Edu lands, here’s what he’s bringing to the party

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Well here he is, finally, the Technical Director sent from the gods to bestow glory upon ALL of North London (just the red part).

Edu was announced on the website, Raul S is apparently really chuffed.

“His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward. He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision and ensuring we have – and follow – a solid philosophy through all our football activities.”

Amen to that Raul, now take yourself off to Brighton beach for the day and hand your phone over to the man with the best skincare regime this side of anywhere.

So what can we expect from Edu?

My guess? Not a lot to begin with. No doubt he has many ideas about where he wants to take the club, but I’d imagine he’ll spend the first 3 months watching what happens at Arsenal. He’ll likely go on a prolonged listening tour, see the bus driver do the team talk, watch training, speak to the people on the shop floor and take in the madness that has gripped the club over the last ten years.

He’ll move where the fires are hottest. I can’t imagine he’s going to come in and take over transfers, it’s too late in the game for him to really make an impact there, but I do think he’ll have some thoughts on who replaces Burgess and I’d imagine he’ll look to fill vacancies or gaps in our setup fairly quickly.

I’d be very interested to know how long he takes before he announces himself internally (‘here is what I’m doing’ type thing). When does the big vision presentation drop? How does he share it? Will Emery do the deck design? Who will he trust to implement his philosophy? What does his rollout plan look like? Where the fuck does he start?

I’d imagine he’ll start with the basics.

  • What is the objective I am going to be held accountable to?
  • How am I planning to achieve it?
  • What structures, processes and workflows need to be implemented to improve how we operate (I’d imagine the flow of information at a football club is immensely complicated and probably quite political in 2019, especially in our murky structure)
  • What type of people do I need to hire
  • Which people need to be upgraded
  • Can I start to build a player recruitment policy that thinks beyond one window, has a more specific view on profile (power and pace is something we’ve ignored for 5 years), operates in markets that aren’t highly saturated (Eastern Europe, where you at?!)

Year one you create a process, build your minimal viable product, turf out the dross, and bring in talent that’ll move you forward. Year two you upgrade talent again, maybe selling a big name to fund more bodies with high ceilings. Year three you should really be making an impact on your grand objective.

Year 5, get the fuck out of my club if you haven’t won the Champions League.

I know things rarely run as smoothly as the above, but get a plan in place and you at least have a chance. If you hire talented people that are innovative, ambitious and accountable they will drive the vision through. Arsenal already has a lot of those people at the club, I’m hoping Edu will empower them and unleash their potential.

The smartest thing about his signing is that he knows the club. This isn’t a clash of civilisations here. The man has N5 DNA and a past baked in an Arsenal at their absolute peak. He’ll command a special sort of respect and he won’t need to spend 6 months adapting to the language, club culture or the shabby weather.

I also think his philosophy will have Arsenal DNA at core. This isn’t a Monchi like character walking in the door with a used car salesman attitude to a big club, this is someone that’s just left Brazil in a winning position. Someone who helped Corinthians win big. A player that believes in the beautiful game Arsene Wenger lavished on the fans. The ideas he brings should thrill the fanbase, they should please the board and they will be exciting to any player wanting to join the club.

Listen to his prose.

“Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role. We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”

This should be a very good signing. I’ve been told that not only is he a very nice guy, but he’s also an obsessive when it come to the game. He understands scouting, how to grow talent and he has a keen interest in the performance side of the game. Take note of Dick Law coming back into the media spotlight this week, the two men know each other and I’ve no doubt they’ve been sharing notes about Arsenal, so I’d imagine Edu has a pretty solid grounding on what to expect from Arsenal.

I would hope that big changes start to happen behind the scenes by December. We should expect exits. There are some very average people that cling onto jobs through elite arse kissing. There are people that have made it into the backroom team because of who they know, not what they know. There’s a lot of people that will be switching their LinkedIn profiles to ‘Open to Offers’ because they know a fraud-busting-axe-of-doom is heading their way. That’s a great thing because we’ve allowed stagnation and complacency at Arsenal for far too long.

The player recruitment side of things is going to be very interesting. Will Edu stick with Cagigao? Or will he find his own chief scout? I’m also interested to see what his plan of attack is going to be with players. There will be a strategy that emerges, but what sort? I hope it isn’t a Monchi style of churn and burn.

Edu is a man that’s spoken in detail about young players from around the world, that doesn’t strike me as the sort of person eyeing up Ever Banega type characters, that’d be an affront to the purist values I am PRAYING he has. I’m hoping he’ll have seen the success of other clubs that have emerged from the embers of financial fuckery and opt for identifying youth value in the market because our attempts at short term hits of experience have been utterly miserable. Let’s look at Dortmund, Liverpool, Spurs and Ajax for inspiration… not Mourinho’s Inter Milan.

Finally, how is he going to deal with the munch bunch we’ve struggled to move on? Has this summer simply lacked someone focused on exiting players… or is the issue we’re dealing with so bad, no one can fix it? I struggle to believe there’s ever a situation in business that doesn’t have a creative solution on offer, but we’ll see.

The big thing we all want to know is this: What are the ambitions of the club and how are we going to get there?

Hopefully, the answer is aggressive and specific.

No more talk of being ‘proud’ or the Gazidis led Arsenalisation of failure. Just get me to the exciting stuff, which is winning trophies with an aesthetic built to thrill.

I have a rep for getting pretty excited about all the backroom folk we hire in, however, it has to be said, this guy is the only one I’ve heard great things about across the board. Monchi was an egotistical wally, Sven wasn’t really interested in being present in London, Raul was too Barca for his own good… Edu, well, the rumblings have been far more hopeful. There are no guarantees, but this is Raul’s best move yet. I mean, kind of his only move, but hey, let’s keep things positive.

Edu is one of our own. He’s a footballing man. He’s paid his dues and delivered success wherever he’s been. This could be good.

The 5-year countdown to Premier League success starts now, I can’t wait to see where this goes, this is a BIG move for Arsenal. Hopefully, it delivers on the promise. x

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  1. Cesc Appeal

    Basically no one will pay any money for him so he’s saying ‘cancel my contract please’.

    Arsenal should stand firm on this, good they’ve outed him.

  2. Fire

    This new regime is either stupid or brutal…
    Stay tuned for Koscielny saga
    But for Koscielny this is coming 5 years too late.

  3. Marko

    Next we’ll be hearing that he loves the club. 9 years and he pulls this shit. Unbelievable the cunts we’ve accumulated over the years

  4. HighburyLegend

    “Shocked they put that on arsenal.com”

    I can’t find any congrats to Mesut on the official website, is it normal ??

  5. Leftsidesanch

    How is it disrespectful TR7 or is this you going against the grain as per?

    Kos is contracted to Arsenal for another year at least, he is our club captain (doesn’t mean much these days mind you). Why can’t he just put in a transfer request?

    The murmurs are that he wanted a mutual release so he can join a club in Ligue 1. He deserves to be put out there on the firing line by Arsenal.

  6. Leedsgunner

    What a shame for the relationship between Kos and Arsenal to end this way.

    Perhaps Koscelny is upset that the club is not allowing him to go on a free. I wonder if this is a way of Kos throwing a fit so that the club will lower the transfer fee for Bordeaux’s benefit…

  7. Leftsidesanch

    Mind you he’s probably having PTSD from the thought of having to line up alongside Mustafi next year and be screened by Xhaka. He’s probably tired of watching Ozil exhaust himself on his Playstation while the rest of the team actually put the work in,

    Maybe he’s disgusted at our lack of activity this summer, he won’t be alone.

  8. TOLI83

    What the club needs is good news…

    Not more ridiculing, bad press etc.

    Yes by all means stand firm but keep matters like this in house. To take it to market on the website doesn’t really help anyone, does it?

  9. TR7

    Marko

    ‘Disrespectful to Koss the fucker’s lucky he wasn’t taken to the knackers yard after that Southampton performance last season’

    I take it you are at your supreme best all the time in whatever you do to earn a living and in case there is any let up you happily invite your colleagues and your organization to publicly ridicule and shame you ? Koss is not the first player in footballing history to struggle a bit coming back from a long lay off and he won’t be the last. You seem to turn against any player whose standards dip even if its due to age or injury.

  10. Leedsgunner

    If Kos wants to move to Bordeaux that badly, let him ask for transfer request.

    We don’t owe him a thing. He is still an employee contracted to Arsenal Football Club. He needs to respect the club, the club that has stood by him through more than enough periods of long long injury.

    Why do our players feel so entitled?

  11. Victorious

    Embarassing from Kos,understand the fact nobody respects Emery but then kos absolutely loyalty should first be to the club

    This summer is getting messy and going to the shitter by the day,

    Ffs he’s supposed to be the captain of the club not some average squaddie, now he’s toys are all out the pram and refusing to tour with his team?

    lost all respect for him,Bin him ASAP

  12. TOLI83

    Agree on binning Kos, he was surely on everyone’s list of players to go anyway.

    That said we should be working out a deal with the French buyers so it doesn’t get to this. Seems so little forward planning. Kos should/could have been used in the Saliba deal?!!

  13. Victorious

    A sign of the times though Wenger would have brushed it under the carpet”

    Lol, good ol Wenger lumped in again as per the obssesives

    Nothing would have been brushed under the carpet because such utter lack of respect for a gaffer wouldn’t have happened under the man

    You should be more worried the players see Emery as a joke coach and have no smidgen of respect for him

  14. Leftsidesanch

    Vic why the little jab about Emery?

    The guy wants to return back to his homeland, but there are ways he could have gone about it. It’s a two way street, if he’s going to disrespect Arsenal then I have no issue with them putting him out there on the firing line.

  15. Freddie Ljungberg

    Although the pr side of this isn’t pretty 1 month before the season starts it gives us no excuses in getting another CB in, needs to be someone that can start, no more back up buys.

    Ship Kos and Elneny to Bordeaux for 12m and laugh all the way to the bank.

    Sell Chambers and try to sell Mustafi, New CB, Sok, Holding, Mavro is enough for one season if it’s a top player. Would feel better if we kept Bielik as cover for CB and DM too.

  16. Leftsidesanch

    Lol, good ol Wenger lumped in again as per the obssesives

    We probably get on better nowadays, but this is pot kettle black Vic – you did the same about Emery. Truth is there are lots on here that can be grouped. We have the Emery obsessives, Wenger obsessives, the Ozil fanclub (which only has one member) We have the awful comic in GOH and then most others are argumentative, insightful and provocative all in one.

  17. Marko

    TR7 no one is publicly shaming or embarrassing him they’re merely telling people he refused to go on tour. If anyone should be embarrassed it’s the club who’s club captain refuses to do his job. Oh poor Laurent he’s coming back from injury yeah boo hoo. You’re stance on some players is weird

  18. Micheal

    Club Captain refusing to join US tour, Ozil-Mustafi, etc and other unwanted players still on the books, no signings and failure to tackle the glaring gaps in squad, chronic under-investment, disinterested owner- FFS, what has happened to a once great club.

    World football once looked up to Arsenal. Today they are laughing at us.

  19. Leftsidesanch

    The cheek of Kos, if he didn’t come out with a feeble attempt to clear the ball when Szcznesny came to collect the ball we may not have been embarrassed by Birmingham in the final that day.

  20. Marko

    Nothing would have been brushed under the carpet because such utter lack of respect for a gaffer wouldn’t have happened under the man

    You keep mentioning Emery Vic but this has nothing to do with him. He’s refused to go to America because the CLUB wouldn’t terminate his contract so he could move to another club on a quote “lucrative” deal in France. The club refused that and he’s now been shamed by the club. Sergio Ramos was in the same situation this summer he wanted to go to China for big money on a free and Real refused and he hasn’t gone on strike. Why? Because he’s a fucking professional

  21. Victorious

    Leftside

    I get you,but I wasn’t chimming about Emery except it’s odd for a club like arsenal who likes to portray themselves as some classy outfit to be washing their dirty panties in public

    Not sure it has happened in all my years supporting the club

    Emery has never been a coach who commands respect from his players and now we see it again with arsenal

  22. Dream10

    This weakens the club’s position when trying to sell Chambers/Mustafi/Bielik. Particularly, when no club has made an offer for Koscielny yet. He wants to return to France.

    Believe the club wants 10m pounds for him with one yr left on his deal. No mid table French team will pay that.

  23. Marko

    club like arsenal who likes to portray themselves as some classy outfit to be washing their dirty panties in public

    Nah it’s the right thing to do. These cunts think they have all the power. PSG finally after two years did something similar with Neymar recently when he didn’t show up back at the club. They’re taking a stand saying enough is enough. We did right. Could you imagine if we kept this quiet and then let Koscielny go and then everyone started balling about how great he was and how much of a class guy he was. Fuck that

  24. TR7

    Marko

    Many want away players refuse to go on pre-season tours. How many times have we seen the club concerned put it on their official website ? In our case the guy concerned happens to be our club captain and a long serving player.

  25. Leftsidesanch

    We were likely opting to use Chambers as a potential makeweight in the Zaha deal (expecting Dissenter to appear anytime now) but now that will change if we sell Kos as we’ll need two CBS. We know Emery isn’t a fan of Mustafi.

  26. Danny

    Some years ago there was some clip of Koscielny begging Wenger to allow the team to go on a tour of America. I know it was just a joke but boy how times have changed!

  27. Victorious

    Marko/Leftside

    Again on the face of it, it would seem Kos is throwing a hissy for not being granted his wish to be allowed a move back to France but what his glaring is the utter refusal to respect his coach and the club FIRST in going about it the right way, it’s rare a case players show such utter brazen disrespect publicly for a coach they rate.

  28. Marko

    How many times have we seen the club concerned put it on their official website ?

    Yeah maybe that’s the point. Maybe the club is right to take a stand for once instead of letting an employee walk all over them. I can’t believe this is even up for contention. A player has refused to go on a club tour to America the club has every right to make a statement on it. If someone thinks it’s publicly shaming that is probably because what he did was shameful.

  29. Emiratesstroller

    From my perspective Koscielny should be offloaded.

    His performance level has declined dramatically over last two seasons and combined with his age and injuries is no longer good enough to sit on bench let alone play in starting lineup.

    As I posted yesterday we need to recruit a new CB to start this season and I would personally keep Mustafi in preference to Koscielny.

    Improving our spine in defence and midfield should be the main priority this summer.

  30. Rambo Ramsey

    TR7 to Marko

    “I take it you are at your supreme best all the time in whatever you do to earn a living”

    Ofcourse. Marko is World Champion of sitting his unemployed fat ass in his mum’s basement.

  31. Marko

    it’s rare a case players show such utter brazen disrespect publicly for a coach they rate.

    Again you’re attributing it to the coach where’s there’s absolutely no evidence of their being such an issue. What there is evidence of is that Koscielny wants his contract torn so he can get a “lucrative” deal in France and the club has refused that and now he’s refusing to go to America. It’s basic greed on his part cause he knows if Bordeaux had to pay a few million for him it’ll cut into the wage he’s got agreed with them. A total piece of shit how he’s gone about things

  32. Leedsgunner

    As I said before Elneny as well as Kos is wanted by Bordeaux. Are there any players there that we could strengthen us?

  33. Rambo Ramsey

    Lol @ people acting surprised at Arsenal’s omnishambles. Tends to happen a lot in every organization lacking an image. Arsenal the sinking ship is a perfect image of its disinterested and weak Captain Kroenke.

  34. Emiratesstroller

    Marko

    Attributing Koscielny’s decision not to travel to US to Emery as some are suggesting is utter drivel.

    The club have not offered him a new contract and he has received an improved offer from Bordeaux. If they offer us £3 million for an injury prone 34 year old I would take it.

  35. Danny

    Attributing Koscielny’s decision not to travel to US to Emery as some are suggesting is utter drivel.
    —————————
    Maybe Emery doesn’t want to go there either!

  36. HighburyLegend

    “So we’re now need a new club captain and you all know it’s going to be Xhaka”

    Anyone already sign Pierre’s petition for give the armband to Ozil ?

  37. Biggles

    The Kozzer announcement is an interesting one.

    Part of me wonders whether it’s a ploy where the club will agree to letting him go on a free if they get to look tough negotiators. In all honesty, I can’t imagine him being worth anything in transfer value terms – he’ll be 34 in September, he played less than half the league games last season and he’s on £90k a week. Given that his legs are gone and his game was always about athletic ability (as opposed to wonderful game reading like Per) he’s now a liability to us. I would imagine that Chambers would in all honesty do a better job for us next season than Kozzer if we can’t get someone else in.

    Assuming we get Tierney, I think our starting defence against Newcastle is going to be Chambers – Sokratis – Mavropanos – Tierney. When Holding is fit, he’d probably replace Mavropanos and Bellerin would take Chambers place when he’s back too. I can’t see Chambers going on loan again as he at least is a defender and was initially a right back before becoming a CB, before coming a DM. He’s versatile.

  38. Rambo Ramsey

    P. Wood

    “He’ll move where the fires are hottest.”

    Or or or he’ll cover himself with the comfort blanket and rest his legs on the easy comfort chair- Arsenal’s “DNA” over the last decade.

  39. Chitom

    “Attributing Koscielny’s decision not to travel to US to Emery as some are suggesting is utter drivel.“

    Of course it is.

    Apparently any ability to reason with common sense has evaporated once you’ve entered the Emery out camp.

    He might be a lousy coach but he’s not responsible for everything that’s wrong with this club right now.
    Some posters are just too far gone to take seriously.

  40. Nelson

    How can Koscielny demand to leave the club for free? Is it his agent who gave him this idea. Raul should have met with his agent and arranged something. Now his value will drop even more. What a mess! What’s next?

  41. Cesc Appeal

    Ornstein basically saying what everyone thinks, Kozz only has offers if he’s a free agent (likely no one comes close to his wage demands if they have to pay money for him) and so asked for his release, Arsenal will only sell him (which is perfectly reasonable) and so he’s gone on strike.

    Absolutely behind Arsenal with this one, especially given our financial situation. Even if it is £3 Million, it’s still something.

    Kozz has been on £100 000 a week for a while, he’s been inconsistnent, injured, poor often, very poor sometimes and now he expects Arsenal to just let him go for nothing s he can get his wages in France?

    F**k off.

  42. Chitom

    “So we’re now need a new club captain and you all know it’s going to be Xhaka”

    What do RVP, Fabregas and Vermailen have all in common?
    They were all given captains’ arm band before ditching the ship.
    Give it to Xhaka by all means

  43. Freddie Ljungberg

    CA

    If Kos wants to move back to France that badly he can bloody well take a paycut so we can get a fee for him. He owes us more than we owe him.

    Getting a 3 year deal for someone his age and injury history is still good even if he has to take slashed wages to get it.

    The absolute greed of some people.

  44. Ishola70

    Arsenal should just let him go.

    Kos has looked dodgy enough the past season or two with age creeping up on him so with this added stuff going on near worthless from a sporting aspect now.

    No point in keeping him. Will be an absolute waste of a squad place.

    He’ll be gone on a free in a years time anyway. Why prolong under these citcumstances with an ailing player.

  45. Left testicle

    Ironic that the the £100,000 per week that Koscielny has been happy to take from Arsenal is stopping the greedy git from leaving.

    Good riddance.

  46. Marko

    CA it’s amazing to me how anyone could see it any differently than player refuses to go on tour because he’s not getting what he wants which is a good deal elsewhere. How anyone can turn this situation into something about the manager or criticize the club’s actions is beyond me. I suppose we should just let them call the shots

  47. Cesc Appeal

    FL

    Yeah I think we have to take a stand here as well and show them all they can’t mess with the club anymore.

    If Kozz plays up like this then just stick him in the reserves for a year, he isn’t an important player anyway.

  48. Cesc Appeal

    Marko

    We know why though.

    I honestly don’t know why people even bother biting.

    Obvious bait is obvious.

    Like yesterday when a certain troll dangled some bait and a load of people jumped all over it.

  49. Receding Hairline

    I am still trying to figure out what the club did wrong

    We ask for clearer communication, we get clear communication on what is happening and now some think we are “disrespecting” a player under contract who has refused to obey his contract because he senses a better offer in France.

  50. Danny

    he isn’t an important player anyway.
    ————————-
    Actually I thought he was one of our better players in the 2nd half of last season, not that that says a lot!

  51. Leftsidesanch

    RH you know TR7 will oppose the general consensus of the blog always, and Vic is so blinded by his disdain for Emery that he’s doesn’t see things logically.

  52. Marko

    Fuck that don’t give in now. Even if Bordeaux send over a bag of second hand hardbacks get something for the cunt. Don’t let him win. The useless fucker. At any other club he would have been ditched after that Birmingham cup final performance. He should have been binned years ago

  53. Left testicle

    If Kozz plays up like this then just stick him in the reserves for a year, he isn’t an important player anyway.
    …………

    CA
    I wouldn’t even put him in the reserves – just let him rot. I would rather have a youngster breaking their balls to improve and earn a first team spot than a petulant, old has been.

  54. Leftsidesanch

    The useless fucker. At any other club he would have been ditched after that Birmingham cup final performance

    Exactly what I said earlier, the nerve of him. I want him gone but it’s not going to be on his terms for the love of greed. Arsenal are absolutely taking the correct stance.

  55. Ishola70

    He’s worth a packet of smarties now isn’t he.

    He aged terribly over the last few years.

    Looks like a very old man on the pitch now.

  56. Ishola70

    This is the whole problem now.

    He is worthless. No transfer value.

    Just like he will be officially worthless in a years time.

    Get rid.

  57. Marko

    I still maintain that it’s a sign of the times changing at Arsenal and for the better. No way would they have publicly taken a stance like this in the past. It’ll be a point of reference in the future I hope. Just wish they’d be as forceful with regards to getting rid of some of the other players. But I suppose that might be taking it a bit far. It’s fair game publicly shaming someone who deserves it but maybe not a useless fucker you want to see the back of

  58. Nelson

    I read that Koscielny wanted to leave for free more than a week ago. The club didn’t do shit. Koscielny wants to force the issue. In any case, he has no right to demand this in the first place. Now he’ll be punished for a breech of contract.

  59. Leedsgunner

    If Wenger was still here, I could see the club rolling over and giving in. However, I can’t see Raul doing that. Kos picked a fight he can’t win.

    He’s 34, he can’t have very many years left… if he wanted to go back to France that bad why not take a pay cut? Why drag the name of the club through the mud?

    The club, I hasten to add, who stood by him as he was recovering AGAIN from an anchilles injury. Funny he didn’t ask to go back to France when he was immobilised for months last year.

    Taking the club for granted and then throwing out the toys out of the pram when you don’t get your way… is that a standard we expect from our captains?

  60. Elmo

    Well that’s what Kos had of an Arsenal reputation gone.

    We should expect to see more of this over the next couple of years. In some ways it’s a positive. What we’re seeing are the pussies we’ve had on the books for years showing their real nature as they, one-by-one, end their time on the Arsenal payroll, all of them looking to walk over the club financially one more time.

  61. Marko

    Ishola that’s not the point. You give in now after publicly airing everything we’ll look like cucks. Nope. Even if you get a million euros for him anything that eats into that new contract he has lined up take it and tell him to fuck off

  62. Graham62

    The thing is, if your reward average players with astronomical amounts of money, it will come back to haunt you.

    Ffs, take a pay cut and show some respect to the club.

    Another prime example of our past regimes failings.

  63. HighburyLegend

    “We should expect to see more of this over the next couple of years.”

    Not for Ozil, he’s untouchable.
    (exepted by Pierre, but this has to stay private)

  64. Marc

    “Not for Ozil, he’s untouchable.
    (exepted by Pierre, but this has to stay private)”

    Wrong Pierre’s allowed to touch him in his special place.

  65. terraloon

    Just wonder what’s gone on . Around two years ago I remember reading an article that suggested he would be back in France come the 2019/20 season. Was something promised in the last years of AWs tenure that isn’t now being honoured?
    Ok we know what’s been put on the website and whilst you can understand the annoyance it really is ill advised to hang out a player in such a way.
    Players don’t take kindly to one of their own treated in such a way and they will know who sanctioned the article if the green light came from Emery then my guess is he is struggling to maintain control of the dressing room.
    Irrespective Kos days are numbered if he doesn’t get that free transfer then any club worth their salt will just sit back and wait more than .He really shouldn’t be kept around running down his contract no doubt feeling very bitter mind probably not holding back in sharing his opinion
    Although incredibly unusual Kos could easily have forced a move via the Webster ruling but it’s too late for that now .
    And they say Chelsea operate in a chaotic manner!

  66. Ishola70

    Come on Marko

    “Giving in” regarding a player that looks so old on the pitch and has been so obviously regressing.

    No club is going to offer a toffee for him.

    That is why he is making this stance as well along with the obvious greed from him.

    One thing is for sure.

    He won’t be fit for purpose for a squad place now. He was ailing as it was let alone this going on now.

  67. Freddie Ljungberg

    Marc

    I just read an article that said he’s contemplating buying out his contract, not sure how they gained access to his thought process but that would probably be more than we can expect to get in any fee for him.

    4.5m for him at this stage is pretty good.

  68. Marko

    Still amazing that we’re heading to the States on a pre season tour with one new signing. That squad list looks unbearably wank. The defenders alone are enough to make you vomit

  69. PessimisticPat

    This is about money

    He obviously negotiated a nice deal for himself but only if the teams getting him could do so on a free.
    Say we wanted 10m, even 5m for him and bordeaux offered him a 3 year deal but only on a free. If they have to pay a fee theyll drop the wage offer. Hence Kos wants to go on a free so he can pocket what the club would get.

    Seen a lot of people talk about his long service and that Wenger would have allowed it. Maybe. But so fucking what. Hes been paid handsomely for 9 years, is under contract, and we arent a charity.

    Im glad the club has outed him. Keeping this shit behind closed doors only encourages more of it.

    Also notice how the prick hasnt handed in a transfer request!? Cause then he’d miss out on a loyalty payment.

    This is about money.

    Fuck Koscielny

    Whatever happens now we have to hold out for a fee. However small. Plus make him hand in a transfer request.

    Cunt

  70. Ishola70

    If he wants to leave that badly he will buy out his contract as Freddie says and it looks like he is down that path anyway with his strike actions.

    There is no purpose now in Koscielny staying at Arsenal or the club clinging onto him.

  71. andy1886

    Get rid of the fucker. Terminate his contract and make it clear he’s been sacked (Kos isn’t going to object but it’s the fact that the club makes the decision not him that’s important here). Another £90k off the wage bill and more space in the treatment room!

  72. Marko

    Players don’t take kindly to one of their own treated in such a way and they will know who sanctioned the article if the green light came from Emery

    Jaysus

  73. Marko

    No club is going to offer a toffee for him.

    Take half a toffee then. Take a half digested sandwich for all I care but we still have to get something for the fucker given what has happened. He wants to buy out his contract good riddance then you useless fuck

  74. HighburyLegend

    Kos may have the wrong behavior, but I’m amazed to see that everyone at the club has forgive Ozil’s one during the ELC final…

  75. Cesc Appeal

    I bet the club thought about the usual PR bollocks about an ‘injury’ or some ‘issue’ or something meaning he has to stay behind…glad they thought fuck him.

  76. Marc

    Marko

    For a player to go on strike is the nuclear option. It’s completely unreasonable and the club are right to react aggressively.

    My first reaction when I heard this was don’t wash you dirty linen in public but the more I think about it the more Kos is bringing this on himself. If he won’t buy out his contract then he can fuck off and rot in the reserves with Ozil.

  77. Marko

    Marc my first reaction was what a piece of shit. There’s ways to go about things and that’s not it especially given the years we gave him and some of the performances we got back from him. Look a superstar he ain’t and given his standing in the game it’s an unbelievable insult to a club like Arsenal.

  78. Dissenter

    Ishola
    Koschielny has transfer value, if not why is Bordeaux supposedly offering him a 3-year contract?
    Arsenal have the right to get a transfer fee, no matter how small ,it maybe.

    He put the club in a bad spot, they had to disclose it. They have to draw a line on all the nonsense that’s been allowed to fester at Arsenal.

  79. TOLI83

    We should be able to get some fee for Kos.

    2/3/4 million is better than nothing.

    If this is his attitude and thought process, what a great leader he must have been over the years!

  80. Champagne Charlie

    Seems I’m the only one who isn’t remotely irked by Kos refusing to go to the US.

    He’s clearly negotiating a move away from the club, with the clubs permission, but then they expect him to travel to the US when he could have to double back to France inside a week?

    I’d say no to that too, sort the fucking transfer situation out, know what’s going on, and then the player/s can act accordingly. Give me peace about club captain bollocks, he’s being asked to fly halfway around the world to keep fit when he’s negotiating a transfer. Some of you are bizarre with this stuff.

    Pathetic management from the suits yet again. Another slow clap for the new regime managing to utterly cunt themselves this window.

  81. Dissenter

    I want to know the players that are in solidarity with Koschielny
    Let them show their faces….then get rid of those fockers too.

    The culling begins.

    I still can’t believe a shitty player like Kosh went on strike.
    He never talks on the field, doesn’t take charge of situations and won’t even communicate with a goal keeper
    …yet he can go on strike!!

  82. TOLI83

    Auba’s Instagram account looks like he is having a dig at Kos. Having a picture with the captain on the plain.

    They probably think as much of Kos as we do.

  83. Ishola70

    Dissenter
    “Koschielny has transfer value, if not why is Bordeaux supposedly offering him a 3-year contract?”

    It must be absolutely minimum though.

    Half a toffee as Marko put it.

    Otherwise we wouldn’t be in this situation now.

  84. Dissenter

    CC
    You realize that everything in these negotiations is a bit of grandstanding?
    If Arsenal don’t take him on preseason, then it already weakens their hands in any negotiations.
    It’s not like he’s traveling economy to the states, it’s a few hours away on first/business class.

  85. TheBoyCornelius

    No doubt Kos will have already spoken with clubs and have offers on the table. The fact that none of these clubs have submitted an offer ti Arsenal suggests they are unwilling to pay a transfer fee. This would seem to be backed up by Kos asking for contract termination. So as far as Arsenal would be concerned the player and one or more clubs are attempting to engineer a way for them to get Kos on a free and for Kos to keep his salary at a similar level. Of course Arenal could be obliging and leave him go for free, bu tonly if donr the right way, with the interested clubs and the player himself putting this all on the table up front. Any behind the back discussions must be seen as a betrayal by Arsenal, and thats what they seem to be saying with releasing a statement.

  86. Ishola70

    Lemina is doing the same thing at Southampton forcing his way out but he has several more years on his contract and isn’t an old man way past his best with virtually no transfer value.

    Southampton simply ommitted him from their pre-season build-up and games.

  87. PessimisticPat

    Whilst normally id agree that the suits running the club appear to be fucking useless, in this instance I have to disagree Charlie.

    If we allowed him not to go on tour we would essentially lose all negotiating power and position. We haven’t received an offer for him and as far as we know he didnt hand in an official transfer request so what else are the club expected to do?

    Its about him being a cunt and wating any transfer fee in his pocket as far as im concerned.

    The club were left with no choice here.

  88. Champagne Charlie

    Dissenter

    Yea I know how football works thanks. I get you’ve no sense, or values, but I don’t see the point in making him travel for fitness when he’s not going to be here. ‘Weakening our stance’, it’s 34 year old Koscielny ffs, nobody is investing good money in him, it’s not us posturing to get 25 mil for Kolasinac or Chambers give me a break.

    Now he’s a cunt blah blah. He’s not, he’s a guy that wants his future sorted and doesn’t want to be inconvenienced with pointless transatlantic flights. I don’t care how he sits in them, being asked to fly around the world to do fitness work is daft. Club could easily have “reported” him having a minor injury and worked a deal out, but now they’re aired it for what? Because they’re fucking haphazard and trying to push a bit of bravado. It’s amateur hour still at Arsenal.

  89. Ishola70

    This could also be a case of Arsenal over-valuing Koscielny of course.

    Don’t put it past these idiots who run the club to do that.

  90. Paulinho

    Koscielny has always been an overrated self-important prick.

    All that guff a year ago about being forgotten when he was injured was utterly cringe-worthy, and gives an indication into how delusional he is in regards to his own standing in the game.

  91. Champagne Charlie

    Pat

    Don’t agree mate, report an injury being treated at Colney. It’s done by loads of clubs and doesn’t harm sales at all.

    He’s 34, what are you negotiating here? It’s nothing more than severance.

  92. Ishola70

    I agree with CC.

    The guy is long in the tooth and obviously wants out so it seems a bit pointless asking him to do the long distance travelling at this point pre-season.

    Those crying about the situation may be over-valuing Kos and his worth now.

    Arsenal may be over-valuing his worth. If they are they are being stupid and dumb.

    Kos is an old man in footballing terms and is way, way past his best now.

  93. TheBoyCornelius

    @Ishola70 – by some accounts i have read regarding Lamina, there is an agreement with the club and player to leave. Kos didnt seek agreement, he went against the clubs instructions, as per the statement

  94. Marc

    If Kos had a sudden relapse of his Achilles injury does anyone still think he’d be asking to club to tear up the last year of his deal?

  95. HighburyLegend

    In other news – and that one is fucking great!! – our dear pal, Diego “The dirty dog” Costa, wants a return in England…

    Not enough legs unbroken in Spain ??

  96. Ishola70

    TheBoyCornelius
    “by some accounts i have read regarding Lamina, there is an agreement with the club and player to leave. Kos didnt seek agreement, he went against the clubs instructions, as per the statement”

    Well Arsenal should have done the same.

    Made a similar agreement with Koscielny.

    He’s an old boy that has seriously regressed last few seasons.

    Let him go.

  97. andy1886

    Sorry that he’s being ‘inconvenienced’ at the rate of £90k per week. It’s hardly like he’s doing us a favour if he goes is it?

  98. Paulinho

    Rings alarm bells for the competence of those above that they didn’t use this opportunity to cut ties with Koscielny and let him go. Get him off the books and look forward. Suggests they actually think he is still capable.

  99. Paolo

    If only Mustafi, Xhaka & Ozil had refused to get on the plane!!!

    Things would definitely be looking up…

  100. CG

    I see the Delinquents and Deplorables are out in full force this afternoon

    How they can favour the Spiv and the Clown over a player who has given 9 years great service at the club is of no surprise to me.

    They are clearly Brain Dead. And rapidly haemorrhaging brain cells like liquid bubbles at an alarming rate.

    Everything in life comes down to RESPECT.
    And no one RESPECTS Emery.
    No one!
    he is a laughing stock- and the joke is on Arsenal.

    What an indictment of Emery- that the hugely popular, respected Kos has to do this,…( Do they not even converse ?Captain and Coach??)

    He deserves to be allowed to go to a French club of his choice for free.
    He has been a loyal servant, And a terrific defender.

    He owes us nothing.

    11/7/19.
    The day Arsene Wengers return in some capacity become more likely rather than less likely.

  101. Champagne Charlie

    Andy

    The state of being inconvenienced doesn’t change based on your salary you whopper. Christ, some on here think you can treat these guys as property because they’re rich. Delusional. EQ not on the radar of a number patently.

    It’s shit management. Kos has been here near a decade and is moving on this summer. Taking a stance against him not wanting to fly around the globe is embarrassing and desperate as a club. Oh no, sorry, it’s elite transfer negotiations lol can’t wait to get the extra 2 mil that will seal the Zaha deal.

  102. Receding Hairline

    ” he’s a guy that wants his future sorted and doesn’t want to be inconvenienced with pointless transatlantic flights. ”

    Nope

    He is a guy on a contract and the stipulations of that contract is to go on tour with the team unless otherwise stated by the club which offered the contract Re: Lemina. Lemina was excused by Southampton, Koscielny refused to go. His age has no bearing on the facts of the matter

  103. Ishola70

    Paulinho
    “Rings alarm bells for the competence of those above that they didn’t use this opportunity to cut ties with Koscielny and let him go. Get him off the books and look forward. Suggests they actually think he is still capable.”

    Yes this should worry fans more.

    That the club still see him as a worthy player.

    Bless him he wasn’t bad for Arsenal was he in his day, over-rated at times.

    His days are gone now.

  104. Marko

    He’s clearly negotiating a move away from the club, with the clubs permission, but then they expect him to travel to the US when he could have to double back to France inside a week?

    I don’t think that’s what’s going on. No offers from clubs yet so if he’s negotiating with other clubs it’s not with permission. It’s pretty simple looking really he asked to cancel his contract the club refused and he’s refused to go on tour.

  105. Receding Hairline

    “If Kos had a sudden relapse of his Achilles injury does anyone still think he’d be asking to club to tear up the last year of his deal?”

    No

    He will actually hop on the plane to provide “moral support” to the squad.

    Like Paulinho pointed out, his bitter comments after France won the world cup opened a window into his mind, showed the type of guy he really was.

    For those saying consider his age, if someone is willing to give him a contract at 34, that same someone should also have the decency to negotiate some kind of deal with Arsenal.

  106. Marko

    Lemina is doing the same thing at Southampton

    That’s not true. The club left him and others at home cause they want them sold.

  107. Receding Hairline

    “How long before Edu throws up his hands in despair and walks away?”

    Despair at what???

    Everyone knew what the situation is at Arsenal, what exactly is he despairing at. Most of you tend to dramatize situations once it comes to Arsenal

    Club releases a statement- They are disrespecting the player, dirty linen in public etc

    Club refuse to comment- they do not respect the fans, we deserve more information on things, Kroenke should give us money

    Jeez

  108. Micheal

    The overall management/administration of our club is truly shocking. We cannot even offload a £100,000 a week player who wants to leave FFS. Instead, we have a pantomime over a player we don’t want and the chance to cut £5m a year off the bloated wage bill.

    Why has it come to Kos going on strike when this could and should have been sorted. Are there any grown-ups at Arsenal these days ?

  109. Leftsidesanch

    We don’t even have anybody in this squad I’d be comfortable with making captain.

    Raul and the other fellow gave it the large talk in that interview not too long ago.

    We wait with baited breath to see what materialises.

  110. terraloon

    Receding

    Don’t think it’s quite as clear cut regarding what obligations a player does or doesn’t have when it comes to tours.

    There is an obligation to turn up for training but even the location has to be “ reasonable” likewise their is a requirement to play if selected in first team matches but tours and pre season friendlies don’t normally count as such and the reason is that most players have contracted bonuses that aren’t earned in non competitive games.

  111. Ishola70

    Marko

    “That’s not true. The club left him and others at home cause they want them sold.”

    Well that’s what Arsenal should have done. That’s obvious enough now.

    Now we have a player that has seen it fit to go on strike. That’s serious.

    Not that it matters from a sporting aspect but all rather unfortunate for the people involved.

  112. CG

    Cha Cha

    “””””Pathetic management from the suits yet again. Another slow clap for the new regime managing to utterly cunt themselves this window.”””””

    Nailed it.

    I make that the clubs 3rd Press release in 36 hours.

    1) Edu belated arrival by the back door
    2)Racism in Bochum
    3) Kos- Gate

    Is there anyone accountable?
    Are we now just going to Press Releases from now on?

    Mind you – whats the point in asking the clown in a press conference- he cant speak a word of English.

    And There we have The Village Idiot Vinny- with 32 Exec Boxes unsold and Unai running amok stating publicly

    “”””We would not change a thing!””””””””””””

    Managers currently available:

    Allegri
    Arteta
    Vieria
    Jose
    Wenger
    Dyche
    Howe
    Freddie
    The G

    Anyone but this complete Prize Pillock!

  113. Marko

    An incredible stance by some people here. But I suppose it goes along with an underlining agenda so have at it. I would have assumed that overpaid glorified primadonna refuses to go on tour would have been met with universal condemnation. But no I guess it ties in nicely with amateur hour at Arsenal or this never would have happened under you know who. I personally hate it when club’s lie about injuries so as to save face with players. We lied about the extent of Welbeck’s injury years back so we didn’t have to get a replacement in and that was wrong and if we lied about Koscielny being injured because he was refusing to travel to America that would have been wrong too

  114. Receding Hairline

    Terraloon

    Be that as it may, i am pretty sure a lot of the players on that tour would rather not be on it and just wait to train when they return

    He has an obligation to train with the team, be it in the USA or in London
    I for one would happily tear up his contract and drive him to the airport, but we do not know what has led to the club taking the stance they took, certain precedents must not be allowed to be set.

  115. Moe

    Marko,

    You hit it outside the park. Your stance and take on this Koz issue is exactly what the club’s position should be. Let him wither for one full year and not even feature in the Emirates tournament.

    The nerve he has to try to blackmail the club to force a free move. Why didn’t he take a pay cut to allow the club to recoup some value for him then?

    I like that the club has posted it on the website too, no more dillydallying with these Wenger losers.

  116. Ishola70

    Koscielny is not an important enough player now Marko to get all stewed over him.

    The best for all parties now is for Koscielny to leave this summer and for a minimal fee. That half-eaten toffee. No club is going to shell out hardly any more for him.

    Just get rid and move on.

  117. Marko

    Well that’s what Arsenal should have done. That’s obvious enough now.

    Yeah but that’s not really the point is it. We’re beyond that it’s about a player refusing to go on a tour to America it’s about a player going against the club. They either take a stand or look like dickless cunts