Arsenal technical director Edu has claimed he is simply excited to watch the new-look Gunners side in action rather than concentrating on where they finish in the league table
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This, in turn, has made their next clash – a home game against nineteenth-placed Norwich, a huge game for the landscape of Arsenal’s season as they look to rise up out of the relegation zone as soon as possible.
Over the course of the summer, Arsenal parted ways with around £150m to secure the signatures of Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The international break may have come at just the right time for Arsenal as they look to stem the metaphorical bleeding and re-group ahead of a pivotal run of games which could define their season.
However, club chief Edu has claimed he is not particularly interested in speculating on where he thinks the Gunners will finish come May and is instead simply excited to watch his side play with their new stars.
The Arsenal director told Sky Sports : “I don’t want to go for top four or top six or top eight or top 10. I’m just really looking forward to seeing this squad play together. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone fit.
“I want to see our squad because I don’t see it yet. But I’m really looking forward to it because I believe and Mikel believes that this team can have a good season.”
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All six of Arsenal’s new signings are 23 years of age or under, a clear indicator of the Gunners long-term strategy.
The north London outfit are aiming to build a promising side who can challenge for major honours in around three or four years time when many of this summer’s additions will be hitting their peak.
After two successive eighth-placed finishes in the last two seasons, the pressure is mounting on both Edu and Arteta from frustrated Arsenal fans.