Arsenal’s new technical director and former representative, Edu, linked-up with the Gunners from the Brazil national fold, and now he’s back in north-London, the eager 41-year-old wants to immerse himself in all things Arsenal.
Brazil claimed their first piece of major silverware, 17 years in the making, after winning the 2019 Copa America on home soil earlier this month but now, with a fresh challenge ahead, Edu’s prepared to become an integral part of Unai Emery’s backroom staff.
Edu, who made 127 appearances under Arsene Wenger’s command, was a valued member of the fabled Les Invincibles, so he certainly understands how to concoct a triumphant formula.
Following his appointment , the midfield legend of yesteryear joined Arsenal on their pre-season tour of America and is adamant that he will make his mark upon every aspect of the club on a daily basis by being an approachable figure, on and off the training field.
Meeting Emery’s collective earlier this week, Edu – courtesy of a report published by Metro – outlined that he’s a proactive operator that will seek out support and resolutions, rather than camping in his office and waiting for them to arise.
“There are a lot of things to do, but I will try to explain to you a little bit about almost everything.” He said.
“People always say that the technical director has to look after and be involved in the process of signing players, selling players, keeping players, loaning players.
“That’s an important part of the job of course and I understand that. But for me there are more important things in front of that – we have to look after what we have today.
“We have to work hard today. We have to look after our squad today. The future is the future, and signing players means sometimes the future, and of course I have to be involved in that process, but I also have to take care of today.
“I explained to the players when I arrived that I’m not the guy who stays inside the office and waits for someone to knock on my door and send a message to me.
“I want to be involved in the process, I want to be on the inside, I want to be with them, I want to be with Unai, I want to be with the staff as well, to try and advise them if they need it, and give some advice for them.
“Being involved is important and that’s what I really believe from today.”
Since the emergence of electrifying youth prospects such as Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah amongst others, Edu also recognises that nurturing future mainstays is crucial to Arsenal’s progression.
“The link with the academy is very important because people always forget about it, because they talk about signing big names, but we have to take care of the academy as well. That’s one point I have to be linked with.” He added.
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