Exclusive – Expert gives us the inside track on Edu to Arsenal
If reports are to believed then Arsenal have a new technical director, and that man’s name is Edu Gaspar. A former Arsenal player who went on to play for Valencia under Unai Emery and then Brazilian team Corinthians. Edu after, finishing his playing career became the director of football for Corinthians and then most recently the Brazil national team co-ordinator.
It’s an incredible U-turn for Edu to take the technical director job with Arsenal, which he was offered early January and then turned down down two weeks later citing that we wished to stay at the Selecao, with a contract that runs out in 2022.
The news broke about Edu on Monday night as respected Brazilian football blogger Juca Kfouri shared the news with the world in an article, that the former Arsenal man would be joining the gunners after the Copa America. Kfouri also told us that Edu is being paid £38,540 a week in his current job so he must have been offered a significant sum by Arsenal to prize him away.
Later on in the night ESPN commentator and yahoo blogger Jorge Nicola confirmed the story saying that Edu Gaspar has had an agreement since February and that he has a testy relationship with CBF President Rogério Caboclo, who may look for change should Brazil have a bad showing at the Copa America which ends on July 7th.
Exclusively Speaking to Brazil’s Head Researcher for Football Manager and Former Sky Sports correspondent, Paulo Freitas told us that.
“Edu was already respected for his work at Corinthians, and after Corinthians won Libertadores and the Club World Cup, he eventually moved to the NT alongside Tite. Joining the national team increased his profile but also lead to criticism due to a perceived bias for Corinthians players, a criticism Tite had to deal with too. “
“I think Edu Gaspar’s experience at both a hugely popular club (Corinthians) and the NT will help him deal with pressure at Arsenal. And he knows Arsenal’s and English football’s culture, so adapting should be easy. The fact he had a solid career as a player in Europe, and did good jobs after retiring mean he can do a good job connecting Arsenal and Brazilian football ideas.”
With regards any possible targets Edu might be looking at for Arsenal besides Gabriel Martinelli, Paulo Freitas also says.
“Edu Gaspar has a good knowledge of Brazilian players due to his work for Corinthians and the Seleção. He has previously praised some Brazil-based players like (centre back) Rodrigo Caio and (Forward) Dudu, he is also a fan of (centre back) Militão but signing him is not likely as he is moving to Real Madrid.”
Among many other places you can find Paulo Freitas on Twitter at @Cynegeticus .
Talk about Dudu is supported by a recent interview with Edu Gasper in March where he said that the Palmeires attacker was in the national teams thoughts despite injury problems.
” Dudu is always on our agenda,in our conversations and being observed .We understand perfectly what you (journalists) ask us, this concern about Dudu , ” said Edu Gaspar.
Edu Gaspar spoke impressively before the World cup about how he has changed the ethos of that surrounds the Brazilian National team.
Andrei Netto who interviewed Edu Gaspar, in November 2017 wrote:
“Since he and his team arrived at CBF , they work on the reorganization of everyday work, creating responsibilities and goals. The goals were divided into four periods: pre-call(up), call(up), FIFA dates and analysis.“
In his interview with Netto Gaspar says:
“For me the main point of management was our going to the CBF to dispatch on a day-to-day basis. Then we find the way we work. Selection is a work of intelligence: you have to think hard, because you are not with the athletes. Hire a Fábio Mahseredjian, a Cléber Xavier, a Mateus, Silvinho in Europe, Taffarel … This 100% dedicated workforce to the selection is a new fact.”
Speaking about the organisation and Analysis he brought to the Brazil national team Edu said:
“We verify the number of games, of performances, we do the physical accompaniment, the percentage of fat. Today we present reports to the athletes and neither do they believe.They ask us how we know that. But it’s part of our job. When our “Fifa period” ends, Fabio has the first job of sending all the physical, clinical and technical reports of each player to his clubs. From day 1 to the last day, all clubs receive everything you can imagine: how many workouts, intensity, weight, what they ate. (Jurgen) Klopp (Liverpool manager) even quoted. This gives full support for them to decide whether or not to put the athlete to play the next day. If I am not mistaken, it is only us and the British team to do this kind of analysis.”
With all this information now understood, Arsenal fans can see why the Gunners they were so impressed by Edu Gaspar and what he can bring to an already analytical organisational team at the North London outfit.
Finally with many people constantly questioning Arsenal’s mentality, Gunners will be encouraged by Edu Gaspar’s quotes regarding changing the self esteem issues that Brazil had after their humiliating defeat to Germany at the 2014 world cup, he says:
“The Brazilian team needed a management shock: organization, care, dealing with excessive armour (behind closed door training). I’m not saying it was all wrong, or that it’s okay now. But I thought that when you shield a team too much, it becomes unfriendly. We decided to open the training (sessions). Who does not have conditions to see the game, will see the training. I would like us to be more transparent with the press, with a clear agenda from all over the world, of what we are doing. The athletes needed to feel that kind of management.”
In Conclusion, it’s been a long hard process for Arsenal finding a man to do many things Arsene Wenger did off the pitch, whilst managing the first team but maybe just maybe, In Edu Gaspar, they have got the right man for the job.
I got into football as a kid watching Italian football in the afternoons and ever since I’ve been hooked on tactics and the continental side of the game. I’ve written about Italian football in the past among other things but now it’s time to write about, the embodiment of how I see the beautiful game, Arsenal. Hopefully writing things and opinions about the game you haven’t seen before, I like a bit of a joke too.