According to the Evening Standard, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham are in no rush to appoint a technical director at Arsenal even though the transfer window opens in 10 weeks time.
The Gunners offered a three-year deal to Monchi, who’d recently departed the same position at AS Roma, only for the Spaniard to reject the chance of a reunion with Unai Emery in favour of a return to former club Sevilla.
As things stand, there are no other external names in contention to fill a position that is due to sit between the club’s football operations team and the coaching staff.
Tentative links with former players Edu and Marc Overmars, who extended his deal at Ajax yesterday, have also both fallen by the wayside. Internally, Francis Cagigao, currently head of international recruitment, is an option, although it would represent a big promotion.
On the surface, it looks a bit of a mess but the club is keen to put a positive spin on the situation claiming our transfer plans for this summer are already at an advanced stage.
James Olley’s report even goes so far as to say, “one source claimed this was a reason why Monchi turned the Gunners down.” We’ll let you make your mind up about that.
We certainly know a number of players are on the way out. As for incomings, perhaps Sven Mislintat left us his little black book?