Report: Edu to turn down Arsenal return

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According to reports coming out of Brazil, it’s looking very unlikely that Edu will join Arsenal’s football operations team.

It’s understood that Raul Sanllehi recently approached the 40-year-old about filling a Technical Director position at the Emirates but the ex-Gunner will turn down the offer in favour of seeing out the final three years of his contract as Technical Coordinator of the Brazil national team.

Edu’s loyalty to Tite – the Brazil national team coach – coupled with the fact his current role is held in high esteem are listed by Extra Online as the key factors in his decision.

When you consider he’s been working with Tite for the best part of a decade, starting as a player at Corinthians, and is now his de facto right-hand man at the world’s most decorated national team, it makes sense that he might not find the prospect of a return to England that appealing. Especially right now.

While it’s hard to know for sure, Arsenal’s apparent eagerness to make further structural changes behind the scenes appears to have irked head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Previously tipped to take on any Technical Director position himself, it now sounds as though he’ll be leaving the club after less than 18 months. 

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Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

Do we have our arsenal back yet?

DGooner
DGooner

Soap Opera is in full swing

Gee
Gee

Apparently came back the first day Emrey won a official match. They have never seen a midfield of hughes, parlor, morrow merson. (And that was a decent midfield back then), Campbell, Wright up top. Hoof to Campbell, click on to Wright goal, shut up shop. Them were the days.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

#EduOut

KingKong14
KingKong14

Is this a good source?

NairobiCannon
NairobiCannon

Yes. Goes really well with fries.

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

I’m an actually happy he turned Arsenal down. I hope Raul has a change of heart and keeps Sven.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

This power vacuum Raul has taken is such a problem.
Under the old regime, it’s arguable Sven was more powerful than Raul; he was picked first by Ivan, he was clearly key to Ivan’s vision of analytical recruitment and thus would have a greater say than Raul, who was effectively brought in to close Sven’s findings.

This change has completely flipped the order of things. The truth is, Raul should never have been the one deciding Sven’s fate.

Irrational Gunner

Yes to the last paragraph. Where is KSE in this dust-up? This isn’t a tif between underlings. Even more significant with Edu not in the picture, so it seems.

Pooner
Pooner

Another rumour that’s much edu about nothing

Reality check
Reality check

Edu not think he is coming..

Richie

We don’t need no education…

Mpls
Mpls

So we move forward without further Edu.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I can see why Edu is wanted at Arsenal. He can make sure we sign young brazilian talents.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

No offence, but the world is a big place.
Raul’s biggest signing for Barca was Neymer, a deal shrouded in corruption and led to his demise. Was also extremely expensive.

Meanwhile, Sven has found the likes of; Auba, Sahin, Gundogan, Kagawa, Mkhi, Hummels, Dembele and Lewandowski, and for us recently Torreira, Mavros and Guendouzi.

Between both resume’s, I know who I trust.

clins
clins

exactly. result is what matters ultimately. as opposed to now where our transsfer targets (suarez and banega) look like the one chosen by either of emery or sanllehi. the players we acquired at the start of the season were of sven misliniyats picks. and most if them were successfull, sokratis shored up the defence and torreira and guendouzi was excellent signings. leno is yet to be convinced and only lichsteiner has proven to be a dud but that was a freaking free transfer

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Agreed. I was always sceptical of how good at the job one would need to be as director of football at Barcelona, especially as they have spent a lot of money on some absolute crap over the last 10 years (a few of them from us). Dmytro Chygrynskiy, anyone?

Even recently, the fees paid for Dembele and Countinho are terrible value for money (regardless of how good either player is). Granted Raul had nothing to do with these, but just an illustration that they don’t unearth any hidden gems (the only players they get for cheap are ones that come through their academy).

Also, I know this shouldn’t be relevant, but Raul looks like a slimey suit, whereas Sven looks like a normal bloke, so I’m inclined to side one way.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Who would never get work permits.

Richie

Is this work permit obstacle still a thing in 2019? Watford signed Richarlison before he had won a cap for Brazil.

Corona X
Corona X

Richie – there’s a thing called Brexit… So it’s gonna be more relevant than ever!

NairobiCannon
NairobiCannon

Safe to dEDUce he is not coming.

Kunlewoye
Kunlewoye

Won’t be handing it to you, mate….to the cloakroom!

Richie

He’s just been made rEDUndant!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

GOOD. Hope they give the role to Sven if that’s what’s driving him out.

Mpls
Mpls

My guess is that bridge is burned.

Arseman
Arseman

I’m not sure if I should be laughing or crying right now. We are really just fucking ourselves but not to orgasm, we are just taking a stick and poking ourselves in the arse looking to find some kind of joy but all we get is shit pouring out.

David
David

This got me rotfl

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

And blood…

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

losing our recruitment guy is like putting a stick in our butt?

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Hahahaha. Bro, take it easy.

ricky rick
ricky rick

You know that meme where a dog is in room on fire saying, ‘this is fine.’ That’s us.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Anyone know what anyone is doing anywhere

Mpls
Mpls

I’m staring at a monitor.
Not the reptile kind.

laudgunner
laudgunner

Sven Mislintat is the ANSWER, just work with him Emery. It will take time, but we need a strong foundation.

Arsexual
Arsexual

Emery isn’t the one who Mislintat has the problem with though. That’s Sanllehi according to pretty much everything I’ve read on the situation.

Lettra
Lettra

Good on you Edu.

Lonestar Gunner
Lonestar Gunner

IF this rumor is true we appear to have lost two Technical Directors for the price of one.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Price of none, if/when Sven leaves.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Without further ado, Edu.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I love the Arsenal, but in the last year have become more dis-associated with the club. To be honest, I’m losing interest in professional football as a whole. I only now watch cup games where some of the kids may feature and even that interest is slowly whittling away. I remember only a few years ago I would religiously watch the U18s, the women, everyone. I’d plan holidays around Arsenal. That’s all changed now.

It’s hard to watch ‘big’ away games when you know you are going to get smashed 5-0. It’s hard to get excited about mid-table. It’s hard to be positive when the club is wholly owned by an American who couldn’t care a jot about the fans. It’s difficult to get behind a club with no clear direction. It’s hard to love attending home games when for the most part the atmosphere is whiney and sometimes downright toxic. We don’t even try to play attractive football any more.

Two things have given me some small semblance of hope and enjoyment are the young players coming through, and Sven digging up some unknown gems. With Sven now leaving, even this side of things looks to be evaporating. Some fans will tell me to do one, and that’s fine, but I simply find it easier to keep my distance away from something which is no fun any more. Especially when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

Sorry to sound like debbie downer, but it’s just how I feel.

oliphaunt
oliphaunt

I’ve wanted to post something similar for quite a while, so thank you for doing this. One thing I’d like to add. One of the main things I liked about Arsenal was the “likeability” of the team, including and especially the manager (Arsene). Now I feel so disassociated with the players, coach and look at other teams (even chelsea, tottenham), that I feel more a connection to their players/behaviour than to ours… It makes it very hard to support them properly.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

It’s all about the brand.
Even in our worst years, we had a “brand” that was associated with 3 things;
1. Attractive football
2. Giving youth a chance
3. Having a sense of being open, friendly, a family club that treated everyone well.
Apparently it was this that kept us going during the lack of winning. Sponsorships who wanted to associate with such a brand made us unique.

We’ve lost all of that now, and unlike United, we’ve lost it without a hope of winning the league, so we can’t even depend on that like they do.

We’re on the way to just being an Everton. Sven was at least going to help us gain back 2.

karl
karl

There is a lot of frustration i being an Arsenal supporter now and much of the downside of the modern game has to do with money. Whether that is down to players lacking real motivation, or foreign ownership treating the team as a business, it all adds up.

I just look to the times when I was at school supporting the team and it was quite bland at times with few exciting players. You have to remember we have been blessed in the Premiership era compared to most. The ups don’t add up to as much without the suffering.

Come May, if Liverpool hold on to top spot, it will have been almost 3 decades since they won a league and their fans kept turning up. I can take the disappointment, but just wish foreign owners were not allowed.

My wife bought me Amy Lawrence’s film for Christmas and it is the perfect holiday from this horribly inept version of an Arsenal team in a sickly green kit:-)

I'mLosingHope
I'mLosingHope

Thank you , that is exactly how i feel.

clockenddan
clockenddan

I do feel your pain. I have an 8 year old son (James) who is absolutely crazy about football, and he is the main reason I renew my season tickets every year and try not to miss a home match. He keeps me engaged with the club that I loved as a kid (I’m 43). We watch as many games as we can together on Sky when we are playing away.

It royally pisses me off when I compare where we are now, and when we were winning titles at Old Trafford and the Sh!thole – especially when I look at things through James’ eyes and wonder if he will ever be able to enjoy the Arsenal the way that I used to. But he will always make sure that my bond with the club is strong, and keeps me on a level about it all I guess – every club goes through highs and lows, so hopefully we are at the bottom of the valley and the only way is up.

Jesus, what happened to the feel good factor after 4-2 at home a few weeks back!?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Are….you me?

Sirswoopgooner
Sirswoopgooner

Ever since Wenger left I have felt less and less interested. He was the only manager of arsenal I’d ever known and now with Ramsey leaving its almost a a completely different club to the one I grew up loving. Sad but maybe just my time to move on from football.

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

I completely agree, we are Arsenal by name only now. How sad a situation this is. Kroenka has killed the soul of this great club, he is the devil and we sold our souls to him. There is absolutely no ambition at this club anymore, even Emery is an average manager at best.

Another Sam
Another Sam

I feel the same and my best friend likewise. Generally as well – about football. I watch but am emotionally disengaged. It’s just another corporate product with fans as consumers. I used to love going to matches. I don’t miss it at all now. Last football I enjoyed was the World Cup.

Dfinking
Dfinking

Is Debbie Downer disappointed with the current Arsenal set up too?

Reality check
Reality check

Jeremy
Did you copy-paste this post from last year.. can’t fault a single sentence

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Don’t agree with all this doom and gloom.

We have promising youngsters, and finally a new coach. There is risk but opportunity.

True, Kroenke is a big [email protected] wart on our nose but there’s bugger all we can do about that.

In general I feel much better about the club than I did in the later Wenger years. Emery may or may not prove to be just a stop gap manager. If he is, then we can all get excited about another manager when the time comes. If not, great, he’s performing. This is much better for me than the slow decline and awkwardness of the AW final period.

As for relating more to Spuds or Chelski players than ours? WTF!!!

TdotO
TdotO

things really about to fall apart before they, might i say get better.
no one said, change would be easy.

Bob
Bob

Or helpful.

When you are close to the top, there’s a lot more to fall into that climb up to.

But still, we have our Arsenal back now though, right?

St.macca
St.macca

Remember when people considered us to be one of the best run football clubs in world football, seems a long time ago now.
What a complete and utter shambles we are now.

I'mLosingHope
I'mLosingHope

THANK GOD !!!!! I Hope they give the role to Mislintat , we can’t afford to lose Mislintat , everyone should show their support for Sven on saturday match and let the club know that we want Sven to stay.

NairobiCannon
NairobiCannon

Sometimes I wish arseblog allowed gifs in the comment section because there are no words I can find that fit how laughable we are becoming or how poorly this transition is being managed behind the scenes.

Flub
Flub

Not emerging. A week old this article

WellArsed
WellArsed

I never thought he would leave the seleção. Quite apart from the administrative disarray, the offer from Arsenal is a considerable step down from his current position.

Crowie
Crowie

We are in a total heap. What a fxxxing mess. No leadership from owners and seems like slow, inexorable decline to mediocrity. I used to love Arsenal and football, but as I got older I realised the Club don’t give a shite about its fans, so I really don’t give a shite about the ‘plc’ anymore.
Can’t put into words, but somehow this whole Mislintat thing has finally broken the love I had for Arsenal. Anyway, that’s just how I feel. Best of luck with the blog and podcast etc, I just couldn’t be arsed putting any more time or money into KSE.
My opinion is is no more or less valuable than anyone else’s. Enjoy the agony😀😀

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

I feel the same way, we are helping fund a business that has no ambition other than to make money. Getting destroyed 5 and 6 nil a few times a season has taken its toll. Sven probably came in and assessed the situation and said no thanks, Edu has it seems, done the same. We have become a poisonous club.

Oozil
Oozil

If edu has been approached then goodbye Sven regardless of what edu does. We don’t burn bridges. We torch them and then put the ashes in an urn and burn that as well. Ozil Sven. The Spanish don’t seem to like the Germans. And you would hope that the one German who we would rather let go was mustafi but he seems to be safe. 😂

Oozil
Oozil

I think it’s time we start a petition to make arsene wenger write a book about his time at arsenal.

bendtnerschristmastree
bendtnerschristmastree

So basically, our head of recruitment doesn’t wanna recruit for us anymore because we tried to recruit Edu, who doesn’t wanna be recruited. and now our head of recruitment wants to be recruited by bayern to make their recruitment for them.

REKRUUUTT

kas
kas

Where’s Sir Chips when you need him, down his private members club quaffing?

santori
santori

No Sven.

He has been underwhelming thus far.

He has brought in by his own agenda plenty of ex Dortmund players at 30yrs on big contracts. NOT many people tend to understand that this will be at detriment to the club’s wage bill and these players will reduce in value.

He also brought in an unnecessary band aid in Lichsteiner for 90K per week further saddling the wage bill.

Plus instead of getting Mahrez, we lay ourselves open to the dictates of United and raiolla for Mhkitaryan when we already had Ozil and Ramsey.

Worse we did not extend on Ramsey then which we could have instead Mslintat and Sanheli (not Gazidis) panicked and over extended on Ozil.

You must be dreaming if you think Mslintat has done good for us.

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

“Sven only signs ex-Dortmund players” ✅
“Band aid-Lichtsteiner” ✅
“Should have gotten Mahrez & extended with Ramsey last January” ✅
“United bend us over a barrel” ✅

Yep, it’s another classic santori-post, everyone!

Honestly, what’s your point with these statements? You seem to be constantly fixated on what we should have done a year ago, when that won’t help us at all in the situation we’re in now. And Mahrez isn’t exactly pulling up trees at City, so there’s no guarantee he would have been the magical solution for us.
Lichtsteiner came in on a free, has tons of experience and was by no means meant to be playing as much as he has – even so, it’s his first ever season in English football.. What happened to giving players a chance to settle in?

santori
santori

And just to say Mslintat is no genius (far from it). Even during Dick Law’s time we were signing Santi Carzola (a coup from Malaga considering the price) and Koscielny.

If anything, Wenger was a genius in the market but he conspire to short change himself.

We flattered to deceive not because Wenger was poor in the market but because he was one of the best.

It covered his tactical flaws in the early years but when the league got more competitive with
a flood of oil money, TV money, better foreign managers and more foreign players replacing the early xenophobia, Wenger faced a double crunch in market at top end and from below.

The factor that made a difference than became severely diminished but tactics were hampered by Wenger’s own slave to his philosophy.

Mslintat and Sanheli were brought in to cover the likely loss of Wenger’s market acumen.

Famously Wenger bought low and sold high. And he got player in comparatively young on low wages which meant plenty of upside.

It helped grow the club as we made profit on these players to fund our development. The minimum standard of 19 seasons straight in CL provided consistency that afforded us the loans to build the stadium and move (potentially) to the next level in face of increasing competition and a changing landscape.

Too many people do not appreciate this.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Agree with a lot of that Santori although you have posted this quite a few times over the years eh