Arsenal technical director Edu has revealed that the club is “hungry” for its first Premier League title since 2004 after completing the swoop of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
The Ghana international joined the north side of London on Monday on the day of the transfer deadline after activating the £ 45 million release clause in his contract with the Spanish side.
The 27-year-old joined center-back Gabriel Magalhaes, winger Willian, midfielder Dani Ceballos and Runar goalkeeper Alex Runarsson to join the club in the summer transfer window as the Gunners splashed £ 90m to help the boss Mikel Arteta after winning the FA Cup last season.
Arsenal technical director Edu says the club is hungry to win the Premier League again
The comments from the Gunners’ boss come after they have concluded the signing of Thomas Partey
The club spent £ 90m to help boss Mikel Arteta after the team’s FA Cup win last season
And speaking to the official Arsenal website, Invincible Edu said his team – having signed Partey after seven months of preliminary work – are now hungry to challenge the title with their new “quality” additions.
“Someday I would like to show fans how we work, or how we worked because if you saw my plan six or seven months ago, when I did it with Mikel, Thomas was already there,” Edu said.
‘So many things to do, so many matches, we had to see how we would buy the player, if we had the financial situation to buy the player, the legal process, the financial process, talk to the player and talk to the agent, but there ‘we made it.
Willian was one of Chelsea’s other signings in the summer on a free transfer
Dani Ceballos joined for another spell on loan from Real Madrid after a good finish last season
‘I think we have improved the quality and physicality of the team. If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, it gives us a lot of physicality and presence.
‘Dani, quality. Thomas, physicality, quality and mentally he is very strong. But in the end, if you see all these players we brought to the club, they are very good here [points to legs], but they’re better here [points to head].
“This is very important to me because when you talk to the players, they have a lot of ambition, they are excited and they are hungry to win a title again.”
The Gunners also signed defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in a deal worth £ 27m
Runar goalkeeper Alex Runarsson was signed after Emiliano Martinez joined Aston Villa
The Gunners have not won the Premier League since they went undefeated for the entire top flight season 16 years ago, a team Edu was a part of.
The Invincible has now made deals upstairs, including new contracts for captain and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and young Bukayo Saka.
The north London side were also keenly interested in signing Lyon star Houssem Aouar, but the French international ultimately decided to stay at the Ligue 1 club.
The club also managed to tie striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new deal
The club however struggled to transfer players permanently, with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Sam Greenwood joining Aston Villa and Leeds being the only deals of their kind made.
Lucas Torreira went in the opposite direction of Partey to join Diego Simeone’s team on loan for the season, while outcast Matteo Guendouzi signed for Hertha Berlin on loan on the day of the deadline.
Another Gunners outcast, Mesut Ozil, has remained at the club but are now looking to reopen talks to wrest his £ 350,000-a-week contract before the January transfer window.
The Gunners, of course, have approached Ozil to reach a settlement agreement for the final nine months of his contract in the past two weeks, but the attempts were unsuccessful.
Lucas Torreira went in the opposite direction to Partey and joined Atletico Madrid on loan
Ozil is said to want virtually all of the remaining £ 13 million for his deal.
It is now extremely unlikely that Ozil will accept an early exit from Arsenal before the transfer window reopens in January.
UEFA has already confirmed the German’s omission from Arsenal’s squad in the Europa League, while Ozil is expected to be barred from the club’s 25-man Premier League party.
Meanwhile, the club is looking to reopen talks with Mesut Ozil to wrest his deal