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Edu’s next two transfer priorities after Arsenal secure long-term top target for Mikel Arteta

The transfer window may have brought a blessed pause to much of silly season but at clubs like Arsenal recruitment work does not stop even after such a big spending summer window.

Technical director Edu has reconstituted Arsenal’s scouting department into a smaller, more nimble organisation that he hopes will be more collaborative, data-led and with greater individual responsibility.

“I want to work with less people,” Edu said last month. “I want to work with StatDNA a lot more, which we have internally here at the club and is very important. The people I want to work with, I want them to be very close to me. I want to create a group of people working together.

“I don’t want individual people working in one area or for one country. I want a group working together. Less people with much more responsibilities.

“That is my vision and for me in this process the most important thing is that everyone is very clear on the responsibilities which everyone has to make the right decision.”

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It will take several years before the success of such an approach can truly be assessed and for the time being they are rather working off their predecessors’ notes with Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes both top targets identified by former head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao.

Future windows will be ones where they strike out on their own though even for now the sheer volume of analysis and reports that were produced by their predecessors will be invaluable tools over the years to come.

Partey’s addition soothed one of Arsenal’s most pressing needs for dynamism in midfield but the actions of Edu and Mikel Arteta in the final weeks of the window made clear that they felt their engine room needed more than just what their new £45million man would provide.

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