of the heros of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side has expressed his surprise at the Arsenal of today.

Edu Gaspar, who helped secure two Premier League crowns for Arsene Wenger in only four years in north London, claims that the Gunners’ inability to retain its prized assets over the past eight years has contributed to what is becoming a long trophy drought.

Asked whether he ever thought the FA Cup triumph he enjoyed on his final day as an Arsenal player would go on to be the club’s last taste of silverware to date, the Brazilian was quick to admit his disbelief.

“No! No, because I did not imagine that Arsenal would sell so many big players in such a short period of time as they have done.” Edu confessed

“But even then because of Arsenal’s grander, I did not imagine that the club could spend so long without winning a title because I got used to Arsenal back in the early days, winning so many trophies ” He added

By the end of his Arsenal stay in May 2005, Edu was looking back at five major honours in the red and white, and despite the failures of those who have taken over from him, Arsenal’s former no. 17 is adamant that the Gunners will rediscover their glorious days.

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“The club will return to winning ways. It will restructure itself once again because it is a team that deserves it” Edu said