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25 Aug 2023 22:39:15
Balogun to Monaco being reported as done deal. €40m with a significant sell on clause. Nice work Edu.




05 Jul 2023 18:59:18
Sources writing that Timber signing is confirmed. He's well spoken of by Dutch football pros and will likely be the replacement for Holding.


1.) 05 Jul 2023 20:36:05
Hopefully take whites place at right back.

2.) 05 Jul 2023 23:24:08
Aren't we looking at frimping for RB, vodka? I think we're planning timber at CB.

3.) 06 Jul 2023 07:24:38
If that’s the case then I can see gabs being moved on, I don’t know if he would leave Ajax to sit on the bench but who knows, this is a great window so far add a worldie striker and I think we are very well prepared for the CL, I seen something last year that a man has bet on the champions league winners for the last 10 seasons and had them all right 23/ 24 season his last on the bet slip he picked arsenal.

4.) 06 Jul 2023 13:34:23
Reports are he's coming in predominately for the RB position. RB, CB doesn't matter the overall objective is the club and qtr final has to be the least for us, but I'm sure we're all hoping for more.



31 May 2023 09:05:06
Ornstein reporting that Arsenal have no intention of selling Smith-Rowe and have just been easing him in to avoid recurring injury (similar to Martinelli I imagine) . Great news and what I suspected all along - his potential is much greater than Mount IMO.




25 May 2022 23:55:03
Are there any plans for Lokonga to go on loan? He has good vision and you can see the talent, but he's a little sloppy on the ball and needs to get stronger to suit the bigger leagues. Really needs regular gametime and I don't think he'll get it when Partey, Xhaka, and whoever our new CM is are fit.


{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}

1.) 26 May 2022 07:33:24
Im sure he will get plenty of game time in the europa league Wire mate.

2.) 26 May 2022 10:40:59
He will certainly get game time in the EL and the cup runs. I hope he gets a fair bit of game time because he is a talented young player and needs to be managed correctly. He drives the ball and always tries to beat the press which is so encouraging!

3.) 26 May 2022 13:01:04
Agree Glenn his main strength, in my opinion, is making himself an option to transition to beat the press.
Tho it’s been evident he actually gets caught in possession and has done numerous times this season and we’ve been punished.
I think missing out on CL, and Ed 002 has alluded to this, really puts us at a crossroads now in relation to recruitment. Clearly we can’t attract the calibre of player we need after missing out on the CL and even if we could we are susceptible to drawing interest of clubs who can offer CL or more appealing projects.
With that in mind, we need to look seriously at our options. Is Maitland Nile’s better than Lokonga in Lokongs role? Does he make any more mistakes than Lokonga has demonstrated and should age be considered when defending Lokonga?
I don’t see why it should be.
In my opinion Maitland Niles played better with the little time he was afforded than Lokonga did at any point and age is irrelevant as we are not in a position right now to be affording this type of ‘learning through error’ for any player.
The same applies for Reiss Nelson. He has showed more in less time than has been granted to Pepe, but he gets loaned out because the club and manager are desperately hoping Pepe can show enough in fleeting appearances to recoup some of that extraordinary €80M fee.
Lokonga, Pepe, Lacazette, Cedric, and Holding have shown they are not up to the standard of what we need next season.
Three of those group can be readily upgraded by players we already own in my opinion in Saliba, Nelson and AMN. Nketiah, if he sorted out his ego, could be a ready upgrade on Lacazette .
Then we could focus on three quality upgrades as in an No. 8, Gundogan or Wijlnidum types, one quality CF and an adaptable quality full back.
That would be progress in my opinion and the reintegration of those two loanees and resigning of Eddie as homegrown players give us stability long term but also scope in the short term to go after more lucrative signings.
Otherwise your looking at signing 7/ 8 players and lowering your targets to spread the budget, this will not yield success in relation to closing the gap on our League rivals, which is the aim of Artetas project.

4.) 26 May 2022 21:33:11
The thing with this whole, we missed out on the champions league, so we won’t get the same calibre of players rule. Does it also apply for Man Utd? I ask as they are also not in the CL, but not aware of people saying the same thing, and I suspect they will still sign top quality players?

{Ed014's Note - what, like all the top quality shite they signed when they were in the champions league? ?

5.) 26 May 2022 22:43:21
They have spent badly Ed, although we aren’t clean on that front either, with a certain Pepe on our books. However, my point is, players will come, despite no CL, as long as they are a) paid the money they expect, and b) to a lesser extent, they believe in the story/ ambition they are told when ‘interviewed’.

{Ed014's Note - no argument from me Epping they will, I think we have a better story to tell too.

We've for sure spent a few quid on some dross, thankfully nowhere near the billion quid they’ve spent since Fergie left so they’re out there on their own when it comes to buying duds.

6.) 26 May 2022 22:51:25
Nice post Shambo, I agree about Ainsley and with the Roma move falling through I think he can definitely give us a game or two at CM this season and be an easy upgrade on Cedric for Tomi's backup.

I say it quietly these days given the abuse you see online, but we weren't ready for the CL. Our core squad is a man or two short of top 4 without Europe - we need to show we can handle the EL demands before we hope to break top 4 and stay alive in the cups.

7.) 27 May 2022 16:27:44
I am a little concerned that AMN didn't get much game time at Roma Wire.

8.) 28 May 2022 12:19:15
Agree Wire, while the outcome would have been great financially for attracting certain types of players, we really are not ready to compete properly in the CL while making ground on our league rivals.



09 Aug 2021 02:26:04
Looks like Willock will be moving for around ~22m. Pretty good deal for both sides, don't think he was quite up to the level we needed him to be to take us back to top 4, but I'm rooting for him all the same.

Eddie is also rumoured to be nearing a sale to Brighton for around 20m. I think he will be huge for them, they need a clinical finisher and that's him to a T. Can see him nabbing 15+ easily for them.

Bellerin hopefully soon to follow (I live in hope we see the back of Willian too but at this stage looks like he's going to be ESR's backup) .


1.) 09 Aug 2021 09:59:17
Hey wire, just a couple of observations mate.
I don’t like the Willock sale and I’ll tell you why. He wants to make it at Arsenal. He’s and Arsenal boy. He cares more than any of these so called snr players who allegedly have already made it as regulars putting on the shirt.
Funny thing tho, in his 5mths at Newcastle he has out performed and outscored our so called regulars who play in the same position against the same opposition in the same league. You could actually combine the contribution of ALL our players in CM and they havnt done in 3 seasons what he done under a different coach at a so called lesser club. Yet we’re selling one of our own and persisting with guys who were leaving a couple of weeks ago who have consistently under performed at this level and, unlike Willock, have little or no scope for improvement with time and experience.
We’re selling a guy who has nearly outscored our entire team in the last 7 games of the season and persisting with the dross.
As for Nketiah. If that’s true that he’s off to Brighton and somehow manages 15 league goals, that’ll mean it’s 2 more than our top scorer last season. I can’t see that myself but again it’s selling one of our own who’s invested in the club to persist with others in his position who wouldn’t hesitate to move right now for bigger contracts.
This club is in disarray.

2.) 09 Aug 2021 10:12:20
Despite liking both Willock and Eddie (mainly for being developed at the club) , I can't say i'm overly sad to see them leave. If they were that great we'd have bigger clubs than Newcastle and Brighton (respectively) knocking the door to snap them up. We all yearn for Champions League to return, for that to happen we need to shift on a lot of players and be ruthless. I think this will take the Xmas and next summers window until the squad takes a better shape.

3.) 09 Aug 2021 10:14:07
I'm with you on Willock, Shambo but I think he's a casualty of us not being able to move on Torreira, Gendouzi, Willian, Xhaka and the other dross we have. Hopefully there's a buy back clause but I doubt it.
I don't think Nketiah will score 15 goals a season at Brighton.

4.) 09 Aug 2021 11:03:29
Completely agree Shambo. Stupid decision.

5.) 09 Aug 2021 12:26:12
To me, Arsenal's biggest problem over the last few years has been hanging on to talent for too long and seeing the value plummet. It happened with Ainsley, we were offered 20m by Wolves only to keep him and then barely play him. I have seen a lot of Willock, and I think he's a natural goalscorer, but we need outgoings and some returns on our sales more than we need to keep him.

6.) 09 Aug 2021 12:50:14
It's Arteta decision be it a good or bad one, one things for certain and that's than if Arteta isn't going to play him then it's better for us and Joe he moves on and Arteta buys someone he is going to play.

Arteta is in change and right or wrong he has to either prove himself able or unable to get us into the top 5 minimum.

7.) 09 Aug 2021 12:56:09
You sound like you are teetering between the depression and acceptance stage of grief, g62.

8.) 09 Aug 2021 13:45:13
If selling Willock brings in Maddison/ Silva/ Aouar/ Guimaraes, then i'm all for it. If selling Eddie brings in a new striker then great, but i'm not as confident on this front. Abraham doesn't fill me with excitement but i'm not sure who else they are realistically looking at. Martinez was a dream that was never going to happen. Either way, the club needs to raise funds, but as G62 states, its on Artetas head that he makes the right call. If both are moved on, it has to be for improvements to come in.

9.) 09 Aug 2021 13:54:50
I personally think we take the money. Yes he scored goals for Newcastle but he thrived in a completely different system to the one we want to play. he scored goals mainly coming from counter attacks whereas its clear arteta wants us to dominate possession and pin back teams - in these situations Willock won't have the space and time to score the types of goal he has for Newcastle. I personally don't think he's good enough on the ball/ creative enough to play #10 for us, and equally I don't think he's solid enough defensively to play in the double pivot (would also be a waste of his ability in front of goal) so imo best thing to do is sell him and reinvest that into a midfielder who suits our play style a lot more.

10.) 09 Aug 2021 14:01:24
Hi Wire mate, no depression more grief very thankfully mate, just acceptance of reality.

Arteta as manager calls the shots and that's the way it should be, what comes from his choices and decisions will decide Artetas future, and that too is the way it should be.

If he makes us top 5 I'm happy for him to stay, if he doesn't I'm happy to see him replaced, either way i'm happy mate 😎.

11.) 09 Aug 2021 20:51:59
It’s a sad situation but when you need to raise funds you end up having to sell the China whilst keeping hold of the chipped cups. Willock is being sold purely because he can raise 20m, whereas Xhaka, Torreira, Elneny and many others can’t.




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29 Apr 2024 12:16:47
Never in my wildest dreams when we signed Havertz did I think he could become this good, for us or anyone. Presses like a demon, physically strong, brilliant timing of his runs, excellent vision. My expectations were low when he was signed and I thought trying to rehabilitate him would cost us the title. Together with Odegaard though he's one of the main reasons we're still in the mix and scoring for fun. Long may it continue.


1.) 29 Apr 2024 12:41:07
Agree wire… (havertz ) . I knew there was a player in there, just needed the right coach to bring him out of his shell. a lot of people forgot, that before he went to Chelsea he was one of the most sought after young talents in Europe. and as for captain fantastic odegaard, got be one of the best midfielders in world football… NUFF SAID. ?.

2.) 29 Apr 2024 15:11:28
I was excited by the potential but wasn't quite sure how good he would become for us. The reception he got was very unjust in my opinion (i remember someone even calling him the worst signing of the summer) . I'm so happy for him now that he's come good.

3.) 29 Apr 2024 15:31:25
Never had a doubt trust the process trust Arteta, Trust the Team.

4.) 29 Apr 2024 20:16:07
Ask sharpie about KING KAI.

5.) 30 Apr 2024 02:46:59
Gotta hold my hands up and say I doubted him but he has impressed me - first signing from Chelsea that wasnt a total flop?

6.) 30 Apr 2024 11:10:44
I'm still not totally convinced, but I have definitely seen him improving each game. Havey and I are mates now.

7.) 30 Apr 2024 13:57:49
Jorginho also hasn't been a total flop SW, had some very good games, we'd probably have been screwed this season without him.

8.) 30 Apr 2024 14:42:39
The tide is turning.

9.) 30 Apr 2024 14:43:22
True, eden, jorginho has been class, yet somehow I often forget he's even on our books!

10.) 30 Apr 2024 21:20:38
Jorginho has done excellent well called upon and needed but isn't it brilliant to see both Partey and Rice in the middle together at last. I think this is what most fans were looking forward to seeing most once the Rice deal was completed.



12 Mar 2024 22:51:49
Bloody hell, what a game. My nerves are shredded. I thought Raya came of age tonight, what a superb performance.


1.) 12 Mar 2024 22:57:31
Didn't put a foot wrong.

2.) 12 Mar 2024 22:59:06
Yes I feel this is the moment when he will be truly accepted Wire.

{Ed014's Note - except by Wilfred

3.) 12 Mar 2024 23:06:27
I’m not ashamed to say I was overwhelmed

Proud is an understatement.

4.) 12 Mar 2024 23:08:44

5.) 12 Mar 2024 23:32:34
Absolutely wire mate, what a game from the team, Porto came in and had one thing on their mind. Slow the game and stop our rhythm, they wanted the game to go to pens and we smacked them. Raya what a great shot stopper.

6.) 12 Mar 2024 23:36:12
Holy smokes that was a proper nail biting game that.
These boyz just keep knocking it out the park!

Officially back in the bigtime ladies n gents!

Let the good times roll

Fu**in love you Arsenal ❤️?.

7.) 13 Mar 2024 07:11:22
If it needed rubber stamping last night did just that, champions league last 8. This is a very different Arsenal and we are most definitely back in the business of top end competition ?????.

8.) 13 Mar 2024 08:30:44
I have to admit guys that I was behind the sofa for the pens.
What a night, I think we can clearly see the improvement in their mental toughness.
A long rest before the City game.
On another note so pleased to hear from Ed14 that his wife is making great recovery
Best wishes to you both as always❤️❤️.

{Ed014's Note - thanks Bill and much appreciated mate.

I couldn’t not watch the pens and everyone was a belter!

9.) 13 Mar 2024 14:14:00
I have no nails left now was trying to grow them that failed and glad to hear ed14 you're wife is on the up.

{Ed014's Note - ?? it was a nerve racker but when I saw how confident Odegaard looked I knew we’d be ok!

Thanks too Stephen and hope alls good with you and yours! ?



30 Sep 2023 21:23:36
Thought Nketiah was brilliant today. Created several chances, won a pen, ran non stop for an hour. Great performance.


1.) 30 Sep 2023 21:39:55
7 games played and only 2 teams are still unbeaten, one of those teams is The Arsenal ????.

2.) 01 Oct 2023 02:10:00
I have no love for Liverpool but how they were treated by the refs to hand Spurs the victory was abysmal so it's tough to read much into Spurs unbeaten run.

3.) 01 Oct 2023 09:24:03
Just seen it on MOTD wire mate.
Tbh I cannot see why the linesman flagged offside in the first place, he is clearly inside.
Jota's first booking was an accidental touch.

4.) 01 Oct 2023 15:22:07
Truth be told I wasn't fussed whether Liverpool or Spurs won yesterday as long as it wasn't a draw as that meant only two teams would remain unbeaten, I'd like Spurs to lose next week regardless of who they play because as long as we don't lose to City on Sunday there will be only one unbeaten team left, which would of course be The Arsenal ????

It's a silly little thing that in the grand scheme of things isn't that important but it would please me for as long as it lasted, simply things and all that ?.



28 Sep 2023 05:02:26
Brilliant result under the circumstances. EIGHT changes to the first team, minutes for ESR and Nelson, big debut for young Sagoe Jr, and a masterclass in defending from Tomiyasu and Kiwior. Brentford is not an easy place to go, and we came out with the win against their first team with our second string.

Credit to Havertz, he should have had an assist, but on this evidence ESR should be getting the game time instead. We look so much better on the ball when Emile plays.




05 Sep 2023 02:50:41
Jadon Sancho anyone?


1.) 05 Sep 2023 08:11:25
No thankyou.

2.) 06 Sep 2023 10:55:05
Unfortunately, no matter where he goes he always ends up getting fined for being late etc.

I think he would be a great additon to the Arsenal squad. He's 23, has an outrageous amount of talent and I think Arteta could make him perform. It's just the issues surrounding his attitude that is the cause for concern.

If he's so adament that he trains well and is being used as a scapegoat, why do these issues keep cropping up?




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21 May 2024 11:16:37
You beauty ed002. Thanks for the update.




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22 Apr 2024 01:34:12
I wouldn't read into it anymore than - Olise needs to be first choice RW and Saka has basically locked down that position for the next 5-10 years.




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01 Mar 2024 01:38:16
James McNicholas says all indications point to the ship having sailed from Arsenal's POV. Given the scale of the contract he's on, I doubt Chelsea would want anything less than what they paid for him.

It is also worth considering how utterly inept he has looked from a tactical perspective. I doubt Arteta believes that it's all coaching, there may be a lack of ability to follow instructions.

What do you think about Mudryk given the year he's had Ed002?


{Ed002's Note - Mykhaylo Mudryk (LW) Chelsea rejected an offer of him going on loan to Bayern Munich in January and Napoli asked about him being part of an exchange for a player. Chelsea will talk to the player, whose family is now in England, before the summer. He was unsettled whilst his family was still in Ukraine but that has now been resolved.}



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15 Feb 2024 23:32:47
Incredible summary, thanks ed002.

Also an incredible snapshot of the excesses of modern football, incidentally.




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28 Jan 2024 19:38:05
Think he's further away from the first team than his competitors - ESR and Havertz particularly - so this could be a good move for everyone.





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19 May 2024 23:29:00
Not me Jonesy. Ultimately we took 4 from 6 from them - an incredible achievement. You can spin a narrative around any time we dropped points this season but the only time it really ended up mattering was Villa at home. Thought we did enough to win that game comfortably but got sucker punched twice. Got to hand it to Mikel, with the exception of Villa we really had the big teams number this year.




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15 May 2024 22:33:12
I was genuinely amazed at how much of a loser mentality they had. I've never paid too much thought to the 'banter' between Arsenal and Spurs, like many of us I have family who are Spurs fans and it's mostly just friendly. This time was different though, going by what I saw online it was vindictive. Just goes to show they are a small club and this is all they can take pleasure in.




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07 May 2024 00:44:56
Both are exceptional. I think Eze probably edges it as the player who would suit us more given Olise would really need to be first choice on the RW and that's Saka's nailed on.

That said though I don't think we need another attacker that isn't a striker. I think with a no.9 and a no.6/ 8 hybrid like Zubimendi would be enough for our summer business, and maybe a backup GK if Ramsdale were to leave.




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29 Apr 2024 12:13:05
Utterly hilarious, the kind of s**thousing that's harmless but seems to wind up opposing fans to no end. Really love having him in the side.




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08 Apr 2024 00:17:55
It wouldn't be MU without a completely brainless penalty in the last 10 minutes!