Arsenal technical director Edu was criticised short-sightedly during the summer transfer window for the business the club had done. Three games in, £150m sent and zero points on the board.
However, the Brazilian’s work was far from done. Takehiro Tomiyasu arrived on deadline day and Aaron Ramsdale entered the team for his first league start of the season against Norwich. This would be the first time Arsenal started the keeper, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes as well as the Japanese international.
From then on, the Gunners are yet to lose a game and the evidence of Edu’s strong summer has only increased with each passing match.
In particular, has been the presence of the youngest acquisitions. Nuno Tavares and Sambi Lokonga have stepped up in the absence of Kieran Tierney and Granit Xhaka.
The two 21-year-olds were part of Edu’s strategy to add more high potential players to the group with strong ambitions to start as soon as possible with the addition of leadership qualities.
Ben White was the player who faced the most scrutiny from the fan base. The £50 million fee, the presence of William Saliba and the single-season of Premier League experience combined to cause this doubt.
Yet the 1-0 win over Watford displayed all the characteristics White has added to the team. Not only was his technical ability on the ball directly involved in the creation of Emile Smith-Rowe’s goal, but the England international was solid defensively.
Speaking of which, Gareth Southgate, what on earth does this boy have to do to earn a call-up?
The Arsenal Way’s post-match reaction show brought with it an observation from Arsenal editor Hush Kerai who explained that White provided all the positives David Luiz brought to the side with little to none of the downsides.
Only eleven league games have passed but so far the influence of the new additions have been crucial in Arsenal shoehorning their way into an early top-four challenge.
Even the presence of Martin Odegaard, arguably the player with the least impact on the side from the six signings, has been positive.
He should have finished the game off against the Hornets was it not for an absent-minded offside steal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Speaking of which, Edu’s next challenge will be addressing the striker position. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts set to expire at the end of the campaign, the Brazilian must identify the perfect striking signing.
The evidence and track record though suggests that fans should be confident of putting faith in Edu’s decision.
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