Edu appointed ahead of the 2019-20 season

July 18, 2019

Is there finally a change on the horizon for Arsenal, after nearly a decade of capitulation at the final hurdle? Perhaps there is, following the recent appointment of former Gooner, Edu, as the club's first technical director.

The hope is that with Edu's experience and connections within the Brazil national team where he worked as the general coordinator, he will help to shape a new football philosophy that in turn will help bring in a new breed of exciting players from Brazil and beyond. This is exciting news for fans and punters who eagerly wait the start of the new season to place bets using bonuses like a betstars bonus code. Of course, one would hope that his winning mentality following two league titles between 2001 and 2005 will transpire onto the squad.

It's almost a gamble to actually know whether American club owner Stan Kroenke will want to dip into his pocket to help fund the revolution that is required at Arsenal. However, the promising appointment of Edu is certainly a step in the right direction for the North London club, and it seems belief might already be infiltrating the club as they beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in last night's International Champions Cup competition in Los Angeles.

Edu will be in charge of first-team coaches, the academy and player scouting and recruitment. Speaking following his appointment, Edu said: "Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I'm thrilled to be returning to this great club," he continues: "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."

It's needless to say that that club has had its share of staff upheaval following the departure of Arsene Wanger as well as that of Sven Mislintat, who only in February this year, left his position in the club as the head of recruitment, after holding that position for only 14 months at the club.

Therefore, the intention of the club following the appointment of the ex-Gooner who was part of the Invincibles' season of 2003-04, must be to instil belief and a great work ethic in order to produce the desired results all Arsenal fans have been craving for some time now.

Looking ahead to the 2019-20 Season, Arsenal must try and close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool, as it will take a few more years for Spanish manager, Unai Emery and his team to be a real contender for the Premier League title. As such, the best two trophies Arsenal should realistically aim for next season, have to be the FA Cup and the Europa League Cup, which we agonisingly missed out on to Chelsea.

The recruitment of established players as well as the selling of underperforming players has to be the main priority over the next 2 transfer window markets. The players needed to bolster Arsenal's hopes of a good season in 2019-20 have to be central defenders. Some players that would fit into the mould for this include Tottenham's central defender, Toby Alderweireld, who is available for as low as £20m or on a free transfer next Summer. For a more expensive option, Arsenal might choose to go for Senegalese central defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, who plays for Napoli, but is worth £85m, a move that is unlikely to materialise unless we sell some underperforming players first.

Speaking of the significance of Edu re-joining the club, Arsenal head of football, Raul Sanllehi, said: "He has great experience and technical football knowledge and most importantly is a true Arsenal man. He understands the club and what we stand for to our millions of fans around the world." He continues, "His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward."