‘EDU OUT’ LEAKS AND WHAT’S LIKELY GOING ON

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You can pinpoint the moment everything went to shit for Mikel Arteta. It was a couple of summers back when Vinai put Edu out on his lawn to tell the world he was over the moon that Arteta had been given a promotion after 6 months and that they had both been put on the same level.

Yep, only months after Vinai and Don Raul had been flagged internally for having a not-so-great power-sharing dynamic… Vinai demoted his technical director to power share with Arteta.

Why doesn’t powersharing work? It’s very simple. We’re not programmed to share. Shared leadership is usually built on the absurd notion of ‘we basically agree on everything’ or ‘we’re adults, we’re more than capable of hashing things out.’

No. No. No.

Power-sharing goes one of two ways. There’s an alpha and a beta in all but name or there is a massive fight to the death and nothing gets done. Power-sharing is the worst on many levels. It’s confusing for staff because no one knows who makes the decisions. It slows down decision making and reduces efficiency. It creates toxic cliques because the loudest voices usually win. It’s generally very ugly. When there are two cooks in the leadership kitchen, everyone thinks they are accountable, or no one does. Every good decision everyone wants to own, anything bad can be blamed on the other. Just look at the mess of Willian, has Arteta owned it? No. It’s better to let everyone blame Edu, who could just as easily have pushed it through with his agent.

The Story

News seeped out of the club yesterday that Edu’s job is under threat. Tony Banks at the Express say he could be on the  chopping block and The Mirror are running hit pieces, a paper which John Cross looks after.

Now, I’ve told you from the start that Edu likely isn’t up to snuff. We’ve seen horrendous wastage under his ‘leadership,’ he was at the table for some of our worst deals under Raul, and his closeness with super-agents went from ‘Pete, you’re going overboard here’ to ‘OMFG he’s on a yacht with Kia and a disgraced exArsenal exec’ this summer. People keep on joking about the BBQ outrage, but the people doing that don’t work in jobs with leaders that care about optics. If your club is on fire, you don’t want your main man posting holiday pictures on his public IG stories all summer. It’s a small detail, but when you are being paid a million+ a year, those things matter.

Back to the leak

It’s going to very difficult to work out where the truth is on this matter because there is clearly a power struggle unfolding at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s opening press conference wasn’t aimed at you and I, it was aimed at Vinai and Josh K. Arteta didn’t have what he wanted for the start of the season and that was the fault of Edu. No two ways about it, that was a shot fired.

It is clear as day that Edu and Arteta have fallen out. I mean, let’s be real, who hasn’t Arteta fallen out with? Our manager is transactional, he’s the Donald Trump of football, if you do not serve a purpose for him, he’s not interested.

The challenge for Josh is that both of them are underperforming.

If I were to run the numbers on this sort of scenario, I would conclude that the weaker party is likely Edu.

Josh K is about to sign off a contract termination for Willian that will likely involve paying a hefty fee to the worst signing of all time. Arteta was no doubt there, hounding the club to do it, but so was Edu’s and his smug super agent.

Our right-back situation is shocking. Soares is sitting on 90k a week. He’s awful. Arteta is begging for a proper right back. Who suggested that player? Kia. Arteta put that player on the pitch against Chelsea, was he our best right back? Nope. Did the decision stick it to Edu? Maybe.

Who brought David Luiz to the club on £200k a week when we could have signed a 21 year old?

Pablo Mari, another super-agent recommendation, has been at the heart of our problems this season. Where did he come from? The same super-agent that recommended Unai Emery.

Arteta is costing us points at the moment, but they have seen what he is capable of… and they have experience of a young coach at The Rams who has good people around him. Edu has cost the club money. After watching KSE operate over the years, which do you think is of more concern, lost money or 6 points at the start of a season?

If I were Josh K, and I was seriously considering the future of Edu (not my view, just hypotheticalling on the paper), then I would be thinking this way.

  1. Arsenal made a shocking error promoting Mikel Arteta, it needs to be rectified
  2. Edu was not the level of leadership needed to drive us from a Technical perspective, which is why he was demoted
  3. Any new Technical Director will absolutely need to be positioned above Arteta so we can gain some control a maturity in the backroom
  4. If we move fast, this new Technical Director will have 3 months to assess what the fuck is going on behind the scenes, so if the worst happens, they can install a new coach that is tailored to the profile of the players we currently have

If, if, if we are going to make a leadership change, we cannot do it based on a name. We have to bring in a Technical Director that suits the squad of players we have just signed.

  • We need a Technical Director we expertise in youth development, because we don’t have the money to compete at the highest level right now
  • We need someone that has worked in Europe, a huge miss with Edu
  • We need someone that can demonstrate a certain style of football that is pleasing to the fans. No point in hiring someone that doesn’t like the play posession based football, it won’t cut it with the fans
  • We need someone that can make a little go a long way. No point in hiring someone from Barcelona or Manchester City, because the remit is different. We need someone that buys low and sells high consistently.
  • We need someone with experience because there’s very little of that elsewhere in our football setup.
  • We need someone that is connected with deal making experience. Marina at Chelsea moves players on. Zorc at Dortmund always sells. Edu is shocking at this part of the job.
  • We need to find someone that isn’t drenched in dodgy stories of backroom deals and super agent boat trips

A battle between the Technical Director and a manager should only end one way, that’s with the manager exiting the club. The fact that there’s even a question over which struggling staffer should be exited is a massive red flag.

Arsenal shouldn’t waste the opportunity. Get someone in fast, get someone that can build around Arteta (or sack him), bring some control back to the club, shift out the dross that’s holding us back.

Now, all of the above is a bit of a guess, but I don’t think it’s far from the truth. We knew the Arteta/Edu story would end in tears, and we know the one things you don’t ever do with KSE is embarrass them, or waste there money. I think Edu has done both and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him shown the door.

The problem for Arteta is he might see that as a victory, but for me, he’s let a trojan horse in the back door… because no decent Technical Director will sit at the same level as Arteta, and if KSE have a single clue, they’ll make sure the wings of Arteta are well and truly clipped.

Interesting times ahead.

West Brom later. Must win. No excuses today. Let’s see what we have.

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492 Responses to “‘EDU OUT’ LEAKS AND WHAT’S LIKELY GOING ON”

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  1. Sly

    Great result lads
    Great for confidence
    Edu isn’t the problem
    He doesn’t have TD powers but is doing a reasonable job imo
    Now back to the emperor…

  2. NWM

    Pedro

    In response to some of your bullet points:

    “We need a Technical Director we expertise in youth development, because we have the money to compete at the highest level right now”.

    The technical director finds the players, it’s up to the academy and/or first team coaching sfaff to develop them.

    “We need someone that has worked in Europe, a huge miss with Edu”

    If European technical directors are capable of bringing in South Americans, shouldn’t Edu be capable of bringing in Europeans.

    “We need someone that can demonstrate a certain style of football that is pleasing to the fans. No point in hiring someone that doesn’t like the play posession based football, it won’t cut it with the fans.”

    So far, the signings this window have been very progressive in their approach to the game, something that should please fans. In addition, Edu appears to be in Saliba’s corner. Saliba is another progressive ball playing center back.

    “We need someone that is connected with deal making experience. Marina at Chelsea moves players on. Zorc at Dortmund always sells. Edu is shocking at this part of the job”

    Marina at Chelsea has a lot of good young players to move on.. It also doesn’t help when your Coach/Manager tanks players’ values by making clear they don’t fit into the team’s plans. That coupled with the Covid soccer economy and in some cases Salaries has made moving players on in this window difficult. For example Marina has sold just two platers so far this window and one of those was made redundant by their signing of Lukaku. In addition, while BVB has sold 5, when you take Sancho out of the mix, the other 4 have brought in a combined total of approximately £20m.

    .”We need to find someone that isn’t drenched in dodgy stories of backroom deals and super agent boat trips.”

    I speculated about this in my last post,

  3. Tony

    Good win last night unfortunately we could only watch a 20 minute highlights reel.

    Good to see Auba back to doing what he can do best score goals.

    Arteta looked subdued because he knew the real tests are starting Saturday away to City.

    I’ve said enough regarding Arteta and hope he goes soon.

    It’s time with our sleeping giant to wake up again and yesterday was a good start. Arteta and Edu need to be moved on and Conte or similar with Overmars, Compos or Rangnick would be my short list.

    A couple of day to saviour the win and then back to business at City.

  4. Guns of SF

    Mike was mostly expressionless today.
    I think coz he is thinking ahead to the city match
    He is going, shit, my team just dropped 6… the whole world has seen it and dammit, I am going to City this weekend.
    He is worried we drop 0 goals and get hammered. That is what he was likely thinking….
    and of course, how do I BS my way into staying in this role?..

    lol

  5. Gonsterous

    Good to finally wake up to a good result.

    Won’t get carried away because arteta once again made a mess of the line up. You don’t put in players you want gone from the club. The likes of kola and laca should not be getting games at all. Ala bellerin.

    That shows them, they are not wanted. They can either sulk or find a new club. When you give them games, they won’t move away. Ruthless when needed is not artetas strong point.

    Also I agree with midwest, Edus job is not to tell arteta what to do and what not to do, his only job is to get in players and try to move out the ones arteta don’t want.

    Edus done a decent job so far (much better than arteta) and I want to see how he works with another manager before we get rid of him.

  6. Gonsterous

    If there is anyone needing investigating, it should be arteta and why he bought in so many useless coaches and no. 2s.

    Why did Ljunberg leave and why were ex arsenal legends not hired to coach anyone?

  7. Guns of SF

    Gons

    Even Wenger did not bring in any legends.
    Arteta is an ambitious prick, so of course he would never bring ex players who were better than him. He is smart enough to know that would go down funny with the fans… who likely would like him to switch roles with ex legend.

  8. Gonsterous

    Guns

    I’m not talking about flooding the club with legends but when you have the likes of Bergkamp who would have been a great role model for the players as well as a great coach, it really goes to show how fragile Mikels ego is.

    Anyway, the win was good.. on to city, and more propaganda.

  9. Guns of SF

    Bergy once even volunteered ( no coaching) to help the team. I think in Wengers time but it was not heeded ….
    He is someone who could help with an attacking schemes
    but Mike wont allow that. It all about Mike remember

  10. Guns of SF

    One can argue that we do have a legend kinda in Edu
    He is an INVINCIBLE
    I was stoked when we got him… i thought finally someone who is invested in our successes.
    But nope… he is a dope.

    What I do like is Ek, bringing together the legends to help him run Arsenal if he does take over.

    Fan contentment is huge. Ek seems to realize that

  11. Tony

    Thought the one touch back flick to Saka for his goal by Ode was sublime and unplayable by WBA.

    First game back with an assist is a good marker to lay down albeit it was against WBA with 6 newbies getting their first game.

    It’s really good Auba getting his hat trick, but they were typical Auba goals, which the PL are very aware of, so don’t afford him the space he got last night. What it did highlight was that if Auba gets the service, he will score as he has done before this dry spell.

    I said a short way into last season that we had a nucleus of a good side that’s crying out for a manager with experience to gell the team together and form an identity. With the inclusions thus far we have more than a nucleus for a new manager to shape and add the missing links in the January window and we will be back in Europe next season, but as to the CL?

    Anything is achievable in football just look at LFC winning the league.

    We have 9 months more of Amazon cameras everywhere all things Arsenal. Stan or any owner for that fact will want his asset to shine in a good light for his optics over the pond firstly and worldwide thereafter to improve the global brand.

    If the press is to believed, Stan was unaware of the fans’ bad feelings towards Arteta primarily, but also the club.

    The fans can play a huge part in putting the pressure on Stan and the club particularly the attending fans home and away. A nicely timed plane and banner in the next 5 games would be worth the expenditure.

    Stan knows that if he brings in an elite manager and Dog with some money to spend in January any rebellion will dissipate quickly.

    Charlie bristling yesterday calling Val and me braggarts. I mean you went out all there Charles firing both barrels.

    I really can’t be bothered to get into a war of your interchangeable narratives to win the point on a faceless football blog. Those days are long gone, so don’t waste your youthful energy on me Charlie boy. I’m sure Val will speak for himself, as I’m sure he doesn’t find your snarks endearing; just plain insulting and derogatory, but that’s for you and Val to discuss.

    Our histories on here are for all to see over the years. Pretty much during last year I’ve taken a different stance on the blog to be far more agreeable all round and explain my views for other to agree or disagree with. Doesn’t mean I won’t disagree, I just will keep it agreeable.

    You on the other hand are the same Champagne Charlie you’ve always been: a Cape crusading self appointed moderator calling out posters, calling them all sorts of names. Currently, you have Raptora in your sights, which hasn’t proved enterprising for your curt brand of meaningless challenges just for the sake of a fight.

    If that floats your boat, Charlie don’t change. There’ll always be someone to argue with here.

    By all means have the last word I am completely indifferent with any response you could dredge up.

    So for the last time, what if I have a large house with a cinema and gym in it and soon a full trackman simulator? Don’t many of the footballers we watch? No one complains about them when Auba shows off his shiny sports cars, beautiful cribs and holidaying on £50 million super yachts.

    They’ve earned it, haven’t they? Well so have my wife and I.where my wife still does now I’m retired other than when my wife wants my counsel on something.

    You talked a while ago of wanting to be part of the elite of the industry you work in, and so you should if you have the where with all to accomplish your life’s goals. Then the financial trappings come from the successful hard work and training/education comes in.

    Everybody has greatness in them Charlie, but few find it.

    Anyway back to football who would you like as the new manager & DoF?

  12. S Asoa

    Nearly put

    ” D

    Edgar
    2 DAYS AGO
    What you can see is that Arteta is more stupid by the minute, so the only solution for us gunners is to get rid of this smoke seller. Since day one he has only shown a big arrogance, an incredible capacity of blame anyone but him, and worst than Unai, his instructions are totally confusing. If not sacking him today, we will be in a hard battle for relegation (with high odds to go to championship league) “

  13. S Asoa

    My reading of behind the scenes jostling for position is that Edu Gaspar is friend of Josh Kroenke, and both are playboy types who gel.
    But toadie Mikel Arteta got a link up with Stan Kroenke, smartly putting up a ” Values ” image a la Wenger, which is is a oxymoron since this pretender was a Everton import without those inculcated values but oodles of conmanship. In ultimate combat, Arteta would win although as pointed out by Pedro this would be tantamount to falling on a sword since no DoF of calibre would suffer a fraudulent Teta leading the line.
    Maybe Paula Gaspar middle finger might have been pointed out to show a lack of class. But then will a Yank with a complex for Brit values understand that it does not mean much nowadays?

  14. Muppetman

    I would personally like this formation obviously requires a signing and no injuries etc. Enough ball players to control possession and then the 5 at back. Ideally a specialist DM would sit in front of back 5 but this isn’t football manager.

    Ramsdale
    White Holding Gabriel
    Saka Tierney
    Partey
    Ode ESR. Aurora ( all interchanging)
    Auba

  15. kjelli

    There is something in Edu´s appearance that disturbs me ?? He needs to be replaced. Send him on a
    never ending vacation. Arteta needs to loosen up a bit. He’s too pragmatic as is.

  16. Useroz

    Good game. Let’s continue to learn from our preseason games, win or lose, so we’d fly off the line when the real season begins after Christmas…

  17. Pierre

    Tony
    “Thought the one touch back flick to Saka for his goal by Ode was sublime and unplayable by WBA.”

    Ozilesque.(of course)…..very nice touch and a very good start from Odegaard.

  18. Guernsey+gun

    Credit where its due, good win notwithstanding the opposition. Arteta knows hes drinking in the last chance saloon, hence line up etc. I still expect him to fuck it up and get kicked out of said saloon.

  19. TR7

    Won’t draw any conclusion from a victory against second string West Brom team. The only hope is Auba gets his confidence back from the hattrick he scored because we need to have him scoring a lot of goals.

  20. Habesha Gooner

    Good performance last night. What it showed was how much of a confidence boost was needed. If we had matched the formation that Chelsea played, we could have shithoused to a result last Sunday. Tavarez was really good yesterday. He is an attacking nightmare for defenders on that side. If he had been a wing back with Tierney the left sided center back with pepe on the bench and we had played a 343, we could have stopped recce James and he would have been wary of Tavarez. Oh well.

    I don’t think we should go with a 343 against city though. They won’t play that way. And the only striker they have is Jesus, so it will be easier to deal with him than lukaku. But again we will have to play a bit deeper. Our pressing needs work. And you work on those things against midtable opposition or relegation candidate teams. Not against Chelsea and City.

    I liked the debuts of all our new signings. Odegaard was good. He offers control and calmness on the ball. He has time to play a pass. A bit ozil like. I love the fact that we have both ESR and Odegaard. Both completely different type of attacking midfielders.

    Ramsdale was good. He makes decisions on the spot. Leno is annoying because of his indecisiveness. And he had some shots to save.

    I like Tavarez. We got a good one for 8.5 mil. He is really good going forward. And I love his whipped crosses. He is not as bad as he was feared defensively but we will see in harder games.

  21. Terraloon

    NWM

    LMarina at Chelsea has a lot of good young players to move on.. It also doesn’t help when your Coach/Manager tanks players’ values by making clear they don’t fit into the team’s plans. That coupled with the Covid soccer economy and in some cases Salaries has made moving players on in this window difficult. For example Marina has sold just two platers so far this window and one of those was made redundant by their signing of Lukaku. In addition, while BVB has sold 5, when you take Sancho out of the mix, the other 4 have brought in a combined total of approximately £20m.

    Not quite sure where you source your info but Chelsea have moved on 15 players who they will receive a fee for. To date , and it doesn’t include the players where the fee is undisclosed, they are in profit

    Looking at the players they have moved on players like Zappacosta, Giroud, and Moses are senior players whose wages are now being utilised elsewhere.

    But it’s the ruthless manner in the way she operates. For instance knowing that Giroud was leaving they triggered a one year extension forcing Milan to pay a fee. Like realising several promising youngsters were entering the last year of their contracts and dithering or refusing to sign long term contracts so they sell them on, insert buyback clauses and bang they are gone.

    But it’s at the other end of academy products that other clubs offer top money for .Players that other clubs rate but almost certainly will not quite be up to top 4 standard. Players like Gheui ,Abraham and Tomori sold collectively for over £70 million

    This lady is a very very smart mover

    The Guardian is a decent source of information ( yep can’t believe I said that)

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2021/jun/07/mens-transfer-window-summer-2021-all-deals-from-europes-top-five-leagues

  22. Valentin

    Tony,

    I don’t bother answering Confused Charlie anymore. The guy could start a fight on a deserted island. He has to argue to death just to get the last word even if the last word proves he is an aggressive obnoxious ignorant idiot.

  23. Gonsterous

    Why did West Brom show up when they had no interest in the contest

    So they don’t lose their sponsors. Also a nice day out for the fans to watch them play against arsenal. I mean, they don’t face PL teams every month.

  24. Bob N16

    What percentage of teams put out a weakened team in the EFL?

    For a club like WBA getting back to the PL is the be all end all.; 46 games of graft. Their full strength team may well of challenged us but we had to win and needed to put out a strong team so the manager may well have accepted an almost guaranteed defeat. It would be informative to know how the WBA fans viewed the selection, I would guess a majority would have had a begrudging acceptance of the line up.

  25. Sid

    I was expecting to see Patino, Miguel Azeez, Okonkwo, joe lopez
    But clearly someone is against the fans seeing the great work Mertesacker has done

  26. RecycledOldSock

    West Brom fans reaction to team lineup:

    “Half expected a strong team for a decent cup run, oh well Arsenal into the next round”

    “Omg we are going to get smoked”

    “Extremely weak that.
    Oh well a chance to see a few of the youngster just hope we can keep the score down.”

    “Could of made the bench abit stronger… has the potential to be embarrassing. But hoping I’m proven wrong”

    “Definitely losing but will be great to see the youngsters in action plus the king himself Ken Zohore”

  27. China1

    Despite being a third rate trophy I actually like the league cup. Without CL football we should aim to win this and the FA cup to compensate for invariably falling short of top 4

    I’d take 7th and two cups lol

  28. Daniel Altos

    We are starting a backline of kolasinac holding and chambers yet there are some idiots who are telling us that mavropanos and saliba arent good enough to be at arsenal just because their god arteta said so?People actually believe this shit lol.Legrove has gone mad I swear