David Luiz reveals how new Arsenal director Edu is luring stars to Emirates
David Luiz has claimed new Arsenal technical director Edu is the perfect man for the role.
The deadline day signing from Chelsea joined his compatriot at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Edu was confirmed in his position as director earlier in the window, having previously been part of the Brazil national set-up.
And the member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side has made an immediate impact back in north London.
Arsenal spent big and in key areas in their first transfer window under the new regime.
Despite dealing with a limited budget, which was said to be around the £45m mark, Arsenal smashed their transfer record to bring in £72m forward Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
Left-back Kieran Tierney and centre-half William Saliba cost just over £50m collectively, while midfielder Dani Ceballos also joined on loan from Real Madrid.
Gabriel Martinelli was Arsenal’s first summer recruit, and Edu had a big part to play in that as he immediately brought the 18-year-old Brazilian to the club from Ituano for £5m.
To crown off the Gunners’ spending ahead of the new season, 30-year-old Luiz arrived from London rivals Chelsea for £8m after he forced his way out of Stamford Bridge.
Game time is more of a guarantee this term under Unai Emery, and Luiz has spoken out on how Edu is helping to attract players to Arsenal.
“Edu was a great player, a very talented player – someone who everyone enjoyed watching play,” David Luiz told Arsenal’s official website .
“He was a great guy, a great person and he is ready for this role because he’s intelligent.
“He knows how to be with people, he knows how to win things, he is a winner and he is going to try to improve the club.
“I think around the world people are attracted to good players, especially Brazilian players.”
Arsenal did not have Champions League football to offer this summer but still manage to secure some star additions, even ahead of big rivals.
Saliba and Ceballos were both pursued by Champions League finalists Tottenham, but they each opted for the red half of north London.
Luiz also left top European football at Chelsea to join Arsenal – the club he helped beat in last season’s Europa League final.