Arsenal technical director Edu ‘under growing pressure’ after spending £300m in two years with Gunners legend Marc Overmars and ex-Chelsea chief possible replacements

Arsenal technical director Edu is reportedly ‘under growing pressure’ at the club, after an expensive transfer window and a poor start to the Premier League season.

The former Gunners midfielder joined the club with experience working for Corinthians, the Iranian national team and as general co-ordinator of the Brazilian national side, and many believed he could take the club to the next level.

Edu has been at Arsenal since 2019, becoming their first technical director
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However, the Daily Express are reporting that there is now severe pressure on the 41-year-old, who has spent £130million this transfer window, on the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Martin Odegaard.

The news coincides with some fans calling for boss Mikel Arteta to be sacked, with the club having failed to pick up any points from their first two games.

The likes of Ralf Rangnick, ex-Chelsea director of football Michael Emenalo and Marc Overmars – another former Arsenal midfielder – are all reportedly being looked at as replacements the Brazilian.

Since joining the north London outfit two years ago, Edu has spent more than £300m on players, while also signing the older players on big wages like Willian and David Luiz.

Overmars, who is currently director of football at Ajax, could replace Edu

They have also let go of some promising talent for what, some would say, was far too cheap.

Emi Martinez and Joe Willock leaving for a combined £40m has had some supporters questioning the capabilities of Edu.

Boss Arteta has also come under scrutiny this season
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And former Arsenal captain Tony Adams told talkSPORT earlier this transfer window that he agrees with that sentiment, stating that Edu is ‘out of his depth’ at the Emirates Stadium.

“My fundamental issue is with recruitment,” he told Alan Brazil and his former teammate Ray Parlour on talkSPORT.

“I think the club is going through such a recruitment issue at the moment.

The signing of Aaron Ramsdale took some stick from Gunners supporters
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“Relying on agents is not the way to go. It’s not Arsenal DNA I’m afraid. I don’t like it. I’ve got to say it publicly.

“We’ve got Edu and Raul Sanllehi (club’s former head of football) who are running the show and, you know as well as I do Ray, Steve Rowley took 40 years to build that scouting system and 13 scouts have been sacked.

“They’ve put a bomb on it.

“Steve’s network, it did absolutely brilliantly, it got the best players from around the world into the club and into our own academy, and it’s just been blown up.

Raul Sanllehi departed as Arsenal’s head of football last summer
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“Edu, I love him. He’s a beautiful man, a lovely man and it’s not personal, but he has no experience of building European squads.

“Those people are kind of out of their depth, I’m sorry.

“They need to build a fantastic squad that challenges for the league, and it hurts.”

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