Exclusive interview with Edu: Arsenal’s transfer policy, working in harmony with Mikel Arteta and why only trophies do the trick | football news

With Arsenal currently the biggest spender in the Premier League this summer, the club’s head coach Edu speaks exclusively Sky Sports News About their transportation business, working in harmony with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and why nothing but awards will do.

Arsenal have spent £121.5m on five new players this summer with the arrivals of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.

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Their work appears to translate well on the pitch as well with Arteta’s side winning all four of their pre-season games so far, including a 4-0 win over Chelsea in Orlando at the weekend.

Sky Sports News Journalist Michael Bridge sat down exclusively with Edu, who played for the club between 2001 and 2005 and has been Arsenal’s manager since July 2019, to discuss the summer so far and his hopes for next season…

How happy are you with your latest signing with Oleksandr Zinchenko?

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The signing of new Arsenal signing Oleksandr Zinchenko reveals that he has been a longtime fan of the club after watching Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas star of the team when he was young.

“We are very excited to have Zinchenko here because he is a player we have really targeted. He is a player we really believe has the characteristics and qualities that will definitely raise our level in the team.

“[The Zinchenko transfer] It’s been planned for six months now, to feed this center in the best possible way the way Mikel really wants to play.

“Mikkel of course knows him better than anyone else because they worked together [at Manchester City] But all the information about the operator is the top. Not only in terms of his qualities as a player but as a person as well, which is very important for us to have a player like him in the team.”

Can we expect more new signings?

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said they still hope to complete more transfer work before the end of the summer window and expect players to leave and join the club.

“I think we have to be prepared for every situation. We still feel that the transfer window is open and the most important thing is to prepare for everything, every scenario, because chances can happen.

“Clubs can approach us, players may want to take out a loan, so there is still a lot to do, but again, being prepared for me is the most important thing. [thing] And certainly we are fully prepared for just about everything.”

Gabriel Jesus told me you were a big reason why he joined the club – how do you feel about that?

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Arsenal’s new member, Gabriel Jesus, said his compatriot and club technical director Edu played an important role in his decision to move to the club.

“No, it’s not me, it’s Arsenal. I’m just part of the process when you go in to sign a player, I’m right there in front of the player, in front of the family explaining who you are. I think we as a club should be proud to have a player like Gabriel Jesus here.”

When asked if they have followed Jesus for a long time: “Sure. I think that’s really a seven-month process in terms of understanding each other and talking to each other, because he also has a lot of other opportunities and then he chooses because he understands who we are.”

Did you bring the players you wanted despite not qualifying for the Champions League?

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AFTV’s Robbie Lyle believes Arsenal fans are happy with the club’s transfer activity so far, but are still hoping for at least two more signings!

“Yes, almost 100 per cent of them. I understand sometimes that players want to play Champions League football, but I think we can offer something very special to the players as well.

“It is not only the Champions League, but you can be part of a group of players who can achieve something very special for this football club. And then I always ask them if they want to be part of the project we are building as we are.

“I’m sure we are going to do something very special for this club and then when I explain to the players, they really understand that. [it] That is why they are here.”

Have you met players who are not suitable for Arsenal?

“Yes, sure. The reason for the players to meet, to meet families and talk to agents is of course they have to understand us, but I also have to understand them.

“If they fit the model in all respects, well, we go on. But when I see something that I’m not really comfortable with, I move on.”

How close are you to Ravenha’s signature?

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New summer Ravenha scored the amazing winning goal for Barcelona in the El Clasico before last season against Real Madrid

“People thought we went too deep into Raphinha, because Raphinha was all over the place.

“It’s only fair that we had some conversations with Deku because Deku is his agent and I have a good relationship [with him] – we are friends.

‘I just said to Deco, ‘Can you explain the situation to me with Ravenha?’ And he was clear, ‘Edu, we have a good relationship but I’m not going to lie to you, his idea is to go to Barcelona because he dreams of going to Barcelona, ​​and we have been talking with Barcelona for a long time. It’s a long time ago’.

“Well thank you very much, if something happens, just let me know because I can troubleshoot and understand the situation. If not, no problem and we will continue our relationship.”

In terms of getting players out, it’s not easy, is it?

“No, but it is our duty to try to create some opportunities for the players. I think the most important thing is to make the player understand why he is here or why he needs to go, and then we have to create some possibilities with the player’s agents and try to find the best possible solution for the player.

“Once you give them a clear idea of ​​what you want to do, it helps the situation. It’s a challenge because you have to find clubs, positions and loans. But then again, if you can be direct to the player in a very respectful way, it helps a little bit to make the best decision.”

How important is it that you and Arteta agree to sign?

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Mikel Arteta says his Arsenal side should not get carried away after beating Chelsea 4-0 in the Florida Cup pre-season.

“One hundred percent. I would never sign a player Mikel wouldn’t feel comfortable with, ever. That’s not my style and certainly not Arsenal’s.

“If we decide to work together, the decision must be together. It’s not Mikel’s signatures, not Edu’s signatures, it’s Arsenal deals, so for me it’s the most important thing for people to understand.

“I always say that sometimes people give me credit for me or Mikel, but the credit should go to Arsenal. We are Arsenal, we work together and the decision we make is together.

“On one decision not just Edu and Mikel, there are a lot of people around those decisions. The most important message to the fans and people need to understand is that we are signing players for Arsenal and [they are] Arsenal decisions.

How impressed were you when you interviewed Arteta for the job?

Mikel Arteta works closely with Arsenal technical director Edu
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Mikel Arteta (right) works closely with Arsenal technical director Edu

“Wow. When I spoke to him on the phone to introduce myself and talk to him, fun enough we stayed on the phone for an hour talking about everything, not just football but families, concepts, ideas and behaviours.

“When I switched off my phone I thought maybe this is something really special which is what we’re probably looking at for the club.

“Then when we decided to go there and meet Mikel to talk about ideas, he was ready for almost everything. He was really impressed with his ideas, his style and the way he wanted to play, so it was great – that’s why he’s here.”

I was with the owners on Wednesday, how much do they support the spending?

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Highlights of the pre-season friendly between Arsenal and Everton

“It is not just in terms of spending because it is not fair to associate owners only with spending. They are very important and sometimes it is unfair if people have some doubts about our owners.

“They’re really interactive, they’re really supportive and they’re really there at the club which makes us feel really comfortable.”

How are you thinking forward?

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Excerpts from Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Orlando City at Exploria Stadium

“We already have a plan ready, so we may be in the middle of our project.

“We need to keep improving the quality in the team. We have to make important decisions to improve our squad every year, so we have to improve, improve and improve.

“Here we must always think about winning. I think the club was born to win things because of the size of this club and we always have to think about winning. Every year we have to be better, better and better.”

Looking at the new season, do you want more than the top four?

“Yeah sure. I respect and we have to be realistic for these situations, but why not put here that I want to win again. I want to be there again as soon as possible. Why not?”

So what is your goal this season?

“With all due respect, even being realistic, I can think of nothing less than winning things over.”

What is your promise to Arsenal fans with the transfer window still open?

“We will continue to work really hard for them.”

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