‘We are hungry to win the title again’: Arsenal technical director Edu reveals £45m Thomas Partey swoop was planned for SEVEN MONTHS as he targets the top after spending £90m this summer
- Arsenal signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day
- Partey has signed a four-year deal after his £45m release clause was triggered
- The club spent £90m to aid boss Mikel Arteta after winning last season’s FA Cup
- And Edu says the hunger is there to win a first Premier League title since 2004
The Ghana international joined the north London side on transfer deadline day on Monday after they triggered the £45million release clause in his contract with the Spanish outfit.
The 27-year-old joined centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, winger Willian, midfielder Dani Ceballos and goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson in joining the club in the summer transfer window as the Gunners splashed £90million to help boss Mikel Arteta following last season’s FA Cup win.
Arsenal technical director Edu says the club are hungry to win the Premier League again
The Gunners chief’s comments come after they wrapped up the signing of Thomas Partey
And speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Invincible Edu claimed his side – having signed Partey after seven months of groundwork – are now hungry to challenge for the title with their new ‘quality’ additions.
‘One day I would like to show the 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 there already,’ Edu said.
‘So many things to do, so many meetings, we had to see how we were going to buy the player, if we had the financial situation to buy the player, the legal process, the financial process, talk to the player, talk to the agent, so there are a lot of things around this but in the end we did it!
The club spent £90m to help boss Mikel Arteta following the side’s FA Cup win last season
‘I think we improved the squad’s quality and physicality. If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, he 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 are better here [points to head] which for me is very important 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.
‘This, for me, is important to have in the players to not only be good here (points to legs), but good here (points to head). And they are.’
Willian was one of the other signings brought in in the summer on a free transfer from Chelsea
The Gunners have not won the Premier League since they went the entire top-flight season undefeated 16 years ago, a squad Edu formed a part of.
The north London side were also heavily interested in signing Lyon star Houssem Aouar, but the France international eventually decided to stay put at the Ligue 1 club.
The club also struggled to move players on permanently, with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Sam Greenwood joining Aston Villa and Leeds representing the only such deals concluded.
Lucas Torreira went in the opposite direction to Partey to join Diego Simeone’s side on loan for the season, while outcast Matteo Guendouzi signed for Hertha Berlin on loan on deadline day.
Another Gunners outcast, Mesut Ozil, remained at the club but they are now seeking to re-open talks about ripping up his £350,000-per-week contract before the January transfer window.