Edu leaves Arsenal a player short as Mikel Arteta faces four-month transfer wait

Edu leaves Arsenal a player short as Mikel Arteta faces four-month transfer wait
Edu leaves Arsenal a player short as Mikel Arteta faces four-month transfer wait

After Edu’s transfer fell through, Arsenal will have to wait until January to finish their 25-person squad.

Edu wanted Arsenal to have 25 players in the senior squad, but that won’t happen when the season starts. Even though the club got five new players this summer, they could not get critical additions in the central midfield and wide forward positions.

The club was interested in both spots, especially since they had failed to sign former Leeds United winger Raphinha, who signed with Barcelona. Football. London knows that Arsenal has been interested in Youri Tielemans for a long time and that they made three unsuccessful bids for Douglas Luiz on the last day of the transfer window.

The Gunners did too little, too late. This means they don’t have everything Edu wanted before the summer transfer window opens.

He told ESPN Brazil what his plans were for the summer. He said, “I want 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers if we can afford it and don’t have to change the team as much as we have to.” Many things need to be set up, which takes time, so I expect to have a busy summer.”

Luiz would have been the 25th player on the team, but the club didn’t get him. This leaves the club short. The Gunners already have injuries and have to deal with four competitions, so it could be more complicated than it needs to be.

But what will help Arsenal is that the group has a lot of different skills? Ben White has already shown that he is good at this by filling in at right back and keeping Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is now healthy, out of the starting eleven.

When you look at the picture below, it’s clear that the Gunners have three players for each position. But to cover Mikel Arteta, nine of the eleven roles require a player to play out of work (highlighted in yellow in the graphic below).

The right-wing position stands out the most. Marquinhos and Reiss Nelson are both much less experienced than Bukayo Saka, and Reiss Nelson is currently out injured for a few weeks. This makes Bukayo Saka look like he is all alone.

Arsenal wanted to sign Raphinha earlier in the window, but Barcelona quickly stopped this from happening. Even though the club was linked to more wide players, they never came close to signing one, and Nicolas Pepe was still allowed to leave on loan.

Arteta said that the club only wants good players to join this summer. It’s a good policy, and it’s helped the club get where it is in the league. Still, people will ask if they didn’t hurt the potential of their season by not maybe lowering expectations, especially when it comes to players like Tielemans. The latter never impressed the club enough to make an official offer.

This weekend, Arsenal plays Manchester United, who have won their last three games. One of the two teams’ winning streaks will end on Sunday, and if it’s Arsenal, the wrong end to the transfer window and dropped points could make things a lot worse.

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