Arsenal: Edu Gaspar Talks January Signings, Willian & Mikel Arteta

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Potential January Signings

There has been some uproar about Edu’s tempering of expectations for January. No outright declaration of how many players they’re after or what areas they’re looking to strengthen has sparked discussion.

"“Why do people have to expect a magician to go ‘Boom! Come here, Messi’?,” he said. “No, it depends on us. We will try to do something but, listen, we have the responsibility to change it. Don’t wait for someone outside to come inside and be a magician because that’s not going to happen. “If you can sign 20 players, which we’re not going to do, that’s not going to work anyway. So the main thing for me is that we, as a club, have to understand our problem.” Source: The Guardian"

Edu may not be the most experienced technical director in football, but even he knows not to plaster your intentions across the media, divulge your financial woes or name names for risk of shooting yourself in the foot.

This market is frighteningly tough to navigate through, thus limiting yourself further with public announcements of your intentions is beyond foolish.

However, his comments hint greatly towards internal solutions being the immediate focus, even with the winter window little over two weeks away.

Failure to land key targets in January will result in justified criticism of Edu, who equally failed to ship out a wealth of players from the club in the summer.

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In terms of what he can do, he’s limited, given the club’s current situation won’t be enticing to any European star on the move, as already witnessed with Dominik Szoboszlai. The ‘different knock’ Raul Sanllehi spoke so highly of is more reminiscent of a broken doorbell at this moment in time.