ? Mery Christmas one and all and of course Up The Arsenal ?❤️?.



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11 Dec 2023 07:39:05
{Ed's Note - Iceman has posted a new article entitled, Thoughts On The Aston Villa v Arsenal Match


1.) 12 Dec 2023 17:43:49
Nice write up Iceman.

Not sure what the table will look like come the transfer window but I feel again as last season if we buy Ivan Toney in January we will win the league.

Not just the ability that he will bring but his mentality will be massive. I believe no one else in the team have the mindset he has except for Rice. With him coming in it can allow for more flexibility on the right where Jesus can rotate with Saka if that's what MA decides.

Jesus would offer a different option being right footed and better able to keep the ball. Such a move could help Saka to work harder on developing his right foot to take him to another level.

Having Partey back until at least the summer would be an added bonus.

Weren't particularly impressed by Villa either. And the way Tottenham setup I don't think their manager respect the league enough so will win and lose frequently. Man City may continue to look lacklustre at times, which leaves Liverpool who will always have a chance because they are top heavy with strikers.

The Arsenal.

2.) 16 Dec 2023 10:21:29
Thanks for the reply! 90 % of the football matches i watch are Arsenal games. So while i think i know our players well i can't say the same about potential transfer targets. But from what i've seen Toney would probably give us a bit more quality and variation. And i agree Jesus would be a very good option as a winger as well.

One player outside Arsenal i do like and know a bit about is Lautaro Martinez. Not sure if he would be available though (probably not in january at least) .




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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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23 Feb 2024 15:21:05
He may not be as touch-heavy or incisive with his passing as you would like but it doesn't mean he's been bad. His movement off the ball creates space for others and the upside of being conservative means we retain the ball when he plays it safe. I would like to see him try through balls for Martinelli a bit more but on the whole i think he's been pretty good lately.




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19 Feb 2024 17:53:26
Good question G62. I don't have a clear opinion to be honest but what caught my eye against Burnley was the partnership between Trossard and Havertz. When one was dropping deep the other was filling the resulting space etc. I'd like to see more of this setup for sure.




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30 Jan 2024 18:05:42
I think it's a bit harsh saying a pl or cl win would be a miracle. We still are one of the best teams in Europe. We have every chance to win something. Plenty of good finishers in the team as well even if our main striker isn't one of them. Salah is Liverpool's number one goalscorer even though he doesn't play st. Martinelli can be ours if we just play to his strengths.




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21 Jan 2024 10:31:19
Ed014 i wrote that with tongue in cheek but i probably did a bad job at it ? it's difficult to convey that via text and not being a native English speaker doesn't help me. But let's hope the mood here shifts a bit now :)

Still though, i don't seen to be able to let this Giroud things go. I view him a bit similarly to Jorginho. In my opinion both are excellent options to bring on from the bench. Jorginho to protect a lead and steady the ship. Giroud when we're chasing the game and have pinned the opposition to their defensive third. Our young players would be the main stars but those two could compliment them quite nicely.

Though i guess i'd also like the academy players to have more avenues to progress to the first team and i guess these two old heads would limit their opportunities. So there's that to consider as well.

And lastly, thanks for the compliment. I enjoy the discussion here with you and other posters as well. I try to keep posting!




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21 Jan 2024 00:18:16
Ed014 sorry if i drove you away when i said i want us to sign Giroud. I still want him though and think it would make some sense sporting-wise but i realise nostalgia is making me way too biased as well :)

I agree the negativity has been over the top for me. In reality only the Fulham game was a bad one performance-wise. I wonder if the players wanted to "correct" that result too much and as a result weren't relaxed enough with their finishing in the following games. Glad to see goals returning against Palace and Martinelli bagging two. In my opinion he can be very clinical and we just need to focus on providing him with more chances like.


{Ed014's Note - no need to apologise at all Iceman, no one drove me away as such, just thought it was all a little over the top after how far we’ve come both on and off the pitch.

I hadn’t even seen you put up a negative post.

Giroud just goes against everything we’re trying to achieve as a club and it was another poster who I’d seen mention him who seems to want us to revert to hoof ball! ?‍♂️

Always like your posts to be honest mate so keep them coming.

I also understand everyone has an opinion and that Fulham game doesn’t mean a lot in the scheme of things.

Agree with what you say too, our spiral is upward not backward.