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22 Mar 2020 15:21:16
Hi Ed,

We’ve been linked with Odsonne Edouard as a replacement for PEA. Do you see us bringing in another forward? Thoughts on who it might be? Or will Martinelli simply be tipped to started next year?

Thanks.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have looked at a few forwards and see Odsonne Edouard a cheaper option than perhaps bring Malen back or pressing for David. It also depends whether or not Nketiah interests the coach as an option. Alexandre Lacazette wanted a new start elsewhere but seems to have settled. Aubameyangadingdong will be off in all probability.}


1.) 22 Mar 2020 16:29:24
Are we looking at Orkun Kokcu and Matty Longstaff Ed? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Orkun Kokcu (AM/CM) is Arsenal's first choice addition for the attacking role in midfield if they can move Mesut Oezil on. The player has been watched by PSG, Chelsea, Spurs, Barcelona, Sevilla but Arsenal are particularly keen. They want a reduction on the €20M asking price. (2) There is a lot of interest in ML but I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal.}


2.) 22 Mar 2020 16:48:58
Thanks Ed!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


3.) 22 Mar 2020 19:08:40
Sorry to bombard u with questions Ed but are man united interested in Aubameyang too?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for him.}


4.) 22 Mar 2020 22:29:22
Thanks Ed!


5.) 23 Mar 2020 21:38:08
I think pea will stay.


6.) 24 Mar 2020 10:15:37
Hi Ed,

so you think Lacazette will stay and Auba will leave? That's annoying because would much prefer it the other way around! But guess Laca hasn't really been showing much worth over the course of the season in terms of goal output.

{Ed002's Note - Aubameyangadingdong does not wish to sign a new contract so Arsenal need to move him on this summer. Alexandre Lacazette wanted a new start elsewhere but seems to have settled.}


7.) 24 Mar 2020 13:52:00
I love that we appear (at least) to be getting our replacement lined up now, not after the fact. Maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part.


8.) 25 Mar 2020 15:03:48
Just thinking about the striker situation, Sako has made it clear he doesn’t want to be a LB but is happy playing fir the time being there. ED do you see him next season being pushed up? Seeing as you see Aubamyang being sold.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are going to do what the coach sees as the best way to utilise the players. If Kieran Tierney stays is fully fit it takes the pressure if Sako to provide cover as often as he has. And of course there is an "advisor" still pushing Arsenmal hard to take Layvin Kurzawa.


9.) 26 Mar 2020 11:31:51
Hi Ed,

you say in the original response that Edouard is a cheaper alternative to Malen or David. How much do you think Celtic would sell him for? Because I've read a lot that David can go for ~£17.5m. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Gent has quoted a much higher fee than that to another side interested in JD. The €50M asking price for Malen is huge. Actually since Celtic quoted one side £30M for Odsonne Edouard and I wrote that note, another side have been quoted that bidding for the player will start at more than £50M as they accept that he will move on and .}


10.) 26 Mar 2020 12:39:43
Jesus 50m for Odouard?! I can appreciate he's a very good player but given the calibre of the SPL I reckon teams would still be extremely hesitant paying even 30m.

{Ed002's Note - I would agree but they know it is inevitable he will move on and will look to get the best money they can.}


 

 

07 Mar 2020 23:16:30
Hi Ed, with PEA’s wage demands it seems likely he’ll go this summer. Can you comment on any prospective replacements (like Jonathan David) ?
Thanks.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - It is very early but Vinicius Jr (LW) It has not been working out well for the player in Spain and Wolves have shown an interest in him but he would only be a second string to Diego Jota - and the asking price (circa €60M - although they may accept less) is seen as high. Arsenal have been approached but with Saka emerging on the left it is the issue of Pepe on the right and Aubameyangadingdong in the centre or left that needs the most consideration - but he shares and agent with Martinelli so there may be a discussion. Chelsea have also been approached as he would provide an option to Hudson-Odoi on the left allowing Pulisic to move to his more natural right side. Others have been approached but none would be in a position to look for more than a loan and Real Madrid need players gone to continue their rebuild.
Aleksandr Sobolev (S) makes little sense.
Kevin Volland (S/W) BL did't want to sell in January but may in the summer.
Donyell Malen (F/W) rather raw Arsenal reject who has done well at PSV, is well liked if a little moody, but may not be able to make the step up. Rather unlikely if there is interest at the €50M asking price at all but Barcelona has asked about availability.
Jonathan David (AM/S/W) Gent youngster who has attracted plenty of scouts to watch him this season including those representing Lyon, RBS, Lille, Everton, RBL, Arsenal, Leicester and Lazio. Lyon are looking for a replacement for Moussa Dembele and RBL who are looking for a replacement for Timo Werner have both spoken with Genk who are open to the Canadian leaving at the right price. At the start of the season Napoli and Brighton attended matches to watch Roman Yaremchuk but were apparenty were also impressed by the performance and versatility of the player.}


1.) 08 Mar 2020 03:03:11
Thanks Ed. Very thorough answer!


2.) 08 Mar 2020 03:03:11
Thanks Ed. Very thorough answer!

{Ed002's Note - Things will change I am sure.}


3.) 08 Mar 2020 13:38:44
Thanks Ed, do you expect Saka to sign a new contract?

{Ed002's Note - It depends if an acceptable offer is made - and if anyone of significance shows an interest. I would hope he would.}


4.) 08 Mar 2020 17:07:12
Thanks Ed.


5.) 08 Mar 2020 17:42:02
But Ed actually, wouldn’t you say his career is best somewhere else? Arsenal is a beat right now and he’s a talent.

{Ed047's Note - unlike you maybe he likes the club and wants to stay here


6.) 08 Mar 2020 17:53:36
Lol I don’t know why your having a go at me ed?

{Ed047's Note - you’re talking like it’s fine for Saka to leave because we’re so bad. 🤦‍♂️


7.) 08 Mar 2020 18:42:18
Lool no mate I’m desperate for him to stay! But If he leaves I’ll understand because I’m not sure if we are moving forward.


8.) 09 Mar 2020 20:59:35
Saka has time on his side much like Rogers said to Sterling at Liverpool " the next contract will not be your most important contract "
For Auba it's the complete opposite as financially this will be his last big deal and ambition wise what he does next will decide if he is to have any chance of ever challenging for or winning a top prizes, obviously it's unlikely he will be able to achieve those things at Arsenal at his age and what left of his playing career.


 

 

23 Dec 2019 16:33:52
Hi Ed,

I know you don'T like to speculate. I'm curious if you might offer insight into the Aubameyang situation, and what impact the Arteta appointment will have on his resigning. Or will we not be resigning him?

Thanks,

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - I don't think it is anything to do with Arteta. Arsenal is a mess and I can see Aubameyangadingdong heading for pastures new.}


1.) 23 Dec 2019 21:07:00
It would be a shame but if it's what he wants then it's best for everyone to let him go in my opinion, unhappy people don't usually feed a positive atmosphere.


2.) 24 Dec 2019 03:38:11
Would love to see Zaha as Auba's replacement. Ed, any interest in Zaha this January or for the summer?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know if Arteta would have any interest but Arsenal made a very significant mistakle in the summer and that leaves them in a difficult poistion where they would need to sell to buy. They could potentially, if you take all costas in to account have to sell Aubameyanadingdong and Pepe to raise suitable funds. Else, where would Arsenal get £80M plys perhaps £12M costs from? Expect a far more economical solution to an Aubameyangadingdong replacement whist the club regroups.


3.) 24 Dec 2019 05:52:53
Thanks Ed.


4.) 24 Dec 2019 11:18:13
Eddie back from Leeds for the rest of this season then think again in the summer.
The squad won't be sorted out this side of May no matter what we do but finding out what needs to be done from next summer onwards can be achieved.
Who knows by next summer 1 or 2 of Pepe Xhaka Mustafi Ozil Luis Papa might have won a few people over after Woking with Artetta, nothing to lose by giving everyone who wants it another 5 months.


5.) 24 Dec 2019 12:35:19
Ed002, where could Aubameyang be off to?

{Ed002's Note - he will have a number of options.}


6.) 24 Dec 2019 12:41:44
The Athletic are reporting that Arsenal will be targeting a left sided CB in January but only if someone can be moved on which is likely to be Mustafi. With Saliba coming back for next season a partner for him is most important. Only a really tempting offer will mean that Auba is sold in January. Eddie is likely to be recalled due to lack of game time and will be potentially loaned back out to somewhere that will offer him more playing time until the summer.


7.) 25 Dec 2019 00:35:32
Any interest in Lyon's Dembele, ed02?

{Ed002's Note - Those clubs which are interested in Dembele are aware that he is not available in January.}


8.) 26 Dec 2019 03:16:36
Hey Ed. Read a rumour that Arsenal have made contact with Napoli over a deal for Koulibaly, with a possible player exchange. They supposedly like our powerhouse LB. would you happen to know if there is any truth in this?

{Ed002's Note - Firstly, Napoli are in the market for a LB to be second string to Mário Rui as a replacement for Faouzi Ghoulam who will be leaving on a loan to buy. They have several on their list of options including Sead Kolasinac but I doubt he would want to be a second string, or move to a rather chaotic Napoli or that Napoli would want to get involved in any part exchange. Kalidou Koulibaly has been of interest to Arsenal before but now Arsenal does not have the money to buy him without selling players and quite frankly Arsenal does not have the draw.}


 

 

29 Jul 2019 15:14:55
Good afternoon Ed,

Any chance you could provide an update on any centre back targets we may have?

Thanks.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - I am travelling and asked someone here and they say a loan is preferred - or could go the Cahill type route with an out of contract player.}


1.) 29 Jul 2019 18:53:46
Thanks for taking the time to reply Ed. Very appreciated.


2.) 29 Jul 2019 20:33:31
I'd be happy with cahill but with the rumours of rugani I think I'd prefer that.

{Ed002's Note - Rugani? Well that passed me by.}


3.) 29 Jul 2019 23:50:10
Yeah been in the media last few days. Not that I take much notice of what they say.


 

 

16 Jul 2019 23:19:30
Am I crazy or was Eboue on tour with the club? Saw a pic with the Kroenkes and I could have sworn he was there. Hopefully they’re finding a role for him after his difficulties.

Arsenalex

1.) 17 Jul 2019 08:04:24
Hope so, I always felt for him after the terrible way we fans treated him.
One of the lowest points in the clubs history in my opinion when our own fans reduced one of our own players to tears on the pitch.
We all get carried away sometimes and say and do things we later regret and what we did to Eboue is a horrible memory.
I hope he gets a job with the club and we get a chance to right a wrong and give him a brilliant reception.


 

 

 

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17 Mar 2020 13:27:32
Hi Ed,

Any way you can speak to players who will be leaving this summer? Including those currently on loan?

Just finding myself with more free time than I had bargained for these days.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - I only know one well enough to speak with but have no inclination to call him.}


1.) 17 Mar 2020 14:22:15
I know the feeling Alex, the job I was doing was put on temporary hold for a couple of weeks a month ago but now isn't going to start up again until the crisis has past.
Being 57 and having asthma I'm suddenly finding my job options less than plentiful, but the old saying of " health is more important than money " has never felt more true than it does right now.


 

 

17 Feb 2020 15:29:28
Hey gents,

I was thinking of ordering an away kit with ljungberg 8. Thoughts?

Arsenalex

1.) 17 Feb 2020 16:28:05
You obviously like the idea Alex so what's putting you off doing it mate ?


2.) 17 Feb 2020 18:34:16
Just wondering if it’s somehow disrespectful given the management situation that happened this year. Just feel he’s a legend, and the yellow and blue also work with his Swedish connection.


3.) 17 Feb 2020 19:30:14
It's personal choice mate and no matter what you wear someone somewhere could possibly find a reason to be upset.
You know you're reasons are positive rather than Negative so 100% go for it geezer.


4.) 17 Feb 2020 20:28:52
Go for Young 6 and respect the old Skool players

Failing that Freddie or Pires - I like the slightly obscure less obvious name

It’s your shirt and Freddie was an awesome legend - great debut and scorer in big games.


5.) 18 Feb 2020 17:31:15
“Kanu 25” all the way 😉.


 

 

03 Feb 2020 18:43:01
Hi Ed,

I hesitate to ask, but in the event that you're feeling generous with your time, could you speak to any summer targets Arsenal has already identified?

Thanks,

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - The targets don’t change. Arsenal has overspent and need to recover money from sales before they can look seriously at buying. Until that happens they will be in the bargain bin.}


 

 

22 Jan 2020 13:42:50
Hi Ed,
With injuries and changes over the past few weeks, just curious if anyone will be departing permanently this window?

Thanks,

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer questions about the timings of transfers.}


 

 

13 Jan 2020 13:12:47
Hi Ed,

With Dangote apparently in the media again, promising a purchase of the club, can you speak to the Kroenkes willingness to sell? Have the past years spent in the red made a sale a possibility?

Thanks.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - I don'[t see him wanting to sell.}


1.) 13 Jan 2020 18:04:54
Thanks Ed.


 

 

 

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27 Mar 2020 14:06:38
Honestly, I thought I had seen it previously, but when I searched yesterday, nothing came up.

Thanks Ed.

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - At least you know now Alex.}


 

 

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24 Mar 2020 13:52:00
I love that we appear (at least) to be getting our replacement lined up now, not after the fact. Maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part.

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22 Mar 2020 16:48:58
Thanks Ed!

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

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08 Mar 2020 03:03:11
Thanks Ed. Very thorough answer!

Arsenalex

{Ed002's Note - Things will change I am sure.}


 

 

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08 Mar 2020 03:03:11
Thanks Ed. Very thorough answer!

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17 Feb 2020 18:34:16
Just wondering if it’s somehow disrespectful given the management situation that happened this year. Just feel he’s a legend, and the yellow and blue also work with his Swedish connection.

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13 Jan 2020 18:04:54
Thanks Ed.

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26 Dec 2019 19:19:01
I actually thought he came on well, a ton of hustle, no pouting for not having started.

I really think that the midfield is the problem. Not the wings. There is no fluidity and acres of space. Torreira and Xhaka drift out of position because neither has a set position.

Ed said “look how Torreira plays for Uruguay, ” but All I saw was a player drawn to the ball, and not in a shut down, Makelele kind of way.

We’ll see what January brings. I expect movement. Even clearing out a player or two will help insofar as it will cast people in definite roles.

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11 Dec 2019 19:07:17
All I want is a reliable back four. And maybe a proper DM if I’m well behaved.

Arsenalex

{Ed047's Note - you ever see Torriera play for Sampdoria or Uruguay?


 

 

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28 Nov 2019 04:55:58
Thanks Ed. I gather that every time a player is watched, at least 21 others get looked at too.

Arsenalex