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23 Aug 2016 13:25:29
Mangala and sakho might be available and we are desperate.

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23 Aug 2016 13:32:12
Mangala would be worse then a stick of butter plonked at centre half.

Sakho has his merits.

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23 Aug 2016 13:38:33
I hope we're not that desperate mate!

Mangala had potential but looks a trainwreck in the prem, plus they'd probably want close to the £32m paid.

Sakho, I think is a decent defender, but he just seems to have so many little problems off the field and a bit of an attitude too, I'm not a Liverpool fan and don't watch him often, so could be wrong and he could be great/ utter rubbish, but from my limited knowledge, a wide berth mah be the best idea.

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23 Aug 2016 14:59:45
ed i know u probably think i am stupid but is balotelli and option? I know he's annoying but he has talent which arsene can get out of him.

{Ed041's Note - why would u ever want him?

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23 Aug 2016 16:17:06
I would take Mangala over Sakho, and my Liverpool friend agrees with me!

Caceres is available on a free apparently?

At this point I don't even want Wenger to spend any more money, just leave it for the next manager.

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23 Aug 2016 17:35:21
Apex. you have officially lost it mate. Balotelli?

I'd rather we had Carl Jenkinson up front.

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23 Aug 2016 19:35:23
I thunk mangala could become a decent defender he started well at city but at the moment even Johnny Evans is better than nothing.

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24 Aug 2016 13:13:42
Feed the Jenk
And he will score.

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22 Aug 2016 23:26:16
What's this small rumour about arsenal being in contact with A Madrid over griezman?

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22 Aug 2016 23:47:46
Think you had the wrong glasses on mate.

It actually said, 'Arsenal in contact with West Brom over Johnny Evans'.

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23 Aug 2016 00:26:04
'In contact'?

This sounds an awful lot like the start of the reason why I've a 200 feet restraining order from Natalie Dormer.

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23 Aug 2016 10:02:24
Even if we are, which I very much doubt, we need an out and out striker and a CB, as well as cover at RB, unless Debuchy stays. Clubs know our desperation, so signing players will only be at inflated prices. Even Xhaka at over £30m, compared to Wanyama at £11m, doesn't make sense.

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23 Aug 2016 10:24:58
Only saying what I've seen lads lol.

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24 Aug 2016 13:14:47
If we truly are turning to Johnny Evans, this club is in even greater turmoil than we all think.

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22 Aug 2016 10:48:37
I can imagine the answer but I'm going to ask anyway, is it true we've bid £41.9mil for draxler? Thanks ed's, fantastic works as usual.

{Ed001's Note - sorry mate, as far as I know it is not true. At least that you have made a bid. I have asked if there has been any kind of communication regarding him, but haven't got any answer on that yet.}

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22 Aug 2016 11:40:18
Cheers ed, i thought as much tbh. Just out of curiousity how do you get hold of all your info? I take it you have sources close to arsenal and other EPL clubs.

{Ed001's Note - it varies on the club. Lots of talking to people involved in the game, agents etc. The best info is the stuff you get just by having a normal conversation though, rather than when you have to chase it. Some of the things that can be found out is very enlightening, especially if you are able to piece it together with little titbits someone else has said while not mentioning names.}

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22 Aug 2016 12:13:52
So do you know anything on the arsenal front if we are actually going for players so for asking thought I'd try eds and great work as always.

{Ed001's Note - Arsenal are always looking around, but there is nothing happening as such that I know of. Arsenal have a tendency to want to pay too little, so they get all these minor deals done, and right now they are being very tight on terms. I can't be sure why, I mean there is defo money there, but they clearly do not want to spend it for some reason. So deals they look at are quickly given up on. Such as defenders. Mustafi, they get told what was wanted but won't go anywhere near that amount, not even near enough for serious negotiations. I would not hold your breath for anything being done, Arsene does not like last minute panic buys.}

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22 Aug 2016 12:51:41
Thanks for the update ed - any chance of a potential list? We are all getting a little nervous

{Ed001's Note - lists is more Ed002's thing, as he has a database he can just access. I don't keep the details I get sent, because a lot of it has personal stuff in it. I keep saying I will start a database I can access from anywhere, but haven't got round to it. My memory is not really good enough to do a full list but that is not such a problem for Arsenal as right now, as far as I know, there is not a lot happening. While Arsene wants a centre back and centre forward, all his attempts seem to have fallen flat for now.}

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22 Aug 2016 14:20:35
Ed, if this is Arsene's last season in charge who is the club considering to take over? I know you said Koeman was a front runner, along with Remi Garde, but both of those now seem highly unlikely.

{Ed001's Note - far too soon now mate. They will have to look at who is available at the time. They do keep tabs on ones like Koeman. Henry and Vieira are always possibilities too, depending on what they are doing.}

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22 Aug 2016 14:56:00
Good work ed, any interest in the porto lad brahimi? Rumours going around that we want him.

{Ed001's Note - I know Stoke wanted him, Everton are keen and West Ham like him. I don't know about Arsenal though sorry.}

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22 Aug 2016 15:14:22
Thanks for the reply ed.

{Ed001's Note - you are very welcome mate. What Arsenal need is some movement in the market to open up opportunities to pick up players.}

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22 Aug 2016 17:05:50
Yer but we never seem to do it I ain't saying go spend 100mil on a player but get what we need in even if 75mil on 2 but holding looks good but he ain't the answer at the moment.

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22 Aug 2016 15:59:57
Appreciate the response, Ed. Do you think Tuchel or Schubert would be realistic targets for us? Personally I think they'd both do a wonderful job and both like to play the kind of football that us Arsenal fans love to see.

{Ed001's Note - yes, if the club can sell its plans for the future to them. The budget of Premier League teams makes them extremely attractive.}

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22 Aug 2016 18:45:44
Hi Ed! Is it possible the club are saving money so a new manager can rebuild without pennypinching? Thank you for your great work!

{Ed001's Note - no, I just think they are being run to make a profit.}

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22 Aug 2016 20:14:50
Ed, a belated thank you. Just read your reply and appreciate it. Sounds like we need some movement which seems a similar message to what AW has been stating

Fingers crossed and hopefully we dust down our wallets and spend some money.

{Ed001's Note - I dread editing this site if no one is signed!}

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22 Aug 2016 20:40:26
I can imagine especially as we signed a striker who can't play for us, a youthful CB and a CDM who many say is a luxury. If we don't sign someone, you may need to close the site or ban Malaga and Steve et al
Sounds like you have your fingers crossed also.
If you hear anything - can you post it please?
Thanks again.

{Ed001's Note - believe me I will if I do.}

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22 Aug 2016 10:30:44
Is there any interest in Chicarito or rugani.

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22 Aug 2016 10:04:26
Any truth in the rumours that the winger we have been linked with today - draxler and the Porto winger?

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22 Aug 2016 03:53:11
Hi Eds,

Is James Rodriguez really available and have Arsenal shown any interest in him (now or previously) ?

{Ed001's Note - he is available but no. I know Arsene likes to collect attacking midfielders, but he has been found out at Madrid as not being anywhere near as good as the hype. With the price Madrid are looking for, he is not of interest to Arsenal.}

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22 Aug 2016 09:39:41
Ed, I don't really watch La Liga but, like everyone else, I was impressed with most of his goals at the World Cup - long shots and great solo runs!

I know he's not rated as much these days and when you say he's been found out, what are his flaws since he obviously has talent. Is he inconsistent and can have too many games where he doesn't turn up? Or was it simply that he was at top form at the WC and he doesn't usually play anywhere near that well?

My bad, as I finish typing this, I realise this isn't really Arsenal related so may not get a reply.

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22 Aug 2016 11:32:18
Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - sorry TPG my bad for not answering. He plays well in international footie where there is ample space and the game is slow. In club football he is too slow to keep pace with the game, not just foot speed, but mentally, and games tend to pass him by. He does still score the odd screamer though.}

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24 Aug 2016 13:46:20
Cheers ed :) yeah that makes sense, loads slower pace at the WC compared to even la liga - surely he'd be even worse in the premier league since it's extremely fast paced and can get quite ugly with less time for beautiful football.

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21 Aug 2016 21:00:23
Does anyone recall that the banks insisted that Wenger stays in order to sanction the stadium loan? If true, this probably included a post-construction tie in.

If he leaves, perhaps the banks still have the right to call in the loans or change the terms/ rate.

Maybe he wants to leave but can't.

Maybe he and us really are trapped.

I would have thought any such deal would have expired by now but it makes me wonder.

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21 Aug 2016 22:21:22
Barn, I've never in my life ever heard of a human being being used as a guarantee for a loan. If wenger died, got ill and retired, left through personal reasons, got the sack because we got relegated or any unforseen circumstance we would have the loan pulled out from under us because he didn't meet the condition, is rediculous. I may be wrong but I thought the Emirates took on most of the stadium payments to get the naming rights anyway. Personally I don't believe it, it doesn't sound a very good business agreement to me.

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21 Aug 2016 22:28:37
I would be shocked if that's true, I very much doubt the Banks would have any say in who the manager is or his contract. That might be in the Arsenal buisness plan presented to the banks but the bank wouldn't care as long as we are paying the bill on time.

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21 Aug 2016 23:43:26
From the Telegraph

Ahead of an unprecedented fan protest on Saturday, Arsène Wenger has revealed for the first time that Arsenal were only lent the majority of their £390 million construction costs for the Emirates after he personally pledged to remain manager for at least five years.

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22 Aug 2016 08:55:42
You do get some corporate loans contingent on certain personnel staying. A bank may advance a loan for the specific purpose of expansion only if a key member of staff stays because they have the experience to make it succeed. Same way you can purchase keyman insurance if a member of staff is crucial to your operations.

Not sure if that was true of Arsenal's loan though.

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22 Aug 2016 09:46:13
Not sure why you have so many disagrees SY4 when it only takes a quick Google to clarify that the Torygraph did indeed write that paragraph, that's a fact - whether the statement is true is another thing but I'd be a bit ticked off if so because it means Wenger is inclined to never change in that respect unless he wants to pee off the loaners.

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22 Aug 2016 10:31:01
Wenger steered us through a very difficult period, during the financing and building of the new stadium. The debt is virtually paid off and we have in excess of £200m in cash reserves at the bank. The club is run superbly and although us fans always thing we can spend, spend, spend, the funds are not bottomless, unlike other clubs. We could however, easily buy a couple more quality players, but I understand Wenger's hesitancy to pay excessive prices for players; is Mustafi worth £50m?

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22 Aug 2016 12:17:45
RG, if you think the club is being run superbly, you're going to wet your pants when it actually is.

The current set up is great for Kroenke but he's holding a deteriorating asset in my view. Like a landlord who doesn't repair leaky guttering or drains, eventually the building will need major works.

And there's a stench of rot at Arsenal.

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22 Aug 2016 12:56:49
Great point barn, couldn't agree more.

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21 Aug 2016 20:46:58
Who are the strikers currently on par with Henry and Van persie

None of them are available.

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21 Aug 2016 22:05:17
van persie wernt as good as henry so don't put them in the same mould.

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21 Aug 2016 22:24:40
Ibra, higuain, aubamayang would also get a mention. Two of them were and one could be.

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21 Aug 2016 22:29:42
Everyone's available at the right price, whether Arsenal can or would pay that price is a different question.

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22 Aug 2016 08:25:58

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22 Aug 2016 09:50:22
Benzema really?

For me, even Muller is better striker than him. A few years ago I'd have included Tevez and Atletico's Falcao in the list for sure.

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22 Aug 2016 10:18:24
Everyone has a price.

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22 Aug 2016 11:53:19
It appears that there is shortage of quality strikers and those that are of top quality are firmly entrenched at top clubs. Indeed, you have to take a huge gamble on paying absurd transfer fees and wages, to players of average quality.

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22 Aug 2016 12:59:18
Rg while I agree, we also get absurd and astronomical amounts of funds coming into the club. Its all relative.

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21 Aug 2016 20:31:17
Got a gut feeling we will go for loic remy late.

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21 Aug 2016 21:02:38
Probably indigestion.

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21 Aug 2016 21:40:28
Hahahah brilliant.

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21 Aug 2016 20:31:06
Long time since I've posted. Heard a rumour Islam Slimini is a target and the loaning of Joel Campbell was part of the deal.

Also think it's interesting that we've been linked with Yacine Brahimi, that would be consistent with our attempts at Mahrez and Mikki earlier in the window and could also be why we let the Campbell deal happen (though this is speculation) .

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21 Aug 2016 20:43:05
Hackney, I was going to post the same thing. A friend of mine who is an agent based in Portugal mainly working with south american players, told me that the Campbell loan was part of a deal to purchase a player before the window shuts. He doesn't know the name of the player, but either Slimani or Brahimi would be nice additions.

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21 Aug 2016 21:14:53
Wow a genuine interesting rumour. I suppose it would explain the Campbell loan because that really frustrated and perplexes me. Wait and see I suppose.

Don't know an awful lot about the guy though. Looks like he has the physical prowess for league.

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21 Aug 2016 22:09:29
I was wondering something along the lines of this earlier (though I have no inside knowledge, just whatever nonsense my brain dreams up) it seems very much 2+2 doesn't it?

Sporting have a striker we're apparently interested in.
They also have a good CB in Oliveira (spelling may be off)
They also have William Carvalho, who we know Arsene likes.

However, when I put 2+2 together with football, i often get 5.

Slimani to me seems just an Algerian Giroud.
I'm not saying he'd be bad, none of us could know that until/ unless we'd seen him in this league, but on paper, kinda think he's just, well, meh.

Carvalho we don't need at all, plenty of CM's but when does that stop Arsene.

Oliveira, is just me doing those bloody maths again.

I reckon there's some sort of legs to what you guys are saying though, I mean, it seems silly to loan out Joel and give up some of our (underrated) firepower, when we're already lacking goals.

It wouldn't shock me if we've given up on a striker and are looking for a winger, so we can play Theo up top full time till Welbz is 'fit' in Jan.

But that's just me!

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21 Aug 2016 22:12:08
that brahimi is linked to everton so he might go there but the striker is same type of player as giroud is that what we need or do we need like a aguero type of player that can run off girouds knock downs.

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21 Aug 2016 22:28:00
Rumours might have some legs but for me its easier to shift cambell than walcot, that's why cambell has gone and not walcot. We are still paying some of cambells wages, apparently.

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