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12 Apr 2022 13:56:47
Hello everyone. Got a question for Ed2.In your opinion Ed what striker do you see available in the summer that would best suit Arsenal.
Apologies if you have dealt with this question before.


{Ed002's Note - Sticking with players Arsenal have at least shown some interest in, Nunez over Alexander Isak but I don't see either moving to Arsenal. Then perhaps Calvert-Lewin over Rashford. Then perhaps promote Mika Biereth to replace Nketiah?}

1.) 12 Apr 2022 16:09:59
Thanks for the info Ed
Much appreciated ??.



24 Jan 2022 12:43:39
It seems that we reached a agreement to sign Arthur Melo on a loan basis
If the Eds have dealt with this I apologize. Barcelona and Juve both have sold him on. I read on his Wiki page he was criticized at Barcelona by Suarez and Valverde for his positionial play and his reluctance to play the ball forward. I don't know if Juve are selling him to raise funds or he just not fit into Allegris future plans.
Is he a good fit for Arsenal.
Views of the Eds and posters welcome.


{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}

1.) 24 Jan 2022 13:38:41
Ed002's Note - Arthur Melo (CM/ DM) Available - has not worked out in Europe. Barcelona skinned Juventus of Pjanic and cash and it has largely been a disaster in Turin. Juventus want to revamp the midfield with Arthur, McKennie, Ramsey and Rabiot all seen as surplus to requirements. All are for sale and all can be used in exchanges. The problem remains finding takers for the likes of these players who pull a total of €600k in weekly wages will be difficult - but there are mugs out there. Arsenal have asked after taking Arthur on loan - and that might be attractive if a buyer can't be found and Arsenal were to pay his wages. I am sure there is knocking on the door of St James Park. }.

2.) 24 Jan 2022 22:11:55
BBC are confirming a loan till the end of the season.

3.) 24 Jan 2022 22:48:05
Sorry, to be more accurate Arsenal have agreed terms on a loan deal until the end of the season.



31 Aug 2021 11:18:27
Gone on the internet and done a bit of research on the Japanese rb. He seems to highly rated hard tackler, good in the air and can play the ball out of defence. I don't know if any the Ed's can give us anymore info on him.
Apologies if the subject has already been dealt with.


{Ed002's Note - Do you mean Takehiro Tomiyasu (CB)? Spurs nearly agreed a transfer and Arsenal have expressed an interest whilst Atalanta were looking for discussions. Much will depend on Bologna replacing him - and they have made a proposal to Chelsea to take Malang Sarr on loan.}

1.) 31 Aug 2021 11:48:07
Thanks for the info Ed
Much appreciated.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 11:55:16
Ed002, Is he primarily a CB or RB and more importantly is he coming in to play as a full back or a CB? The confusion keeps piling up.

{Ed002's Note - He is a CB. Arsenal no longer need a Bellerin replacement.}

3.) 31 Aug 2021 11:58:58
Why do they no longer need a Bellerin replacement, Ed? Looks like he's off to Betis on loan.

{Ed002's Note - Ainsley Maitland-Niles will provide cover.}

4.) 31 Aug 2021 12:28:09
That's worries me there Ed. I mean who does he provide cover to. Cedric, Chambers? Not even sure who our first choice right back is.

{Ed002's Note - There are plenty of choices as you note. The new CB could also perhaps play there as well.}

5.) 31 Aug 2021 12:49:40
Thanks for the reply Ed002, Great insight. Do you think Arsenal are working on getting in another player after Tomiyasu with 12 hours remaining for the deadline?

{Ed002's Note - If the can.}

6.) 31 Aug 2021 13:49:22
Another well known QUALITY signing…
Where do we keep finding these top players from.

7.) 31 Aug 2021 13:55:25
Planning for life in the Championship.

8.) 31 Aug 2021 13:38:09
Feel better after the update and clarification Ed - thank you.,

Who is our first choice right back though?

{Ed002's Note - No idea I am afraid.}

9.) 31 Aug 2021 14:21:28
Thank you - hopefully Mikel knows but I’m not sure he does either 😂 😂.

10.) 31 Aug 2021 14:54:46
I fully expect this guy to be utilised as a RB. White and Gabriel will be a 1st choice pairing with Holding and Mari as backup. Bellerin out and Chambers/ Cedric are not a confident 1st choice for MA.
When fully fit, I am expecting we'll see Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, KT as our back 4.

{Ed077's Note - or White could be utilized as an RB?

11.) 31 Aug 2021 17:26:21
Possibly Ed yeah and switch up the CBs. We'll soon see!

{Ed077's Note - whatever way the CBs get deployed, it's still lots of money spent on a position that wasn't in urgent need of revamp. Well at least the next manager will have a few decent players to work with😉

12.) 31 Aug 2021 17:47:15
White could play DM as well.



11 Aug 2021 16:18:04
According to reports we are in advanced talks with Sheff Utd over Ramsdale. The fee is apparently 24mill so I am of the opinion
he is coming as first choice keeper . With no Europe so need to rotate the squad as much, would it be safe to assume that Leno is on his way out baring in mind we have another 2 highly rated young keepers in Okontwo (not sure if that's the right spelling and Karl Hein.


1.) 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.

2.) 11 Aug 2021 18:58:46
He also got voted player of the season for both teams the last two seasons.

3.) 11 Aug 2021 19:16:27
Didnt know that J Gunner👍👍👍👍.

4.) 11 Aug 2021 19:24:42
I'd rather Dean Henderson if De Gea is Utd's no1 Henderson will want out.

5.) 11 Aug 2021 21:24:01
Ramsdale is a bit young for me. Goalkeepers mature later and so you can afford to pick up someone older than you would for another position. However, he appears to be a good keeper, and if it works he could be our keeper for the next decade or more, so you can see the attraction. Would definitely prefer him than this drug ban fellow, too much baggage we could do without.

6.) 12 Aug 2021 16:56:19
Ramsdale is Pony. I watched his best saves on YouTube to try alter my mindset and yeah he can stop a shot but a lot of the time, he cushions the save into a danger zone for a rebound. Catches nothing. He doesn’t bring confidence in his teams, hence 2 relegations last 2 seasons.




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30 Jul 2022 16:29:01
The boys done you proud Saga mate
Hope you had a great day ??.


1.) 30 Jul 2022 17:38:12
Well said bill

Hey Sega I hope you gave North London forever a blast.

2.) 30 Jul 2022 17:39:37
Great day bit of the ol something in me eye moments but such a day.

3.) 31 Jul 2022 11:58:23
Hi Malaga love that song it’s special for us gooners, but it’s such a well crafted song anyone can relate to it. Great song sang me heart out to it.



28 Jul 2022 18:28:51


1.) 28 Jul 2022 19:07:37
RIP boss

79 cup final, great memories.

{Ed014's Note - I’ll second that mate, RIP boss.

2.) 28 Jul 2022 19:29:16
The 5 minute FA Cup final. RIP.

3.) 28 Jul 2022 20:06:57
So sorry to hear this news, yes of course 79 was the highlight.

4.) 28 Jul 2022 20:11:49
That was some 5 minutes Sparky mate

{Ed014's Note - I just watched it again to remind myself how good it was Bill.

5.) 28 Jul 2022 20:20:46
Remember the 79) 80 season
Played 70 games that season ended up with zilch. Smaller squads then as well.
Lost to the Hammers in the cup final on the Saturday lost to Valencia in the European Cup winners Cup final on penalties on the Wednesday.
Still had 2 league games to play
Had to win both to get a European spot for next season
Beat Wolves on the Friday then lost big time on the Monday to Leeds or Middlesbrough can't remember which
Remember Terry Neill saying how hard it was to take after such a long season playing 70 games and coming up with nothing.

6.) 28 Jul 2022 20:32:25
Very sad, I liked TN


7.) 29 Jul 2022 05:42:12
RIP Terry - lovely guy and great manager

Thoughts with his friends and family.

8.) 29 Jul 2022 09:13:17
Terry Neill
Moved from Bangor youth team to Arsenal for £2500. Captain of the team at the ripe old age of 20, a record still held today. Playing 270 games for the Gunners before coming back to manage them again at the ripe old age of 34. He signed Superman and Big Pat, with other players such as Stapleton, David O'Leary and The great Liam Brady emerging into the team. He assembled a really great team.
He was also player manager of Northern Ireland once quipping that he would put himself on the team sheet before Big Pat and Georgie Best!
Northern Ireland doesn't have a plethora of great footballers over the years. Terry Neill was certainly one of them and more importantly he was an incredibly nice man.
RIP Mr Neill.

9.) 29 Jul 2022 09:38:36
Great post Irish rover

Well done.

10.) 29 Jul 2022 09:58:38
Think he scored for Northern Ireland against England at Wembley from a header and NI won 1-0.

11.) 29 Jul 2022 11:08:00
Sd loss again always seemed a very decent guy.



29 Jun 2022 16:36:27
Tbh people I am not broken hearted over Raphina, could be a player that is made to look better in a a side that has struggled, no offence to Leeds.
Plus I like players with passion but the way he reacted towards the ref and had to pulled away by his teamates when Ayling got his thoroughly warranted red at the Emirates is not the sort of passion and spirit we need.


1.) 29 Jun 2022 16:47:34
As Sussex said on a previous post, he is a good player, and I still wouldn’t be upset if he came, but ultimately he played on the right wing for Leeds, exactly the same position as Saka, so either he or Saka would have to switch, not ideal, or worse, we are thinking of cashing in on Saka once we have all our signings made, which is even less ideal. If we’re going to outlay 60m for a player in the premiership, I would prefer a central midfielder, or at a push, a winger who plays on the left as a first choice.

2.) 29 Jun 2022 17:36:43
Epping I have a feeling Saka won’t be an Arsenal player come next season.

3.) 29 Jun 2022 17:50:38
Yeah I never understood why we were looking for a high profile right winger when we had Saka already, that seemed weird to me.

4.) 29 Jun 2022 17:59:23
Yeah John mate.

5.) 29 Jun 2022 18:52:03
I really hope you are wrong Mal, but like you, I have a feeling in my water that he will go. We have made a lot of signings, spending a lot of cash in the process, and at some point you need to pay the ferryman.

6.) 29 Jun 2022 19:43:55
Utter waste of money Raphinha would be.
He’s a decent player, but £60m+ when he patently doesn’t want to be here?
We have Saka.
We have Pépé - who I still think has a future at Arsenal if only - somehow - he can get self belief coupled with consistency.
I’d rather we spent money on a decent holding midfielder to replace Xhaka, plus a left back (KT simply too injury prone) and a back up right back. Or, another striker to support Jesus.

{Ed014's Note - have to agree with you on that mate.

There’s still possible money to be made from Bellerin, Mari and AMN who were all back for the first day of training today.

7.) 29 Jun 2022 21:06:15
I think Saka has 2 years left on his contract

If he won’t sign a new one now, get rid off him

No more player power.

8.) 29 Jun 2022 20:54:01
Add Leno and Torreira to that list as well Ed. Also, should we now have 60m to spend elsewhere, would we be laughed out of London if we offered that to West Ham for Declan Rice?

{Ed014's Note - I imagine we would mate, they’ll want a fair few more pennies than that.

Guess we could chuck, Leno, Bellerin, AMN and Torriera into that offer too! ?

9.) 29 Jun 2022 21:20:26
IF Saka was to go then it would need to be for an absolutely huge fee and to one of Liverpool City Barcelona or Real, if the club let him go to cheap the fans would be outraged and if Saka swapped Arsenal for anything less than Liverpool City Barcelona or Real he would be less popular than Ashley Cole with most Arsenal fans.

100m to Liverpool or City and most would be disappointed but understand his and the clubs reasoning.

{Ed014's Note - I really don’t see him leaving yet

10.) 29 Jun 2022 22:26:57
Agree Ed

Saka won’t be going ……. just yet.

11.) 29 Jun 2022 21:29:02
Me neither Ed014 but I must confess the wanting Raphina did pose the question in my head, mind you there is a lot of weird stuff in my head ???.

{Ed014's Note - ?? and that’s if we really were ever in for Raphina and if so wouldn’t he simply be a Pepe replacement.

Saka is a little more versatile re positions he plays too.

12.) 30 Jun 2022 14:38:18
£100 million for grealish. Saka younger with much more talent. It would be an eye watering amount for a club to pay to get him. Don’t think anyone is in the position to afford him.



23 May 2022 09:25:58
To all the Eds and the posters have a great and safe summer
Roll in next season


{Ed014's Note - and you Bill!

1.) 23 May 2022 12:06:54
Hey Bill mate, we're just entering the silly season and I'm pretty sure this page and all the Eds will be busier than they ever are during the season itself ?

We still have all those sightings and medicals at London Colney to come and of course all those 2 + 2 conclusions as to why Messi was seen in London looking at bedsits, not forgetting all those fantastic tips from fans who have a mate who's mum works with a woman who's son plays Sunday league football with the son of the brother of a bloke who once had a trial at Arsenal in the 90s who reckons Benzema if definitely coming this time.

Right now is merely the calm before the storm that is known as, The Premier League Summer Transfer Window, Rumour Speculation and Total Fabrication Hurricane.

The forecast for this summers rumours is for them to reach a Megatron 7 possible even a 8 Megatron 8 on the Richter scale.

Don't even thibk of going anywhere mate ???????.

2.) 23 May 2022 16:20:12
I will be waiting for the new signings to start rolling in 62 mate
Have a great one.



17 May 2022 07:11:52
That was a awful performance last night considering what was at stake. Once again we were lacking in the big game mentality. Artetas tactics were wrong last Thursday and I don't think he had a scooby last night.

I said once before and I will say it again, we are a young side in age but not in experience. We had spent 150 million in the summer, had no European commitments no other Cup games to worry about and when it came down to it we were woefully lacking.

Europa might be fine to some Gooners and I totally respect that, but for me I was expecting and should have achieved more.


1.) 17 May 2022 07:26:02
Agree Bill, we have experience in our side Xhaka love him or hate him is a seasoned international, Saka has played on the biggest stage, no excuses, we shouldn’t be tired we haven’t played enough games to use that .

Europa isn’t good enough, back to Thursday night football .

Arteta has taken us as far as he can.

2.) 17 May 2022 08:26:06
I know Arteta will take the flack over last nights performance, but for me that sits 100% on the players. With a CL place at stake, and in their own hands, they simply couldn’t be bothered. We all fear players like Saka will leave without CL, but if that’s the best he, and others, can do when it’s there for the taking, then off you pop. The simple truth if that our first XI isn’t good enough, no winners or fighters. It’s been like that since Wengers final years, and nothings changed. Where it is Artetas fault, as it was with Wenger, and Emery before, is our apparent lack of being able to change our game plan depending on the opposition or occasion. Whether at home to Norwich mid season, or away to Notts Forest in the cup, through to Newcastles last home game of the season, or when the opposition goes down to ten men, we play exactly the same. No change in tempo, no change of style, not even any change in formation. We must be so easy to plan against, we show every team exactly what we are trying to do just by watching our previous games, no wonder every team fancies a pop at us. We are so far away from winning the league, and nothing I have seen this year, despite the 5th place finish, shows me we are any closer.

{Ed001's Note - so a manager, whose job it is to motivate the players, is not to blame when the players lack motivation? Jesus you lot make excuses for someone who is just terrible at his job, rather than just accepting he is dog muck at managing.}

3.) 17 May 2022 09:27:07
Well said Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I just don't get it mate, there has not been one time I have watched you play that I have seen anything other than a good bunch of players being hampered by a terrible coach. There is a far better squad at Arsenal of players Arteta has alienated and forced out than anyone outside of the top 3 could possibly call on, but still he is the media darling. It beggars belief, but then the same media used to try and compare him with his friend Xabi Alonso, when he was nowhere near the same level at any point in his career. But because he is matey with the media he gets an easy ride and there are always stories putting his side of the story and bigging him up. Balague has his nose shoved so far up his backside Arteta can brush both sets of teeth in one go.}

4.) 17 May 2022 10:16:06
Morning Trish, how are you mate?

{Ed001's Note - good thanks mal, how are things over there?}

5.) 17 May 2022 10:50:23
Grand thanks mate.

{Ed001's Note - glad to hear that. It is always good to see you about. Well maybe not always!}

6.) 17 May 2022 10:56:48
I don't think he should of got that new contract and why he won't give the two French guys a second chance we have a good young squad and could do wonders under a better coach.

7.) 17 May 2022 11:13:05
Think I need therapy after yesterdays performance. Ed001, realistically, arsenal aren’t going to sack the guy because we gave him a new contract. What would you do this summer, ins and outs to bring arsenal back? Not the competing for top 4 arsenal, the real arsenal who were competing for titles.

{Ed001's Note - for starters you have to build the defence around Saliba. It is ludicrous to have a player that good, who supports the club, and then spend tens of millions to replace him without even giving him a chance! And a left-back. I know you all love Tierney, but you can't rely on him and the season is too long to have a left-back who only plays every so often. Cucurella would be the obvious choice to replace him imo. Go and get Aouar finally done, the lad wants to join and is a good player. Then it is about getting an actual centre-forward in, as you really lack a top class one. Osimhen or Jonathan David would be good options. I am not sure you need to let anyone go, unless they want to leave, as Arteta has fallen out with so many you lack squad depth already.}

8.) 17 May 2022 12:21:26
Not covering for Arteta Ed, as I say repeatedly, we are playing the same style, and making the same mistakes that we have for the past 10 years or so. What I do get f@caked off with though, is this fear that certain players will leave if we don’t get CL, and these are the exact same players who couldn’t be bothered to show any effort to get us in that exact competition, so for me they can Fock off as well.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok I can understand that.}




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08 Aug 2022 09:01:19
Yes please take him in a heartbeat.




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19 Jul 2022 11:29:22
One source are now saying Zinchenko has changed his mind and wants to stay and fight for his place at City.




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16 Jun 2022 19:50:42
Can imagine the Viera song back at our ground.




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16 Jun 2022 19:48:24
Looks a good buy Moe mate.




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12 Apr 2022 16:09:59
Thanks for the info Ed
Much appreciated ??.





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15 Aug 2022 07:42:06
Absolutely 2 more would be great plus we got Fabio who hasn't played ye.




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14 Aug 2022 11:30:46
I think if we can do it we will.
Think they could be last day transactions though.




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14 Aug 2022 11:29:29
Great post.




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13 Aug 2022 19:30:57
Not a great Xhaxa fan but impressed this season, have to agree with Mal.
As for Tielemens it's a no from me.




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13 Aug 2022 17:32:38
Great stuff today
Agree with Sharpy Martinell looks like he is having the time of his life.
Jesus Wow,