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Arsenal name former player Edu as new technical director

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Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2019, 14:28

"I'm looking forward to helping make a difference". Edu's brief will also involve coordinating the club's first-team coaching staff and work within the academy. His last assignment was at the Copa America, which Brazil won on Sunday.

After sealing a switch to Arsenal Saliba will, however, return to the Ligue 1 club on loan for the 2019-20 season, rather than linking up with Unai Emery's side straight away. Sportsmail reported last month that talks over the Brazilian's return to the Gunners, where he played between 2001 and 2005, were at an advanced stage.

Arsenal have confirmed that Edu is their new technical director after their former midfielder left his role with the Brazil national team.

Saliba, who is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in French football, has been a long-term target for Arsenal.

"It can be an unsettling period for any player and that is understandable but until a club comes up with any sort of realistic valuation of the player we don't have to do anything and we won't".

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Former Brazil global Edu spent five seasons with Arsenal between 2001-2005, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups. Arsenal's purse strings have been tightened by their failure to qualify for the Champions League for a second successive season.

MARIANO DIAZ, who played once for the Dominican Republic, is on the radar for two London clubs as a cut-price bargain from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Speaking to the official Arsenal website, the Spaniard appeared to be delighted with the appointment, saying: "His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward".