Let’s talk about Arsenal putting Senor Edu front and centre for all these deals we’re doing.
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💬 “We want to see a club like Arsenal with a young squad, an exciting squad, with a big big future.” pic.twitter.com/KgiQVQMd0K
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 21, 2022
He’s been under a bit of pressure over the past few years, he was signed by a scuz bucket director of Arsenal and was very close to a lot of murky goings-on at the club before the said scuz bucket was ejected from Arsenal never to be seen again.
Edu kept his job. Was it because he was just following orders? Was it because the club didn’t want more disruption? Was it because he has a really nice voice and how nice your voice is impacts how people percieve you?
Who knows. But there has been a bit if a rebirth of Edu. Just watch that video, listen to the strategic clarity in his voice, look at the positivity he’s omitting. The guy is very believable and if I met him, I would sign whatever paper he was waving in front of me.
I’ve had my misgivings. The double-your-wages deal for Willian. The Super Agent lovefest. The Cedric deal that was HORRIBLE. But… we have to forgive in life. We have to look to the future, not dwell on the past. We have to embrace the good in someone, rather than point to what has gone before.
Edu, I’m ready to forgive. Come give me a hug and let me smell your cologne IRL. Is that Le Labo? Ooof, you sexy beast.
I think the best thing about Edu is that if you give him a brief and tell him to get a deal… the man will get the fucking thing signed.
Let’s look at what he’s achieved:
- He’s moved on roughly 18 players that could have been considered in the first-team squad
- He’s overseen about 15 signings since Don Raul was exited
- We haven’t lost a single player to a free transfer that we wanted to keep
- Our wage bill has dropped from £190m to £90m
- We are no longer a banter club when it comes to negotiations, he gets the job done
- We have the youngest squad in the league
Can I talk speculation? There are strong indicators that both Gabrel Jesus and Raphinha are going to turn down the advances of Spurs because they prefer the Arsenal project. Who is sitting in a room with those two? It’ll be Edu, in a crisp white shirt, with a plate of BBQ, and a Keynote prez.
Is there work to do for him? Yes. He needs to sell someone for a proper fee at some point. But who cares right now with Sugar Daddy Josh showering us with Super Bowl/Stanley Cup money.
You can’t knock Edu right now. All the fears everyone had about Europa League costing us talent seem to be getting dispelled. Edu is firmly in the mixer there.
Do I like the Super Agent stuff? No. But it’s the price of business at the highest level. Jorge Mendes is trying to move Raphina to Arsenal, he’s moved Vieira there, he’ll backfill Leeds and he’ll backfill Porto taking a fee at every step.
But I have to accept that and so do you… I don’t mind super agents when the players are super talented.
So in short, I’m enjoying the better Edu, he’s doing great work, I am over my issues with him.
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