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Favourite player: Dennis Bergkamp

Best team moment: Tony Adams scoring against Everton when we won the League in 98.

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31 Aug 2021 11:35:52
Tomiyasu? A right back is going to fix our squad? I am so confused about our transfer dealings this year.


{Ed002's Note - He is a CB.}

1.) 31 Aug 2021 11:42:11
I like the fact he is 1.88m tall, might be useful in the box.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 12:04:31
Why are we signing utility players to play a key role of right back? Sounds like Takehiro Tomiyasu can play CD, right side in a back 3 or right back. Surely we don’t need another CD but rather a top quality right back…. What’s the deal here? Am I greedy asking for a proper right back as Cedric isn’t good enough so we need a starting 11 right back not another squad player or back up….

3.) 31 Aug 2021 12:06:49
I hope this geezer is good. No disrespect but even YouTube couldn't make him look brilliant. Not sold but happy we are bringing in someone who can play at RB and CB. let's all get behind him 😎.

4.) 31 Aug 2021 12:22:12
SY, in my opinion its a bonus that he can play in various positions, there has been many players in history that have been world class in 2/ 3 defensive positions (Lahm, Alaba, Ramos, Maldini) I understand that the chances of him reaching those heights are VERY slim. But it definitely doesn't mean he's going to be poor in a few positions rather than good in one.

He's been on the radar all year according to Ornstein, so happily he's not a panic buy. So let's hope he hits the ground running.

5.) 31 Aug 2021 12:29:31
I don't see how we don't need another cb. Aside from gabriel and maybe white the others are very average.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained - Arsenal are adding another CB.}

6.) 31 Aug 2021 16:41:27
Surely the jury's out on a player we've never seen play?



30 Aug 2021 22:09:17
Im torn with the AMN situation. I don't like the fact he went on social media to vent his frustrations. I don't like the fact that he can play right back and in a sad way, he is probably our best right back so there is room for him to play. Then there is the issue that Arsenal seems to want him gone but don't want him to go for pennies. Its such a strange time at Arsenal and i genuinely have no clue what the future holds for this club. i'm not talking relegation but things seem to be getting odder and odder.


1.) 30 Aug 2021 22:27:59
It’s bizarre. I’ve had my doubts in the past about his attitude but feel for him now I must say. This is a player that forced his way into the England squad and Wolves were willing to pay £20m for. We decide to keep then don’t play him and he ends up at WBA on loan. He is hardly being played and Arteta is reluctant to allow him to leave as he needs him for cover. He has devalued AMN as an asset for sure.



28 Aug 2021 18:04:26
Im interested in who people would want to replace Arteta. I have seen Conte mentioned but realistically he isn't a good choice as he is never going to be a long term thing and then when he leaves we would be back to where we are now. AFTV mention Allardyce. So who would you pick?


{Ed014's Note - Marco Rose, Graham Potter, Gallardo or Bielsa.

Anyone of those 4 would be good with me.

1.) 28 Aug 2021 18:23:32
Potter for me.

2.) 28 Aug 2021 18:24:39
Diego Simeone.

3.) 28 Aug 2021 18:49:33
Potter for me, I'm sure he'd see it as an opportunity to step up but equally he has no need to leave a good job at Brighton to simply be a yes man at Arsenal.

4.) 28 Aug 2021 19:01:51
Same as Sparky.

5.) 28 Aug 2021 23:57:00
Harry Potter for me, he’ll work some magic.

6.) 29 Aug 2021 08:59:28
Potter dyche I think lampard could do a better job then arteta.



21 Aug 2021 18:12:12
I think Bissouma is a decent player but i genuinely don't get the hype over the guy. Im reading he would change us overnight, He's what we are missing etc. Just looking at his stats for brighton and i don't get the fuss. Couldn't see anything that made me think otherwise. Could it not just be that he looks good in the Brighton team?


1.) 22 Aug 2021 18:36:15
No player is going to automatically transform us overnight 😁, Partey was supposed to be that player last season 😁😁😁

Neither Chelsea or City's entire squad or even the best of both would transform us until we get a manager who can unite them into a motivated organised happy unit.

2.) 22 Aug 2021 19:56:58
But that's putting it all upon the Manager though 62. I genuinely don't think Arteta is solely to blame. This squad, the Xhakas, the Aubas, the Willians. etc. I put most of the blame on them.

They choose not to perform. The manager becomes scapegoat because of them. They don't want to change and play the way Arteta wants his squad to.

They did the exact same with Emery. Those players in his club are toxic. That's not me saying Arteta isn't to blame at all either. He needs to be stronger.

{Ed014's Note - the club had the chance to offload Xhaka but were greedy so now they think, hey we’ll give him a new contract.

We’ve failed to offload anyone bar Willock.

Auba, Willian, Bellerin, Xhaka, Cedric, Chambers, Mari, Kolasinac, Elneny, Runnarson, Nelson and Nketiah can all go for me.

3.) 22 Aug 2021 20:08:49
Yeah i agree 100% but its the board who have messed up there. Once it was clear Xhaka wasnt leaving, arteta had to put on a united front. The contract though makes no sense. Mikel can only work with what he has. You can see what he's trying to do. Its the players you've mentioned, well a few of them that have downed tools. Get them out of the club and let him invest that money into players that want to play for his club.

{Ed014's Note - it’s a sorry state for now that’s for sure. I’m not yet convinced by Arteta but he’s here and looks like they’re giving him time but they really aren’t helping his cause.

Hamstringing him with the senior players that don’t like him or his methods is just killing him.

Aubamayang is the biggest disgrace!

4.) 22 Aug 2021 20:15:26
That’s a complete team plus sub Ed. Ok an absolute rubbish team, but team never the less!

{Ed014's Note - OMG, that’s just depressed me even more! 🤦‍♂️🤣🤣

The thought we have a whole team in our squad that bloody poor!



19 Aug 2021 13:06:31
This is my starting line up for the season ahead with the signings we have/ almost completed. 433



Smith rowe



{Ed014's Note - really don’t want to see Bellerin at right back, would be much happier with Bissouma, Partey and one of ESR or Odegaard with them.

The money being spent on Odegaard should really have been spent on Bissouma for me too.

Gabriel would give us more balance at the back being left footed but not convinced he’s quite ready. With those 3 and Saliba our CD’s should be sorted.

Would also rather see Martinelli and Saka either side of Pepe.

Don’t see Lacazette, Auba, Bellerin even being here.

Lacazette, Aubamayang and Willian as reported by Ed02 are not fans of Mikel, don’t like his training methods or style of play, not sure that Bellerin and Leno aren’t much far behind them.

1.) 19 Aug 2021 15:17:53
That's a fair reply. The team selection is based on who we have signed or are more or less set to sign. I wouldn't have Bellerin or laca in there either but without any replacement for those positions i was kinda stuck.

Still a week or so left of the transfer window so hopefully we can bring in these replacements but knowing this management team, i wouldn't be surprised if we got Welbeck back and stuck chambers there.

{Ed014's Note - yes sorry mate I meant to say I realised you were talking about who we had available.

I’d still be reluctant to have Bellerin at RB and would maybe go for Cedric.

Both ESR and Odegaard might just be a little too lightweight but saying that I’d have loved Santi Cazorla and Ozil in our midfield along with someone like Partey.

The management team are a law unto themselves mate and could like you say, literally do anything! 🤦‍♂️🤣

2.) 19 Aug 2021 17:22:55
I worry for you 14 if come the Sept 3rd we haven't signed Bissouma 🤣.

{Ed014's Note - haha don’t worry YG as we have more chance of being struck by lightning than Edu pulling that signing off.

He isn’t even the clubs first choice but should be.




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29 Aug 2021 16:42:05
My bet is the guy has slept with Mikels wife or something.


{Ed014's Note - what ever Arteta’s lame excuse I’m not having it, it’s pathetic, Arteta’s is pathetic!



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27 Aug 2021 22:39:33
Take it and replace him with who? I swear spoke people think its football manager or something. What world class striker is willing to join Arsenal? Surely you're not banking on Nketiah filling that gap? Lacazette? Neither can get the goals Aubameyang has done.




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18 Aug 2021 14:01:42
If they are really unhappy at Arsenal they won't mind taking a huge pay drop to make sure the negotiations run smoothly. As long as the club received a fair offer then they should all be shipped off. Aubameyang is clearly on the decline so now is the best time to get rid of him. Hopefully a fair few others follow him out the door too.




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11 Aug 2021 18:46:23
I hope Leno is on the way out. Ramsdale though? I would've felt better with Onana in goal. I won't dismiss Ramsdale though as he has been in two crap teams that got relegated. Can't all be blamed on him. Interesting window though none the less. Still got a feeling Arsenal also bring in Maddison.




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26 Jul 2021 23:51:26
Can't see Arsenal going for him. Has the Bisouma rumors died out?





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12 Oct 2021 10:47:24
Really good read. I didn't realise the Club Uniform rule had changed. I always thought it was a class rule to have.




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06 Oct 2021 09:32:34
Does my head in. Just as Teams are starting to get some momentum, they throw these silly internationals in there. 2 weeks without decent football. Kill me now!




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22 Sep 2021 19:15:03
Nicky didn't you say you wouldn't be watching Arsenal while Arteta was in charge?




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10 Sep 2021 12:35:54
Nicky that's a bit dramatic isn't it? ?.




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02 Sep 2021 11:27:23
I would love Guendouzi back at Arsenal. That bit of spite and Aggression would add something to our team. Him and Saliba have been booted out.