Over the last week or so Arsenal have been linked strongly with a move for Monchi as the club looks to replace the departed Sven Mislintat in the recruitment set up.
He’s currently at Roma but apparently weighing up a substantial offer from the Gunners to fill that gap, and link up once again with Unai Emery with whom he worked at Sevilla to good effect.
As expected, the Arsenal head coach was asked about the potential reunion at his press conference this afternoon, but refused to be drawn into the story in any great detail.
“It’s an issue for work in the club,” he said.
“My focus, the players focus and the coaches focus is each match. The club is working on how we can improve, how we can be better in the present and the future with the people working for us.”
However, it is the kind of structure he is familiar working with throughout his career.
“I was usually working with a sporting director in all of the teams,” he said.
“When I arrived I was working with Mislintat and I worked well with him. The club is working for change and after he is leaving for the possibility to continue with this structure.
“It is an issue on which the club is working.”
Last month Emery did sound keen on hooking up with his old mate again, saying, “I worked very well with him in Sevilla for three and a half years, and very well too.
“My relationship with him is good.”
Our understanding of this story is that the club are serious about Monchi, this goes way beyond speculation in the newspapers, and he is 100% the first choice for the job.
Essentially, if he’s up for it and if Arsenal can find an agreement with Roma to settle the last two years of his contract there, this is almost certainly going to happen.