Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing Edu into the club’s backroom staff. The Brazilian is part of Arsenal folklore as part of the Invincibles squad, but it is more than a dose of nostalgia that makes the former midfielder a great fit.
Edu has received a thorough education since retiring from football, and has enjoyed success at another former club, Corinthians, as their Director of Football. Edu is currently working for the Brazilian national side alongside manager Tite, and the Selecao are benefitting from his footballing approach.
Where would Edu fit in if he did return to Arsenal though? Raul Sanllehi is now Head of Football, and there is not Director of Football currently, but would that setup work? With Sven Mislintat now the Technical Director, it is clear that the inner workings of the club and its recruitment is following the European model, rather than granting the manager full power to all aspects of the club.
The bottom line though, is that the addition of Edu to work in some capacity alongside Mislintat and Sanllehi would be a real boost to our operations. The Brazilian would give another useful viewpoint,coming from the aspect of a former player who has seen all sides of the game, which gives a better scope of circumstances.
It helps that Edu is beloved by the fans too. He forged a bond between fans and player with assured performances in our greatest ever season, and his short stint at Arsenal was filled with success.
It is unclear if negotiations would be hindered by the Selecao if Arsenal choose to make a move for Edu, or what role specifically Edu would fulfill, but anything that boosts our combined knowledge and also makes our staffing team a bit more relatable from a fans point of view - is a good thing and should be lauded.
Fingers crossed we see Edu join the likes of Freddie Ljungberg, Steve Bould and Per Mertesacker as former players who are forging a new dawn at the club.