Arsenal chief Edu insists it “doesn’t make sense” to sign new players in positions where they are happy with their options.
Much has been made of the club’s summer transfer activity as they sit bottom of the Premier League.
The Gunners spent over £150m but much of their investment has been made with a long-term view in mind.
That has done little to arrest their poor form with Mikel Arteta seeing his side lose three on the bounce without scoring.
It is the team’s worst start to a season since the 1950s and poor recruitment has been largely blamed.
The likes of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard were all bought in for considerable fees.
Questions have been asked as to whether Arsenal needed to sign players capable of making an immediate impact, but Edu has responded to such claims.
“Again, we need a foundation. We need players to play and then we need players to cover the first XI,” he told Sky Sports.
“Now let’s put it into context. For example, in the midfield, you have Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. So, for me and for Mikel it doesn’t make sense to sign another player to be on top of them if they are the ones that are going to be playing.
“That’s why we chose Albert Sambi Lokonga to help them.
“If you go up front we have Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli. I want to see them playing together.
“In the number 10 position, we saw a gap there because we just have Emile Smith Rowe. We needed a number 10 with the same quality to be there, help and play.”
Their next game is at home to Norwich, where they will be expected to pick up three points.
Arteta is under pressure to improve on last season’s eighth place showing in what is his second full season at the helm.
Edu admits the team’s current predicament is not up to standards but has challenged the group to stay united.
He added: “Talking about my role, I understand the pressure. I understand the pressure on me, Mikel, the board and the club because the situation we are in now is not acceptable.
“But, now is the moment for everybody to be together and I would like to see people step forward in difficult moments and take the responsibility.”