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Arsenal officially have a Technical Director in place

The former Invincible midfielder has a huge task ahead of him. Let’s hope he’s up for the challenge.

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The long-rumored appointment of Edu as Arsenal’s first-ever technical director has now officially been announced by the club. The former Invincible midfielder, who played for Arsenal from 2001-2005, arrives with a wealth of organizational experience that has followed his playing career– most recently holding the title of Brazil national team’s technical director.

Arsenal shed light on what Edu’s responsibilities will be in this new role with the club, with Head of Football Raul Sanllehi being quoted as saying “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.”

Edu will fly out with the club on Thursday to the United States as they embark on their preseason tour, and while it will be hard from the fans’ perspective to pinpoint where his influence has impacted future squad moves many will be closely watching these next few weeks leading up to the season if they’re able to continue to regenerate the roster with players that can immediately step in to the first-team.

Welcome, Edu. Enjoy the ride, and for God’s sake please help us get out of this mess.