Despite the disappointing end to last season, the vibes coming from Arsenal this summer are positive.
Two contract renewals have been completed, two new signings have been confirmed and supporters are excited by the names being linked as additional reinforcements.
Internally, there is also enthusiasm. Off the back of this week’s capture of Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira, technical director Edu has a feather in his cap and appears confident the Gunners, working to a long-standing plan, are well-placed to make further inroads in the transfer market.
“We are really happy to do what we are doing and looking forward to finishing the window, the way we planned it,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We as a club here internally are very, very excited to go and to keep going for the summer. I think we prepare very much well the strategy to go to the summer. There’s still something to do and we’re excited to keep going.”
He added: “What I’m always trying to say is that there are so many people working for one signing. We are working really hard because we have a lot of people around it.
“We have the guys from the scouting side, the analysis, the data, we have our CFO, we have our legal team, we have our CEO and we have our board. We have a lot of people engaging to make signings happen.
“When we faced this summer as we face it, we are really, really prepared to do almost everything as we did with Fabio [Vieira]. That’s why we move quite quickly because everybody’s really engaged, everybody is really focused to make the things happen.”
In the coming days, Arsenal will confirm the arrival of US goalkeeper Matt Turner and seem set on testing the resolve of Manchester City and Leeds United with new bids for Brazilians Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha. The likes of Youri Tielemans and Lisandro Martinez also appear to be on the shopping list.
“We have to go to the market and sign exciting, exciting players with the right age, right attitude, right mentality,” said Edu.
“We want to see a club like Arsenal with a young squad, an exciting squad with a big, big future. As I said last summer, the idea to have a young squad is to give them an opportunity to play together for two, three, four, five, six seasons together.
“We still have a lot to do, but we are really excited to start the season with the players that we targeted and the players we want to sign, as well.”
He ended: “I’m quite excited, I think we have some good conversations and positive conversations to be fair. I hope we can give to the fans some good news.”