Edu explains why Arsenal signed Thomas Partey, Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes

Arsenal technical director Edu has explained the key attributes Thomas Partey, Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes each hold and why the club fought so hard to sign them.

It was a successful summer for the Gunners as the club managed to seal the contract extensions of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Add to that the additions Partey, Willian and Magalhaes and Mikel Arteta has a side to be reckoned with.

Edu was influential in much of Arsenal's transfer action and detailed why the three arrivals above are so key.

"I think we improved the squad's quality and physicality. 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," he told Arsenal's official website.

"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.

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"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."

Speaking about how well Arsenal's transfer process went this summer, Edu did make it clear that it's not just down to him.

"It is not only Edu," he said. "It is not only Mikel Arteta, we have a lot of people around us in the club that it is important to mention as well, financial, legal, medical, recruitment, our loan manager, but we cannot forget of course the support, of which I received a lot of, from the board and the owners.

"Without them, we cannot do much and I feel really comfortable with the way we are working and communicating together, we are talking almost every day right now so that is brilliant.

"I tell them with that possibility to have that type of relationship, I feel much stronger. That is the way they give to me and to Mikel as well, so that is the way we are working right now."

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