Arsenal chief Edu "really happy" with transfer business despite fan anguish

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Edu has insisted he is "really happy" with Arsenal's summer transfer business despite growing discontent among fans.

Mikel Arteta's side are rock bottom of the Premier League after losing their first three games without scoring a goal – including a demoralising 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.

That has led to increasing pressure on the manager, after the Gunners spent nearly £160million on new signings over the summer – more than any other top flight club.

Ben White was the most expensive capture following the centre-back's £50m switch from Brighton, while Arsenal also signed attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard (£34m), goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (£30m) and defender Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.8m).

Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga (£15m) and left-back Nuno Tavares (£8m) completed the six signings – of all whom are aged 23 or under.

And technical director Edu insists the club are on course with a recruitment plan put into place a year ago.

"I am really happy because the plan which we started to execute a year ago, we did," the former Gunners midfielder said in an interview with Sky Sports.

"That's what makes me really happy because all the plans, all the steps, all the processes which we put together we executed.

"I am really pleased because it is not easy."

After it was put to Edu that fans were "underwhelmed" with Arsenal's summer signings, the former Invincibles star said: "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."

Edu pointed out that young players such as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli had signed new deals a year ago as the club looked to give Arteta's squad "a good foundation" for the future.

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The manager will hope his new signings begin to gel with the rest of the squad as Arsenal target games against Norwich, Burnley and AFC Wimbledon to get their season back on track, before Tottenham visit the Emirates later this month.

But former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has warned Arteta he could face the sack by new year if results don't improve quickly – believing fans "have made up their mind".

"I don’t think the crowd want him to stay," Nicholas told the Where’s Jeff podcast. "I think he’s got the right philosophy but if you don’t have the personnel…

"I think the fans already want him out. I think they will give him until Christmas but I think the fans have made up their mind."

  • Premier League
  • Arsenal FC
  • Mikel Arteta

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