Arsenal’s “five guys to lead the team” highlighted in honest squad assessment

The Gunners were the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the summer window, signing six players at a cost of more than £150m, but criticism has remained

Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will ‘take some time’

Edu has claimed Arsenal’s “revolution” in the window needs time to pay off, with the Brazilian hoping to build the foundations for long-term success.

The Gunners technical director sanctioned six arrivals during the summer, with 21 players leaving the club in a massive overhaul.

Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all under the age of 24, marking a clear strategy when it comes to transfer business at the Emirates.

But despite forking out more than £150million, fans are concerned about the club’s direction, particularly having lost three games on the spin to start the Premier League season.

Arsenal technical director Edu and boss Mikel Arteta helped overhaul the squad this summer



However, whilst directly not asking for patience, Edu has suggested that the scale of the task, means that there may be some growing pains along the way.

“It is hard. I am not asking for patience because it is the word that everybody hates to listen to,” he told Sky Sports.

“I am just trying to explain the strategy behind it because when people see just one window, of course they see it like this. I respect that.

“But you have to see what we started to do since we’ve been together. We’ve tried to clean the squad.

“As I said, it is 21 exits. It’s a lot, almost a revolution. But how are you going to fill those 21 holes? You need time. You cannot come in and do it straight away.”

Asked about only signing younger players, Edu suggested that decision was made in due to the five senior leaders already within the Arsenal XI.

He explained: “I don’t want to be repetitive, but it is true. How are you going to create a solid foundation? And then you say okay, but they are young.

Lacazette and Aubameyang were pinpointed as two of Arsenal’s senior leaders


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“They are young but we have five senior players in the squad and in the first XI in Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“Around those five we have very, very good, talented players around them which we believe in. Maybe people don’t, but we believe five guys can lead the team with the youngsters and with the new signings to go to the next step.

“And probably, next summer, we are going to sit here again and then you are going to say to me you are just signing one or two or two or three players.”

Edu added: “We need to create a solid foundation. I don’t want to see the squad in one season. I’d like to see Arsenal strong in one, two, three, four and five seasons. That needs strategy.”

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