Arsenal appoint Edu as new technical director

Arsenal set to sign St Etienne defender William Saliba

Edu meanwhile commented: "We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level".

Sometimes because a player plays for a huge club there can be a mistaken belief that he must be something special and that looks to be the case with Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz. Moreover, given the player will not join before the next summer, the Gunner are not ready to commit intensively.

This means Arsenal are looking to pay only a small fee this summer, given that Saliba will not be immediately available, saving precious cash from their modest transfer kitty of a reported £45 million.

Arsenal have announced the appointment of former midfielder Edu as the club's new technical director.

However, the London club will loan the 18-year-old back to Saint-Etienne next season so he can continue to learn his trade in the French top flight.

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Separately, Rohit Sharma became the first player to hit five centuries in a single World Cup while his opening partner K.L. Handscomb, who was representing Australia A in England , is coming on the back of scores 64, 28* and 57.

Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi turned to Edu after a move for famed talent-spotter Monchi fell through after the Spaniard chose to return to Sevilla.

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Edu was a member of the Arsenal team that went through the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten.

"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". His spells at Valencia and Corinthians yielded more trophies and he won the 2004 Copa America and 2005 Confederations Cup with Brazil, but it is in his post-playing career where he has enjoyed plenty of success.

We'll keep you up to date with the very latest transfer news concerning your club in our daily football gossip and rumours column. It is the first time the Gunners have employed someone in such a role.

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