Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 May 2019 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Comment Edu is a leading candidate for Arsenal’s technical director role (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Edu has confirmed he’s held talks with the club over becoming their new technical director.The Brazilian is the Gunners’ first choice for the role now that Monchi has decided to return to former club Sevilla.Edu spent four years with the club between 2001-2005 and he’s currently serving as the technical director of Brazil.Arsenal will have a budget of around £40m this summer should they fail to win the Europa League and they want a structure in place behind the scenes to maximise resources.ADVERTISEMENT Emery will have a budget of around £40m should Arsenal fail to win the Europa League (Picture: Getty)Edu, though, has revealed that any talks over the role will have to wait until next season as he’s focused on Brazil this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’ said Edu.‘I was very clear: ‘I am 100% focused on the Copa America. I’m not speaking about absolutely anything because of the Copa America.‘If, by any chance, you [Arsenal] want to speak to me after the Copa, propose something after the Copa, I will make myself available so that we can talk. As for now, I am fully focused on the Copa.’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 ArsenalArsenal had hoped to make an appointment ahead of the transfer window but if Edu is to be the man then the club are prepared to wait.The Brazilian has experience in a director of football role with Corinthians and would oversee recruitment at the Emirates.MORE: West Brom star Chris Brunt trolled by Aston Villa substitute Jonathan Kodjia after sending off Edu confirms talks with Arsenal over technical director role but wants to focus on Brazil job
By David Smith Jr.LAWTON, Okla. – The Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smiley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tire Southwest kicks back into racing action this Saturday, April 14 as it makes the first of three scheduled appearances at Lawton Speedway.This event will kick off four straight weekends of racing for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series at four different tracks and will be the series’ second-ever trip to the quarter-mile, red clay oval.Last year it was two-time and defending tour champion Andy Shouse taking advantage of race-long leader Blake Dacus’ misfortune to take the lead with eight laps to go to pick up the victory. Thirty-one drivers from three states were pit side and close to the same car count is expected this weekend.Shouse comes into the night with a slim seven-point lead over Shane Sellers. Sellers picked up his first career SSO victory at Enid Speedway two weeks ago.Chris Kelly, who picked up the season-opening victory at Southern Oklahoma Speedway back in March, sits 15 points out of the lead while Gary Owens (-16) and Brandon Jennings (-24) are the current top five in the standings.Sitting sixth through tenth are Travis Scott, Cody Whitworth, Kevin Ramey, Michael Day and Blake Scott. All the above-mentioned drivers are expected to compete except Ramey and Day.Other drivers slated include Joe Wood Jr., Loyd Clevenger, Tanner Conn, Dillon Laden, Eric Matthews, Justin Mowry, Dacus, Sterling Hoff, Duane Baker, Justin Fisk and Matt Arkel.Several area track regulars are also expected as Lawton Speedway became the first track in the state of Oklahoma to become IMCA RaceSaver sanctioned on their 2018 weekly race program.Gates will open at 6 p.m. with race action slated for an 8 p.m. start time. Grandstand admission is: Adults $15, seniors (60-plus), military with ID and students ages 12-15 $10, kids ages 6-11 $2 and five and under free. All pit passes will be $30.