Arsenal have appointed former midfielder as their director of football

Arsenal are considering former midfielder Edu for the role of director of football.

After 22-years of Arsene Wenger controlling the majority of football-related decisions, the Gunners have undergone a seismic transformation throughout the last 12 month. Arsene Wenger, himself, was replaced by a new boss Unai Emery over the summer, appointed by the club’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislinatat, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and former chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

But the latter’s Gazidis’s shock departure of AC Milan last month forced another reshuffle with Raul Sanllehi given the title of head of football and Vinai Venkatesham taking over from chief commercial officer to managing director.

Despite that raft of expertise, the Evening Standard is reporting, the north London giants are looking to strengthen their backroom staff still further with the addition of Edu, who held a similar role as director of football with Brazilian side Corinthians.

Unai Emery is understood to be ‘relaxed’ about the potential for further change at boardroom level, given he worked under a similar management structure at French giants Paris Saint-Germain where he won Ligue 1 several times.