Ex-Arsenal midfielder Edu has rejoined the London club assuming the role of technical director; the first ever in Arsenal’s history.
Edu rejoins the Gunners having contributed to Brazil’s first Copa America success since 2007.
Head of football Raul Sanllehi told Arsenal’s official website: “We’re very excited that Edu is joining the team.
“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.”
The nuts and bolts of what Edu’s role will involve were revealed in the press release on the Gunners’ website.
As the club’s maiden technical director, Edu will be responsible for developing closer links between various facets of the club, ranging from the first-team coaching group to the academy and scouting and recruiting department.
The increased harmony between sectors of the club is projected to boost efficiency and ultimately strengthen the squad across all levels.
Speaking on the appointment, Edu said: “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.
“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.”