Edu claims ‘80%’ of Arsenal’s squad ‘killed’ the club in the past before they managed to move a number of players.
The Gunners had a number of underperforming big earners when the Brazilian arrived as technical director in July 2019 with the high-profile departures of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal now appear to have a clear transfer plan with a number of impressive signings over the past two summers including Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard, Ben White, Gabriel Jesus. and Oleksandr Zinchenkoto name a few.
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And Edu admitted that in the past Arsenal had players who were too comfortable and didn’t play for the team.
Arsenal’s technical director says The sun“When a player is 26 or older, has a big salary and doesn’t perform well, he kills you.
“In the past, 80% of the team had these traits and there was no way anyone would buy them.”
Edu added: “They have no transfer value and are comfortable with a long contract living in London. So we had to clean the team and if we had to pay to go, I considered it an investment.
“It’s better than having them block another player’s path. It’s not a problem if a player has a big salary and is performing well. I know it’s strange to go to the board of directors and tell them: “Sometimes it’s better to pay a player to leave than to keep him”.
“I realize it hurts and some people say it’s expensive, but you have to fix it.”
Zinchenko is a player who is definitely joining Arsenal for the right reasons this summer. The Ukraine international revealed his love for the club from an early age.
Zinchenko said: “First of all, I would like to say that it’s a childhood dream come true, because I was a big fan when I was a kid. Since Thierry Henry and young Cesc Fabregas played here, I was just enjoying watching these games, this Arsenal.
“And obviously I’ve started to like this club so I’m so excited and looking forward to playing for this amazing club. I’m ready for another challenge. I’m not here just to waste my time and the one of Arsenal because the club is always in front of everyone.
“I’m here to achieve great things and I hope we can win titles, and I hope we’ll fight for every title we’re going to be involved in. Even since last season I was watching the games of Arsenal and I felt it was happening, you know?
“The team is growing so fast and I think it’s time. It’s time to do our best and achieve something big.