At £15m, Edu might’ve found absolute steal for Arsenal – our view


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Every man and their dog knows that Arsenal spent £150 million a tad questionably during the summer transfer window.

The Gunners splashed the cash in a massive way but whether or not they invested well, and signed good players, remains to be seen.

Some £50 million was splurged on Ben White, who only had one season of Premier League experience under his belt. Another £30 million was spent on Aaron Ramsdale, the 23-year-old goalkeeper who has three relegations on his CV.

Nuno Tavares, at £7 million, is a low-risk investment but is only ever going to be Kieran Tierney’s understudy.

Martin Odegaard returned on a permanent basis for £30 million, having only scored twice during a half-season loan at the Emirates Stadium, while Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu, who set them back another £20 million, was offered to most clubs in the Premier League, which is never encouraging.

Edu did orchestrate at least one piece of blinding business, though – and that was bringing in Albert Sambi Lokonga.

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Potential star

Not that the bar is high, with Arsenal having lost their first three Premier League games this season, but Lokonga has been their best player so far and why Mikel Arteta brought on Mohamed Elneny instead of him in the 5-0 drubbing by Manchester City will puzzle supporters all season.

Against Chelsea, he was arguably the only player who could’ve left the Emirates with his head held high after a powerful midfield display, the like of which he produced last night.

The 21-year-old earned his Belgium debut by making a cameo in the final quarter away to Estonia, producing a number of exciting dribbles that evoked memories of – dare we say it – Tottenham legend Mousa Dembele.

Not that Lokonga is at that level yet, but his early Arsenal career, coupled with his international bow, suggests that he’s a star in the making.

And for only £15 million, well this might be remembered as one of Edu’s better deals from an overall suspect summer.

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