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16 Jan 2021 11:07:00
Goodbye and good luck at Fenerbahce Ozil. Nice that your last touch for us was an assist.

Ed, we would have paid him 7.5m in wages and not sure if he's causing any issues. Selling him still raises questions about our creativity etc etc.

Do we gain financially by letting him go?

Still think we need a proper number 10 while ESR develops.


{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will gain financially because with the player moving on the final cost of his departure is far less than the wages the club would have paid.}

1.) 16 Jan 2021 13:15:05
We'll save money on Ozil's wages and then offer Laca a new 4 year deal in the summer on mega money. You can just see it happening 😂.

2.) 16 Jan 2021 14:28:02
Thanks Ed - that’s a plus.

3.) 16 Jan 2021 15:06:54
Ed, is now the problem going to be the wages being spent on Willian and Aubameyang?

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand the question.}

4.) 16 Jan 2021 15:55:12
No worries Ed lool.

5.) 16 Jan 2021 15:55:12
No worries Ed lool.



28 Dec 2020 21:15:33
Ed, please confirm this is BS -Diego Costa linked to possible move to Arsenal. do we need more 30plus players at the club and ex-Chelsea players. hope he's not with Kia. 🙏.


{Ed002's Note - He is represented by Jorge Mendes and I am not aware of interest from Arsenal although he will no doubt be offered to two English sides. So sleep peacefully.}

1.) 28 Dec 2020 22:34:36
Thank you - don’t want another ultra ego aged “star” that Mikel will struggle to manage or motivate.

{Ed002's Note - It seems unlikely.}

2.) 29 Dec 2020 14:09:10
Just terminated his contract with AM so a free agent, please NOOOO 12 goals in 2 years from 61 appearances not good enough. The only place for him is from the bench he’s a big bully to defenders and hold the ball up but still pplleeaaasee Nooooooo.



19 Dec 2020 16:35:43
Now in Tier 4!

Quick question Ed, is it really possible that Mustafi could be playing at Milan or Barcelona next season? Seems crazy to me but any truth in rumours.


{Ed002's Note -Barcelona will be looking towards loans and cheaper options and he would be well down the list for them. Milan havve several targets but Mustafi is not one as far as I know. Inter might be open to taking him as a Free Agent but I think it unlikely right now.}

1.) 20 Dec 2020 10:43:33
My neighbours had a tier 4 party last night which started at bang on midnight and went on until 7am, lots of music lots of shouting and singing of " we got the power" lovely.
It's no mystery why we are in tier 4 or why the C.V. rate increased by 36% here last week, and with no one enforcing the rules we aren't likely to get out of tier 4 or even tougher restrictions until the spring when enough people have been vaccinated.

2.) 20 Dec 2020 15:25:46
Gunner, spring is wishful thinking. I think the next while year is a wash out as well. The next batch of vaccines doesn't arrive until March end (not sure of the new oxford vaccine though) and it takes upto 6 weeks to get fully immunised from your first jab. So we are looking this time next year for some form of normalcy. It's sad that there are so many morons who don't understand the severity and some of them also sit in the Whitehall.

3.) 20 Dec 2020 16:25:59
Hi Fanatic mate, yeah I think a lot of hope is pinned on the Oxford vaccine which can be stored and distributed more easily mate.

The thing I find crazy is why bring rules in and let people choose whether to follow them or not?
Imagine if some of us followed the law and drove on the left while others just did what they liked and varied it between right left and middle and depending what they felt like doing that day ?

4.) 20 Dec 2020 17:30:18
Bang on Fanatic, in fact next year could be worse, this new strain moves quicker than the original.

5.) 20 Dec 2020 19:16:30
I totally get you point gunner mate but that's the downside of democarcy where you have to let people choose and if you have a government who only thinks short term for their own gains then we have the Britain of 2020. Let's all do a virtual toast for a rapid improvement everywhere including Arsenal's position in the league!

6.) 20 Dec 2020 19:31:30
Let's hope the two don't go hand in hand Fanatic mate, if we have to wait for Arsenal to become a top 4 team befor the virus disappears then we could definitely be in this for the long hual mate :-)

7.) 20 Dec 2020 19:43:11
We already are. :D.



13 Dec 2020 15:12:19
Ed, any truth in Mikel being under pressure and 3 games to save his job?

I hope there's pressure but not sure 3 game timeline makes complete sense.

There were reports in the papers that Arteta's under pressure and he's got the next three games to turn it around, which is Burnley, Southampton and Everton, " Groves said on talkSPORT.

"He should be under pressure and I like reading that, because if you're a massive club like Arsenal and you lose six out of your first 11, then you should be under pressure, questions should be being asked.

"We've plateaued and we've actually gone backwards.

Also, any truth in Ozil retu4ning to squad and if so, how soon?

Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - All coaches are under pressure. Clubs do not typically set out expectations in numbers of games. The club obviously still has the issues and will need to look at the bigger picture still. The squad can be changed in January and not before. At that point Oezil will be talking to other sides about what options he has on a pre-contract so he can leave as a Free Agent in the summer.}



29 Oct 2020 15:47:27
Hopefully some good news leading into Christmas for EPL fans.

Hopefully the pay per view boycott raised the alarm along with the Supporters Trust talking to the club.

"We recognise the concerns of Arsenal and other supporters regarding the pricing of pay-per-view matches.

"We are working actively alongside clubs and with the Premier League, and in turn our broadcast partners, to find a solution for the matches after the November international break. "

Fingers crossed - would be nice to see games at around the £5 / game. Think more fans would pay £5 and generate more money especially in these hard times.


1.) 30 Oct 2020 12:58:27
I could fully understand the ppv pricing if it was done via the clubs and each team streamed there games. However knowing how expensive it is for sky and bt for them to further charge, and to charge what they were charging was ridiculous! I know there is a cost to streaming these games, and they can not be currently making a profit off of it.

2.) 30 Oct 2020 18:13:22
£5 SY?
Spare a thought for the poor old clubs who were reduced to paying under £100 million for players this summer, not to mention poor old billionaire owners of BT Sky and Virgin.
Vote Be Fair To The Billionaire.




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15 Apr 2021 19:22:58
Interesting team news. Why do we play Granit at left back and Dani in CM with Partey. Seems like a big compromise in midfield where we need to win possession.

I do like Mari and I was thinking Gabriel and Mari but happy Holding in playing - either 2 from that 3 works for me. Mari is experienced and calm which is important in a big game like this

Counter argument would be Dani could get the ball forward quicker than Granit which I agree but I wouldn't weaken the midfield fulcrum and left back - think that's poor

I do like the front 4 though - Pepe, ESR, Saka and Laca

Aggressive bench with Martinelli and Balogun plus Eddie and Willian

Shame about PEA and Ode

COYG - I don't agree with the 11 but I'm 100% behind you boss. Expose that defence boys and let's March on!

Ooh to Be a Gooner.


1.) 15 Apr 2021 20:56:42
Great first half with attack exposing Prague! COYG.



13 Apr 2021 19:04:19
Compared to other managers who have recently stepped into new roles like Arteta did in Dec 2019. How are they doing and are they under other over achieving compared to our boy.

Rodgers, Ancelotti, Jose, Moyes, Potter, Dean Smith.

Are our standards and expectations lower than those clubs

Is the squad we have worse or the investment less

Or are they playing to their strengths better. I personally wouldn't put Arteta in the top 3 in the above list based on performances, how team players, good to watch or squad management.

They aren't all big names - we seem nervous about who could replace him but look who is doing better and i'm sure that should give us confidence, if you agree, to ask for change and better performances on the pitch.


1.) 13 Apr 2021 19:24:53
Why nervous about who could replace Mikel mate?

Emery averaged 1.72 points during his 51 Arsenal PL league games.

Arteta is averaging 1.4

What are we frightened might happen if we let Mikel go?

2.) 13 Apr 2021 20:22:24
I’m not afraid but it feels like a barrier for change

How do you think Arteta has faired compared to them - Villa? WHU? Everton. Leicester - all similar time as Arteta to improve their team.

3.) 13 Apr 2021 20:39:08
I understand your concerns gunner62 regarding Emery's and Arteta's respective points per game averages but it can't be forgotten that Emery's really flattens him. We won a lot of games under him despite clearly being the worse team, just look at how many shots we conceded against mid-table teams. If I remember correctly we somehow scraped a 1-1 draw vs Southampton at the Emirates despite conceding over 20 shots. The reverse can be said for Arteta in my opinion, there have been many games where we have been the better team but the result just hasn't gone his way. But I do agree with SY4 that other managers e.g Moyes, Rodgers, Ancelotti have improved their teams a lot more than MA has improved us in roughly the same amount of time and with the same amount of money if not less.

4.) 13 Apr 2021 22:09:08
No I know your not afraid SY mate but why would anyone be? What is going to go wrong by letting Arteta go?
Surely no one thinks only Arteta is all that's protecting us from relegation and without him we'd be doomed 😂

As for West ham Vila Leicester Everton, thier squads are not close to being as good as us but their managers get more out of them.

Hi CB mate, your 100% right mate, Emery was lucky to get that 1.72 ratio as we conceded chances for fun and every game was a multi out of control shot swap.

But still his 1.72 was deemed unacceptable as was Arsenes who in the latter years had the same 1.7 something ratio so how can Mikels 1.4 be accepted as to precious to part with mate?

5.) 13 Apr 2021 22:26:53
Sensible post CB, I would say that sums it up.



09 Apr 2021 12:31:48
Great news coming out regarding Balogun extending his contract after months of thinking he's leaving.

Not sure what this means for Eddie or even Martinelli who seems to be on the 💩 list for whatever reason.

Some real talent in our future strike force with plenty of trickery and pace

COYG and well done.


1.) 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.

2.) 09 Apr 2021 13:34:16
Looking at martinelli then the young lad has no chance.

3.) 09 Apr 2021 13:50:38
Martinelli on the left
Saka on the right
Balogun down the middle

Get rid of pea, lacazette and Willian ASAP.

4.) 09 Apr 2021 14:32:30
If Arteta stays Martinelli needs to leave, the lad has a brilliant future ahead of him and that future should include Arsenal for the next few years at least but it won't happen on Artetas watch.
For some reason he doesn't like the lad and will happily start Willian Pepe in fact anyone ahead of him

Brilliant news about Balogun and I genuinely expect even better news for Martinelli and Arsenal to come when the season finishes 😎

Everything points to Arteta being let go this summer as there is no rational reason to stick with a manager who has lead us to 2 out of 2 non European finishes after 25 unbroken years of European qualifications before he took arrived.

5.) 09 Apr 2021 16:16:44
You really think that 62? I think he will be here next season regardless. Is it artetas fault for our poor league standings. Or is it down to the players letting us down and letting him down. It just concerns me it was wengers fault. Then emerys fault now artetas fault. Just need to rebuild the squad don't we.

6.) 09 Apr 2021 17:56:45
Hi D mate is Boris Johnson responsible for what his Government does? Or do the cabinet get the blame and Boris excused?

Who ever heard of a leader who wasn't responsible for his troops?

If the leader with all the power to change, promote, demote and organise everyone under them isn't responsible then who is mate?

If Arteta isn't responsible whatever is he doing in the job and getting paid for?

It's tough at the top mate, especially when your out of your depth being there in the first place.

7.) 09 Apr 2021 20:56:03
Like that front 3 Mal - exciting, aggressive, fast and winners.

Put ESR in the hole behind them

Partey and Boussima in front of the back 4

Tierney (c) Gabriel, Saliba, new right back

I’d pay to watch that team perform and grow into title contenders.



08 Apr 2021 22:17:26
You have to love Keown

"Arsenal icon Martin Keown says he will start a campaign to get Gabriel Martinelli more minutes for the Gunners as he hit out at Mikel Arteta's use of the forward"

To be fair - he has a great point.

What a terrible performance - why did the boss drop PEA for such a big game against a sluggish defence when we have nothing to play for in league. To drop him and play Willian who has scored how many for us

Great finish from Pepe - a fast player running in behind a slow defence. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for a top striker who has pace and likes to run behind. Surely no one would be stupid or stubborn enough not to play such a player? 🤷.


1.) 08 Apr 2021 23:04:41
I agree with Arteta not playing him.

2.) 08 Apr 2021 23:39:35
If one player deserved to be dropped it was PEA, he has be useless for weeks.

3.) 09 Apr 2021 00:38:32
Agreed. Totally absent. He said he waned to be a legend. Legend like sasquatch, like when you look for him now he doesn't turn up.

4.) 09 Apr 2021 08:19:58
Ok, but you still need a decent fast striker to expose their defence. The decision Arteta made was not right as the execution was poor. All he did was show how stupid he is and that the team needed a PEA type player in the first half. Then he wonders why players doubt him.

5.) 09 Apr 2021 09:19:09
Yes Auba has been far from good the past few weeks but tbf he was playing out wide on the left. He has shown this season that he is far more effective down the middle as he has a lot more choice in terms of runs. Down the left he is admittedly far too predictable and it is clear to see he is better at running away from defenders and in on goal than actually having to take on defenders. I really hope we start with the attacking 3 that we finished the game with (Martinelli - Auba - Pepe) as they showed so much more directness and urgency in 15 mins than the starting front 3 showed all game.

6.) 09 Apr 2021 11:00:41
Agree Colney about Auba but surely Saka on right thought he did okay COYG.



03 Apr 2021 20:55:15
Nice seeing the club remembering Rocastle 7 tonight. Class.


1.) 03 Apr 2021 21:45:11
Shame they couldn’t remember how to play football as well. awful.




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22 Jan 2021 19:57:22
Always thought Ospina looked short at just over 6ft.




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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.




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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.




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20 Jan 2021 22:09:19
Play Saka left, Odegaard right and ESR in middle with PEA up front or Martinelli or Laca.




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16 Jan 2021 14:28:02
Thanks Ed - that’s a plus.





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16 Apr 2021 20:44:54
I wouldn’t trust the boss or mentality to be so close to the relegation battle. We could recover from missing out on league but not getting relegated. I wouldn’t risk anything of personal importance on Arteta having to get an important win. Can you imagine last game in a relegation battle and we piss around at the back, drop performers and tinker so much to counter the opposition. I’ll take the points as never want to see us relegated - we could fold with our debt and wage bill. Got a cold sweat thinking about it.




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16 Apr 2021 00:06:06
ThTs my problem Gunner - Arteta needs to make it work not rely on the naive young attitudes of a few talent youngsters to determine how we play eg Tierney or Saka or ESR - Arteta has to get this out of the squad and against better teams than Prague. They were there to be exploited and Arteta should never allowed it to be just 2 all at home

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15 Apr 2021 22:07:29
Great result.




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15 Apr 2021 20:56:42
Great first half with attack exposing Prague! COYG.




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14 Apr 2021 19:57:50
I’m 100% Arsenal and my expectations are high, as they should be. This crap that Arteta has 3 seasons to sort the poor squad out is just crap. No other club or company would put up with such poor low expectations. I totally agree that Arteta doesn’t have the experience to sort us out. He has no plan A or B. He doesn’t adjust and just screams instructions - no wonder the players are pissed off and don’t think for themselves. Have a game plan but don’t micromanage 11 players on the pitch.
I was frustrated at how low our bar was with Emery and Arteta. I’m happy to say I’m frustrated with Granit, I’m frustrated with Arteta - I’m still a fan. I stil
Want the best for my club and as the club swallows so much of my life - why shouldn’t I have high expectations. Highest season ticket prices, huge wage bill, expensive squad - why shouldn’t I expect us to finish higher than West Ham with a manager we would even touch. They play nice for all and to their strengths. Not a stubborn managers view of how he’d like us to play. You can’t moan that you don’t get a tan sunbathing in Oct in Scotland. You wouldn’t try as it makes no sense - nor does some of Arteta’s views but he still tries.

High standards and don’t be afraid to say you aren’t happy with the boss. But be consistent rather than he’s great one minute and rubbish the next based on 90 mins of football.

Don’t say we need to keep him because we can’t replace him. Get the first decision right then address the second.

Don’t say he needs 3 years to improve but we decline or others speed past us.

You can still be a fan and if we don’t ask these questions then we are cheating the badge and the fans. I get bored reading posts like mine but what I would love to read to help me and still haven’t seen it - why are you saying Arteta in? What’s he doing that I am not seeing? Tactics, performances, decisions in game, starting 11 - what am I missing. I miss a lot so please spell it out.