Arsenal’s search for a Technical Director to replace Sven Mislintat will have to continue as the prime candidate for the role, Monchi, has officially rejoined Sevilla.
It was widely believed the Spaniard would link up with former colleague Unai Emery following his departure from Roma earlier this month, but over the last couple of days news spread that he was being courted by the La Liga outfit and that he was receptive to the offer.
Today, Sevilla have announced the return of the 50 year old as their Sporting Director, and he’ll be presented officially at a news conference tomorrow afternoon.
It means that Arsenal now have to find someone else to fill a very important role, and there is some measure of urgency as planning for our summer transfer business should be well underway at this point.
There are players to bring in, players to move on, and players to replace as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck will be leaving for free, while Petr Cech is retiring at the end of the season.
Raul Sanllehi, the club’s Head of Football, is the man on whom the focus now turns. He came on top of the power struggle with Mislintat, so the responsibility for replacing him falls well and truly on his shoulders.
Other potential candidates include former Gunner Marc Overmars, who is doing the job at Ajax to some success, while it has been suggested that an internal candidate like Steve Morrow could be considered.
Let’s hope that there is a plan B, but there’s no question the Monchi decision has left Arsenal and Sanllehi with plenty to ponder.