It’s always interesting to see what ex-players do after their days of playing the beautiful game, especially in the modern age. A lot of us, as fans, would’ve grown up not even realising that the majority of the biggest non-playing figures actually did play professionally back in the day. Of course, there are some members in the industry that didn’t, but that tends to be much rarer.
An interesting opportunity
Today we’re taking a look at a report from the Evening Standard, which indicates that former Arsenal midfielder Edu is being considered for a director of football position with the Gunners. There are contrasting reports when it comes to how far this has gone, with some saying contact has already been made and that the Brazilian football association are aware of the situation. Other reports in Brazil suggest that an actual offer has been put forward, as the 40 year old begins to weigh up whether or not it’s worth leaving his current position as general coordinator of the Brazilian national team.
This is believed to be a part of a big restructuring at Arsenal, which kind of began when Ivan Gazidis decided to make the transition over to Italian football. It was a decision that many Gunners fans welcomed, and given the reputation of Edu from his playing days, it’d certainly be intriguing to see how this particular idea is received.
Edu played for Arsenal between the years of 2001 and 2005, winning two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Community Shield during his tenure with the club. Some would argue that he didn’t play as big of a role in those success stories as many would think, but we’d argue that should only strengthen the desire for supporters to see him get the job.
Why? Because it’s clearly not based on name value, with a good example being Thierry Henry’s appointment at Monaco. Edu has clearly been able to prove to the higher-ups that he would fit into this kind of role well, and who are we to say otherwise? It’s a really intriguing opportunity both for him and the club, and we’re interested to see how it all unfolds.
Do you think Edu would succeed as director of football for Arsenal?