Edu says it will be his responsibility to help implement short, mid and long-term plans at Arsenal in his role as Arsenal’s technical director.
The Brazilian, who played for the Gunners between 2001-2005, rejoined the club 11 days ago and has been a very visible presence on the tour of the US as he gets to know the current squad, coaching staff and management.
Pinpointed as ‘the final piece of the puzzle’ by both the football operations team and the club’s owners, Edu knows the pressure is on to win over a frustrated fanbase.
In his first interview with the club, the 41-year-old outlined where his priorities will lie in the coming weeks, months and years ahead.
“There are a lot of things to do, but I will try to explain to you a little bit about almost everything,” he said.
“People always say that the technical director has to look after and be involved in the process of signing players, selling players, keeping players, loaning players.
“That’s an important part of the job of course and I understand that. But for me there are more important things in front of that – we have to look after what we have today. We have to work hard today. We have to look after our squad today.
“The future is the future, and signing players means sometimes the future, and of course I have to be involved in that process, but I also have to take care of today. I explained to the players when I arrived that I’m not the guy who stays inside the office and waits for someone to knock on my door and send a message to me.
“I want to be involved in the process, I want to be on the inside, I want to be with them, I want to be with Unai, I want to be with the staff as well, to try and advise them if they need it, and give some advice for them. Being involved is important and that’s what I really believe from today.
“The link with the academy is very important because people always forget about it, because they talk about signing big names, but we have to take care of the academy as well. That’s one point I have to be linked with.”
It should help that Edu and Unai Emery already have a working relationship. The duo crossed paths in Valencia in 2008 when the Brazilian was still playing.
“For me, it’s a big pleasure to be back working with him again because it doesn’t matter if he is my coach, if I am the technical director right now – in the end we are talking about respect.
“It doesn’t matter which position you are. We had a lot of respect when I was a footballer and we still have a big respect in the position that I am in right now. But he is still the same.
“Working really hard, with a lot of energy. So that’s important for the club and for the players as well.”
At the end of a week when over 100,000 supporters have signed a petition expressing dissatisfaction at the way the club is being run by Stan Kroenke, Edu also attemped to sound a positive note ahead of the new season.
A multiple title winner and ‘Invincible’ during his Highbury days, he’s desperate for the supporters to once again enjoy their relationship with the club.
“I want to see the fans enjoying, as before, the club even more,” he said. “I” know how they live the club, how they love the club and we have to give them something back so they can enjoy again the club.”
If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, it’s well worth reading / watching Edu’s full interview – available now on Arsenal.com.