Edu plays down talk of Arsenal rift as rumours fly about lack of trust in Arteta

Dave Tindall

Arsenal technical director Edu has stressed that the Gunners are a united camp as they look to turn around their poor start to the Premier League season.

Mikel Arteta‘s men had slumped to 15th place in the table ahead of Wednesday night’s games. And their very latest form shows four defeats and a draw in the last five.

In that run of give games, Arsenal have managed just a single goal.

Inevitably, there has speculation that all is not right in the Gunners camp. But Edu has been quick to quash such stories.

The Brazilian gave his views to an Arsenal fan forum.

As reported by Goal, he said of the speculation: “The stories about a split between the players and Arteta are not true.

“Stories about players not believing and not trusting Mikel are not true.”

The lack of goals and struggle to create chances are behind much of Arsenal’s recent woes.

And that has led to some saying Arteta isn’t the right man to lead the team forward.

Ozil dilemma still hangs over Arsenal

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Predictably, plenty of Gunners fans can see an obvious solution: Mesut Ozil.

The German has been left of the squad entirely for the first part of the season. Arteta isn’t ruling out a return although Ozil has not been included in their squad list for the Premier League or Europa League.

It means Arsenal cannot use him until January at the earliest.

Edu didn’t specifically comment on the Ozil situation but did stress that Arsenal need a midfield spark.

He said: “It’s quite clear what we need. We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.

“As a Brazilian, I’m very open. I’m not scared to say things. We are not comfortable in this situation we’re in. Every single club has problems.”