Edu backing Emirates to put on a show when Brazil host Uruguay

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Edu backing Emirates to put on a show when Brazil host Uruguay

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Former Invincible and Arsenal midfielder Edu is convinced the Emirates is now a world class venue and is a capable of hosting the best sporting events in the land.

Uruguay will play Brazil at the Emirates Stadium on November 16 and Edu, who played 79 times for Arsenal and was a key cog in Arsène Wenger’s 2004 Premier League winning side, has called on Gunners’ fans to get involved.

Edu, who played 15 times for Brazil, is helping to raise awareness of the fixture â€" a rare opportunity for English football fans to watch the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and of course Gunners’ midfielder Lucas Torreira on English soil.

Former Valencia and Corinthians midfielder Edu spent four years in North London with Wenger’s men and he still looks back fondly on his trophy-filled career with the Gunners.

“It will be a great pleasure to go back to the Emirates, a stadium that’s home to a club I’m really fond of,” said Edu.

“I had the opportunity to play for many years with Arsenal and win some important titles.

“So, without a doubt it will be a pleasure to see the red and white colours of Arsenal again in a stadium that is increasingly becoming more important in the world. It’s not the first time we (Brazil) are playing there.

“It will be a great pleasure. I remember well that I played my last game alongside great friends like Dennis Bergkamp and other great athletes that were a part of Arsenal’s history.

“And just as I said earlier it will be a great pleasure to come back again now with the Brazilian team. It will be a great honour and I will certainly remember the great moments I had with Arsenal’s supporters, and most of all at the Emirates stadium and at Highbury too.

“I am waiting for you all on the 16th, Brazil â€" Uruguay. It will be a pleasure and an honour to see you all again.”

Former Arsenal defender Sylvinho will also be returning to the Emirates with Brazil â€" like Edu, he is also employed by the national team.

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Sylvinho, who eventually replaced Nigel Winterburn in North London, reflected on his career with Arsenal.

“Back in 1999 I was the first Brazilian athlete signed by Arsenal,” he added. “When I first got there, it was very clear to me that it was a great challenge and a great responsibility to bring with me/carry out all my previous professional knowledge like my four years at Corinthians, and to be able to break some barriers and play in a club as important as Arsenal.

“I was happy, and it was a very special two-year period of my life.

“Now my travels around stadiums are as a staff member, which is a little different.

“But it will be great too, to be able to go back to a stadium, even if it’s not at Highbury, it will be very interesting.

“And I’d like to leave an invitation to all that can come and watch Brazil vs Uruguay at the Emirates stadium. You will really enjoy a great match, I have no doubt.”

Brazil take on Uruguay in an international friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, 16 November, KO 8pm. Tickets from £30 Adult/£15 Under 16 at

Source: Google News South Brazil | Netizen 24 Brazil

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