Edu Named As Arsenal Technical Director
Edu joins Arsenal from the Brazilian Football Confederation as the Premier League club’s first technical director.
The former Gunner – a member of the Invincibles – joins the club after helping Brazil win their first Copa America in 12 years and will join the squad in the United States as their pre-season tour gets underway on Thursday.
In his role as technical director, Edu will coordinate the work of the first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of the squad.
Arsenal’s Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, said: “We’re very excited that Edu is joining the team. He has great experience and technical football knowledge and most importantly is a true Arsenal man. He understands the club and what we stand for to our millions of fans around the world.
“His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward. He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision and ensuring we have – and follow – a solid philosophy through all our football activities.”
Speaking of his appointment, Edu said: “Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role. We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”
Edu spent five seasons at the North London club from 2001, making 30 appearances in the 2003/04 unbeaten season. After ending his playing career in 2010, he became Corinthians director of football and has been the general coordinator of the Brazil national team, a role similar to the one he’s taken with Arsenal, since 2016.