Edu explains Arsenal business

04 September 2021 20:51:14 GMTPlus11
Mikel Arteta has a youthful squad at his disposal

Arsenal's technical director Edu has defended the club's transfer strategy and believes the squad is stronger and deeper after this summer's business.

The Gunners are bottom of the Premier League after losing their first three games and they are 8/13 to finish in the top six this season and 10/1 to end up in the bottom half of the table.

I believe we need a squad to be in a good position at the end of the season.


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But Edu, who played for the club under Arsene Wenger between 2001 and 2005, believes there is no reason to panic and says that Mikel Arteta's squad can be competitive in the top flight.

Arsenal started their campaign with a 2-0 defeat at newly-promoted Brentford before losing by the same scoreline at home to Champions League winners Chelsea. They were then thrashed 5-0 by defending champions Manchester City, having had Granit Xhaka sent off in the first half at the Etihad.

The north London club's biggest signing of the summer was Brighton centre-back Ben White, while they also made Martin Odegaard's loan move from Real Madrid permanent.

Aaron Ramsdale, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu also joined this summer and all of the new signings are aged 23 or younger.

Edu explains Gunners approach

In an interview with Sky Sports, Edu explained: "We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning.

"We started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.

"We suffered last year because we lost a lot of players and we didn't really have good back-ups to play games.

"I believe we need a squad to be in a good position at the end of the season, because it is not only about the first XI."

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