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Arsenal chief Edu explains reasoning behind Partey, Gabriel and Willian signings

Edu is the man in charge of transfers at the Emirates (Picture: Arsenal)

Arsenal technical director Edu says the club added ‘quality’, ‘physicality’ and mental fortitude to their squad this summer with the signings of Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Willian.

In a big show of faith to boss Mikel Arteta, top target Partey was recruited from Atletico Madrid as the north London club activated his £45 million release clause on deadline day.

The Gunners also recruited centre-back Gabriel and experienced winger Willian, as well as re-securing the services of Dani Ceballos on another season-long loan from Real Madrid.

Edu praises the physical and mental attributes of the new additions, who he says are hungry to lead the north London club to glory.

‘I think we improved the squad’s quality and physicality,’ Edu told the club’s official website.

‘Thomas, who we had in our plan for the future, when me and Mikel sit and talked, I think you get all the players who we really focused on. If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, he gives us a lot of physicality and presence. Dani, quality….