Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar sat down for an interview with Sky Sports today to respond to some of the criticism his transfer strategy has received over the last few days.
The Gunners went into the market with a lot to do this summer. Fans were expecting big things and although we signed six new players, some supporters are still not happy with the business we’ve done.
Edu was asked about his decision to sign only young players. The Brazilian claimed that he understood fans’ frustrations, but made it clear that everyone at Arsenal truly believes that we’re doing things the right way.
Edu explains Arsenal’s transfer strategy in Sky Sports interview
Asked if he understands why Arsenal fans are upset, he said: “Yes, I understand the reason because firstly, they have not seen the team playing together yet. That’s one of the reasons but I think we have to see the wider context than just to see the money around it.
“We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning. Normally, people like to see just one window, so I have to say it is the bigger picture because we started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.
“I’ll give you another example. Why are a few clubs around the Premier League just signing one or two players? It’s because they already have the foundation. They already have the team prepared. I’m sorry, but the reality is we don’t. Now you have to create. That is the reality.”
The Insider’s View:
It is understandable why everyone is having a go at Arsenal’s transfer business. Every single one of our signings are under the age of 24, which is not ideal considering how young our squad already was. However, this approach is the right one.
Lack of European football certainly had its impact. Although the Gunners had enough money to spend, signing superstars on ridiculous wages would’ve been a big problem. As a result, we focused on building for the future.
Arteta still has a lot to do. We may not have the most experienced squad, but we clearly have the quality to do better. Hopefully, we’ll see a positive reaction from the lads when the Premier League returns next weekend.