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Edu - We had to adapt to the market

It has been an unprecedented summer of transfer window activity at the club.

We made six signings for our first team, and while 12 players departed only one of them - Joe Willock to Newcastle - was a permanent sale.

So what were the reasons for this?

"We found a very, very challenging window - not just for Arsenal, but for everyone," our technical director, Edu, told Arsenal Media. 

"If you see, there are not many teams selling around the world, there are a lot of loans with options to buy, so we did two - Matteo Guendouzi and Dinos Mavropanos - who are in that situation, with an obligation to buy as well but we worked the way the market is presenting to us as well. I cannot knock on the door of a club and say, 'Listen I am selling a player'. You have to do as well what is best for the club. 

"Sometimes you have to change a little bit of the direction, when you have some ideas to sell a player but it is not possible and then you have to create an opportunity to sell in the future. 

"Then you loan the player and see, the way we did with Joe Willock. That is a good example for us, he went on loan, played and then the market saw a bit more and came to buy. Let's see, maybe the next window we may be in a better position in terms of selling, but right now that is our reality."
 

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