Edu’s role questioned by former Premier League winner

Joe Cole has questioned whether Edu Gaspar is the right man for the Arsenal Director of Football role.

The former midfielder has three Premier League titles from his time with Chelsea previously, and is currently back with the Blues working as an academy coach.

While he is working behind the scenes in west London, he has opened up on his thoughts of London rivals Arsenal, and while he has praised the manager at the Emirates, he questions whether Edu is the right man to guide Arteta from above.

“I question the support above him in terms of the director of football, I wonder is he experienced enough?” Cole questioned of Edu’s role in an interview with Coral(as quoted by the Daily Star.

“When you’ve got a young manager, you probably need someone who’s really adept in that role, who knows the club and Edu is young at his job as well. He might be good at it.

“They’ve muddled through Arsenal, and I think Arteta has held himself very, very well and I think the younger players there, the Saka’s, the Smith Rowe’s, are outstanding and are getting better and better.

“It’s nice to have them back on the scene. It’s a good club with great history when they play well Arsenal, they do play very, very well.”

If Edu’s main job is to do with signings, then we can have little complaint about our arrivals this summer. Each of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Sambi Lokonga have already shown that they are worthy of donning the shirt in only a short time in north London, while Arteta and Edu have also undergone a process which involved removing surplus from the squad amidst a rebuild.

The club currently appears to be headed in the right direction, so I’m a little confused why these comments would emerge at present.

Does Edu need to come under the spotlight?


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  1. As we witnessed during Wenger’s time here, there was clearly a significant difference between our pre-Emirates period, with Dein, and his tenure following our move, when he was left to his own devices…with this in mind, it was imperative that we learned our lesson, which meant that no future manager should be given carte blanche, when it came to organizational decisions, and that we provided the requisite administrative checks and balances by surrounding our coach/manager with suitably experienced and motivated individuals…instead we prematurely gave our inexperienced coach the managerial title, with a somewhat similarly novice administrative branch, which invariably led to a whole host of rookie-like mistakes…remember there was supposed to be a reinvention of sorts in the offing, so common sense would suggest that this course of action was both illogical and irresponsible

    1. so let me get this straight, little Jimmy can make an offensive non-football related comment, considering the problematic nature of his question regardless of his intentions, yet if I make even the simplest of retorts, only my response gets deleted… what kind of hypocritical nonsense is that??

  2. Nothing special about Edu. He and Raul bought Pepe at 72m. He bought Luiz, Pablo Mari, Cedric and Willian. He wanted to buy Neto and Coutinho too and Arteta disagreed.

    The players you’ve named above, Ramsdale, Whyte, Tomiyasu, Partey and Odegaard are all Arteta players.

    I fact, Edu must be investigated for constantly looking to buy only Kia Joorabchan players and holidaying with Kia and Raul all responsible for bringing in average, very expensive and unfit for purpose players.

    1. I laugh at your comment.
      Why is it difficult to give credit where it’s due?
      Oh now Willian is no more MA signing but Edu’s? Talk about double standard, just a few months ago you all bashing MA for using same Willian because ‘he is MA signing’
      IMO, MA and his boss (Edu and co.), already had a plan 2 years ago when he arrived, but couldn’t execute because of change in situations which include lack of ucl money, they had to use stop gap in some old out of contract players as short cut but it backfired and they have to re-evaluate and

  3. Every Manager and Technical Director make mistakes when it comes to recruitment.Take Man City for example,95m spent on Mendy and Ake, Chelsea with an outlay of 85m for their current second choice Keeper, Every single Club gets it wrong from time to time and Arsenal are no exception.What I can say for sure, is that five out of our six latest young signings are very decent players with an excellent future ahead of them.

    1. I’m intrigued Grandad, who is the 6th player that you don’t rate as very decent with an excellent future ahead of them please?

  4. Sometimes inexperience can work in your favour but if you are an eager learner and hunger to succeed it will
    become an advantage, I think Edu has contacts in
    the footballing world nobody else has, and Arsenals
    new signings have further given him an edge going
    forward with MA at the wheel.. A win today would be
    really exciting for the club and us fans !!

  5. Edu may have scouted – if that’s the right word, but my understanding is that it was the discredited Raul who gave long term deals to Cedric and Mari as their loan deals were expiring

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