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Club announcement

Edu named as our technical director


Edu is joining us from the Brazilian Football Confederation as our first technical director.

The former Gunner - a member of the Invincibles - comes to us straight after helping Brazil win their first Copa America in 12 years. He will be on the flight to the United States as our pre-season tour gets underway on Thursday.
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.



Head of football Raul Sanllehi said: “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.
“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 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.”



Edu spent five seasons with us from 2001, making 30 appearances in our 2003/04 unbeaten season. A hugely-talented midfielder and fans’ favourite, Edu represented Brazil 22 times and also had two spells with Corinthians and played for Valencia under Emery. 

After ending his playing career in 2010, he became Corinthians director of football and has been the general coordinator of the Brazil national team, a role similar to the one he’s taken with us, since 2016.

Press conference

Xhaka - It is not about the armband

Granit Xhaka before our game against Colorado Rapids in Denver

Granit Xhaka is ready to resume his leadership role and help us "create something special" this season, regardless of whether he's wearing the captain's armband.

Our Switzerland midfielder was in the captaincy group last term alongside Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Mesut Ozil.

It's a role he relishes, but says that leadership is about more than symbols.

"It is not about the armband," he said. "We have to work well together on the pitch, out of the pitch and we have to work together, all of the players," he said.

"If the club and the coach gives me the armband I will be happy of course. I will be very happy because it is something special. But it's not my first time [to be a captain] because I have been the captain here, I was before in Germany and the national team as well.

"Our leadership improved last season but this is not something you can change in one day," he added. "You need time and in my opinion we are on a good way to create something special in the team as well.

"For everyone, last season was something new. We had new staff and we had to learn new ideas from the coach, but I think we did well.

"We lost the [Europa League] final, a big game for us, but it was the first year together. It's the second year now together and I am looking forward to making a better season than last season."


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