Edu defends Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, asks for patience from fans

Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar has urged the supporters to be patient as manager Mikel Arteta comes under intense pressure.

Arsenal have begun their season in disastrous fashion, losing all of their opening three Premier League matches. It is also their worst league start in 67 years, resulting in the club languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table.

As a result, Mikel Arteta has come under intense pressure, with some quarters calling for his dismissal from the role. However, the Arsenal board seems to have confidence in Arteta by having backed him in the transfer window, as the Gunners made six new first-team signings.

Like Arteta, technical director Edu Gaspar has also come under scrutiny for his role in the downfall. However, in the opening games, Arsenal were bereft of many first-team stars due to injuries and Covid, which somewhat explains those defeats.

However, Edu has urged supporters to keep patience with the club and especially Arteta. The Brazilian took responsibility for the bad start but suggested their plan needs time to unfold.

Edu spoke at length with Sky Sports, making supporters understand the club’s strategy in the window. However, he also addressed the disastrous start endured by the club. Football London posted few quotes from Edu as he urges the supporters to be patient.

Edu said, “I respect all the pressure. I came in from Corinthians and then the Brazilian national team where there is unbelievable pressure, just as here. I understand the fans. I understand the reason, and I accept that, but we will need a bit of time to do what we plan to do.

“I know this type of work when we are talking about signings, and needing patience hurts Arsenal fans a lot, but it is the reality. That’s why when I say to you we have to create a good foundation and to create a good foundation, you need time.”

Edu might have a point. Arsenal signed six players under the age of 23. Now, these players cannot be expected to bring instant improvements to the side, but in the medium to long term, they could become the team’s core and make Arsenal genuine challengers.

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