By Joe Brewin

Edu says even the ‘Invincibles’ needed time to gel before they became a force in the Premier League.

The Brazilian midfielder was part of the all-conquering side that emerged unbeaten from the 2003/04 league campaign but, looking back, he admits it was not an overnight success.

That’s why Edu believes Arsenal’s new-look first team will eventually recover from their shaky start to the season and challenge once more.

“There are some big changes,” he told “They have sold two or three important players who are difficult to replace.

“For me, to build a good team you need time - like in our time. I remember for three or four years we were playing together and that is why we built a very good, strong team.

“They need the time and that is maybe why they are not doing so well yet.”

Edu has been back in London to gather ideas for Corinthians’ new stadium project having been appointed general manager back in Brazil. So, has he sought out Arsène Wenger for advice on his new role?

“Yes I have spoken to him but the advice he gave to me was during the times I was with him,” Edu said. “They were great times, I learned a lot and I told him this week that everything I learned was from him.

“Now I am manager of Corinthians it is quite different to managing in England. In Brazil we have a coach and then a manager. The coach looks after the team on the pitch and the manager looks at everything around that - they have to sign players and get other things done.

“But I learned a lot of things from Arsène Wenger and many things in Brazil too.”

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12 Oct 2011