It’s not known exactly when Edu will be officially appointed as Arsenal’s Technical Director, but it’s now abundantly clear that he will leaving his position with the Brazilian national side and returning to the club with which he won two Premier League titles in the early 2000s.
Having triumphed in the Copa America, the way is clear for the 41 year to pack his bags and come back to North London, and speaking after the 3-1 win over Peru, Cléber Xavier – assistant to Tite – told reporters that a replacement was being sought.
“Now a new executive comes to take Edu’s place,” he said, alongside some other stuff which doesn’t make a lot sense through Google Translate, but isn’t in any way relevant to Arsenal.
The arrival of the former Gunner has been widely expected for some time, and there are suggestions that he was involved in the signing of young Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli who was officially announced as an Arsenal player last week.
With just a month of this transfer window remaining, and having been focused on the Copa America, it remains to be seen how much influence – if any – Edu will have on our business this summer.
Having only finalised one deal (Martinelli), there are plenty of issues still to deal from an incoming and outgoing point of view, so there’s work there straight away as and when he arrives.
There are the logistical details to sort out too, packing up, moving his family, and settling into life in London again, so realistically his work might not begin in earnest until after this window closes.