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'Did not go well': Manager claims signing Arsenal players in January was a mistake

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Arsenal’s transfer activity in January deserves a lot of credit. We brought in Martin Odegaard and Maty Ryan, but more importantly, we offloaded a bunch of players who were just surplus to requirements.

Edu released Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi, while sending out William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac out on loan.

Mustafi and Kolasinac ironically ended up at Schalke together, but it looks like they have been a big problem there. The duo reportedly led a player revolt to get their manager Christian Gross sacked, and they succeeded.

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The 66-year-old Swiss coach has come out and had his say about the situation. He was asked about Kolasinac and Mustafi’s involvement in the reported revolt to which he claimed that he would never have brought them in if he knew it would turn out this way.

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He told Blick: “I wouldn’t get the same players again in winter. I would try to have a happier hand with the transfers. They are experienced, these players (Kolasinac and Mustafi). But yes, everything did not go well.

“This report of the revolt, of the uprising or whatever, naturally caused great unrest. I talked to Jochen Schneider (Schalke’s sporting director) on Saturday morning – he told me explicitly that there was no player with him. 

“I also addressed the players directly. That they should come to me directly if they have problems. It can be that you don’t like my face, that you don’t like me. But then you can say it openly, no problem.

“I don’t know (if Kolasinac and Mustafi led the revolt). But there are others who are around the team. But that doesn’t matter anymore.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

Player revolt or not, Schalke are doomed.

The Royal Blues are bottom of the league having won just one game all season. They are nine points away from safety with just 11 games left to play.

It would certainly be one of the most miraculous relegation escapes ever if they manage to save themselves, but it is extremely unlikely at this point.

The problem for Arsenal now is that Kolasinac will return in the summer. Schalke would love to keep him, but there is no way they can afford him if they get relegated. That complicates things for Edu, but he simply has to find a way to sell the Bosnian before the start of next season.

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