And so gradually (very gradually) some of the more serious newspapers are starting to realise just how important this move of bringing Edu to Arsenal could be, not just season by season, but in the longer term, shaping the club in a way that not even a profit-loving mercenary owner might be able to undermine.
It is a huge range of responsibility that he is taking on, ensuring that academy players emerge fully integrated into the Arsenal way of playing and ready to step into the first team as seamlessly as possible.
Plus both Edu and Emery have one thing in common: they both study players in total and absolute depth, making it their job to know everything possible about them, physically and mentally.
As Raul Sanllehi put it, “The technical director has to bring the sporting philosophy of the club,” he said. “The head coach is more the short-term position. The technical director has to safeguard the medium and the long-term vision of the club.
“That person needs to be in very close contact with the head coach, and have the total trust of the head coach, know the first team inside out, know what’s coming from the academy. In a particular position, if he knows a big talent is coming from the academy, he can already prepare the head coach and prepare that path.
“And also he needs to take care of the market, of the scouting. He needs to coordinate that and have the perfect knowledge. First team, weaknesses and strengths, what’s coming from the academy and what’s coming from the outside.”