Brazilian Edu returns to Arsenal as technical director

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

Emery needs to bring in a left-back, centre-back, midfielder and at least one forward before the start of the new season and with a reported budget of around £45m to spend, I just don't see us spending it all on Vazquez and Diaz.

Arsenal have named former player Edu as their first ever technical director.

Edu made 127 appearances for Arsenal and scored 12 goals and would go on to play under current Gunners head coach Unai Emery at Valencia.

Edu will work alongside the coaching staff, the academy and recruitment staff to strengthen Arsenal's first-team squad. Edu was the general coordinator of the Brazil national team and helped the team to win Copa America on Monday.

Edu was part of the club's "Invincibles" side which won the 2003-04 Premier League title without losing a match, having won the league two seasons prior.

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This year has seen a breakthrough though and he reached his first quarter-final at the Australian Open. He added: "I had a tough match in the third round (against Hubert Hurkacz)".

Emery will no doubt need cover for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette if Arsenal are to compete for a top four place in the Premier League this season and avoid missing out on Champions League football for a fourth straight year.

"Juninho also represents the Brazilian football that lifts trophies". He understands the club and what we stand for to our millions of fans around the world.

Talks over the deal progressed significantly over the weekend - with both clubs now thrashing out the final details of the transfer, which will be Arsenal's second of the summer window following the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli.

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Arsenal's Head of Football Raul Sanllehi said of the appointment: "We're very excited that Edu is joining the team". It is the first time the Gunners have employed someone in such a role.

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