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Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham insists the club are not signing players based on who their agent is claiming it would be a crazy strategy.

With his clients David Luiz, Cedric Soares and Willian moving to the Emirates Stadium in the last year, there have been some claims that Kia Joorabchian is now exerting too much influence over Arsenals transfer dealings.

There were some suggestions he also became part of the Gabriel Magalhaes transfer as the Brazil youth international defender joined from Lille last month.

But Venkatesham, whose promotion from managing director to chief executive was announced by the club on Thursday, strongly denied any hint that the identity of a players agent was a deciding factor in the recruitment process.

I see, read and absorb a lot of what is being said about how we work with agents, he said.

We dont 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.

Arsenals approach to recruitment did change over the summer, however, as former head of football Raul Sanllehi departed along with a number of scouts who had been employed by the club for some time.

Those exits were not part of the decision to make redundancies with 55 people losing their jobs but instead an overhaul of the model that had previously been in place.

Edu explains Arsenal overhaul

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Asked to explain the change, technical director and former Arsenal midfielder Edu replied: It is simple for me.

With my position here I want to put in place one clear process how we are going to sign, who gets the responsibilities, where we start to understand where we need the player, the position we need, the characteristics we need. That has to be very clear internally right now.

The decision we made, to change a little bit our infrastructure, it is clear for me. I want to work with less people. I want to work with (analytics firm) StatDNA a lot more, which we have internally here at the club and is very important.

I dont want individual people working in one area or for one country. I want a group working together. Less people with much more responsibilities.

With the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic at the heart of the recent job cuts, Arsenal like all other clubs are not immune to the issues that come with operating a business in the current Covid climate.

Arsenal can afford to miss Champions League again

But Venkatesham believes Arsenal can still cope if they once again fail to qualify for the Champions League this season as they prepare to embark on a fourth campaign in the Europa League.

I would say we can afford to miss out, he said.

If you miss out on European qualification you have to cut your cloth accordingly. So yes, we can afford to miss out.

But if we want to achieve what we need to achieve going back to the ambitions point then we need to get back to being a Champions League club.

Yes, it is important economically. But it is also what the fans want. They want us playing on a Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Tighter financial restraints also means that recruitment and wage structure require greater attention with the PA news agency understanding that the announcement of a new contract for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is imminent.

But one player who has polarised opinions of late and recently defended his decision not to join the majority of his team-mates in taking a pay cut in an attempt to reduce job losses across the business is Mesut Ozil.

The highest-paid player in Arsenals history has not played a competitive game for the club since March but, with Ozil insisting he will stay put, Edu admits it is a situation that will not is easily resolved as he explained the continued omission of the playmaker from Mikel Artetas matchday squad.

It isnt a quick one, he said when asked about a resolution to Ozils position.

Players with performance in training, the game, they are going to have opportunities because Mikel already showed that.

We know how important everybody is. I know how important and how big the player is when you mention Mesut but, in the end, we are talking about performance here.

If he is performing well, people are performing well Im sure Mikel is going to select them to be in the squads.

READ MORE: New job title for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal chief salutes Spaniard

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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