New Arsenal technical director Edu: Knowing the fans will be important

John Stones

John Stones

Edu wants to bring a "strong mentality" to Arsenal, with the club's new technical director looking for the club to "fight for winning".

Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has been appointed to the newly-created role, which the club said will see the Brazilian "coordinate the work of our 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, who formed part of that "Invincibles" squad, has been returned to north London to help oversee matters off the field and deliver a reversal in fortune on it.

The 41-year-old, who played under Emery at Valencia, says the key to a winning mentality and a good season is results. You build a good mentality, ' Edu said in an interview with Arsenal Media.

Fellow Invincible Freddie Ljungberg also received a promotion this summer, replacing Steve Bould as Unai Emery's assistant, as the club hopes to breed some of the inspiring mentality that made the team a real force in the early millennia. It's unfair maybe, but the reality is like that. "Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility".

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Arsenal's captain Laurent Koscielny could leave this summer and as well as Mustafi as reports suggest that the club want to sell him, then Rob Holding's return and a new centre back would be a great summer for the gunners. 'Winning. fight for winning, and how do you do that?

"Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution", Emery said.

Martinelli, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka have also found the back of the net as Emery has taken a closer look at a number of the club's youngsters. "That was important because at the time winning was important, but you have to enjoy it as well and we did that with our group". Because we have a philosophy. 'The structure of the club changes a lot. "We were one point only away from the top four, but we need to do more, one more step". I understand that time is going against us but we have to be aware of that.

The jeers raise their own questions about the word "supporter", and it certainly does not feel right that a player is being booed simply because the fans do not deem him good enough.

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