Edu ‘under growing pressure’ as ex-Arsenal star lined up

Date published: Wednesday 25th August 2021 11:51 - Will Ford

Arsenal technical director Edu is ‘under growing pressure’ at the club, with former Gunners star Marc Overmars one of the names tipped to replace him.

Questions over Edu’s future coincide with the pressure increasing on manager Mikel Arteta’s shoulders, as the club failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years and have lost the opening two Premier League games of the season.

Arsenal have spent over £300million on players since Edu arrived at the club, but have recouped just £80million in player sales in that time and the Daily Express claim the Brazilian is in danger of losing his job.


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Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi both left on free transfers this summer having been signed for £17.7million and £35million respectively.

Willian is also expected to leave for nothing this week, having been signed last summer in a £220,000-a-week three year deal.

And former record signing Alexandre Lacazette, who cost the Gunners £46.5million in 2017 is also expected to leave for free, next summer.

William Saliba was signed for £27million in 2019 and is yet to play for Arsenal, with the club splashing £50million on Ben White to play in the same position.

Emiliano Martinez was sold to Aston Villa for £17million and Edu has now brought Aaron Ramsdale to the club for £24million, despite him widely considered to be an inferior goalkeeper.

Joe Willock, signed by Newcastle for £25million, is one of few fringe players who have been sold, but that move has been criticised by some following his successful loan spell with the Toon last season.

Edu’s role in the incomings and outgoings has reportedly led Arsenal to consider other options for his position, with former player Marc Overmars, as well as Ralf Rangnick and Michael Emenalo linked.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson has described Edu’s approach to transfers as ‘lazy’.

He wrote: ‘It’s worrying at Arsenal. You’re still thinking: “Where are they going?”

‘Edu has come in, and the recruitment has been lazy, if I’m being honest. It’s been: “Oh, we’ll take Willian on a free… we’ll take David Luiz for cheap.”

‘I remember years ago in football, managers were judged on signings. Sometimes I think Arteta is left behind, and I’m not sure how much of a say he has got in all of this.

‘Why would you let Joe Willock go? I’m not saying he’s the answer, but he’s come through the club and is going for £25m, that sort of money isn’t going to change Arsenal. It’s not like a Harry Kane or Jack Grealish sale where you get £100m and can rebuild the team.

‘But Arsenal are prepared to pay Willian big money. Where is the future in that? It’s quick fixes. Surely Willock is a future player and for the present, and can be involved in the plan.

‘Jonny Evans is a good example. I was calling for Arsenal to sign him when he left West Brom – a very good player, who was at Man Utd at the wrong time. He would have been a success. But it felt like Arsenal didn’t sign him because he played for West Brom. ‘How can Arsenal be signing players from West Brom?’

‘My question to Edu would be: “What’s the plan?”

‘I think we got spoiled with Arsenal 20 years ago. Those days are gone. 2004 is gone. We’re all still living in the past with Arsenal. But look where they are – this is Arsenal, now.’

 

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