Edu sends honest transfer message to Arsenal fans amid Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey rumours

first_imgEdu and Arteta have been working tirelessly to strengthen the Gunners’ squad (Picture: Getty)‘For example many clubs are asking me or talking to me about loan players or swap players but I am not seeing they are really prepared to do the kind of things they are asking me.‘For me what is important internally is that we have a clear plan on the players we want to keep, the players we want to loan and the players we want to sell.‘After that we have to be patient, to understand how the markets are reacting and wait a little bit more to make the right decision.’Will Arsenal make any further signings this summer?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsEdu confirmed that he will be at the centre of all football-related business following Raul Sanllehi’s departure last month.‘It is important to be clear. What I would like from now is for everything related to football to come through me,’ Edu added.‘All the contacts, if agents want to talk to the player, internally, externally, outside people have to see me – and my name – as the first one to call or connect to.‘Of course we have a lot of people involved but I just want to be clear, people outside Arsenal have to understand who they need to connect to about football.‘It is important because sometimes they feel unclear about it. To be clear and open with you, that is how we are going to operate.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 11:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Edu discussed the ‘challenging’ nature of this summer’s market (Picture: Arsenal FC)But speaking to Arsenal’s official website on Thursday, Edu made clear the club’s frustrations as teams across world football approach the market with caution in the uncertain financial climate.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The market right now is a challenging one,’ he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Everybody is waiting, everybody wants to do swaps, everybody is talking about loans.‘Where we have to be prepared is with what we really need to receive from the outside. Advertisement Edu has urged fans to be realistic this summer considering the current economic climate (Picture: Getty)Arsenal technical director Edu has called for ‘patience’ and realistic expectations in the last few weeks of this summer’s transfer window, given the ‘challenging’ nature of the market amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil forward Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer last month and Gabriel Magalhaes followed his fellow countryman to the Emirates after the Gunners wrapped up a £27 million agreement with Lille for the defender’s signature. The north London giants continue to be linked with the likes of Houssem Aouar, Thomas Partey and, most recently, Stephan El Shaarawy, with Mikel Arteta desperate to bolster his midfield options ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Comment Advertisement Arteta is now ‘first-team manager’ at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal confirmed on Thursday night that Mikel Arteta’s job title had changed from ‘head coach’ to ‘first-team manager’.Chief executive Vinai Venkatesham explained: ‘Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years. Despite all of those challenges, Mikel has been driving this football club forward. ‘He has lifted the spirits and lifted the energy here at London Colney and with Arsenal fans all across the world. He is doing an absolutely phenomenal job. ‘The other thing that’s clear is that right from the day he walked through the door, he was doing much more than being our head coach. So we’re going to be changing his job title going forward. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’ll move from head coach to be the first-team manager. That’s recognition of what he’s been doing from the day he walked in the door, but also where we see his capabilities.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He is doing a great job of coaching the first team and that’s his primary responsibility, but there is so much more that he can bring and that’s why we’re making this change, in recognition of his capabilities and also the job that he’s doing already.‘So in terms of how that will work, going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they’ll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they’ll be looking after those areas together. ‘And they’ll also together be responsible for our technical recommendations, whether that’s players that we’re going to buy, whether that’s players that we’re going to sell, whether that’s players that we’re going to loan. ‘Of course, working closely with me and the board and working closely with the owners on the financial elements to make final decisions. ‘But those are going to be their responsibilities and I think we’re going to have a really dynamic team to drive this club forward.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.AdvertisementMORE: Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one conditionMORE: Arsenal to sell Emiliano Martinez as goalkeeper agrees personal terms with Aston Villa Edu sends honest transfer message to Arsenal fans amid Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey rumourslast_img read more

BOEM Signs Hutchinson Island Sand Agreement

first_imgThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with Martin County, Florida, and USACE’s Jacksonville District, authorizing the use of sand from federal waters as part of a hurricane and storm damage reduction project for Hutchinson Island. Benefits from the beach nourishment are expected to reduce erosion along Hutchinson Island and restore the beach profile following damages from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.The project, using sand from the seafloor of the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) managed by BOEM, will renourish a four-mile stretch of shoreline on Hutchinson Island using a sea turtle friendly beach design. The agreement authorizes up to one million cubic yards of sand.Hutchinson Island is separated from mainland Florida by the Indian River Lagoon on the north, and the Ft. Pierce and St. Lucie Inlets on the south. The project will use sand from within a shoal complex (C1-B) located approximately seven miles offshore southeast Martin County.Construction will occur within the window from November 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018, to avoid impacts to nesting sea turtles.“This project would not be possible without the partnership and collaboration with BOEM and Martin County,” said Lacy Pfaff, USACE Jacksonville district project manager. “The Martin County Shore Protection Project will be one of the first projects utilizing Flood Control and Coastal Emergency Act funds to repair damages from Hurricane Matthew. The offshore sand will be placed along the shoreline to replenish up to four miles of public beach in Martin County and bring the beaches up to the design level of protection to safeguard the area from future storms.”The environmental impacts associated with dredging and placement of OCS sand resources along the Hutchinson Island shoreline are evaluated in several documents prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was prepared in 2011 by the Corps with BOEM as a cooperating agency, and has already been used once for the Martin County Shore Protection Project constructed in 2013.last_img read more