Edu to gain Arsenal transfer advantage over Premier League rivals after latest FIFA agent proposals – Tom Canton


Arsenal have seen a shift in their transfer policy over the period since Arsene Wenger left the club. The Gunners have seen a period of see-sawing from a scout and data-driven approach to an agent-involved system before returning recently to data and scouting.

Wenger’s use of analytics and data was revolutionary but eventually, clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United not only used their own data and scouting techniques to acquire top talent but got themselves heavily into the agents game to recruit the world’s best. This left Arsenal playing catch-up.

Young stars were quickly becoming involved with the large roster of super-agents and representation companies as they too used data to find the best and most lucrative clients.

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With Wenger gone and Raul Sanhelli becoming head of football, the former Barcelona executive’s list of contacts saw the club sign players like Nicolas Pepe with the help of big agents such as Jorge Mendes.

Kia Joorabchian was involved in moves for Willian, Cedric Soares and David Luiz. The trio has faced criticism for performances, in particular the former Chelsea duo.

The Times has revealed plans for FIFA to try and ban dual representation for all deals involving players earning over £145,457 per week. This means that the agent or intermediary cannot represent more than one party. Be it the player or the buying or selling club.

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Whether this will have an impact on how Arsenal deal with transfers presently looks unlikely.

Arsenal have since moved away from the agent-heavy involvement with the departure of Sanhelli. Their signings of the summer focused on technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta relying more so on data and judgment.

Edu himself has spoken in opposition to the idea that the club uses agents to identify players calling it a ‘crazy’ accusation.

Kia Joorabchian has been involved with numerous Arsenal transfers in recent seasons but has seen his association diminish in the last window.
Kia Joorabchian has been involved with numerous Arsenal transfers in recent seasons but has seen his association diminish in the last window.

“We don’t select players based on the identity of their agent. We select players based on the position we need to strengthen and the characteristics we are looking for in a player and if the player is out there who meets those characteristics.

“Who the agent is comes out at the end, once we have decided who the player is. We are not signing players based on the identity of the agent. That would be a crazy strategy.”

Arsenal have also tried to keep the wages of new signings within a manageable bracket after work to move on big earners such as Mesut Ozil and Sokratis. Sead Kolasinac’s future is also seen to be very much away from the club in addition to Alexandre Lacazette, both of whom earn a six-figure weekly wage.

However, agents are a part of the fabric of the sport, especially during the transfer window. Whether Arsenal will be heavily affected by FIFA’s new proposals remains to be seen.

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