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

first_img 1/1 Read More Skip Ad Coming Next Read More Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Advertisement Video Settings by Metro Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 4:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares SPONSORED Read More Full Screen Read More Read More deadline day move to West Ham Arsenal chief Edu explains reasoning behind Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian signings Edu praises the physical and mental attributes of the new additions, who he says are hungry to lead the north London club to glory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected PLAY 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. Advertisement Skip About Connatix V67539 ‘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. ‘Thomas, physicality, quality and mentally he is very strong. But in the end if you see all these players we brought to the club, they are very good here (points to legs), but they are better here (points to head) which for me is very important because when you talk to the players, they have a lot of ambition, they are excited and they are hungry to win a title again. ‘This, for me, is important to have in the players to not only be good here (points to legs), but good here (points to head). And they are.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAs well as new signings, Arsenal crucially negotiated new contracts for top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and youngsters Bukayo Saka and Martinelli.‘This is another good point I want to mention because normally people are talking about signing players but for me and Mikel, we dedicate our time to what we have at home,’ the Brazilian added. ‘So we have to renew players, we have to give our respect to the players we have here, so let’s do it as soon as possible. If you see, Martinelli was the first one we did even before the window, Bukayo was during the window and Auba was in the window as well. ‘Those three, in my plan, was to try to get them done before the window even opened but of course there are negotiations, there are talks, there are meetings but we did it and it’s an important point as well.’MORE: Arsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer windowMORE: Gareth Southgate heaps praise on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka ahead of England vs WalesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page / Top articleslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir: Fearless Renato Sanches starring for Portugal

first_imgHe’s being talked up as the future of Portugal’s national team and the likely heir to Cristiano Ronaldo. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) Renato Sanches certainly has plenty to live up to.The flamboyant, dreadlocked Sanches arrived at the European Championship with a reputation as one of the continent’s most-talented young players. Bayern Munich clearly thought so, reportedly beating Manchester United to the 18-year-old winger’s signature by handing him one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history for a transfer fee that could climb to about $90 million. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Gareth Bale: Portugal play Wales in Euro 2016 semis) ATTENTION-GRABBING CAMEOAt Euro 2016, he’s showing what all the fuss is about.After starting the tournament on the bench, Sanches forced his way into the starting lineup thanks to an attention-grabbing cameo as a second-half substitute against Croatia in the round of 16. (Also read: Portugal’s Pepe doubtful for Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales)UEFA’s technical group even selected him as man of the match, and handed him the award again five days later after Sanches scored – and upstaged Ronaldo – in the quarterfinal win over Poland in a penalty shootout. Sanches, of course, had no qualms taking one of the early penalties.THE REAL DEALFearless, hard-working, and with a bag of tricks: Sanches looks the real deal even at this age. UEFA has already said he is in contention for Young Player of the Tournament award. And he is surely now a guaranteed starter against Wales in the semifinal in Lyon on Wednesday.advertisement”I think he is a special, special young man,” Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes said Monday at the squad’s training base southwest of Paris.RELIEF FOR PORTUGALGomes, who lost his place to Sanches for the Poland game, should know. They played alongside each other in the youth-team set-up at Portuguese club Benfica, with Gomes immediately seeing the potential.”There’s no surprise the way he has been performing,” Gomes said. “We know how far we can go.”That must be a relief for Portugal, which for so long has leant heavily on Ronaldo – the country’s record scorer and greatest sporting export. At 31, though, the Real Madrid star may only have one more major tournament in him and the likes of Nani and Ricardo Quaresma, though technically gifted, lack the consistency to assume Ronaldo’s mantle.’NICE KID’Sanches, then, appears to be Ronaldo’s natural heir.”He’s a nice kid, he listens to the old guys, he wants to learn, which is good,” Portugal defender Jose Fonte said. “It’s great to have him around and he’ll be the future of the national side, for sure.”‘HE’S STILL GROWING’A right-sided midfielder with pace and directness, Sanches reminds Portugal coach Fernando Santos of another of the country’s greats – the late Mario Coluna, who starred for Portugal and Benfica in the 1960s.”I don’t think the Renato you see today is the one we’ll see in the future,” Santos said. “He’s still growing and he has to take all his qualities and put them all on the pitch. It’s my job to help him do this.”Sanches is perking up what can be a sterile Portugal team. Early in the Poland game, he collected the ball on the right wing and drove straight at the defense. He beat the first defender before getting dispossessed, but it was a sign of things to come.Later, from a similar position, he played a one-two with Nani and thumped a shot that deflected into the corner to become – at 18 years, 316 days – the youngest scorer in a European Championship knockout game. He was already the youngest player to start for Portugal in a major tournament.Sanches’ work rate also stands out. He just never stops.”He’s got no fear. He just doesn’t care,” Fonte said. “He goes and asks for the ball every second.”He’s got power and strength, energy to run all day and great ability. It is lucky for Bayern Munich that they have him.”Wales’ players: Consider yourselves warned. There’s plenty more to Portugal than Ronaldo.last_img read more

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