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19 Jun 2019 10:22:06
Jeff Reine-Adelaide could have done a job for us this season.

Whether he would have become good enough to be a starter in the long term or not the jury is still out, but he offers a lot more than Denis Suarez..

Shame, I always like seeing youth be given a chance, but (other than Guendouzi) Emery doesn't seem to trust many of our young players. Everything crossed Freddie changes that.

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17 Jun 2019 14:17:16
Hello Eds
Reports suggesting that we are in contact with Kimpembe's dad. He has been developing consistently in PSG and has played under Emery. Is there any truth in these rumours and can you share any info you have regarding the same? I feel he would be perfect for Arsenal, young, good on the ball quick and strong
Thanks again for the brilliant work you guys are doing.

{Ed002's Note - I know nothing of it at all.}

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19 Jun 2019 12:46:22
Surely we should be in contact with Kimpembe, not his dad? How are we ever going to improve if we start signing 60 year olds :)

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17 Jun 2019 08:50:35
Hello ed, can you tell us about whether we are expected to sign William Saliba or give us a summary of what is happening with him.

{Ed002's Note - Expectations are high that he will agree to the move.}

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17 Jun 2019 12:16:31
For 20 plus million surly he had to start that’s a lot of money for. 18 year old.

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17 Jun 2019 16:40:12
French newspaper reporting that he will be signed and loaned back for the next season. Signing seems to match the profile but the loaning back makes little to no sense to me unless the club are seriously considering either Chambers/ Mavropanos as first team option (s) .

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17 Jun 2019 12:18:16
Thanks Ed, I expected that but do you expect arsenal to pay the asking price?

{Ed002's Note - I don't see why not.}

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17 Jun 2019 12:47:23
Are we going to send him back on loan Ed? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know the plan.}

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17 Jun 2019 14:57:08
How about Kimpembe, ed?

{Ed002's Note - I would think it expensive and unlikely.}

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17 Jun 2019 08:05:07
Apparently Carrasco deal is off.

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17 Jun 2019 12:52:00
Was it ever on or was it all agent noise and media speculation.

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15 Jun 2019 13:26:55
Ed when is your next shark pod I enjoy them.

{Ed002's Note - I am travelling for about a week - then I may get some time.}

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15 Jun 2019 19:59:29
OK thanks look forward to it.

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17 Jun 2019 01:40:27
It’s quiet out there transfer wise. No one knows how much to sell players for. Prices are crazy.

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14 Jun 2019 01:26:59
After a season under Emery, Im still not sure what he's all about. We don't have a distinguished playing style or a formation. The football has been awkward to watch. We're not a team that can play 5 at the back - don't have specialist wingbacks or enough energy in central midfield. I want to see us play with a back 4 next season. What formation would you play?

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14 Jun 2019 03:22:22
433 is the inly formation we should be looking to play.

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14 Jun 2019 06:08:42
3. 5. 2 - I don’t want only 1 forward and I don’t want to see us exposed at the back. I don’t believe Emery will drill the defence and midfield hard enough to play 4 at the back so we end up with just two CBs left at the back hence my 4 CB preference
I also don’t want us to play our CFs out of position or drop one.

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14 Jun 2019 08:50:24
For me the front 3 pick themselves as they are the best players at the club Mesut behind Pea and Lacasette is a good strong front 3 most clubs would be happy with but we have to get the best out of them.
I personally would go 5 2 1 2 Belerin is a perfect wing back in my opinion but we need his equal on the left who can get up and back in equal measure but a full back is a defender first and attacker second which is something Emery struggles to accept and seems to want them to be both at exactly the same time.
We need a CB 3 who know and understand each other really well and if possible who are extremely vocal in demanding at least one full back and 1 of the 2 center mid players doesn't forget their defensive duty like Xhaka Ramsey and Torreira all did last season far to often.
Personally I think Emery is so committed to attacking football he just can't find it in himself to make the not conceding the priority it needs to become again for us.
We have totally lost the do not concede mentality and that's where I think we need to build from again.
No one wants to go back to the 1 shot per game 1 goal a game 1 0 to the Arsenal football permanently as it was dull and extremely unexciting to watch even if effective but I personally think defence has to take priority in the short term if we are to get anywhere long term.

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14 Jun 2019 10:18:36
10 at the back.

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14 Jun 2019 10:42:04
We do have specialist wingbacks, Kolasinac and Bellerin are as close as it comes. That said I like how Liverpool uses fullbacks, getting them forward as their main source of width and shuffling the DMs out wide to cover.

Our best performances last season were, Tottenham at home aside, a result of a 4-4-2 diamond. With Ramsey going and assuming Bellerin is back fit, I'd probably play
Bellerin/ Sokratis/ new CB/ new LB
----Maitland-Niles/ New CM------
-----Lacazette/ Aubameyang------

If Kolasinac stays he could fight for LB. Koscielny/ Holding/ Sokratis/ new CB competing for 2 spots. Maitland-Niles competing with Xhaka, Willock and a new CM for 2 spots. Backup DM competing with Torreira and maybe Chambers. Change to 4-3-3 with Auba/ Iwobi/ Nelson/ new winger competing for 2 wing spots if we need width.

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14 Jun 2019 10:43:29
As we know Emery took over a club on the decline and arguably the weakest squad in decades. He only had £70m to spend on 4 players on long term deals, plus 2 loan deals. This meant the vast majority of the squad were remnants of the previous administration, and all the ingrained faults. In addition he lost 3 first team players early on to season ending injuries. Despite this he finished with more points, a place higher, closed the gap on the PL Champions, closed the gap on the Toot by 13 points to a single point and reached the EL final.
This summer is vital as players depart and replacements brought in. This will be no easy task as reportedly he will have limited funds. How he brings through the promising crop of youngsters will be interesting and by promoting Freddie to a first team coach is an intelligent move.
To conclude, he needs to be given the time to form the squad in his own ideology, with the limited funds available to him. Would any other manager have done better in the circumstances he finds himself?

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14 Jun 2019 16:17:06
Nelson - Iwobi

A 433 formation with torreira holding. This can switch to a 4231 when at home cruising or holding onto a result. I'd want Tierney at left back, and wouldn't mind seeing the back of kola and nacho, nacho, you scored some mad goals, kola, ppfffffttt flatter to deceive, in a four at the back we need a more aware fullback/ wingback.

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14 Jun 2019 16:27:21
"To conclude, he needs to be given the time to form the squad in his own ideology, with the limited funds available to him. Would any other manager have done better in the circumstances he finds himself? "

Are you faffing joking? Never consistent with his team. Pick a back four five or whatever and work with em. This is not rocket science, or a dissentation (however much you'd like it to be Rg61)

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14 Jun 2019 18:53:13
Oh dear Jack. I thought it was obvious why Emery had to change formations, etc. When you have 3 players out for the season, as well as Ramsey towards the end of the season, as well as other injuries, suspensions, fatigue, and players in the squad that were simply not good enough, he was forced to shuffle the remnants of the squad, which also meant changing formations to accommodate the players at your disposal. I can imagine the mess you would make, probably get the team relegated! Emery has won many trophies, I suggest you leave it to him.

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14 Jun 2019 20:26:52
Sorry, Ozil cannot be in the team next season. Absolute disgrace to the club and to youngsters watching him and looking up to him as a role model.

If clubs aren't willing to pay a transfer fee and his stupid wages, shop him around for £5M to anyone who will bite.

We need this rot out of our club.

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14 Jun 2019 20:39:24
Robbie - he couldn’t organise a defence if he tried. He pissed around changing formation etc way more times than injuries required. He played Mustafi in a back 4 when he said it’s stupid to play him in a back 4. I actually think he would have f###ed up George Graham’s back four. He needs time but please don’t make fake excuses for a manager who did nothing to Improve discipline in a back 3 4 or 5. I underst#nd I’m impatient but I could have organised and improved that defence given the ne2 signings he had and that he knew it was our weak spot. It was always going to take time to get us there but his first season addressing our defensive issues was a shambles and we shouldn’t make excuses for him. Any business would expect a new manager to improve their biggest weakness. Sorry to rant but I get the time piece but not that he showed any organisations skills, looked like he was trying to improve defence or had an once of appreciation of what’s required.
I give him time - with a heavy heart
If I was the board - I wouldn’t waste my limited funds on him
I won’t make excuses for his feeble attempt at sorting out our defence - sorry.

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15 Jun 2019 13:30:30
I would go with
Holding sokeratise spelling bellerin monreal
Torreira xhaka rowe
Lacca augba Nelson but see who we buy this is who we have atm.

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15 Jun 2019 18:22:07
Bellarin papa monolas Celtic lb
Torreira William carvalho
Carrasco Nelson
Lacca. Pea

My team and I think it’s affordable if we sold players if we sold Ozil get another winger.

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15 Jun 2019 22:02:33
I don't think we can sell Mesut Welsh mate, I genuinely think we not only would have to give him away but also pay towards his wages at his next club too.
There will be no resale funds from parting with Mesut because who would give us 10 or 20 million plus Mesut 1 million a month?
Our choices are keep him or part company and save 5 to 7 million a year on his wages in my opinion.

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16 Jun 2019 09:43:37
right now this is the best we have with what's available: the front 3 pick themselves, the club has natural wingbacks and no wingers.

-----Socrates Holding Mustafi
Bellerin Guendouzi Torreira Kolasinac
------------- Ozil
----------- Laca Auba

Club should be on the lookout for upgrades to Mustafi and Kolasinac and integrating the talented youth players whereever possible.

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17 Jun 2019 11:05:56
Never been a fan of a back 5, i think it just leaves you overrun in midfield. Like a heard of gazelles, the 3 CB's have to stay as a unit, even if there is no body to mark. If you play 3 CB's, one has to step up into the space in front, to help the midfield 2, but it doesn't seem to happen. Therefore I much prefer the defensive setup of a back 4 with a 5 in front, cutting down the space. Make it hard for the oppo to get the ball into dangerous areas rather than relying on stopping it once it has.

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17 Jun 2019 20:21:52
With a genuine sweeper the back 5 is an excellent formation in my opinion but only if you have the personel for the job.
A genuine sweeper like Franz Beckenbauer who had the football intelligence to cover for his defensive colleagues when necessary and the abilty to move into the midfieild very comfortably to become defensive midfielder, also 4 full backs (obviously 2 at time) who all have the fantastic engine needed to be up and down the pitch constantly (hence 4 needed for tired legs) so the intensity can be maintained for the full 90 minutes.
I always felt both Kompany and David Luiz had the credentials to make a brilliant sweeper in the modern game.

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13 Jun 2019 13:16:31
Lots of sites reporting we're about to confirm the signing of Markus Schubert on a free, (21-year old Dynamo Dresden and Germany U21 keeper) .

Apparently he was highly rated by Mislintat, but isn't ready for the first team yet so exploring loaning him out for next year. I would guess that would mean keeping Emi Martinez as second/cup keeper this season (makes sense, he's certainly decent and counts toward the home grown quota) .

Fingers crossed Schubert fulfils his potential. Anyone know any more about him?

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14 Jun 2019 12:30:15
4-3-3 (similar to Liverpool)

New players are welcome at the CB, CM, and winger. I think we need to try and win the ball higher in the pitch. The front three have to rotate between Özil as a inward forward on the wing or behind the duo on top. The CM’s has to play box to box supporting the defense when the fullback rush forward and play the ball faster forward.

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14 Jun 2019 13:19:26
Not heard much about him, but if we sign another keeper from Germany can we expect the wurst?

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14 Jun 2019 18:59:18
With limited funds we have to pick up frees where possible and this young keeper appears to have great potential. What is bit concerning is whether we are able to replace Mislinstat with a chief scout who can unearth quality, reasonably priced or free talent. The Suárez business worries me, as we signed a player on loan with a hefty loan fee who apparently wasn’t fit and never looked suitable for the physicality of the PL.

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17 Jun 2019 23:56:45
And we were paying him 105k quid per week. Very bad business all around

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10 Jun 2019 19:51:22
Hi ed, I can’t remember if you said in the list of players you put up, was the Celtic lb in that list, thanks ed.

{Ed001's Note - you could have just searched!

{Ed002's Note - Schalke are certainly keen to re-sign Kolasinac. It remains something like this:

GK, LB, CB, CM, RW wanted

Odisseas Vlachodimos (G)
Nick Pope (G) off the list
Markus Schubert (G) Dynamo Dresden kid

Thomas Meunier (RB) an option with Lichtsteiner and Jenkinson leaving

Nicolas Tagliafico (LB) if Kolasinac leaves - as LB may be the lowest priority - interest from elsewhere and his club don't want to sell - player wants a move to Inter - won't happen
Junior Firpo (LB) – looks to be heading elsewhere and very expensive - won't happen
Alex Grimaldo (LWB) price may be beyond Arsenal and interest from CL sides
David Alaba (LB) issue would be not being in the CL and interest from elsewhere - but possible

Michael Keane (CB) Arsenal took the opportunity to watch him at West Ham and it was reported back that the scouts were both impressed by MK and particularly Kurt Zouma
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (CB) Mainz have said they will sell at the right price and have said that Arsenal have returned to watch him with a new scout (the last having been sacked) and that Lille and Manchester City have also looked at him - but the player may want Champions League if he moves from Mainz
Ibrahima Konate (CB) the player does not want to move to Arsenal
Samuel Umtiti (CB) Barcelona are keen to move him on and UE is keen to take him if the right deal can be figured out - Arsenal want a loan to buy - but could easily be priced out of a move, particularly given injury concerns. Could be a very expensive mistake.
Kostas Manolas (CB) available to Italian sides at €36M but Roma are looking for €50M from English or Spanish sides.
Boubacar Kamara (CB) - very unlikely as talks progress with another side and Marseille would like to keep him - interest raised by a well respected scout who was then sacked by Minislat - the lady from Marseille says that she does not see Arsenal as an option
Djene (CB/RB) has been watched by Arsenal and Leicester (pre Brendan Rodgers) but money may be an issue for Arsenal as he would cost €35M in hard cash - no structured payments - Lille turned down the chance to sign him as they did not see him as good enough for them
Matthias Ginter (CB) I am not aware of interest from Liverpool - enquiries from two EPL sides (including Arsenal) came to nothing. If he did move he would want to be a started which will cut out Bayern, as will him having no interest in being used as cover for multiple positions. He would be expensive and is apparently happy. Don't hold your breath.
William Saliba (CB) no approach has been made to his club by Arsenal yet
Brandon Soppy (CB) Rennes kiddie - recommended by an ex player - perhaps 2020

James Maddison (CM/AM) is emerging as a summer target for Arsenal (due largely to preferred choices not being available) but Leicester will resist selling him this summer unless a ridiculous offer is made and a move to Arsenal is very unlikely
Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out. Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bonus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides. Don't hold your breath - it probably won't happen.
Kai Havertz (CM/AM) option to Rabiot but won't happen as his future is largely mapped out with a move happening in 2020. I would forget him.
Joe Aribo (CM) remains of interest - but is he ready to step up? Charlton are to offer him the best deal possible.
Nicolo Barella (CM) Napoli and Chelsea failed with approaches in January - and he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy - so very difficult. Don't hold your breath as it won't happen.
Pablo Fornals (CM/AM) still being considered but in talks with another side
Ever Banega (CM) - Emery again likes the player but the club are not so keen, but if the preferred choices are not available he may need to be considered again
Dennis Praet (CM) there has been a suggested fishing trip to look at Praet - it makes little sense to me

Christopher Nkunku (LM/AM) wanted by Emery and PSG may be open to a sale, but there is a dependency in Paris that could change that and interest from elsewhere

David Brooks (AM) Arsenal has watched him and may make an offer if Oezil were to be moved on
Julian Draxler (AM) expect player to be offered to the club

Alexis Claude-Maurice (AM) youngster from Lorient who has progressed well this season and attracted the attention of Norwich, Sion, Leeds and Lens, and probably others.

Ismaila Sarr (RW) was watched earlier in the season before Arsenal moved on a well respected scout. There was certainly no discussion about the player whilst any Europa league tie but there is interest, although the price may be prohibitive at €50M
Cengiz Under (RW) enquired after but seen as too expensive at €40M for a player who has suffered injury, form and attitude problems this season - but may be possible
David Neres (RW/LW) has been watched but no approach has been made to Ajax yet - but he is available
Nicolas Pepe (RW) is way out of Arsenal's financial reach
Suso (RW) watched again but expensive - although is home grown
Cristian Pavon (RW/F) Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target - there is interest from Ajax, Barcelona and from another English side who have been told that when he moves it will be to Barcelona - but their focus is on another player right now - very unlikely but I suspect Barcelona will step away
Zaha (RW) Emery says he likes the player but Crystal Palace will look for £60M plus which will take a serious chunk of the available funds away - but perfectly possible as the big buy of the summer if Champions League is not an issue and if Arsenal can raise funds
Hakim Ziyech (RW/AM) concerns over one particular issue (which has already made a couple of clubs step back) will probably end the interest of Arsenal - but don't strike him off the list just yet
Allan Saint-Maximin (RW) has been watched and is available
Samuel Chukwueze (RW) a Villareal youngster in Spain under the Cotonou Agreement that drew attention of Arsenal again recently when they were scouting another player (Pablo Fornals). As a 16 year old he had trials at Arsenal after the Under 17 World Cup but it came to nothing. Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have a declared interest in the player, as does Leicester City but they realised there would be a need to overpay on transfer fee or wages to ensure a Work Permit could be obtained so asked for a price - and stepped back at the €60M quoted.

Ivan Perisic (LW) too old and pricey - won't happen
Benito Raman (LW) watched but concern over the step up - Everton, Burnley and WHU have also looked at him
Leandro Trossard (LW) was certainly watched at the start of the season by an Arsenal scout who has since left the club. He is young but I know that Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach have also watched him and spoken with Genk. I am not aware of any deal being made and that seems a decent sum of money to pay for a LW when a RW is the real priority.
Ryan Fraser (LW) has the advantage of being home grown

Wesley Moraes (F) a Welbeck replacement concerned about game time
Gabriel Martinelli (F) He is a child - he is not for the first team but could happen.

I can't help with the youngsters at Arsenal at all.}

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10 Jun 2019 21:54:22
I swear that list gets longer and longer 😂 great infi Ed, Thanks for the update!

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11 Jun 2019 13:51:15
Sorry ed.

{Ed001's Note - no worries but I don't have that kind of time usually to search for myself.}

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11 Jun 2019 16:27:21
Cheers ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

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10 Jun 2019 14:36:57
Ed with people presuming Carrasco is certainly joining, can we get an update please?

{Ed002's Note - Yannick Carrasco (LW) Milan enquired after the overall cost of the player and the wage request completely blew them out of the water - will be offered to other sides - Napoli in case a player were to leave, and Inter but they have other targets - he is now being offered around in England (certainly Arsenal and Spurs).

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10 Jun 2019 15:21:25
So no offer yet from the arsenal?

{Ed002's Note - Give me a break.}

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10 Jun 2019 15:49:14

{Ed002's Note - Don't worry - but I have no interest in asking about hour-by-hour updates. It is already more difficult with Arsenal as they are regretting a sacking, an appointment, and a promise made as the stumble forward.}

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10 Jun 2019 16:10:29
So in other words ed we are a shambles 😂.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained that the structure is indeed a shambles - which is why the club are bringing in an old boy instead of a speacialist as a DoF - why did Monchi snigger and walk away?}

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10 Jun 2019 17:42:07
Is the sacking they regret wenger and the appointment emery? Surely not?

{Ed002's Note - No.

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10 Jun 2019 19:53:49
I’d rather Wenger than emery all day, the sacking Iam guessing is the Dortmund scout can’t spell his name and havnt a clue who the one they regret is.

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10 Jun 2019 23:41:49
Can only assume the regretful sacking was the friend of yours you mentioned before Ed. It does worry me seeing what you say about arsenal. I hear the two guys (names escape me) talking about plans and moving forward and taking the club where we all want. Then I get put back onto earth when I see what you say which I honestly believe a lot more than media reports and the two guys at the club.

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11 Jun 2019 07:34:10
Personal terms agreed apparently.

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10 Jun 2019 13:23:38
Hello Eds,
Another name to enter the pile today from the papers. Dorukhan Toköz. Is he a player that Arsenal are looking to at?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - The only interest I know of is from Newcastle.}

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10 Jun 2019 16:20:11
Thanks Ed.

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