According to a report in the Dutch press, Arsenal are set to appoint Marcel Lucassen as Head of Football Development.
The Dutchman has been working as Technical Director of Football Club Al-Nasr FC in Dubai, where he was responsible for the club’s youth academy as well as supporting the Football Federation of the UAE when it comes to coaching.
He previously worked with the German Football Association, implementing structure within the youth sides at national level.
Lucassen said of his move to Arsenal, “What I’m going to do at Arsenal is to further develop the football philosophy, as I did earlier with Al Nasr and the German Football Association, and it was time to start working closer to home.”
He’ll begin his job on August 1st when he’ll be tasked with overseeing coaching and the development of young players from U9 to U23.
It’s another backroom addition, following on from the appointments of Sven Mislintat as Head of Recruitment; Raul Sanllehi as Head of Football Relations; Darren Burgess as Head of High Performance; and a number of other structural changes designed to bring the club into a new era following the departure of Arsene Wenger.