Arsenal chief Edu supported over transfer policy with Arsene Wenger comparison

Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal fans ahead of north London derby

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Arsenal technical director Edu’s transfer policy has been backed by his former Gunners team-mate Gilberto Silva – with the Brazilian comparing the approach to that of legendary former boss Arsene Wenger. The deals done by Edu and boss Mikel Arteta have been scrutinised this summer.

Arsenal’s spending spree saw them splash out £145million on six new recruits – making them the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer.

But question marks had been raised over the new arrival’s ability to improve the first team squad immediately.

In Edu and Arteta’s defence, the majority have now impressed and quashed those doubts after breaking into Arteta’s squad following the most recent international break.

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And Gilberto, who was part of the Arsenal team that clinched the Premier League title in Tottenham’s own backyard back in 2004, has compared the Gunners’ current approach to that of his former boss Wenger – who is widely recognised as the club’s greatest ever manager and put an extra emphasis on building for the future by blooding young players.

“I think the hardest thing nowadays is to find the right balance to reinforce your squad,” Gilberto told Goal.

“You can bring in the best player in the world and spend a lot of money, but what about the other positions? Not only for the moment, but for the future.

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“If you look back at our time with Arsene, he always recruited younger players because at that time he had a squad that gave him this opportunity because he had a foundation.

“What I see now is they are recruiting players for the future as well. Not only for the moment. They need results of course, but they are thinking medium to long term.

“Of course it is important to worry about what we need to do now to keep going and to get the best results, but there are no guarantees.

“Even if they change their policy and bring in two or three top players. What guarantee is there of results? You never know.”

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After a dismal start to the season, Arteta has steadied the ship in recent weeks and the Gunners arguably head into Sunday’s north London derby in better shape than their rivals – a scenario which would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago.

The Spaniard will know that a big result at the Emirates on Sunday can help Arsenal kick start their season.

And Gilberto is confident that Arteta’s rejuvenated side can get the job done.

“This is a very important game for the club, for the players and for the fans,” Gilberto added.

“It’s important for the players and for Arteta to keep the momentum.

“To win the derby is always important for the confidence of the players. It’s tough to have a start like Arsenal have had this season. But they are recovering step by step.

“And this is the kind of game that can give you a boost to go further. Everyone has to be motivated to deliver their best and to give everything to win the game.

“Let’s see. I’m positive they can keep the good momentum.”

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