New signing David Luiz has heaped praise on Arsenal’s technical director Edu – but is the former midfielder the Gunners’ unsung hero of the summer?
Luiz was the final man through the door at the Emirates, completing an £8 million move from Chelsea on deadline day.
The experienced defender penned a two-year deal with the club and has been tipped by many to make his debut at home to Burnley this weekend.
And Luiz, who is the only member of the playing squad who has won the Premier League, was quick to praise fellow Brazilian Edu, a member of Arsenal’s legendary ‘invincibles’ squad.
Talking to the club’s official website, cited by the Daily Star, Luiz said:
Edu was a great player, a very talented player – someone who everyone enjoyed watching play.
He was a great guy, a great person and he is ready for this role because he’s intelligent.
He knows how to be with people, he knows how to win things, he is a winner and he is going to try to improve the club.
I think around the world people are attracted to good players, especially Brazilian players.
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The majority of Gunners fans have been heaping praise on the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, and rightly so, however, Edu should also be receiving plenty of the plaudits.
The 41-year-old joined earlier in the summer as technical director and has really made a positive impact around the club. The former midfielder would have worked closely with Sanllehi as the Gunners brought in several marquee signings.
The likes of Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney and William Saliba all completed big-money moves to the Emirates, three deals Edu would have probably played a key role in.
Edu spent four years as a player with the Gunners, winning four major honours during that time. He’s well-travelled, experienced and has plenty of contacts around the world, and looks to have made a great impression in his new role, something Arsenal fans will be hoping that continues during his time in London.