Edu is joining Arsenal from the Brazilian Football Confederation as first technical director after helping Brazil win their first Copa America in 12 years.
He will be on the flight to the United States as Gunnner’s pre-season tour gets underway on Thursday.
In his role as technical director, Edu will coordinate the work of first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of our squad.
Edu said: “Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role. We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”
Edu spent five seasons with Arsenal from 2001, making 30 appearances in 2003/04 unbeaten season. A hugely-talented midfielder and fans’ favourite, Edu represented Brazil 22 times and also had two spells with Corinthians and played for Valencia under Emery.
After ending his playing career in 2010, he became Corinthians director of football and has been the general coordinator of the Brazil national team, a role similar to the one he’s taken with Arsenal, since 2016.