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Edu’s Arsenal transfer approach may come back to bite him as departure blocked

Edu laid out his approach to transfers over the summer as Arsenal proceeded to spend around £140million on new signings, but they are less keen to sell in appears

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Edu’s stubborn transfer approach may come back to bite him at Arsenal after he blocked a deadline day move for Mohamed Elneny.

The Egyptian midfielder was the subject of a bid from Super Lig side Galatasaray ahead of Wednesday’s deadline day in Turkey, according to Sky Sports.

However, the Gunners have knocked back the approach, insisting he is not for sale and is set to play a role for Mikel Arteta this season.

The 29-year-old did play 41 games in all competitions last term, making a total of 17 Premier League starts due to injury problems with Thomas Partey.



Mohamed Elneny was blocked from leaving the club on Turkish transfer deadline day
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Elneny’s contract expires at the end of the season, and his back-up role at the club will likely mean he does not agree a new deal in north London.

So far this season he has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football in the 5-0 embarrassment by Manchester City.

But it appears that Edu wants to keep him at the club, having previously spoken about needing depth in certain areas of the squad.

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“We suffered last year because we lost a lot of players and we didn’t really have good back-ups to play games,” he told Sky Sports.

“I believe we need a squad to win games. We need a squad to be in a good position at the end of the season because it is not only about the first XI.

“Again, we need a foundation. We need players to play and then we need players to cover the first XI.



Arsenal technical director Edu laid out his transfer plans and approach over the summer
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The Gunners brought in Albert Sambi Lokonga during the recent transfer window, while Thomas Partey recently returned to full training

And addressing the midfield in particular, Edu believes Lokonga’s addition compliments Xhaka and Partey, though he did not discuss Elneny’s role.

The Brazilian went on to say: “For example, in the midfield, you have Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. So, for me and for Mikel it doesn’t make sense to sign another player to be on top of them if they are the ones that are going to be playing.









“That’s why we chose Albert Sambi Lokonga to help them.

“If you go up front we have Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli. I want to see them playing together.

He added: “In the number 10 position, we saw a gap there because we just have Emile Smith Rowe. We needed a number 10 [Martin Odegaard] with the same quality to be there, help and play.”




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