Tuesday, May 24, 2022

CBF open door for Edu to join Arsenal

The Brazilian Football Confederation will not stop Edu from taking over as Technical Director at Arsenal after waiving a potential fee for leaving his contract early.

Globo Esporte report that the CBF has come to the same agreement with Sylvinho, previously head coach Tite’s assistant, who is heading to France to take up the head coach position at Lyon. Edu could have been asked to pay up to £1.6 million.

Our former midfielder is due to take up his new role at the Emirates after Brazil’s Copa America campaign.

The Selecao start their campaign tomorrow against Bolivia and are amongst the hot favourites to reach the final in Rio de Janeiro on 7 July.

It’s been suggested that Edu has played a role in helping us sign 17-year-old compatriot Gabriel Martinelli – due to be officially announced in the coming weeks – but for the most part, he’s expected to take a back seat role in this summer’s transfer window.

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Would be great to have him at Arsenal. Loved him as a player, especially playing in Europe.


Not a good reason enough.


Well, Wenger working for Nagoya Grampus Eight from Aichi Prefecture in Japan wasn’t a good enough reason to hire him as Arsenal manager either


That’s a seriously absurd counter-argument!


True, but why waste logic on rebutting one of Santori’s arguments ?

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I am sure he will bring brazilian talents to Arsenal but we need to show them the money as well.


Obviously it’s a bit late in the day for him to have much impact this summer, but I guess this is a longer term appointment and if the club reckon he’s the right man (this time) then hopefully it’s worth waiting for. It’s so important that they get this appointment right. He’s the one that’s hopefully going to deliver the long term identity for our football and provide a coherent strategy for squad building, both of which we’re severely short of. While Emery might be gone in a year or two, the hope has to be that Edu is here… Read more »


I don’t see what he brings. Being coordinator for Brazil is not the same as operating in European transfers. Looks more like Raul wants a man he can control and one that won’t challenge his position. Would much prefer we spend the best money we have on Campos at Lille. We have lost a lot of clout in market since Wenger’s departure and with our brand sliding over last 3 seasons. I don’t think we are considered in the same manner as before when many agents would link good talent to us for benefit. That said, we are without a… Read more »


We had lost clout in the market a while before Wenger’s last season. Our performances and reputation have been sliding for the best part of a decade.


Don’t care for Gabriel Martinelli. Not a good reason. Its worrying bc Raul himself wasn’t exactly known for transfers at Barca. he certainly has made mistakes with Mslintat not least with over loading on wages leading to Panic Loan era in January. And Edu does not have experience. The owner of course has other sporting interest to distract him. Venkatasham is more a money man. So we seem rather rudderless. Wenger (or all his faults) carried plenty of (justifiable) weight with transfer dealings and generally flattered to deceive bc he was excellent with spotting talent (It masked his tactical allergies)… Read more »


For young players from Brazil we should be looking at slightly older prospects like Everton at Gremio or Pedrinho, Neres.

Understandably they will cost a lot more but we need direct impact.

Young players to Academy great but if you’re to bring in a Technical Director, you’d hope he can bring influence to bear with players we need for the now.

Like Campos, he has plenty of influence at Lille (previously Monaco…now shelled out) but also maybe something to bear on the new generation of Portugese talent (particularly in midfield)

Kwame Ampadu Down

‘Don’t care for Gabriel Martinelli’

Your knowledge of Brazilian 17 year olds must be extraordinarily deep. Let us all bow to your genius.


I am trying but failing to understand how anyone can have an issue with us signing a Brazilian prospect for very little money. If he doesn’t work out then he’ll be moved on, it’s about as low risk of a transfer as we can do in this kind of market. We need to start thinking like Monaco and their ilk. They take lots of small gambles on young players, and with their top scouting a lot of them end up skyrocketing in value. Even a 1 in 10 success rate would yield dividends, whether by adding to our transfer budget,… Read more »

Ozil's vision

Wellington Silva anyone?

Tasmanian Jesus

You like to write a lot, but what you have to say is not very interesting.

Don Cazorleone

Particularly when your “knowledge” is clearly all from football manager


Much Edu about nothing




it won’t be easy for him. either edu, or he don’t


I am happy to sit on the fence on this one, Good luck Edu.

Donny curacao

We still look like we wont make good signings or have a killer instinct in the transfer market. Its the same old unkown names and falling short on transfer fees. Not focusing on the actual problem areas which is now everywhere on the pitch. We cant flog all our dead wood or improve the first team no matter who we bring in. Our only hope at the moment is our youth. Maybe 2 good signings. The club dont know how to buy players that will sell for alot any more and theres still the contract dealings. I like edu but… Read more »


I’m pleased that this is moving forward now and I’m sure that Edu would have been involved in a lot of discussions already about the summer transfers. It’s not like he could only start talking to people at the club the day his appointment is announced. I’d rather a person like Edu who knows the club and understands the football we should be playing, than an unknown face from somewhere else, and I’m sure he’ll do a good job.


Because Brazil don’t want him. This is a way of good-bye and good-riddance from them.
Welcome to Arsenal.

I think apart from the fact that he was with us for 4 seasons (that too in-and-out of the 1st team), I’m not sure what he’s supposed to bring to the table or has experience in dealing with as Technical Director.

Another mediocre ‘there was no one else so we got you’ Denis Suarez type appointment.


Sylvinho’s coaching??!!!! That’s fucking excellent!


I don’t think this is an evolution more like a “safe-play” from Raul Sanllehi.
I still miss Mislintat. The guy should have been our sporting director. He could bring back the “buy low and sell high” era.
Raul Sanllehi on the other hand is an old fashion guy. Edu could help us more in South American market but i highly doubt he could deliver some smart deals in the Europe.

Funny, we still rely on Sven Mislintat’s suggestion on Carrasco and Schubert.

Merlin’s Panini

No idea if Edu will be good in the role but who knows until he does it.
Given we didn’t get someone more experienced in it would likely be that they were unwilling to come or too expensive (or both).

Dave Cee

Our Sylvinho?

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