By Kieran Maguire

12th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Kieran Maguire issues 'Galactico' claim after behind-the-scenes Arsenal transfer reveal

Arsenal have to be realistic in their transfer strategy – and they are smart to target young players ahead of “galacticos”.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about recent comments made by Arsenal technical director Edu.

Speaking to Sky Sports on 4 September, Edu revealed that Gunners’ focus is to sign players under the age of 23 in order to “create a good foundation”.

No team in the Premier League spent more money than Arsenal in the recently-closed summer transfer window.

But the Londoners have been scorned for what critics believe is a recent transfer history awash with flops.

And Maguire claims that Edu and his recruitment team are right to now focus on emerging talent rather than big-name stars.

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“It’s a good financial model,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“We have to be brutally honest and ask, how attractive is Arsenal to a player?

Everyone acknowledges that it isn’t going to be an instant return to former glories.

“Therefore, players might see Arsenal as a gateway club. If they can do well, they can move on to bigger clubs. So there are benefits to the players.

“A galactico, why would they come to Arsenal unless they are paid a huge amount of money?

“We saw with Willian, who is a good player but had a poor season, it doesn’t always work. They have had a few turkeys recently.

“They aren’t as attractive a proposition as they were when they had Henry, Bergkamp and Viera. Those days are a distant memory.”

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