No one can agree

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I uhmmed and ahhed over whether to address the horrendous race riots in America. I don’t know how you say something that means anything when you write an inconsequential blog. Then I realised that my privilege allowed me to decide whether to say something. I’m living in the heart of the BK protests, I can watch safely from my window, this is not ok. Black lives matter. What is going on in America is absolutely horrendous. We should all stand united against hate, bigotry, and lies. I truly hope America votes with its conscious this November. One positive: Nothing warms my heart more than to see people of all races, gender, age, and sexual orientation peacefully protesting injustice.

Onto news of a more trivial nature.

There is a battle of PR going off in the media, BATTLE OF THE FEE, is how it shall be labelled.

You have Amy Lawrence saying £24m for Luiz, consisting of £6m in intermediary fees, £8m in transfer fee, and £10m in wages.

You have John Cross saying Arsenal didn’t give more than a £1m away in fee and we’re negotiating down from £130k a week, with Arteta hopeful of him agreeing to a new deal based on performance.

You have Kia saying on Talksport, “we have all the proof and have gone legal with them (The Athletic).”

I’d be super interested to see if Kia goes ahead with this threat. He’d have to prove that the story was untrue and in the process, he’d have to subject himself to some form of discovery which would mean allowing lawyers to explore bank accounts, contracts, interrogate clients, rifle through e-mails, put him on the stand, and it’d all be under oath. You’d have to be pretty offended by a story to go through that to make a point about something that could just be a simple correction. Also, who is he getting angry for here, because football agents are there for the fee, £6m is a lot, but in the grand scheme of BIG numbers, Raiola picked up £40 million for the Pogba deal… the number quoted in The Athletic would have him laughed out the room at the Super Agent Christmas party. Be interesting to see how that plays out.

Anyway, what to make of the noise on the wages, which weren’t disputed by Kia, but were by a few other club-friendly journos.

What do we actually know before the actual payslips and agent contracts are leaked?

  1. Luiz signed a 2-year deal 3 months before moving to Arsenal with Chelsea
  2. He moved to Arsenal on a 1-year deal, with an option to extend
  3. He moved to a club in a total mess, to play for a manager with a less than elite reputation

Does anyone, anywhere in the world, think that a 33-year-old footballer breaks a 2 year deal with a club in the Champions League, opts for a move to a club in disarray… for less money, and less security?

Whatever the lowered rate is, it’s too high for Benfica who said they couldn’t match it.

“He was in a car with businessman, preparing to renew his contract with Arsenal. He is someone who loves Benfica, is a great professional [but] has to earn money. What he earns [with Arsena] is unthinkable for Benfica to pay.

“If David Luiz one day decides ‘I want to leave here’, is 35 years old and in perfect condition, of course we would take him. [But] eight million [in wages] would have to be one million.

“But, as a father, I would say no. I’d say: ‘oh, David, you’re not coming, don’t be crazy.”

Is there a round two of intermediary fees associated with this renegotiation?

Also, just to clear something up.

I actually LOVE David Luiz. I do not want people thinking my critique of this deal is a slight on him. When he moved to us, the worry was age, suitability, and another ‘character’ signing from Chelsea. I wrote this at the time.

What I’m saying is this… don’t turn your nose up at someone that isn’t Mustafi. I’d hire you mum if the chance arose. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that one of these last-ditch ‘character’ signings from Chelsea (or anywhere) finally pays off at some point.

I’d be delighted if he signed back on (which Kia seems to think is on the table). He’s a strong leader, he clicks with Arteta, and we know he has star power for the kids. However, you cannot tell me the investment we made in him was worth The Athletic numbers Kia is disputing. Even if you take out the agent fees, we paid £8m for someone on a 1-year deal. At the lower end of Arsenal freindly journos estimations, all in, we’d have paid £15,760,000 (£120k p/w (6.76m) + £600k Kia fee + £399k (Arsenal said less than a million in fees) + £8m transfer fee) for someone who we are currently renegotiating with so he doesn’t leave for nothing. That is terrible business, especially after the fuss we kicked up to earn a fee from a 9 year veteran of the club.

So for all the ‘THAT WASN’T THE FEE’ noise from Arsenal and Kia, the reality is, even without it, the deal was still an abomination.

Anyway, to refresh my point if it was lost yesterday.

Super agents should not lead or interfere in the process of player/manager identification. They are an unfortunate byproduct of elite scouting. They live for one thing only, the fee. Doesn’t matter who they support, it’s all about the fee.

The patterns are clear with Arsenal. We have too many favourable agents that sit front and centre at the table of our worst decisions. That has to stop if we’re going to be more efficient with our limited funds moving forward.

Caggigao should be bringing the names to the table. More Martinelli like talents. More Cesc’s. More players that have a long future at Arsenal.

Talking of our limited funds, according to Julien Laurens, we have not offered a new deal to Auba. For a Football CEO who said we’d never let a player run their deal down again, we’re in a moment where Auba, Saka, Mustafi, Sokratis and Ozil all have 1 year left. Our 2022 holdouts are Matteo, Lacazette, Eddie, Kola, Cal and Martinez. That’s 11 players with two years or less on their deals.

I think we should sell Auba. I love him, but I’m not sure I see the value in offering him a £300k a week deal heading into his 31st birthday. If our ability to manoeuvre this summer is going to be drastically limited, every penny counts, and there are positions we absolutely have to address. We need a powerhouse central midfielder, we need a centre back, we need a decent right back, and possibly a modern number 8 like player.

There is a lot to do. We have very few assets that are going to fetch mega-money, so we need to raise cash and make tough decisions. The club need to give our young players the best chance to thrive. We don’t need hacks, we don’t need whispers in the ear, we need players like Martinelli. That’s where the magic is at. You only get there by listening to the recommendations of the smartest scouts and analysts… not the slick-haired, pin-striped suited fee merchants in the executive box pretending they love The Arsenal.

Anyway, tomorrow, we talk about something else because we need to start getting excited about ACTUAL football coming in 3 weeks time.

Big love, stay safe, be kind x

311 Responses to “No one can agree”

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  1. andy1886

    Pedro, surely you’re not comparing our club to JC Penny?

    Surely that makes him a man that’s right for elite clubs rather than a true elite manager if he can only do it in a very specific environment? And if Arteta learned from him does that learning also only apply in an elite environment?

  2. CG


    “”””then say we should hire Sean Dyche, who is equally unfashionable but never tasted a big club?””””

    I dont want big Sean to do the coaching, I want him to be recruiting the best coaches to do the coaching ( people of the calibre of MA)

    I want big Sean managing and motivating , cajoling and putting the fear of God into our players so they can perform like his Burnley team performed in their brilliant recent 2 zero win at Old Trafford.

    After all, isn’t that what in essence what the fans wanted after 20 years of Wengerism?
    Something slightly more muscular and different?

  3. CG

    “””””Moreover it is interesting that Cazorla someone with vast playing experience wants to return to Arsenal and coach alongside Arteta. That would be most
    unlikely if he did not respect him or was not willing to acknowledge Arteta’s
    leadership qualities.””””

    or is because he will soon need a job?

    never trust these soccer players motives , even the nice cuddly ones, ES!

  4. izzo

    Werner has until the 15th for any club to buy him. WTF are we waiting for?? We have players we can give Leipzig for free plus cash. Auba isn’t signing on so whats the hold up?

  5. andy1886

    Apart from all the obvious hurdles that are in our sphere of control I would say the biggest reason we’re not going for Werner is that we know he has no intention of moving to a mid table PL side with very limited ambitions.

  6. Dissenter

    I see you’re still butt-hurt from being called out about your balaclava comment earlier.
    Has the lad committed any violence yet?

  7. Dissenter

    Unai na
    I said wait till he does something daft or violent then eat him for breakfast. I’m sure the Met police knows where he lives.
    I really don’t give care but I’m sure your police won’t knee his neck for 9 minutes till he dies in a puddle of his piss.

  8. Jamie

    The brilliant Sean Dyche also managed and motivated , cajoled and put the fear of God into his Burnley players so much that they lost 2 ‘zero’ at home to Utd this season as well.

    Keep it up.

  9. Pedro

    Andy, we use data in the US of A.

    Eddie current GPM is 136 and Gabi 146. Keep that up over 38 games next season and we actually 25 (Eddie) and 23 (Gabi).

    I lowballed.