Former Brazil international Edu joined Arsenal from Corinthians in 2001, and the midfielder went on to make 79 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.
He was a part of the team that managed to go through the entire 2003-04 Premier League campaign unbeaten, and actually appeared in 30 of the club’s 38 league fixtures that term.
Edu is not often picked out when that particular side is discussed, but there is no question that he played his part in what was a remarkable season.
Edu managed seven Premier League goals for the Gunners before leaving to join Spanish outfit Valencia in 2005 – spending four years with the club before returning to Corinthians.
It was the Brazilian’s 40th birthday on Tuesday, and Arsenal’s official Twitter account was on hand to pay tribute to the club’s former midfielder.
As expected, the Arsenal fans, who have also been discussing the latest rumours surrounding Mikel Arteta, were out in their numbers to lavish praise on Edu, with many claiming that his value was never fully understood.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Happy 40th birthday, Edu 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/mMuExVLrhy
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 15, 2018
One of the coolest men to don an Arsenal shirt.😎 Happy birthday Invincible.
— Suzie #MerciArsène 💔 (@Suzagooner) May 15, 2018
Happy Birthday Edu! What a day it was for him to become an invincible! That is one hell of a birthday present! 😊😉❤️
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) May 15, 2018
Very underrated player. Loved Edu 🇧🇷
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) May 15, 2018
He was underrated sadly!! Really loved having Edu play for The Arsenal Darren 👍
— Jody #OneArsèneWenger ❤🔴⚪ (@AFC_Gal) May 15, 2018
— Amar Chotai (@amar_chotai) May 15, 2018
Loved this guy. He was a brilliant player and very under rated in my opinion.
— JJ (@stumpee79) May 15, 2018
What a left foot. Goal against Celta Vigo was something else.
— Dominic J. McAleer (@DomMacca) May 15, 2018