Edu rejoins Arsenal in new role
Arsenal have confirmed that former midfielder Edu has been appointed the club's first technical director.
The 41-year-old, who made over 120 appearances for the Gunners between 2001 and 2005 and was part of their 'Invincibles' team, has left his role with the Brazilian Football Confederation to make the return to North London.
Edu's new role will see him, among other things, coordinate the work of both the first-team and academy at the Emirates Stadium, as well as overseeing player scouting and recruitment.
The former Valencia star, who retired from playing in 2010, is excited by his new position and he is hoping to play a key role in taking the club forward both on and off the pitch.
"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," Edu told the Arsenal website.
"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."
Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi certainly feels Edu is the right man to become the club's first technical director.
"We're very excited that Edu is joining the team," Sanllehi said. "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."
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