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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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  1. Biggles

    “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”

    C’mon Pedro, that’s bollocks. We are the biggest spenders *in the world* this transfer window.

    For all your Edu signing comments, just remember that Arteta was as much a part of them as Edu was. You don’t solve that by replacing Edu and keeping Arteta. Having Overmars in the building will not suddenly change Arteta into having good taste in players, because he’s still the one that wanted Willian.

    It’s clear that Vinai, Edu and Arteta (as well as his useless coaches) all need to go. Swapping one cog isn’t going to be enough here.

  2. Dissenter

    Chambers has been enjoying the good life at Arsenal since 2015

    Was he out to sabotage Ramsdale before the lad got off to a start?

  3. MidwestGun

    Nothing is a layup anymore Eagle… haha but yep in a normal situation this is an easy matchup.. I guess Kola is a cb now.. good thing we sent Saliba on loan.

  4. Radio Raheem

    Yep, I agree with Biggles here.

    You can’t partly drain the swamp you’ve got to drain it all: Edu, Arteta, coaches, Vinai, tea lady…all. Total reboot.

  5. G

    MA So mean to his players,, look how he/s treating AMN amd Willian.. i mean ffs
    Amn doesm/t want to play right back so fuck him
    Willian signed but was shit now can/t get a look in, good

    Think he/s been ruthless in a good way

    Dirty stamp,,no where near the ball

  6. Radio Raheem

    Of course you’ll expect an easy win tonight against West Bromwich reserves.

    If Arsenal can’t beat these lot easily then what’s the point? Sack the fucking lot!

  7. G

    Mid west you see it all the time. especially when wanting a manager out.. if you ain.t seen that on le grove then cool

  8. Paolo

    Quite obvious after 30 minutes.. Saka, Odegaard, Tavares & Ramsdale are quality young players.

    The rest of starting XI are nothing short of awful. Xhaka looks out of depth at Championship level.

    Pepe is not even Championship level he does nothing except step overs then loses the ball. It’s shocking how bad he is.

  9. Samesong

    The thing with Ramsdale you can see playing at Arsenal is a dream for him and he will give it his all. Good kwepers breed confidence in the defence regardless of who you’re playing.

  10. Pierre

    There is a simple way to beat their back 4, have a runner from deep, which will mean bringing Smith Rowe on 2nd half as he will break the line with runs from deep.

  11. Zfree

    Too many left-footed players. All wanting to come back to their left.

    Saka (who actually has a right foot unlike the others)

  12. Chris

    That’s a nice goal although WBA opened themselves up for us. Doesn’t matter who they come against, Auba getting any goals hopefully going to boost his esteem, good news!

  13. JayJay

    Wengwr used to take league Cup as a chance for youths to show what they worth, looks like West Brom manager does the same, taking the piss of lego head. Arteta’s youth players for tonight:
    Chambers, holding, kolasinac, elneny, xhaka, aubameyang
    All hot prospects, the future is bright.
    Never like arsenal to lose but if loosing this meaningless game means last day in charge for that clown then I don’t mind.

  14. Zfree

    Bit worrying that Pepe didn’t finish his clear cut chance, then auba didn’t finish his. We scored tap in put backs on both but these players should be burying the first chances.

  15. Northbanker

    Tvares is so tenacious – I’m going to enjoy watching him play. I’d play him at RB if we dont sign anyone when KT is playing

  16. Guns of SF

    This game is good for morale somewhat…
    I think we will fight city – just hope that Mike gets the selection and tactics correct.

    Against them I would also consider 343
    Much like Chelsea they will dominate the possession

  17. MidwestGun

    Our attack was to much for them .. and it should be. Cost us a fortune. Still at no point did I ever think Kola would be a CB choice for us.. we need a right back so Chambers can play there if needed. Could not AMN play at RB? Idk it’s weird.

  18. Nelson

    We need this game to build chemistry among the boys and gain some confidence after the two losses.
    So far I like Ramsdale, Tavares, Saka, Auba, Xhaka and Ødegaard.

  19. Samesong

    Northbank. Lefside

    Tavares big talent. He progresses the ball well. Still raw bit he can see a picture. And I like him.

  20. Guns of SF

    AMN needed against City,
    maybe even a 352—– stack the mid with bodies that can move

    Shit house the win!

  21. raptora

    We’re equally shit in defence.

    The big positive today is that Saka and Auba look far better physically. Like far, far better. The terminal decline doesn’t look like a reality in Auba’s move.

  22. Habesha Gooner

    An okay game so far. Auba looks like he wants to play. Saw it when he came on against Chelsea and he is doing it today. It’s not the goals but he is making those runs that used to get him a hatful of goals. And we badly need it.

    Tavarez and Ramsdale have done okay for a first game. I like them both. Odegaard is good too. His flicks and touches are opening space for us. Saka is fantastic. It looks like his preseason is over. Looks ready for the PL now.

    All up to the generational from now on.

  23. MidwestGun

    I say leave Auba in there let him feel like he is on top of the world.. going forward. Without him to score goals for us…at a high rate this season, we are screwed.

  24. JOEL

    Arteta should give Valerian Ismael a very expensive bottle of wine after this game.
    He’s picked a weakened WBA team when their first string side would have caused all kind of problems.
    At least Aubamayang should go into the match at Citeh feeling revitalised…Odergaard and Saka look a class above and.a back 5 under the current circumstances is definitely the way to proceed…for now anyway…
    Meanwhile Pepe…despite his goal…has flattered to deceive…as usual…and we’ve given the ball away far too many times…Arteta has been very lucky tonight.

  25. Ronald

    Martinelli still has quite some way to go before he can lead the line alone. As much as Auba has been off for about a year, there is only 1 winner there.

  26. DM

    I wish people would learn from the past and not make any proclamations on new players based on only a few games played. Case in point – Tavares. Not taking anything away from him, first impressions are good, he’s def had a good game and looks like a bright prospect. But let’s just wait and see how that develops over the course of the season rather than saying “good signing” or so on.

    Remember we all loved Kolasinac after his first few games? There was a pre-season friendly where he bombed forward and from that moment onwards he was the next big thing. Until he wasn’t.

    So many examples.

    I’m not saying don’t get excited about new players who look good, but let’s just keep the noises down and see how they all do over the whole season.

  27. Habesha Gooner

    DM you are right. It is way too soon to judge any new signing bad or good. We need to see them moving forward. They need time. Even Ben white who is considered crap because he didn’t have the best of debuts against Brentford.

    Anyway, As much as I like Pepe, we need to sell him if a buyer comes. I think he will never be able to play a fluid game. This stop and start decision when he plays will be why he will never be a top player. He is a good player suited for a counter attacking team that let’s him have a free role. 30 mil and we should sell with in the next windows and bring someone else in.