'Myself and Mikel said': Edu shares conversation which led to 70-cap player leaving Arsenal
Edu has been speaking to Geoff Shreeves about Arsenal’s transfer business this summer, as well as his role at the Emirates Stadium.
What’s the story?
Well, Edu commented on a lot of topics, including the decision to sign Aaron Ramsdale, and those who saw their contracts terminated.
One player who fits into that category is Willian, who recently left north London prematurely after having his contract ripped up.
Speaking about the decision to part ways with the 70-cap Brazil international, Edu told Sky Sports: “At the end of the season I came to Willian and myself and Mikel said: “How are you? Because I want you to be much more consistent. What is happening?”
“Then he mentioned to us that he wasn’t 100% comfortable and when we heard that, we made the decision that we did not want a player at the club who is not 100% comfortable or 10% with the team.”
It was a truly dreadful signing by Edu, and an expensive one despite the fact it was a free transfer.
Across his one and only season in north London, Willian was paid £220,000-a-week.
Arsenal have to learn from Willian error
At first glance, this seems like we’re stating the obvious.
However, it’s a valid point, as Arsenal don’t seem to be learning from their mistakes.
Edu had already terminated the contracts of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Mesut Özil before choosing to sign Willian, which is pretty expensive business.
Clearly, Arsenal’s Technical Director felt it would be a different story with Willian, but history repeated itself.
To be blunt, Arsenal have to start being shrewder, and stop terminating contracts.
It’s stupidly expensive to do, and unlike the benefit of a new signing, you’re obviously paying to make the side weaker in terms of depth.
A Technical Director should be allowed one or two terminations throughout their career, but for Edu to have so many already is worrying.
Another situation like this, and Edu may pay for it with his job.