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20 Jan 2021 10:33:15
Please please please do not let the rumours about Christian Eriksen be true. It is being reported now that Inter are interested in swapping Eriksen for Lucas Torreira.

Ed, please confirm this is newspaper nonsense. Not the sort of lazy player we need at all.

Gooner Jim

{Ed002's Note - I don't know what has been said but I am not aware of any interest in Eriksen from Arsenal.}

1.) 20 Jan 2021 12:59:19
Thanks for replying, Ed.

2.) 20 Jan 2021 15:23:57
I’d have him all day.



18 Jul 2019 00:34:13
What is this club coming to when Granit bloody Xhaka is most likely candidate for the captaincy for the upcoming season. The days of Adams and Vieira seem so far away.

Gooner Jim

1.) 18 Jul 2019 02:56:29
I would have gone with Sokratis, but there weren't any really good choices to be fair. Lacazette was another name I would have put forward but who would have been your pick?

2.) 18 Jul 2019 06:55:20
It’s about time that arsenal stopped being cowards and made Bellerin my captain.

3.) 18 Jul 2019 07:58:30
Xhaka had 2 or 3 really decent games last season which is 2 or 3 more than in his first 2 years combined at the club. He also had another 2 or 3 where he wasn't awful so perhaps Emery wants to show the rest of the squad he rewards improvement :-) .
It's only paper talk at the moment so let's wait and see but if Xhaka should be our captain next season then it doesn't bode well for us fans or Emery himself who I doubt will get a 3rd season with us if we are no better than we were last season.

4.) 18 Jul 2019 13:46:17
That's a good question about who I would want. There is no obvious contender which is another matter in itself. Given the players we have I would put Lacazette forward personally given his work rate and determination in the games he plays in.

5.) 18 Jul 2019 14:04:01
I agree on Laca for captain. He's not the loudest or most vocal player, but he let's his play do the talking and leads by example with great work rate.

He has a good attitude as well, but a bit of a temper. Remember that mad elbow he landed on that poor lad's chin from Ostersunds?

6.) 19 Jul 2019 06:48:44
Laca is no captain, vice captain maybe, but we know he probably isn’t going to start every week, he goes missing/ stroppy when it isn’t going quite his way. Yeah when he is good he is fantastic and puts a shift in. For me i’d be happy with 1 of 3 Sokratis, Bellerin or Xhaka, yeah Xhaka performamces are not the best, but he does show leadership on the pitch, he shouts, he instructs, he let's players know. I would still rather we sold him, but i do believe he is our beat option, he’s also the captain of swiss national side. must do somethinf right.



22 May 2019 19:11:18
Hi ed (s) ,

Are the reports in some papers and over the internet to be believed that we may go after Zaha. I can't see how we could afford him to be honest, plus I think we should be concentrating on signing defenders who can actually defend. Your info or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Gooner Jim

{Ed002's Note - 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}

1.) 22 May 2019 19:17:56
Wow, many thanks for responding.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Jim.}

2.) 22 May 2019 23:29:42
He’s going back to Man United.

3.) 22 May 2019 22:21:11
Ed, from the defender target list you gave us, is there anyone we can cross off or add to the list?

{Ed002's Note - You can add Brandon Soppy (CB) Rennes kiddie - recommended by an ex player - perhaps 2020.}

4.) 23 May 2019 10:55:59
Thanks Ed. You see how the newspapers lie Ed, is it really true that if arsenal win the Europa that our budget will be substantially higher than it is without winning it?

{Ed002's Note - It really doesn't work like that. Much will depend on what money can be obtained by selling players.}

5.) 23 May 2019 11:06:48
Thanks Ed, I imagine it will be hard getting the likes of Elneny, Jenkinson and Mustafi out of the door due to the high wages we pay them.

{Ed002's Note - Transfer fees are running wild again, all three will move if the club don't ask too much.}

6.) 23 May 2019 16:15:42
Would love us to sign Zaha. Can’t see us paying the price Palace want, unless one of our forwards is sold.

7.) 23 May 2019 18:58:41
Interesting you say if the club doesn't ask for too much. Can only imagine we have for these players in the past. Wonder if it'll be worth just taking a loss on those players which will reduce that wage bill of ours.

8.) 24 May 2019 10:28:48
Thank you ed002.



18 Feb 2019 15:19:42
Hi Eds,

I was reading an article where apparently Overmars stated that Alexis Sanchez could be moving back to the Emirates as he believes a switch back to familiar territory could help him rediscover his form.

I would be interested to know your thoughts on this, whether there may be any truth in this, and whether any fellow Gooners would want to see him back. Thanks.

Gooner Jim

{Ed002's Note - I cannot imagine for one minute that Arsenal would consider doing that. The money would be significant, it would be a step back and the risk high.}

1.) 18 Feb 2019 16:09:25
Thank you kindly for responding.

2.) 18 Feb 2019 18:20:08
I can't imagine it either Jim as financially it would make even Mesuts wages look reasonable.
But in a parallel universe where he wanted to come back on his old wages then yes I'd grab with both hands as he was our best performer of the past decade and more up until his last half season when he'd already decided to leave for City but we made him stay another 5 months which cost us a 60 million transfer fee when he ended up at United and we got Miki in stead of 60 million, not the clubs smartest bit of business ever that.

3.) 18 Feb 2019 19:25:00
We do seem to make a pigs ear of outgoing transfers far to frequently 62.

4.) 18 Feb 2019 20:17:45
Our business in both buying and selling ends of the market has been atrocious sparky mate, it looks like the club are trying to redress it now but the affects of the past will take time to put behind us mate.
A lot less giving out contracts on a job for the boys basis and negotiating and either settling on new deals or selling at a premium much earlier would make a huge difference in my opinion mate.
If in 2 years time Torreira won't extend cash in no matter how you we don't want to lose him at the time, it has to be better watching him join United Liverpool or even worse still Spurs on a free 2 years later mate.

5.) 18 Feb 2019 20:53:12
Cant argue with any of that mate, we need to build a team where players don't want to leave, its been too long since that was the case.

6.) 20 Feb 2019 05:27:47
The article said that he would rediscover his best form if moved there, not that it was a possibility, what would the director of football at ajax know about ne of this? I read an article saying jeff hendrick was going to come to arsenal to win the treble next year? what's your views on this guys and gals (im presuming that g62 is a right old tart)

7.) 20 Feb 2019 12:50:06
I'm not much of one for bearing grudges against ex players Jack mate especially if I understand there reason for leaving
It's easy to label Sanchez a money grabber but in truth there wasn't much footballing reason to stay with us.

8.) 23 Feb 2019 15:44:11
Bit of a random insult to g62 there? Or has that come out wrong?




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11 Sep 2021 14:15:02
Sitting here watching the Palace game and seeing big Paddy back again has brought all the emotions out of me and I find myself reminiscing about when we were a great team.
Patrick Vieira. Now there is a true Arsenal legend. Just the name makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have more love and respect for him than I do for the whole of the current team. I mean, who do we have in that role now. Xhaka? Granit bloody Xhaka! You should be flogged just for mentioning his name with Paddy's in the same sentence.
Go on Palace. You are definitely by second favourite team all the while the legend is there.

Gooner Jim

1.) 11 Sep 2021 14:24:05
Glad we didn't buy Emerson Royal at RB. Palace tormented him all game.

2.) 11 Sep 2021 15:01:45
Tell you what Jim mate
Been a Gooner for 56 years and when I think about my greatest Arsenal 11
sometimes I swap Seaman for Jennings and Campbell for Keown and a couple of other positions but Paddys name goes down every time along with Tony, Thierry and Dennis.

3.) 11 Sep 2021 15:20:50
100% Bill. I'm not quite old enough to remember Jennings (I'm 39) but Seaman, Adams, Paddy, Dennis and Thierry would be my first names too.

Now there is a player who knows what it's like to represent the club and what it means to the fans. Always gave his all, can't remember any bad games he had, and between him and Tony, the best captains we ever had. You simply cannot compare him to Arteta in any way shape or form. One day he'll come and manage us, I'm sure, and what an almighty life he would give to everyone connected with the club.



21 Aug 2021 18:19:16
If anyone is watching the Brighton game then how the love of God have Arsenal not tried to sign Bissouma?
What a player he is! He would be our best midfielder by a country mile.

Gooner Jim

1.) 21 Aug 2021 18:34:35
I enjoyed watching Brighton last year, they will give all teams a tough game, According to Transfer market, he's valued at 27.5 dollars.

{Ed014's Note - we had interest in him but he by all accounts wasn’t our first choice.

You couldn’t make it up! 🤦‍♂️

2.) 21 Aug 2021 18:39:27
I would have taken him over White all day long - nothing against him but I really don’t think he was a priority while CM and creativity was. Gutted he didn’t sign as I thought player 💯 wanted to join. That would have strengthened our starting 11 immensely. More than all the signings added together
So frustrating

I believe instead we have Granit on a new deal and Elneny being offered a new deal 😳.

{Ed014's Note - it’s a joke SY we have plenty that can go to get him, Xhaka, AMN and Elneny.

But no we’re keeping Xhaka! 🤦‍♂️

3.) 21 Aug 2021 18:46:08
Who was our first choice? Elneny

Clubs a joke.

{Ed014's Note - don’t know mate but it’s crazy keeping Xhaka and Elneny and not buying Bissouma!

4.) 21 Aug 2021 18:49:43
Ed, who was our first choice. Would love to know emoji was and what happened and where Bissouma was on the list.
He would have changed our side overnight. Him and S Partey together in midfield could have been a dream partnership but at least if injury prone Partey is out that we have a beast in there still

So so frustrating - didn’t really need White but crying out for Bissouma.

{Ed014's Note - you’d need to ask Ed02 SY as it was he who said that mate.

5.) 21 Aug 2021 18:51:55
Brighton manager has them playing great football

Dare I say he would be great choice to replace arteta.

{Ed077's Note - agreed 100%

6.) 21 Aug 2021 19:31:16
Absolutely Mark, Graham Potter has done an apprenticeship like no other, and passed each test with distinction.

He needs a big club to move to the next stage of his remarkable career and we need someone who has shown he knows what he is doing.

7.) 21 Aug 2021 20:30:09
I’d take him all day long and he can bring Bissouma with him

I like Brighton and he deserves a chance. Can’t believe we didn’t bet on him before Arteta in the first place. Let Arteta earn his strips elsewhere then compete for us. We are a big bloody club and we need to start acting that way.

8.) 21 Aug 2021 21:03:16
Quick question though lads. who you starting CM in January?

Because it wouldn’t be
Xhaka probably would of been sold for him coming in.

Leaves you very light of options. That could be a costly few weeks depending on how far their respective nations got.

9.) 21 Aug 2021 21:12:37
Glad it wasn’t just me thinking we paid 50m to Brighton for the wrong player.

10.) 21 Aug 2021 21:23:12
It's a decent point about January JG93 mate but I think people are looking at the bigger picture.

It's Mikels show and he should do what he feels right, but equally if it goes wrong them it's on Mikel and he should go the same way other managers go who can't hit the required standard.

I hope whoever our next manager is that he has absolutely no previous connection to the club and stands or falls by what he does rather than who he is.

11.) 21 Aug 2021 22:03:42
Well based on the effectiveness of Xhaka JG93, we could play someone plucked out of the local junior school 3rd XI, or maybe we could train a pigeon to tap the ball sideways a bit and forget to track the opposite midfielder into our box and watch him score, flapping his wings in frustration, but whoever, they probably wouldn’t be much worse.

12.) 21 Aug 2021 22:15:45
Yeah 62 mate, i get where you are all coming from, but this could be Mikel and Edu’s throw. So would they try and build a team where 4/ 5 players from the middle all leave in January for a few weeks, as we seen last season a tough run before or after Christmas can turn a season, if you change our pre xmas form we breeze into 5/ 6 place with how we finished the season. I think if it wasn’t Afcon year we might of gone in, especially with the type of rumours and links that were coming out.

Although i'm not extremely excited by the window, i feel we are strong for the future we have a lot of bright young players on the books, including those brought in this summer.

13.) 22 Aug 2021 07:58:57
Bissouma is very similar to Partey and Lokonga. And is an African as well. We need someone with different skillsets, that’s why Locatelli links! Rather Koopmeiners than Bissouma. Saying this we have lot of players to ship.

14.) 22 Aug 2021 08:40:16
Hi JG93 mate, the squad is and has been for some years better than its results and performances mate, and I absolutely agree with you there are some very good young players within the squad.

But our experience over the last 7 years in particular has been the more we spend the worse we get, why this keeps happening is surely the question that needs addressing.

I don't think there is another club that has spent anything close to what we have and either stood still or gone backwards like we have done.

15.) 22 Aug 2021 09:29:38
Yep good point 62, we have spent a load of money and actually gone backwards, it’s bizarre and equally frustrating.

16.) 22 Aug 2021 10:20:59
G62 sorry fellow not having ago but it’s seems a bit much talking about whoever the next manager is whilst the club already have a manager. Plus why does it matter if the person has previous connections with the club? Like you said it’s not the value of the player that matters but how he performs.

17.) 22 Aug 2021 11:47:36
Hi Yard mate, the reason I wouldn't like another ex Arsenal players as manager is the loyalty they automatically inherit rather than have to earn.

Fans love club connections and will accept far lower standards from someone they have good memories of.

Graham Potter or anyone with no former connection to the club would need to deliver to survive while ex players can get away with delivering far less.

For me it's all about what's good for Arsenal present not about keeping it warm and fuzzy because of the past, look where that's got us over the past decade.



06 May 2021 22:16:56
Arteta and the players must be absolutely delighted and relieved there have been no fans at any of the games this season.

They wouldn't have let them get away with these dreadful, painful and monotonous performances.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. It's not the losing, every team loses and we have no god given right to win anything, but spineless, gutless performances can never be defended nor tolerated.

Get out of our once great club now! So many of you aren't fit to wear the shirt.

Gooner Jim



18 Mar 2021 20:25:41
Tottenham. 🤣🤣🤣🤣.

Gooner Jim



22 Feb 2021 13:04:34
I have mentioned on here numerous times that Arteta is not the man to progress AFC. Ed47 quite rightly pointed out that he has numerically improved our defence in that we concede less goals. I also understand that progression is a gradual thing that takes time, and I do agree that we should start with improving the defence. BUT

He has consistently played out of form players, played players in ridiculous positions where every man and his dog can see how ineffective they are, in improving the defence (numerically) we have so badly compromised our attack that we hardly ever score anymore, made us so painfully predictable, one-dimensional and just plain old boring to watch. I could keep adding to the list but you get the picture.

I never wanted him in the first place. Managing a huge club like Arsenal should be a reward for the excellent work you have done at another club or in another league. It should not be given to a newbie or inherited in my view.

I have no idea whether Arteta has the majority or minority backing of the supporters anymore. Gunner62 is one fan who has pointed out on some of his posts that we have actually regressed under him if you go by points gained this season compared to under Emery. I think we have regressed too and become even worse to watch! I can't see how this will end well.

Gooner Jim

1.) 22 Feb 2021 14:20:41
I don’t get the picture at all.

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2.) 22 Feb 2021 15:34:03
What’s this patron thing, I’m not the sharpest knife in the draw when it comes to this stuff
Is it I’m sponsoring you Tris?

{Ed001's Note - ah yes mate, sorry I probably should explain it at some point, when I actually figure it out myself. The gist is you sponsor me and you get extra stuff on there on top of what you get on the site as a thank you. Long term that will be stuff like extra podcasts, articles and merchandise as a thank you for the subscription. I was thinking a range of RFTP merch would be good to give out.} Become a Patron!

3.) 22 Feb 2021 15:51:10
Ok, give us a couple of days and I’ll get me mrs to set it up

Good idea.

{Ed001's Note - always best to let the boss do it, that way you can't be blamed when it all goes wrong. You can use it to cover up the 0898 bill you ran up if you are clever too....

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4.) 22 Feb 2021 16:35:28
The raver must have known you was doing this

He disappeared as soon as money is mentioned.

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5.) 22 Feb 2021 16:39:01
He’s a good old soul

I hope he’s safe.

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11 Jun 2021 11:09:38
Demon seems to think he is the font of all knowledge. Yes, Arsenal have been terrible for a while now, but in our worst season in decades we still finished above your lot by 16 points, so Arsenal would be a much more attractive proposition for him than staying in the Black Country. Have a good day.

Gooner Jim



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11 Jun 2021 11:07:25
How do you know that Man Utd and Liverpool will bid higher? Are you some sort of agent in the know or something?

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20 Jan 2021 12:59:19
Thanks for replying, Ed.

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15 Mar 2020 18:24:30
Not for me mate. Not a game changer, look at the impact Fernandes has had on Man Utd. I'd rather we return him and look elsewhere personally.

Gooner Jim

{Ed002's Note - Ceballos may well not be interested without some assurances - but there is nobody else showing an interest.}



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07 Aug 2019 02:30:38
Why all the negative and sarcastic posts towards the man? Let him post his thoughts.

Gooner Jim




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24 Feb 2022 13:09:05
Malaga - "Pay women to go with you. " Spat my coffee out! Hilarious comment!

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13 Sep 2021 19:26:56
Ed001 - Thanks for that summary, I enjoyed the read. One question I do have though. Have I missed somewhere the reason why Malaga calls you Trish? I see you sign off as Tris (Tristan I'm assuming) , so why Trish, which is short for Trisha (Patricia) ? Is it a private joke between the two of you?

Gooner Jim

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea. People often do it though.}



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11 Sep 2021 15:20:50
100% Bill. I'm not quite old enough to remember Jennings (I'm 39) but Seaman, Adams, Paddy, Dennis and Thierry would be my first names too.

Now there is a player who knows what it's like to represent the club and what it means to the fans. Always gave his all, can't remember any bad games he had, and between him and Tony, the best captains we ever had. You simply cannot compare him to Arteta in any way shape or form. One day he'll come and manage us, I'm sure, and what an almighty life he would give to everyone connected with the club.

Gooner Jim



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31 Aug 2021 13:31:09
Stop driving and texting, you utter moron.

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02 Aug 2021 18:57:22
🤦‍♂️ My guess is you're a short, slightly fat, balding middle aged man with a tiny pecker 🤷‍♂️.

Gooner Jim