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We’ll start with Arsenal, who enjoyed a dramatic late victory away to Luton Town last night, and who have also been winning off the pitch as their sporting director Edu was recognised with an award for the best director at the Golden Boy ceremony.
Edu’s award is absolutely deserved, in my opinion. He’s probably underrated but he’s done an excellent job at Arsenal. Extending contracts of top players like Saka, Saliba, Martinelli, Odegaard and many others; signing super stars like Declan Rice with perfect strategy; players love him and the daily contact at the ground.
Also, he protected Arteta in difficult moments at the beginning. Arsenal are a fantastic football club now after a difficult few years at the end of the Arsene Wenger era. It’s now a wonderful project and Edu deserves a good part of the credit for that.
Staying with Arsenal, I’ve also had some fans asking me about links with Kenan Yildiz – this very talented youngster at Juventus has at least ten top clubs from around Europe following him, but it’s just scouting, nothing else. He only signed a new deal with Juve around six weeks ago, so there are no talks or negotiations, nothing happening for January. He’s happy at Juventus, so I wouldn’t pay too much attention to links with Arsenal or any other clubs right now.
It’s a negative moment for Marcus Rashford, but we can’t forget what he did last season at Manchester United. His feeling with Erik ten Hag has always been excellent, so I think it’s just a very negative moment, but it’s not just because of Rashford. We know it’s been a complicated beginning of the season in general for Manchester United, also for other players.
So he needs some time, but people in the coaching staff are still backing him, trusting him, and he’s still convinced of the decision he made months ago to sign a deal at Manchester United. I don’t think there is going…