Arsecast Extra Episode 368 – 17.08.2020

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

On today’s show we discuss the weekend’s big story: the departure of Raul Sanllehi as head of football. All concerned are trying to play it as amicable, mutual decision, but does that really make any sense given the timing of it, and how closely it’s come to an internal investigation by owners KSE. We chat about the former Head of Football and the work he did at the club, how the spotlight now falls on Technical Director Edu, and we explore his closeness to Sanllehi, the agent led approach and what he needs to deliver. There are also questions about new signing Willian, whether Vinai Venkatesham is the right man to lead the club at executive level, how our recruitment might work now and the big gap that exists within the structure, Willian’s signing and … Read the rest

Stunning statistic shows why Rashford declined in second-half of season

Manchester United fans are probably still licking their wounds following their loss to Sevilla and Marcus Rashford was one of the players who couldn’t save his team.

The talented Englishman faced some criticism from his fans as his form after football resumed has been sketchy, to say the least.

Rashford was United’s saviour in the first half of the season and was arguably their standout performer, putting in talismanic displays match after match from the left-wing.

However, his season was brutally interrupted by a long-term injury and he was not meant to play any part in the remainder of the campaign.

The global health crisis and temporary suspension of the league meant Rashford would be able to recover in time but he has been a little disappointing.

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Scholes makes ridiculous point about Manchester United’s spending as LFC’s rivals crash out

Manchester United spend more money than any other club, bar Manchester City.

That is a fact, too. In the past five seasons, only their local rivals have spent more.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Romelu Lukaku, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Fred, to name but a few, have arrived for monstrous money.

But Paul Scholes thinks the only way forward for his former side is to spend some more!

He made these comments on BT Sport last night as Sevilla knocked United out of the Europa League – and naturally there was an online backlash…

Liverpool finished 33 points ahead of United in the Premier League after spending nothing last summer.

We think United will probably splash plenty of cash once again – but this won’t change the fact Ole-Gunner Solskjaer is th manager, David de Gea the keeper and Maguire the centre-half!

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Valencia crisis deepens as players refuse to accept wage deferral

If the sales of Ferran Torres to Manchester City as well as Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin to Villarreal weren’t a big enough sign that Valencia are once again in crisis, news that players left at the club aren’t being paid is only making a bad situation much worse.

According to Cadena Cope and cited by Football Espana, Valencia’s remaining club captains, Rodrigo Moreno, Jose Luis Gaya and Jaume Costa met with president Anil Murthy to speak about the lack of any form of salary payment since June.

As if that weren’t bad enough, a suggestion that the players accept IOU notes for now, essentially because the payment will be delayed and may not be made at all, hasn’t been received well by the dressing room.

MARCA, cited by Football Espana note the expiry dates of the IOU’s as being September 2021, meaning that it could be up … Read the rest

Did Quique Setién not keep his words?

Before and right after joining Barcelona, Quique Setién shared all sorts of promising words, but he did not walk the walk. What went wrong for Quique at Barça? Is it his fault?


Press conferences are not always positive events. They are all talk, and they often bite the speaker in the behind whenever matches and results don’t go their way. Recently, Arturo Vidal opened his mouth before the Bayern game, saying that Barça is the best team in the world and that the Bavarians shouldn’t be too cocky. His manager, Quique Setién, knows a lot about press conferences. The Cantabrian coach has some history in such pressers.

Before joining Barcelona, Quique Setién was every culés‘ fantasy because of what he said publicly. From Johan Cruyff’s tactics to his boldness, Setién mesmerised a fanbase that watched him in a few games with Lugo, Las Palmas and Real Betis. It happens … Read the rest

Raul Sanllehi’s departure can spark a new era at Arsenal

How do you become the most important executive at a football club like Arsenal? Given the size of the organisation, the scale of the job, and the requirements of it, and the amounts of money involved, you would imagine there is rigorous process to ensure you are the best possible candidate of the many who would be interested in such a position.

But what if you’re lucky, in the right place at the right time? What if there was no rigorous process, and when the previous guy left, he recommended you and the owners just said ‘Ok, sounds good’?

It’s a bit simplistic, but that’s essentially how Raul Sanllehi became the most powerful man at Arsenal. It didn’t happen overnight. Originally brought in by Ivan Gazidis, he was part of what was supposed to be a balanced, coordinated executive trio headed by the former CEO. Sven Mislintat arrived at more … Read the rest

Shaqiri hints at Liverpool stay in new interview: “It’s going to be an exciting season”

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he may stay with the Reds for the upcoming season, after reports linked him with a move away.

The Swiss international joined the reigning Premier League champions from Stoke City in 2018 and has been a very useful squad player since.

Jurgen Klopp surely wouldn’t want to lose a player of Shaq’s quality, and his latest interview with LFC journalist Glenn Price suggests he’s staying.

Everybody is excited to play again and to defend the season we had last season,he told the club’s official website while on training duty in Austria.

It’s very difficult but we try to achieve again a lot of things and we want to win a lot of games. We have the capacity, we have the team who is still hungry and wants to win many titles.

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Video: Chelsea target Reguilon bags fine assist for Sevilla vs Man United as Suso scores

In the 25th minute of Sevilla’s Europa League semi-final tie against Manchester United, the Andalusian outfit were back on level terms after a brilliant counter-attack.

Star full-back Sergio Reguilon showed his marauding style as he was played in behind with a well-worked one-two, the Spaniard then drilled the ball across the box.

United ace Brandon Williams was well out of position, leaving Suso free to slot the ball into the back of the net at the far post to cap off a well-worked move from Sevilla.

According to ESPN, Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign the ace, he’s enjoyed a wonderful campaign whilst out on loan at Sevilla, with the talent valued at around €25m.

Take a look at Sevilla’s equaliser below:

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Messi’s stance is clear: either the board leaves or I’ll leave

Lionel Messi continues to put pressure on the Barcelona board. Reportedly, he has a very clear stance about the crisis at Barcelona: either the board run by president Bartomeu leaves, or Messi himself will leave. The Argentine is dissatisfied with the management, and lack of planning. Not to mention the latest 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich, which marked as Leo’s worst defeat in his career.

The only way Messi changes his mind about leaving the club goes through a new and convincing sporting project. Many journalists believe that the rumors regarding the Argentine leaving his home club is a way to put pressure on Bartomeu.

Even though Messi has communicated that he wants to leave immediately, a senior member within the club reminded that “Lionel Messi has a contract until June 2021, with a release clause of €700m”.

However, when it is about the best player on the planet, anything … Read the rest

Man United and Solskjaer get plans for the summer going with latest deal

Manchester United have announced academy graduate Tahith Chong has joined Werder Bremen on loan for the 2020/21 season.

Chong joined United from Feyenoord in 2016 and has been limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions since being promoted to the first team in 2018.

The winger, 20, signed an improved contract in March, keeping him with the club until the end of the 2022 season.

Negotiations between the two European clubs concluded after a decision was reached over how the player’s wages will be split.

Given the current transfer market, many teams who do not have the same financial power of a club like United will be looking at … Read the rest