ARSENAL technical director Edu has teased yet more big signings in the coming weeks.

The Gunners secured their third buy of transfer window after splashing out £34million on Porto attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira.

Director Edu with £34m signing Vieira


Director Edu with £34m signing VieiraCredit: Getty
Vieira was given a tour of the training ground by Edu


Vieira was given a tour of the training ground by EduCredit: Getty

The Portuguese U21 international joins American keeper Matt Turner and Brazilian forward Marquinhos in arriving at the Emirates so far.

Arsenal are far from done with doing business, with several key targets still potentially on their way to north London.

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, Leeds winger Raphinha and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez have all been strongly linked.

And asked if he expects more signings to be announced soon after Vieira completed his switch, Edu smiled and said: “Yes, I am quite excited.

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“I think we still have some good conversations and positive conversations to be fair. I hope we can give to the fans some good news.”

Arsenal remain on the path of buying young talents to bolster boss Mikel Arteta’s squad, and Vieira, 22, and Marquinhos, 19, bring the average age even further down.

Academy product Eddie Nketiah, 23, has also recently signed a contract extension, with the striker now donning Thierry Henry’s famous No14 shirt.

Last summer’s purchases, including Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga, were all 23 and under.

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And speaking of Arsenal’s transfer strategy, Edu added: “We have to go into the market for exciting players with the right age, right attitude and right mentality.

“We want to see a club like Arsenal with a young squad, an exciting squad with a big, big future because as I said last summer, the idea is to have a young squad.

“We want to give them the opportunity to play together for two, three, four, five or six seasons.

“We still have a lot to do but we are really excited to start the season with the players we target and the players we want to sign.”

Edu revealed that the work to get Vieira through the door had been months in the making, despite several doubting Arsenal’s ability to attract players without the lure of Champions League football.

Edu said: “This summer is just the consequence of what we’ve been working on a lot, to try to find the best players, the best targets.

“We identify really what we need in the squad, so when we started this summer, we are prepared.

“Fabio is a good example because we moved quickly because we prepared to get Fabio a long time ago and then when we face it, we make things happen.”


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