Edu says Arsenal have signed an 'important' player who can 'feature straight away' for Arteta's side
Arsenal director Edu has given an interview with Sky Sports in which he spoke of a number of topics about the club.
The Gunners have gone into the international break bottom of the Premier League table without a goal to their name.
In addition, Arsenal have spent around £150million this summer, but questions have been asked of how game-changing they are.
“You’ve ended up as the top spenders in England,” Chris Sutton wrote in the Daily Mail. “I make it just over £150million.
“For that you’ve got Ben White (£50m), Martin Odegaard (£31.5m), Aaron Ramsdale (£25m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£15m), Nuno Tavares (£7m) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.8m).
“They’re all decent players, don’t get me wrong… but that list of names doesn’t give me that oomph, that sense that this is a game-changer.
“None of them are the finished product. Not even White who, at £50m, is a very big investment.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Edu issued a defence of his transfer policy, stating “for every single name (new signing) I can explain to you the reasons.”
While Ramsdale is in to cover for Leno and with an eye to the future, Tomiyasu is first-team ready, said Edu.
Indeed, the Brazilian made clear that Hector Bellerin’s departure would allow space for the Japan international to start.
“At right-back, we just signed Takehiro Tomiyasu,” said Edu.
“He is someone who can come here and plays straight away because we loaned Hector Bellerin to allow space for him to come and feature straight away.
“That’s the plan but of course, it’s up to Mikel if he plays or not.”
Tomiyasu joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day, Edu deeming him an “important” addition to the squad.
Arsenal newcomer Tomiyasu – the story so far
Tomiyasu spent two years at Bologna prior to his Arsenal move.
He joined the Serie A side from Belgium’s Sint-Truiden for a reported £6.3million.
Prior to joining Sint-Truiden, he came through the ranks at Japanese club Avispa Fukuoka.
He made 64 appearances for Bologna, registering three goals and three assists for the Italians.
In addition, Tomiyasu has won 23 senior caps for Japan, scoring once, and competed at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.