Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has returned to the Emirates Stadium to become the teams first, technical director.
The 41-year-old former midfielder has played for the North London club between 2001 and 2005 and formed part of Wenger’s unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ team back in 2004.
It was announced on Tuesday that the former Brazilian playmaker would take on the new role at the North London club.
“In his role as technical director, Edu will coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of our squad,” Arsenal said in the statement confirming the deal.
The 41-year-old midfielder made 127 games for the Gunners and found back of the net 12 times and would go on to play under current Norht London club head coach Unai Emery at La Liga outfits Valencia.
He will link up with current Arsenal boss, Unai Emery and his players later this week when they travel to the USA to begin their pre-season tour after departing in a similar role with the Brazil national side following their Copa America victory.
Welcome home, Edu 👋
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“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,” he said.
“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.”
The 41-year-old former midfielder lifted two Premier League trophies and has claimed the two FA Cup trophies during his time with the Gunners and also has previous experience of working as a technical role at Corinthians.
It is believed he played a vital role in helping Arsenal land the signing of highly-rated Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli, the 18-year-old arriving from Ituano last week.