Edu defends Arsenal’s summer transfer window after £156m spending spree to help Mikel Arteta – Football.London

Arsenal’s technical director Edu has defended his position over the club’s £150million-plus spending spree in the recently-concluded summer transfer window.

The Gunners, who have suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 67 years, made six new signings over the summer, but the business conducted by the north London club has been widely criticised, with Edu ‘s role at the club coming under the spotlight.

However, the former Arsenal star has defended his actions and explained in detail the decisions he made over the course of the latest transfer window.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports on Saturday morning, the Brazilian was asked about the Arsenal fans being ‘underwhelmed’, and replied: “Yes, I understand the reason because firstly, they have not seen the team playing together yet.

“That’s one of the reasons but I think we have to see the wider context than just to see the money around it.

“We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning.

“Normally, people like to see just one window, so I have to say it is the bigger picture because we started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.

“If you remember, in that period we renewed Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli a year ago with the intention to get that kind of base in the team.



Edu has defended Arsenal's summer transfer business
Edu has defended Arsenal’s summer transfer business

“In a one-year period we signed 10 players and seven of the 10 are under 23.

“We renewed seven players in this period as well, just in the first team. Five of the seven are under 23 as well.

“Why did we do that? Because we have a reason to try again to create a good foundation and then, one day, maybe we are going to sign one or two players only.

“But after that, it’s impossible to sign one or two players only because we have a lot to do.

“We have to balance the squad better. We have to recruit the players with the right characteristics and the right profile to make the squad better, more solid and much more consistent because last season we suffered with consistency.

“Now, I want to give Mikel Arteta and the board a much better squad.”

Arsenal signed Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu over the summer transfer window, with Edu looking for a drastic improvement from the Gunners’ fortunes last season.

But it has got off to the worst possible start, with the north Londoners rock-bottom of the Premier League table after the opening three matches, where they have been beaten in each game, and have a -9 goal difference next to their name.

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