Edu’s nails £150m transfer strategy geared to help Mikel Arteta get Arsenal back into top four – Bailey Keogh

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Arsenal find themselves in touching distance of the Champions League places following the excellent 10 game unbeaten run the team are currently on.

The Gunners have transformed their season after a such a horrible start saw the club lose the opening three Premier League matches of the season.

However, the new signings were fully integrated into the squad and now the the north London side sit in fifth place, just three points away from second place.

This is a major improvement from last season, because after the game week 11 in 2020, we were in 15 th place with just 13 points.

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It seemed we were set to repeat that disappointing position at the same stage of this season after conceding nine goals in three games.



Arsenal are currently on a 10 game unbeaten streak.
Arsenal are currently on a 10 game unbeaten streak.

But the introduction of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Aaron Ramsdale has solidified the defence and prevented the cracks that were appearing at the start of the season.

Both signings were heavily scrutinised but they are most definitely vindicated, as it could be argued that they have been our best players so far this season.

The excellent centre-back pairing between new signing Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes have also given the defence extra security, which has seen the team keep seven clean sheets in the 10 match unbeaten run.



Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith Rowe were perhaps Arsenal's two standout performers in October
Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith Rowe were perhaps Arsenal’s two standout performers in October.

The acquisition of Nuno Tavares has also proved pivotal, as a major reason for last season’s failures was due to the lack of back-up to Kieran Tierney.

Once the Scotsman was unavailable due to the injury, the team would suffer, but the signing of Tavares has made Tierney’s absence much less noticeable this season.

Alongside Edu’s shrewd business in the transfer market, it has also been Mikel Arteta’s success with the change of formation and personnel which has seen a massive improvement compared to last season.

Emile Smith Rowe was placed in an attacking midfielder role at the start the season, which came without any success.

However, ahead of the north London derby, Arteta decided to place Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the wide positions and this had opened an influx of creativity which the squad lacked at the start of the campaign.

The Gunners looked much more solid this season compared to the last, which the difference in positions in the league table prove.

Arteta’s side look a certainty at the moment to get the club back into the European competitions.

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