Edu takes a break from Gunners' transfer dealings

Arsenal's technical director enjoys a kickabout ahead of tackling the club's summer rebuild

Wednesday, 25th May — By Zakaria Taibi

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Edu captain’s an ‘All-Stars’ squad against Middlesex League side AEK London FC

ARSENAL technical director Edu took a break from the club’s transfer dealings this week as he turned the clock back to his playing days.

The Brazilian featured alongside his son, Luigi Gaspar, as well as several professional players including Tottenham’s Emerson Royal and Watford’s Joao Pedro, in a special community match held at Coles Park Stadium in Haringey.

Gunners’ centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, currently linked with a summer move to Juventus, also turned up to show his support as he sat in the stands enjoying some end-of-season chips, while Spurs winger Lucas Moura also attended.

Edu, now 44, wore the captain’s armband as he led an “All-Stars” squad to a 6-1 victory over Middlesex League side AEK London FC.

“It was fun to play a little bit, I’m still feeling my calf but it’s all good,” the Arsenal Invincible told the Tribune after the final whistle on Monday night. “It was an enjoyable time.

“It was nice to be here today, a few friends from the Brazilian community invited me, I hope we can do this again next year.”

The event, organised by AEK London FC founder Rafael Vieira, proved a big hit with the crowd, and there is now hope that the big match day will become an annual showpiece.

Rafael said: “To have professional players here is unbelievable. I’m very proud of today. We hope to do this event once a year with the Brazilian community after the Premier League season is finished.”

Edu is set for a busy summer, with Arsenal expected to spend in the region of £150m

The kickabout would have given Edu the chance to let off some steam ahead of what promises to be a busy transfer window for Arsenal.

The Gunners are reportedly ready to break the bank this summer – with many suggesting they will spend in the region of £150million improving on a squad that finished fifth in the Premier League.

And with up to nine first-teamers set to exit the Emirates, there will be plenty of space for new signings – especially with a Europa League campaign also now on the cards.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen are rumoured to be at the top of the club’s wish list as Arsenal look to add some much-needed firepower to their ailing attack.

Roma hitman Tammy Abraham has also been linked with a move to north London, as has Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Edu, however, gave nothing away on any potential new arrivals, as he dashed off on Monday night, saying: “We’re not talking about transfers today”.

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