What Edu told Arsenal squad in first meeting with players on US pre-season tour

first_imgAdvertisement Edu has joined up with Unai Emery’s Arsenal first team squad on their pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal technical director Edu told the first team squad he intends to take a hands-on approach to his role.The 41-year-old, a former Arsenal midfielder and member of the club’s most recent Premier League title-winning squad, flew to America earlier this week after his period with the Brazil international team ended in this summer’s Copa America success on home soil.Edu will oversee many of the club’s long-term objectives but he insists he will remain intrinsically linked with the first team squad and told the players his door is always open when he met Unai Emery’s squad earlier this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said: ‘There are a lot of things to do, but I will try to explain to you a little bit about almost everything.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘People always say that the technical director has to look after and be involved in the process of signing players, selling players, keeping players, loaning players.‘That’s an important part of the job of course and I understand that. But for me there are more important things in front of that – we have to look after what we have today.‘We have to work hard today. We have to look after our squad today. The future is the future, and signing players means sometimes the future, and of course I have to be involved in that process, but I also have to take care of today.‘I explained to the players when I arrived that I’m not the guy who stays inside the office and waits for someone to knock on my door and send a message to me. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jul 2019 4:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares What Edu told Arsenal squad in first meeting with players on US pre-season tour Edu was a member of Arsenal’s 2003/04 Premeir League title-winning side (Picture: Getty)‘I want to be involved in the process, I want to be on the inside, I want to be with them, I want to be with Unai, I want to be with the staff as well, to try and advise them if they need it, and give some advice for them.‘Being involved is important and that’s what I really believe from today.‘The link with the academy is very important because people always forget about it, because they talk about signing big names, but we have to take care of the academy as well. That’s one point I have to be linked with.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar lauds Yogeshwar Dutt’s golden heart after wrestler denies Silver

first_imgYogeshwar Dutt may not have won a medal at the Rio Games but he has won Sachin Tendulkar’s heart. In a gracious gesture, the Indian wrestler refused to take the London 2012 Silver medal due to him after Besik Kudukhov of Russia, tested positive for banned substances. (Yogeshwar Dutt wants Besik Kudukhov’s family to keep London Silver medal)Yogeshwar, who had won Bronze at the same 60 kg freestyle event had announced that his Bronze would be upgraded to Silver, even though the International Olympic Committee was yet to confirm latest developments.Kudukhov died in a car accident aged 27 and Yogeshwar, in an exclusive interview with India Today, said it would be strange to take the Silver medal away from a man, who was his friend. (Mixed feelings for Yogeshwar Dutt after medal upgrade)On Wednesday, Yogeshwar tweeted to say that he wanted the Kudukhov family to keep the medal. This move prompted a response from Tendulkar, who was one of India’s Goodwill Ambassadors for the Rio Games.A golden heart @DuttYogi . The gesture speaks volumes of your sporting spirit & sensitive personality. Proud of your act and achievements!&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 31, 2016Kudukhov’s samples, stored from the 2012 Games, were retested and he was found to have tested positive for banned substances. That triggered a small celebration in the Dutt household but Yogeshwar had mixed feelings.last_img read more