Arsenal's former player and technical director, Edu, spoke at length regarding the club's business in the 2020 summer transfer window. The Brazilian, a former central midfielder at the Emirates, is happy with the way his club have gone about making additions to their squad this summer.
Mikel Arteta's men were in dire need of reinforcements heading into the transfer window in many areas of the pitch — in central defence, on the wings, and in midfield. They completed the free transfer of Willian Borges from Chelsea upon the expiry of his contract and won the race for Gabriel Magalhaes amidst interest from several clubs, most notably from Manchester United and Napoli.
Arsenal made their most important signing, though, on the final day of the summer. With just hours left for the window to shut, the Gunners triggered Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey's €50m release clause and sealed his signature in the nick of time.
Edu praises Arsenal board after impressive summer
Speaking on his club's transfer business conducted in the summer window, Arsenal's technical director began;
"I am pleased with the way we [Arsenal] worked because we are facing a very difficult situation with Covid and in the market, everyone is quite worried about the future, the planning, whether they have the money or not, the revenue, so it is quite challenging but the way we did it was amazing."
The former Arsenal and Valencia midfielder continued,
"It is not only Edu, it is not only Mikel Arteta, we have a lot of people around us in the club that it is important to mention as well, financial, legal, medical, recruitment, our loan manager, but we cannot forget of course the support, of which I received a lot of, from the board and the owners."
Edu went on to emphasise the importance of the support given to the club by the board and the owners. The Brazilian explained,
"Without them, we cannot do much and I feel really comfortable with the way we are working and communicating together, we are talking almost every day right now so that is brilliant. I tell them with that possibility to have that type of relationship, I feel much stronger. That is the way they give to me and to Mikel as well, so that is the way we are working right now."
Arsenal were also linked heavily with a move for Houssem Aouar but eventually fell short of Olympique Lyon's asking price. The Gunners are set to return to Premier League action with a trip to the Etihad Stadium upon the resumption of top-flight football.
Published 08 Oct 2020, 23:08 IST