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How Edu has been using transfer windows to solve dressing room problems killing Arsenal

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It is now clear that Arsenal technical director Edu has been using transfer windows to solve issues that have been affecting the club’s dressing room and also affecting on the pitch.

This could be the reason why Arsenal’s transfer activities from the last summer window has been hailed because it has continued to put the club in better shape.

Speaking back in July, Edu told Sky Sports: “If a guy is performing and has a big salary, that’s not a problem. When the player is 26-plus, big salary and he’s not performing, he’s killing you. You don’t have a valuation to sell the player, the player is comfortable — Arsenal, London, beautiful, everything is fantastic — and a good salary.

“How many players with that kind of characteristics did we have in the past? 80 per cent of the squad. Try to avoid one more year with the problem in the dressing room. Take it out. Even if you have to pay because that guy is sometimes blocking someone.”

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This could be the reason why Edu insisted that Nicolas Pepe should leave despite the player unwittingly begging for more time with a “focused and determined” post on his social media handle.

Recall that big names in the team have also had to leave, starting from Mesut Ozil to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, then later Alexandre Lacazette. Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also join this list before the end of this summer transfer window.

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How Arsenal player played role in Chelsea signing this goalkeeper

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Chelsea’s new summer signing, Gabriel Slonina was at a point dip in form and would have been left at a spot, unseen by Chelsea but for the help of Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner, who gave him some advice.

The Blues signed nine players in the summer transfer window and Slonina, a goalkeeper is one of them. He has however, decided to give some credit to the Gunners summer signing for making him make the move to Chelsea.

He joined the Blues from Chicago Fire, where he returned on loan to complete their season before moving to Stamford Bridge at the start of 2023.

“He [Turner] just told me that even when he was young, he made a lot of mistakes. And I am going to make mistakes young in my career and they are going to be highlighted because a lot of the time, it’s sad to say, but a lot of people look for mistakes to have something to talk about,” Slonina told The Call-Up, an in-house podcast from the MLS.

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“He just told me to keep going and trust in the path, keep working every single day and you will find that form again. He was a big help.”

Turner also joined Arsenal from the USA and has had his debut in the Europa League.

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Fabrizio Romano further opens up on Arsenal, Chelsea’s failed move for Richarlison

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Fabrizio Romano has further opened up on Richarlison’s move to Tottenham this summer, despite reported interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.

Arsenal and Chelsea were believed to be linked with the signature of the forward when he was with Everton but failed.

Writing in his column for CaughtOffside this week, Fabrizio Romano has tried to clear up any talk of a move to Chelsea, or even Arsenal.

“Chelsea made a bid for Richarlison during the night before his medical tests with Tottenham (made in Brazil); Richarlison had already an agreement with Spurs and same on clubs side, but Chelsea wanted to hijack the deal,” Romano said.

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This was confirmed by the player in an interview with FourFourTwo, saying: “I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer.

“I was happy, because they are a huge team. Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately everything went well. Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision.”

When asked about the interest from London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, he added: “I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that.

“Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest. I signed the contract during my holiday in the Pantanal [a remote region of Brazil].”

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Wilfried Zaha again, speaks on love for Emirates Stadium amidst link to Arsenal

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has again, fueled speculations of a move to Arsenal when he said on Twitter that he likes playing at Gunners’ home ground, the Emirates Stadium.

CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs said on the EGTV YouTube channel in August that Zaha was on the radar of Arsenal in the summer transfer window while he was strongly linked when Unai Emery was in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Recall that in May 2020, former Arsenal head coach Unai Emery told The Guardian that he wanted to sign Zaha in the summer of 2019, but the Gunners decided to bring in Nicolas Pepe from Lille instead.

The 29-year-old, who is out of contract at the Eagles at the end of the season also confessed being close to joining Arsenal and a move in the future will cannot be ruled out.

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Speaking on Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game Podcast, Zaha revealed his talks with Emery were ‘straightforward’.

“I had a conversation with the manager. [Unai] Emery was just like, ‘We don’t really need to go through much.

“He said he’d seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that.

“He was like, “Yeah we’d love to have you” and I was just like, “Yeah I’d love to come.

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“The conversation was rather straightforward because I played against him when he was manager of Arsenal.

“He saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.

“Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose and they chose Pepe over me.”

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Revealed! How Arsenal failed to land Real Madrid hero under Arsene Wenger

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Latest report has revealed that Real Madrid star Federico Valverde almost joined Arsenal at a younger age but failed to take on the opportunity.

It would have been a different story line for the midfielder who has evolved into one of Europe’s best.

Federico Valverde made history with Real Madrid by lifting the Champions League trophy back in May – but the Uruguayan playmaker’s career wouldn’t have gone that direction if Arsenal had succeeded.

He was heavily linked to Arsenal at a very young age but according to AS, Valverde was recommended to Arsenal’s legendary former boss, Arsene Wenger by his scout Francis Cagigao.

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The midfielder and his agent reportedly travelled to London in December 2014 after the Gunners had reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with prodigious talent.

There were also suggestions at the time that Valverde had trained with the Arsenal first team after being shown around the club’s London Colney training base until the North Londoners decided against the move for reasons that were not stated.

Arsenal were understood to have rekindled their interest after Valverde scored seven goals for Uruguay in the South American U17 Championship but Real Madrid, who swooped in to sign him from Penarol for just €5million (£4.45m) were already in.

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Pundit mentions Zinchenko, Odegaard in “huge” claim ahead of Tottenham clash

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Kevin Campbell has claimed that it would be “huge” for Arsenal to have Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko fit and available for the North London derby.

Both Odegaard and Zinchenko missed the 3-0 win at Brentford due of injury and were replaced by Fabio Vieira and Kieran Tierney.

Although, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Gunners and Everton striker said Mikel Arteta would have no problem sticking with the XI that beat Brentford if not though.

When asked by Football Insider how important Odegaard’s return could be against Spurs on Saturday, Campbell said: “It would be huge, it really would be huge.

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“We want every player fit. You want a big squad to choose from.

“The good thing is, the deputies performed against Brentford. It was a dominant display at a very difficult ground.

“If Odegaard and Zinchenko are not quite ready the manager will just stick with the XI that won at Brentford. If they are fit, they will come back in for Vieira and Tierney.

“You do not have to take that risk though. There may only be one change. If they are not fully fit you can leave them on the bench.”

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A win for the Gunners will further enhance their bid for the EPL title and top-four finish.

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Kevin Campbell tackles Wenger as he makes another bold claim

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Kevin Campbell has tackled Arsene Wenger for saying Arsenal stand the chance of winning the EPL while he noted that they can not achieve this great without beating their rivals this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said Mikel Arteta’s side have to win “big games” before they can be considered title challengers.

Arsenal sit top of the Premier League table after their first seven fixtures and they have already lost to Man United with a London derby game against Tottenham expected.

When asked by Football Insider if he agreed with Wenger, Campbell said: “There are certain hurdles that Arsenal have to get over.

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“The North London derby is one of them. It is first against third so it is a big game.

“Liverpool are coming up as well. There is still City away and City at home. These are games that need to be won if you want to challenge for the title. If we win those games the team deserves to be talked about as title contenders.

“There is so many big games for this Arsenal team to overcome. They have to get through them. Some of the games are going to go ok and other aren’t.

“If you can beat your rivals, you have a good chance of challenging for the title. You have to win those games though.”

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Aubameyang makes emotional claim about his career with subtle dig at Arsenal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has sent a subtle message to Arsenal in an emotional claim about the downs in his career as a player.

The Gabon striker left the Emirates Stadium to Barcelona in January after falling out with Mikel Arteta and was stripped of the captaincy following a breach of discipline.

The striker was in Spain for less than eight months though after completing a deadline day transfer back to London and he is yet to score for his new club but has only played two matches – both in the Champions League – since joining on September 1.

He has also seen a new manager come in as Graham Potter replaced Tuchel just one week after Aubameyang’s transfer had been completed.

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Aubameyang, speaking of some of the toughest times during his career, said: “I’ve been through a lot of bad moments, not injuries.” Reading between the lines Aubameyang may well be describing the end of his Arsenal career, which is not a highlight of his.

He added: “I was okay but at the beginning of my career everyone was talking about me as a sprinter only, this hurts sometimes because you know where you’ve come from, you know you went through a lot of stuff and you always try your best and some people, even from your club say you’re not good at playing football.”

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This EPL star now in Edu’s plans as January transfer window approaches

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Leandro Trossard’s impressive performances for Brighton has made him a target for Arsenal and Edu as he is now being considered ahead of the summer transfer window.

More to scoring two goal and providing six assists in the Premier League this season, Belgium international has been in superb form for the his side this season, to have been attracted to a number of clubs

Brighton paid £15m for his services in 2019 but he has made a big confession about where he would love to play if the opportunity throws itself at him and that gives the Gunners an edge in his chase.

Speaking to Het Niuewsblad while on international duty with Belgium, the 27-year-old revealed that he would “want to go” if the opportunity to leave Brighton for a bigger side came about.

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Trossard said: “I have evolved tremendously. I now know how the Premier League works. I’ve grown tremendously in that. Confidence, mentally, physically. I have become better. Our coach did leave for Chelsea now but speculations about me following him make no sense.

“If the opportunity arises, I want to go, but I want to play and not sit on the bench.”

Now that Brighton has a new manager, it is a turning point for the club that could mean the manager not having a great grip of the team to be able to stop the Arsenal target with the right fee.

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