How Arsenal saved £18m in Mikel Arteta’s perfect transfer deal

Since taking over as Arsenal’s technical director in 2019, Edu has been heavily criticised for his transfer market activity. He is, however, beginning to demonstrate why he has been so crucial to the Gunners’ rebuild.

The current summer transfer window exemplifies Edu’s successful job in ensuring Arsenal remains at the top in the coming years.

While rival Premier League clubs continue to frantically panic buy to improve their team before the window closes, Edu has already gone to great lengths to ensure that this is not the case for the north London club.

Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, with Spanish reports quoting a fee of €75 million Euros (£63 million), including add-ons.

Arsenal had previously been linked with the Sweden international.

Newcastle’s decision to risk spending heavily on Isak before the end of the transfer window has highlighted Edu’s successful job. Arsenal had already signed Gabriel Jesus prior to the start of pre-season, which aided the Gunners.

He currently plays for Real Sociedad and has 42 goals in 124 La Liga appearances, demonstrating plenty of promise along the way.

But it would be risky to bring him in for such a high price, seeing as though he is yet to experience Champions League football or compete for the biggest trophies.

The Gunners were heavily linked with the 22-year-old near the end of the January transfer window, but a deal never materialised due to concerns about his £75 million release clause, according to The Athletic.

Rather than risking a large investment on a potential deal, as Newcastle has done, Edu sought out the ideal substitute in Jesus. Given the 25-year-old started in the Premier League, a fee of £45 million appears to be an absolute steal.

According to Squawka, Jesus has the highest xG in the Premier League this season, as well as the most goals and assists, touches in the opposition box, and completed take-ons.

However, the fact that he ranks fifth in Premier League history for goal involvement per minute without a penalty gives him the keys to becoming an iconic Premier League striker. Every 107.6 minutes, Jesus assists on a goal through Orbinho.

He not only has valuable Premier League experience, but he has also elevated the Arsenal team and has started the season well for Arteta’s side without the need for an adaptation period that Isak will most likely require.

And this shows that Edu was correct to save £20million on a deal to sign Jesus instead of the Swedish striker.