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Before this summer it’s fair to say that Edu hadn’t done the best job as Arsenal’s Sporting Director.

The Brazilian had brokered a number of questionable deals that seemingly didn’t improve the Gunners’ squad, while he’d also consistently struggled to shift any wantaway players.

Indeed, the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi all left the club for absolutely nothing, while signings such as David Luiz and Willian simply didn’t work out.

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However, Edu seems to have turned something of a corner recently. He’s recruited smartly, signing talented young players who fit Mikel Arteta’s system to a tee such as Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu, but perhaps his most genius decision was sanctioning a player sale.

Indeed, this summer Arsenal received £25m for Joe Willock from Newcastle, and three months on, that looks like a brilliant piece of business for the Gunners.

Think about it, Willock was sold at the perfect time, his stock was at its highest after he netted seven goals in seven games for Newcastle to keep the Magpies up during his initial loan spell, and after the Magpies’ recent takeover, it’s looking like an even smarter piece of business.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that Willock is a bad player. After all, Mikel Arteta did once describe him as ‘special’, but can you really imagine him playing a key role at the richest club in world football when they have ambitions of playing in the Champions League?

Simply put, Willock isn’t the type of player Newcastle are likely to be signing from now on, and Arsenal timed this sale to perfection – albeit slightly inadvertently.

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Regardless of Newcastle becoming the richest club in the world, on the pitch Willock is already showing signs that his incredible run towards the end of last season was nothing but a purple patch. He’s not scored a single goal this season, while his underlying stats are also down, taking fewer shots, making fewer key passes and completing fewer dribbles than he did last term.

Newcastle look to have overpaid for a player who now isn’t likely to be a part of their long-term plans in a post-takeover world and Arsenal were very lucky with the timing of this sale.

The Gunners are surely laughing all the way to the bank after this deal.

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In other news, Newcastle blow: £21m star reportedly eyed for Toon loan to undergo foot surgery