Published: 11:29 GMT, November 18, 2022 | Updated: 11:34 GMT, November 18, 2022
Arsenal offered Edu Gaspar a promotion as he was appointed as the club’s first sporting director.
The Brazilian was a hugely influential figure for the Gunners in his previous role as technical director, helping sign key players like Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko over the summer.
With speculation over his future at the club, Arsenal decided to reward Edu for his role in helping them rise to the top of the Premier League table.
Edu Gaspar has been rewarded by Arsenal with a promotion as their first sporting director
The Brazilian (right) has been instrumental in bringing new signings to the Emirates
In a statement on their official website, Edu said: “I am delighted to have this new role which I see as an evolution and consolidation of the way we work.”
“We are making good progress in all areas of our men, women and academy and we are all delighted with what can be achieved.
“I look forward to building on the hard work of so many people and helping us all grow together and be more successful, and I am grateful for the trust the club has placed in me. We move forward together.
Signings such as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus changed their fortunes
Edu was part of Arsenal’s 2003-04 Invincible squad – still to this day, Arsenal’s last Premier League triumph.
He joined the club in 2019 as technical director and was heavily influenced in their dealings in the transfer market.
Sportsmail reported in October that the wheels were in motion towards a new deal for Edu.
There has been concrete interest from at least two European clubs in Edu, which Arsenal have reportedly been aware of.
His promotion sees him assume responsibility for all Academy activities at the club, in addition to his existing responsibilities in men’s and women’s football.
Mikel Arteta’s side top the table with five points ahead of World Cup break
Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “We are delighted that Edu is re-committing his future to the club he so clearly loves, having made such a positive and critical contribution to our progress during his time with us so far. ”
“Edu’s promotion formalizes his already growing influence on our Academy operations, and we look forward to Per and Edu working together to further strengthen the integration between our men’s first team and the Academy.”
Arsenal top the table with five points heading into the World Cup break.