Edu: Wenger treated me like a son

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Former Arsenal midfielder Edu says that Arsene Wenger treated him like one of the family when he first arrived at the club.

The Brazilian went through a traumatic period at the time, losing his sister just before arriving, and there were issues with his passport that delayed the move.

All of which made his life difficult, but he says the way he was treated by the Arsenal manager helped him settle in and become a key part of title winning sides.

Speaking to ESPN, he said, “The beginning was difficult, it wasn’t easy to adapt. I went through a very difficult personal issue before I arrived in England. I lost my sister a week before I arrived.

“I received a lot of support from Arsene, the period of adaptation was not easy. The weather wasn’t easy either, because I arrived when it was winter in England and summer in Brazil.

“I learned a lot from Arsene Wenger and I carry with me what he taught me until today. He treated me like a son when I lost my sister, he was a guy that embraced not only me but my entire family.”

And he looks back fondly on his time in London, and the players he played alongside.

“The period at Arsenal when I had the opportunity to play alongside Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Vieira, Ljungberg, Ashley Cole and Lehmann that was a huge team,” he said.

“Thierry Henry really impressed me, he was by far in the best period of his career and one of the best in the world.

“Bergkamp is elegance personified and he is a great person, playing alongside him was incredible.

“In his position Patrick Vieira was one of the best I’ve ever seen and that I have ever played with. He was a complete midfielder and a very nice guy too.”

Edu is now the director of selection for the Brazil national team, and his star as one of the game’s administrators there is rising.

Thanks to @Stillberto for the translation

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N1 N8 N11 Gooner
N1 N8 N11 Gooner

Very fond of Edu especially when he won me ÂŁ200 at 20 to 1 at Newcastle in the FA cup for scoring first. Got smashed in the bigg market singing his name.

PeteyB
PeteyB

One Arsene Wenger.

Also, a little aside. How much control does blogs have over advertising that pops up? Often I’ll be innocently enjoying a quality article and then find myself looking at Christiano Ronaldos abs. To put it very mildly, I don’t like it. Indeed it makes me want to stick burning pokers in my eyes. Can anything be done to rectify this?

Edu's Braces
Edu's Braces

Those braces worked a treat! 😀

Seriously, my favourite Arsenal player, summed up the ‘Arsenal way’. Lord of the triangles. And not to get too up ourselves but he would have been lost on other teams in England, especially then.

Edu's Braces
Edu's Braces

Also am i the only one who watched that fly on the wall series following him and Robbie Savage? Was seriously good.

John
John

Eduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Fletcher
Fletcher

And yet despite all what Wenger did for him, he opted to leave on free transfer at his peak when the team and the club needed him the most.

Edu's Braces
Edu's Braces

In his defence he was never 100% first choice and if I remember correctly (open to correction here) the club didn’t offer him wages on the higher end of the team’s structure. I understand some ill will even if I don’t share it but he is no Nasri.

Sebinho9
Sebinho9

He was first choice, ahead of Gilberto, including for much of the invincible season until he got injured.

Hadvar
Hadvar

I remember Edu reasonably fondly, but you are right. He saw the dollar signs, fucked off and frankly, never did as well anywhere else. For hector, this bloke is a warning from history. And, there are many more, too numerous to mention. He should ignore DNA references, stick with us and become a fucking legend.

SB
SB

I guess Wenger has been a Godfather to many young players, who when they grew in stature turned their backs on him.

Pearson
Pearson

Working out a contract is professional and ethical.

Heisenberg
Heisenberg

I spotted him once in Barnet, he was driving a silver BMW X5 with the number plate X5 EDU. He did a 3 point turn in front of me and he waved to say thanks. I was really star struck at the time. No the same as when John Jensen was behind me in the queue in MacDonalds.

GoonerAbroad
GoonerAbroad

Edu had a funny old career by the sounds of it (I was too young to remember in his arsenal peak) but Wikipedia says he was an instrumental part of the invincible side before flopping and having his contract cancelled at an average Valencia side and then the same at Corinthians, then retiring having only played 180 professional games. An enigma.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

His career was ruined by injuries. Serious footballer when fit

Stillberto
Stillberto

He did his cruciate ligament about a month after signing for Valencia, then recovered and did it again about 3 months later. Corinthians was a bit of a sentimental homecoming, but his knees were pretty fucked by then. They gave him a Director of Football job and he was really good at it, so now he does a similar job for the national team. He’s very highly rated in that regard. He’s the youngest person to hold that position by some distance I think.

Pearson
Pearson

I remember him being an elegant player in a team full of amazing players. We had a winning team playing amazing football when he played. I think any player’s standard would have been raised in that environment, hell even I would have looked good in those teams.

billybobjojo
billybobjojo

You never said in the article if he found his sister after?

Dial square
Dial square

Cock

Papyrus
Papyrus

Childish

GH
GH

And fairly sick

charley
charley

what an idjit, what some people do to get downvotes and seem popular is sickening. blogs can’t you delete some posts/comments

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

I understand the Mel Brooks reference (if that is what you were going for), but that’s the kind of black comedy usually reserved for the family of the person who has passed on.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

What a classy response to the comment above: no animosity or name-calling, just a polite objection.

Well done to you, Sir.

new guy
new guy

“Bergkamp is elegance personified”
Yes.

Matty
Matty

billybobjojo – get out of here u troll

Dawn
Dawn

Don’t you just love Arsene Wenger. He is AWesome. ??????????

dennisthemenace
dennisthemenace

“some issues with his passprt”… like the fairly crime of passport fraud hahaha

dennisthemenace
dennisthemenace

*fairly serious

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

I love Arsene-l Wenger and Arseblogenal

barry g
barry g

I met Edu once in a hotel in Paris. He was there with his girlfriend. Went to shake his hand and he started to chat. What a really nice man. I am not surprised he is a success in the management side of the game. Only regret was that due to injuries we missed a lot of his career. On his day he looked very comfortable in that amazing team.

Edu's nose
Edu's nose

The guy wasva fucking beast when fit. He was also immense in the run-in to the 2002 title campaign. and he capped it up with a gritty performance at the old toilet. what not to love about this guy

Le Bob
Le Bob

Always seemed like a nice bloke, Edu. Was a classy player, too.

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

One of my favourite and most unsung players of the Wenger era. Technically superb, strong tackler, a very very quick and tidy passer, he was like a human metronome.

I was gutted when he left but slightly understood as he was never really a guaranteed starter.

A close bereavement and career ending injury in your mid-20s for pro baller is shockingly unfortunate but it’s great to see he’s rebuilt himself as a highly respected figure in national football.

david9
david9

Arsenal under Arsene Wenger is more like a 20-year life coaching seminar. Bloody love the man. My dad was ace but he’s a great surrogate.

rmpauden
rmpauden

Everyone..i think..was sad o see Edu leave. He didn.t run down his contract,he waited after many injuries and we waited for him to get fit. By the time he did it was too late and Valencia had offered him the contractual security he needed. Given how it turned out it was probablh the correct call from Arsenal..sentiment aside

AK47
AK47

I miss Abou Diaby. Followers if d French league… Is he still playing football??

Ajibola

Did you know Edu was the first Brazilian to win the Premier League?