Arsenal: Arteta laments Xhaka red card in Burnley loss
Arsenal chief Edu has dismissed claims the relationship between manager Mikel Arteta and defender David Luiz has soured. Following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley at the Emirates, reports surfaced that Arteta and Luiz are no longer on speaking terms. However, Luiz’s representatives hit back at those claims shortly after they were made.
And now Arsenal’s technical director and former Invincible Edu says there isn’t a problem between Arteta and Luiz.
Former Chelsea star Luiz hasn’t played since suffering a cut on his head following the collision with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez earlier this month.
“I see the players, everyone believing in what we are doing, and that’s the message,” Edu told the Mirror.
“Because I started to hear from the outside, by the press, ‘players have a problem, some of the players not believing in Mikel, Mikel and David not talking…’ – It’s not right.
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“Nothing happened like people are saying and I don’t want that kind of thing to build externally to something which is not true internally.
“I want people to understand that what we are doing here, we are in the process to have a beautiful future.”
Arsenal have lost their last four Premier League matches at home and sit 15th in the table.
But Edu is convinced Arteta is the right man to lead the club forward.
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“I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future,” Edu added.
“It’s very strange to say that in this moment, but I have to be fair – that’s the way I see the photo. And I always believed, and knew, it’d be a big challenge.
“We have to be patient. I know asking for patience for Arsenal is very strange because everyone has said that for long, long periods.
“But I’m here today to give to you guys the word that everything is fine internally but the results aren’t coming, but I think we’re going to change it very soon.”
Edu is also excited by the young players at the club who have been given their chance by Arteta this season.
“If you see how many young players get a chance,” he continued.
“Joe Willock got a place, Emile Smith Rowe is starting to be on the bench, Ainsley Maitland-Niles start to be in the international team and Bukayo has been unbelievable.
“There is a lot of them and don’t forget, Kieran Tierney is young, Gabriel is young, Gabriel Martinelli is young – we have a quite interesting future in the club when you are talking about these players – we have a beautiful future.”
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