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Report: Ex-Arsenal icon could replace Edu, Rangnick is also an option

Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar is reportedly under pressure with questions being asked about his transfer success rate with the club.

According to the Express, concerns are being raised over the quality of business Arsenal have conducted since Edu’s arrival.

The Brazilian has spent over £300m since 2019. With the Gunners finishing outside the top four every season and winning just one FA Cup.

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Some of the deals headed by Edu have also been questionable. Willian joined last summer for free from Chelsea but with a reported wage of £200,000-a-week.

The attacker scored just once in all competitions. Indeed, this summer has also raised questions marks.

The Gunners have spent the most out of any club in Europe’s top-five leagues this window. However, many supporters believe that these funds could have been spent more wisely on players who could have immediately improved the first team.

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And as per the report, Arsenal already have replacements in mind if Edu was indeed sacked.

Former Gunners hero Marc Overmars is an option as well as Ralf Rangnick. The duo have both enjoyed success in director of football roles at Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.

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Edu has been a contrasting figure ever since his appointment in 2019. Arsenal’s transfer strategy has never been an effective or clear one. And whilst the Gunners are signing a certain profile of player this window, it will take some time to know if it was a success.

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Indeed, whilst some signings have impressed, such as Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard, Arsenal remain a club that find it difficult to find value in the market as well as sell on players for respectable fees.

And this is where Edu fails as a technical director. Had the Brazilian been sacked earlier in the year and replaced by Overmars or Rangnick, it is easy to predict that Arsenal would be better off in the market in terms of incomings and outgoings.

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