Edu 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 rumours
The narrow one-nil defeat of the senior Reggae Boyz in their friendly international against the USA was a pivotal result from a pivotal performance, at a pivotal time, in yet another crucial rebuilding cycle. Playing away from home, in cold, unfamiliar and unfriendly conditions on an artificial surface, the overall performance was encouraging from what was a young and inexperienced Jamaican team. There would have been precious little time for head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore and his technical staff to develop any kind of meaningful team chemistry and understanding amongst this group of players. There was, however, good dedication and heart, desire and commitment shown by the team Fundamentally, the team kept its shape and discipline throughout a testy 90 minutes of football as the USA understandably dominated possession in their backyard. Certainly, the new-look centre-half duo of Damian Lowe and Sergio Campbell stood tall in thwarting several threatening USA attacks. Offensively, Corey Burke was a typically tireless worker, and despite the possession disparity between the two teams, Burke did manage to create a few anxious moments for the American defence, and certainly keeps himself relevant as a credible option for the future. MIDFIELD ISSUES Amid all that positivity though, there remains the perennial problem of our midfield lacking personality, leadership and creativity. The midfield play was for the most part disjointed and almost non-existent. Mysteriously, Whitmore continues to assemble a midfield without genuine playmakers or even players with the basic technical skills needed to protect and maneouvre the football, and the vision to use it effectively. On the few occasions when the ball found its way into the Jamaican midfield, it was treated like the proverbial ‘hot potato’ that none of our players wanted to hold onto. This midfield issue is critical and must be urgently addressed by the coaching staff. Again, it comes down to the meticulousness of the scouting process. The coaching and technical staff must deliberately seek out players at home or abroad with the specific skill set that team so desperately needs. If returning to the common hunting ground in England fails to deliver the quality needed, then the conscious decision must be made to groom and develop some midfielders. Failing to do this will see our defenders and goalkeeper continuing to come under severe and inordinate pressure, while our forwards will continue to be starved of adequate and competent service For too long, Jamaican scouting locally and overseas has been bereft of strategic specificity. We’ve had a midfield creativity crisis ever since the retirement of Whitmore himself, and with the midfield being the fulcrum of every football team, ignoring this particular crisis will ultimately lead to the team’s demise. Another major disappointment coming out of the USA game was the limited minutes afforded to the young strike force of Shamar Nicholson and Jourdaine Fletcher. From my count, Nicholson and Fletcher got a combined two touches in the less than 10 minutes they were on the park. Again, Whitmore missed a trick and should have given these two rising stars more playing time in what was a meaningless friendly fixture against a below-strength USA team. All in all, coach Whitmore has a platform from which to launch. One can only hope that he sticks with the core of these players, and stop being such a coward going forward, in terms of giving more of the younger players meaningful playing time. The aim going forward must remain finding that elusive balance in our team composition. The USA game and the upcoming fixture against Honduras should help Whitmore and his technical team in the making of some crucial selection decisions. It would also be great if somewhere along the way, a game or two could be played inside the National Stadium. But maybe that’s asking for too much. As the process continues, there are definitely some encouraging signs, but there is still a lot of work to be done.