He may have walked away from the club on a free back in 2005 but Edu’s relationship with Arsenal remains very strong.
Now the Director of Football at Brazilian giants Corinthians, the 34-year-old was invited back to London this week to chat with the Gunners’ hierarchy where, amongst other things, he discussed the quality of the pitch at the Emirates and how the stadium operates on match days.
According to Brazilian publication Lance, the purpose of the former midfielder’s N5 jaunt was to fact find ahead of the opening of the new Arena Corinthians stadium which has been selected as one of the venues for the World Cup in 2014.
It’s believed that in addition to chatting manicured lawns, changing room size and Andre Santos’ love of rainbows, Edu was particularly interested in learning how far his club can push acceptable financial boundaries when pricing up fish and chips. Apparently, he’s also bagged his own groundsman a future meeting with the team at Arsenal.
“The affection that Arsenal showed me to invite me, and then to help me was huge,” Edu is quoted as saying by Sport Witness.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity for this information to use in the football management of the Arena Corinthians.”
One of the reasons why Corinthians fans may have to exchange gold bullion for pre-game grub is down to an interest in signing Carlos Tevez.
Edu is believed to have called in on the Argentine striker while at the Soccerex conference in Manchester last week and will likely need all the cash he can get his hands on if he’s to persuade the City board to give up their once-in-a-lifetime chance of seeing Tevez picking up rubbish on the streets of Manchester as part of his community service.