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Arsenal appoint former midfielder as technical director

Last updated 11 months ago | By AFP

Former midfielder Edu has returned to Arsenal as the club's new technical director [AFP]

Former Arsenal midfielder Edu returned to the club on Tuesday to take up the role of technical director with the Gunners.

"Edu will coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment," Arsenal said in a statement.

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Edu will leave his role as general coordinator for the Brazilian Football Confederation after the team won the Copa America on home soil.

The 41-year-old, a member of Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League winning squad in 2003/04, will become the club's first-ever sporting director as they continue to modernise their recruitment structure following the departure of Arsene Wenger last year.

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"His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward," said Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi.

"He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision."

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Edu played under Arsenal manager Emery at Valencia and believes the future is bright for the club despite failing to qualify for the Champions League for three seasons in a row.

"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."