Arsenal and Unai Emery going all Brazilian and not just for Edu

It seems that Unai Emery is turning towards Brazil as he attempts to rebuild Arsenal in his image.

We are reportedly on the verge of signing teenager Gabriel Martinelli in a £6 Million deal and have been consistently linked with a move for Ajax forward David Neres and you can now add Sao Paolo winger Antony to that ever-growing list of Brazilians either joining us or that we are interested in.

Yahoo Esportes is claiming that we are one of a number of clubs interested in the 19-year-old and that his agent, Junior Pedrosois, is flying to Europe this week to begin talks with interested parties.

It already made sense that we would want to sign former Gunner Edu as our new technical director and you have to think that his influence in any negotiations with potential Brazilian targets would be a huge advantage for us.

Anthony would reportedly cost us a fee in the region of £21 Million, which may be a little steep for an unproven teenager when our transfer budget is so restricted but we need to start bringing in talented youngsters and put trust in them in the same way our rivals and the likes of Ajax have done, it is not as if our more experienced players have served us well recently.

I personally have no problem with us going all Brazilian, when a club brings in a core of players from a particular nation it can work out well, we did it previously with French and Dutch players, AC Milan famously did it with their Dutch contingent and so have Barcelona.

Whether this one happens or not is open to question but I do like the direction that Emery and the club appear to be taking.


  1. gotanidea says:

    Gotta examine him thoroughly, because Brazilians are talented but some of them cannot adapt to European football. Surely some fans still remember Andre Santos, Kleberson, Wellington Silva and Denilson

    Gabriel Jesus was regarded as a huge talent, but he still cannot bench Aguero and Sterling at City. Coutinho, Malcom and Arthur are also still struggling at Barcelona

    1. GunneRay says:

      LOL, so true gotanidea!!

      Our best Brazilian was Gilberto by a mile. Brazilians can be the best in the world. Some the worst but never many in the middle!

  2. stubill says:

    Not particularly excited about Edu to be honest.

    The only Brazilians we’ll be able to sign are full internationals, or those who’ve been playing in Europe for at least two years. This is because of work permits being issued to only those type of players.

    So the question is, what knowledge of the European market does Edu have, and what influence would he have over them.

    It’s all very well having the romantic vision of an invincible coming home, but I’m taking a more pragmatic view of it

    I’m not putting him down, but to suggest he has Arsenal DNA running though him after 4 years and 79 appearances is over cooking it somewhat in my opinion.

    1. stubill says:

      I should have said, with our budget, we can’t afford many, if any full internationals, only players that haven’t come to the worlds attention yet, and these are the one who won’t get work permits.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        I think the article may have a point, I think it’s so we can entice players from out his way. Raul has a good rapport with people out that way, Europe has many fixers in the transfer market and Raul knows a lot of them, hopefully, himself and Edu will find us some good players. I think if you asked the fans beforehand, they would say that Sven is the better choice. I did expect us to have a wider net, though, but not many names seemed to be in the hat.

  3. Goonster says:

    This is what I have been asking for.
    Lets go for fresh not so big name players that cab balance the team.
    Tired of my club buying overrated so called big name players that have massive flaws.
    We have bought so called big name players that are either being shown the door at the other Top clubs (Ozil, Sanchez, Mkhi etc) or we were buying nearly big name players that other Top club seem to no be interested in (Auba and Laca) even i rate Laca so highly for his overall style.

  4. S says:

    Work permit rules will say No to any potential signings. But apparently if they’re called up to youth national teams then we might be allowed to play them in club football

    1. stubill says:

      From what I understand, those “special” permits are very few and far between, and are only issued to exceptionally talented players.

      1. Targaryen says:

        That’s quite true. I seem to recall that Richarlison wasn’t a full international by the time he moved to Watford from Fluminense in Brazil. However if he can be classified as exceptional talent, then so should Antony judging from some of his youtube clips on display.

  5. GunneRay says:

    Arsenal are full of foreign players and staff. We need to look closer to home!

    In the last few years we have lost the remainder of our British blood. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and now Aaron Ramsey. Calum Chambers doesn’t get much game time to improve. We don’t need Brazilians!!!!

    This is why I struggle to identify with Arsenal as a club. It’s values have shifted so far off target it’s difficult know what matters any more!?

    1. enagic says:

      Sorry, the guy who owns Arsenal is not British, there is no such a thing in football as British blood either you are good or not Lucas who helped Tottenham goes to European champion final is not British football is football and British is British and nobody dispute that.

    2. enagic says:

      Also if you have problems with that why don’t you tell British Owners not to sell to foreigners??
      you seem to be lost here

  6. Auba torreira of Lagos says:

    sorry to knock out your British cores but men all them players you mentioned up there couldn’t get us much.i personaly do not rate most of them coz they are bang average and veeery inconsistent.If at all we are going for any British talent, I’d love Fraser coz he’s proven himself and he’s not overrated. he also puts in a lot of hard work so could easily come in for kolasinac whenever Emery desires to play with SWBs.i sincerely hope we bring in genuine talents and not some media hyped dude.sanlehi seems to me hell bent on bringing some of his former recruits from Barça & I keep hoping he doesn’t bring dembele & Umtiti. Umtiti bcoz of his injury record and dembele for both injury and his light weight average performances.if at all he can bring Malcom. Looking at Emery I think he likes players with grit and talent at the same time.look at banega, krychiowak, even rakitic. I’m so confident our strikers will blow away our opponents the moment they get quality talents in the midfield and on the flanks

  7. Tony says:

    Edu. Arsenal in all honesty were not the same team when he left.
    The trophies simply dried up and the league title went the same way.
    An absolutely underrated player whose range of passing skills from short, long and being a tick tack man have never been adequately replaced.

  8. GunneRay says:

    Now, back on planet earth..

    I’m not lost. On the contrary, if you look at the teams that have been successful over the years they had a contingency of local youth in the squad.. Arsenal, Man U, Liverpool etc..

    It’s a fact!

    They play for the club, not the money and have pride and passion. Most foreign players play for the £$ and not the badge! They swap teams like football is going out of fashion!!

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