The former Brazil international was officially confirmed as the north London club’s new technical director on Tuesday after having been linked with the position for some time.
Edu, a former Arsenal star who was a member of the famous Invincibles team, will fly to the United States with the first team squad on Thursday as the Gunners prepare for their pre-season tour.
In his new role, 41-year-old will coordinate the work of the first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment.
Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Edu said: “Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role.
“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.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping to see Edu have a quick impact in the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have so far only signed one player – 18-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad this summer after they finished in fifth place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last term.
The north London side reached the Europa League final but ended up losing 4-1 to Chelsea FC back in May.
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