It’s always difficult to examine a club’s transfer window when it’s just ended and that’s especially true in the summer, predominantly because we haven’t seen what’s happened throughout the first half of the season yet. There are still plenty of questions left to be answered in many different directions and while it may seem hard, reserving judgement is often the best way to go.
Alas, for those who wanted some answers earlier than that, Arsenal technical director Edu has obliged in the following interview with Arsenal.com.
“I think you have to see the bigger picture,” our technical director told Arsenal Media. “I know people want to understand a little bit more about this transfer window, which is quite clear for me the direction you go.
“We signed six players, all the six are under the age of 23 so that is the direction you go to try to consolidate the direction of the squad, to try to give to the squad more balance and more future as well. But what I would like people to understand is the big picture, because if you see a year ago we started to make some decisions in this direction so we renewed Bukayo Saka, and renewed Martinelli in this period as well just to give them some direction in the way you try to go.
“Just to give you some context, we renewed – in one year – five sets of contracts, and five of them are under the age of 23 for the first team. Then, in this period, summer to summer, we signed 10 players and seven out of the 10 are under 23 as well.
“So what I would like to explain is that is is not about this summer, it is about the project. It is about what we want to do. We have started the project, we are in the middle, so it is not just one window and go, it is window, window, window, window.
“We have to consider every single step, now is another one, I think in this one we consolidated a big step, I am really pleased because the players we signed are what we are looking for, so I see, and Mikel [sees] a much more balanced squad in terms of age, profile and in terms of some players who can get a lot of responsibility like Thomas, Granit, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
“We see the balance in the squad is much better, but again this is not the end. People have to understand we are still on the journey to go where this club deserves to be.”
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