The football market in England is closed, the teams have finished strengthening the playing staff and they will have to work with what they have until January. The most active and generous among them was Arsenal, they spent more on reinforcements than all other teams from England, moreover, more than ever before in the club's history for one transfer window.
However, Arsenal's fans are not satisfied, because, despite the 165,000,000 euros invested, the fans don't feel that the team is of better quality than last season, which is what the results show, so the sports director of the club Edu had to explain some things to the London club's supporters.
In an interview with Sky Sport, the Brazilian, aware of the dissatisfaction that reigns among the fans, tried to justify the moves in the transfer period. "Yes, I understand them, because first of all - they didn't see the whole team in action.
That's one of the reasons, but I think we should look at the broader context instead of just looking at the money around it." "We signed six players under 23, which means a lot in terms of planning. Usually, people only look at one transfer period, so I have to say it's a bigger picture because we started planning this team last year in terms of consolidating it, to get the best possible basis, "Edu said.
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In previous years, Arsenal has increasingly relied on young players, especially those who emerged in his youth school, which is obviously the path the club intends to take in the coming period.
"If you remember, in this period last year we renewed the contracts with Saka and Gabriel Martinelli with the intention of getting such a base in the team." "In one year we signed ten players, seven of whom are under 23.
We renewed the cooperation with seven players only in the first team. Five of the seven are under the age of 23. " Edu then looked at all six newcomers, in particular, Ben White, Albert Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Aaron Ramsdale, and Nuno Tavares, and the reasons why the sports sector opted for them.
"You see the strategy; I can give you a reason for every name. Aaron Ramsdale, for example, is a very good player and has the potential to be a big part of the team in the future." "We already have a player who can play in that position.
But we have to bring in someone to help him in the future.Then, we brought Tomiyasu at right back." "He is one of the players who can play right away because we loaned Hector Bellerin to make room for him."
"That's the plan, but of course it's up to Mikel Arteta whether he will play or not. On the other hand, Nuno Tavares. We have Kieran Tierney to play in that position, but we needed someone to cover him. "