Report: Arsenal won’t rush technical director appointment

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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?

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Double98
Double98
Chiza
Chiza

Oh yeah…here we go again!

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

Can someone explain to me Mr Cagigao’s credentials, because my initial reaction is wow what a genius! This guy ‘identified’ three kids already in La Masia.. I could have done that. I don’t see him picking the next big thing out of Greece or Ligue 2.

Chiza
Chiza

He was also credited for cazorla….i guess that was easy to be honest

Chiza
Chiza

our transfer plans for this summer are already at an advanced stage and that’s the reason why monchi didn’t join……REALLY??

who is in charge of these transfer plans then??…….really confused right now

Archer
Archer

Well we do have a fantastic team of scouts all around the world, a coach who’s more than a coach and salhini himself who was pretty good at Barcelona.

kaius
kaius

And when you think about it, Mislintat only just left. The club probably had a plan in place for the next 1 or 2 upcoming transfer windows based on Sven’s targets.

Right now, getting top 4 is far more important than appointing a Technical Director.

thw14
thw14

“When you think about it.”

First mistake.

We think about it. Most of the club is blissfully thought-free.

meletios
meletios

(M)Mislintat joins Arsenal.
(S)Salhini : Welcome, lets get the plans for next two seasons, good chance to prove your worth.
After few months
M : Its done.
S : Thanks.
M : Cool, whats next.
S : Not sure, think we are set for now.
Why dont you take a unpaid break, eh bud ?
or you know fire youself.

Moral : Dont produce output before time, it only helps your manager/boss.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Do you really think Arsenal do not have transfer plans just because of one vacant position? FFS stop being so stupid, naive little idiots on this site these days.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

I agree that there’s not much cause for alarm over this situation, but people are just worried and trying to express that. No need for the name calling, save that for the spu*s fans

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

shame on every up-voter of this comment.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Considering they haven’t had actual Transfer plans for the last 15 seasons is it’s not that far fetched.

clins
clins

” 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”
this is why i love arseblog. They dont take any bullsh*t, not even from the club itself and always provide a neutral opinion. Long may it continue

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

I think blogs is labouring this point a little more than is necessary. We’ve got, historically, competent people overseeing things and I’m not sure we dont have a database of potential targets. We can ride out one summer.

GunnerMzalendo
GunnerMzalendo

Gazidis left us in disarray! He was the bridge between the Yankees and the club.The likes of Raul and that Indian whose name I cannot write
cannot decide anything until Josh Kroenke wags his tail and his father nods in agreement!!!Those 2 guys have no powers to decide anything in the club.

Mike1
Mike1

“That Indian whose name l cannot write”.
Are you for real?

Double98
Double98

Voldemort? is not indian

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Hahaha

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Hahahaha

Double98
Double98

Actually – *pushes glasses up bridgge of nose – Stan Kroenke was born in Missouri – in the american war of independence missouri was claimed by both the union (yankees) and the confederacy and indeed had two competing state governments.

Most missourians at the time while sympathising with the goals of the north, emotionally connected with the south

Double98
Double98

So – Gazidis left us in disarray! He was the bridge between the essentially neutral civil war americans and the club.

A Different George
A Different George

I think you might need new glasses. Not the “American War of Independence”(against Britain, ended in 1783). Missouri was a slave state that did not join the Confederacy in the Civil War.

Adam
Adam

I don’t get the downvotes on this post.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

He is NOT Indian!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Sanllehi and Venkatesham clearly have no ultimate authority to act independently but it should benefit Arsenal to get Josh Kroenke in officially as Chairman (and also take the opportunity to clear out most of the current Board, some of whom are an embarrassment now). Rebuilding the club on the pitch and behind the scenes after the slow-motion car crash that was much of the last ten years under Wenger is going to take time though.

Homer
Homer

That’s impressive…the way you talk out your arse.
Superhuman, actually. Bravo.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Some racist overtones there, not cool

Dan
Dan

Tough day at the UKIP conference?

Coqueblock

“Indian” Yes those people who you looted for centuries and killed the craftsmen, tradesmen and market off only to sustain your shite Empire for so long. That stolen Indian money is probably keeping Britain above the water at the moment. So choose your words carefully and know your history you cretin

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

You have some hate in there. Your version of history cannot be taken as the unvarnished truth when it is given without citation or references as part of an angry anti-British rant.

meletios
meletios

Talk about steroetyping.
The guys whose name you cannot write is not an Indian, even.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I don’t even know which guy he was talking about. Have a few of you assumed you know which person he was speaking of and then assumed some sort of racist bias as a result? Shouting “racist” at somebody is a rather strong example of stereotyping.

Mother
Mother

Makes sense.

Mislintat, along with all of our other scouts, would have been working hard all season; filing their reports on potential purchases. Initial contact with these players would’ve been made already.

No doubt that Raul probably has a bit of clout in the market himself, with enough affluent contacts to make enquiries. That could be the reason why we’re linked with Barca’s Umtiti…

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

There’s a long history of players following a manager or other contact, such as Mislintat, from club to club. Some of those he may have made initial contact with may be rethinking an Arsenal which he did not feel was good enough for him.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

I don’t see what the big deal is. There once was a time when managers actually bought players. Emery know what he wants and should be allowed to go out and get them. The gargantuan elephant in the room is the fact that our owner isn’t exactly an incontinent spendthrift. Even if we qualify for the CL next season I don’t expect to see much money being made available for new signings. I can see a repeat of last summer’s transfer business, with maybe 3 or 4 cheap buys coming in.

A Different George
A Different George

You know, Fatgooner, that allowing the coach to choose and buy the players he wants (with serious financial limits) is kinda what we did for the past two decades. I don’t think anyone was more unhappy with that than you.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

What did we get in return for those 2 decades? Absolutely nothing apart from 3 league titles, 7 FA cups, and 20 uninterrupted years in the top 4. What a waste of 2 decades

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

That’s because we’ve had the wrong manager for the last 5 years.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Nice response Fats. But is Emery the right one now in your opinion? x

Frog
Frog

No. Emery sucks.

A P
A P

I am sure you have been bitching and moaning for longer than that.

John C
John C

Yeah it was 10 years at least

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

So you put in for it but were rejected then?

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

“There once was a time when managers actually bought players.” – Yes, like three transfer windows ago. Not that long ago. But that’s not how the club has been set up to operate anymore, however. The more modern structure is to separate the head coach from directly wheeling and dealing, because not all (or many) coaches are adept at contract negotiations. That’s why we need someone appointed to the position that is responsible for closing deals.

atom
atom

We need to get a transfer director in, but given how important this role is in our current setup it’s absolutely vital we make a good appointment. The worst thing we could do right now is to rush out and just get anyone (especially b/c they once played for Arsenal) as it’s likely Raul/Emery/Scouting team already know who the targets are for this summer.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Why we need a Technical Director if we don’t plan to spend any money on transfers?

#SanllehiOut

kaius
kaius

There’s some misconceptions about what Sanllehi’s role was at Barca which has put some people off him. Txiki Begiristan was the player spotting guru during Raul’s time at Barca (which is why Man City’s sheikhs snapped him up even before they got Pep).

In Raul’s words, “my job started once the player had been identified by the club”. So he dealt with players, agents, familie, and clubs to get deals done.

He’s already said in a recent interview that “identifying players is not my area of expertise”, so this idea that Raul is amassing power because he wants to lord it over everyone isn’t really true.

I think Gazidis leaving put the remaining guys in a tough position, and the Kroenke’s don’t seem to have done much to help (has Josh moved to London yet??). If we’re gonna start a hate campaign, let’s at least target the people with the most power over the club.

#KroenkeAndLargeAdultSonOut

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Of course, when I say “Sanllehi Out”, I aim my words and Kroenke. It is their fault that they appointed as Director of Football a man that wrecks everything he touches. Ramsey, Sven, now Monchi..

Hantal
Hantal

It shouldn’t be rushed but it does need to be done pretty quickly

Man Manny
Man Manny

Why?
Arsene did pretty well for many years without one.

Santori
Santori

Very well.

SANTI CARZOLA, KOSCIELNY

His problem was not in finding the players but whether he would spend enough.

He often short changed himself.

But as far as identifying players he is way ahead of Mslintat by several country miles.

Let’s also not forget he converted Santi into a midfielder as he did Toure into a defender, RVP and Henry into strikers.

Those who imagine Mslintat was an upgrade are having a wank frankly.

Unless we are freeing up more resource for the manager to spend, nothing has changed fundamentally.

Instead Raul AND Sen have over loaded on salaries curtailing our ability to soend in market.

This January we moved away from the “panic buy” of Wenger years into the “Panic Loan”.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Lol you are hilarious

The reason we overpaid for ozil and was forced to sell Sanchez with 6 months left is because wenger refuses to get business done in a timely matter.

Wenger inability to let mediocre players go and cash in on them in a timely matter when they still had some potential and instead holding onto them until their values cratered.

I live what AW did withnyhe club but he never evolved with how the transfer market became and it cost us headaches in the last 5 seasons after the stadium debt was lifted.

Man Manny
Man Manny

I think we are leaving the kernel of the thread gradually. I know the name Wenger evokes several emotions in us, and it might be difficult to think objectively really.
The point is: why the seeming urgent need for a DOF as Hantal suggests?
Emery is not particularly a dud when it comes to finding players. In fact, if reports are to be believed, one of Monchi’s reasons for not coming is that summer transfer dealings are at an advanced stage already.
I still think we can do pretty well without one at the moment.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Arsene only identified the players that he would like and gave them the “Uncle Arsene” talk to convince them that he would love them if they signed on.

As far as I understand it he had Sweet F.A. to do with making/closing the deals. He did not decide fees or wages or how much we would spend. We had people for that. I don’t think they survived the emergence of Korporation Kroenke. They either jumped ship or were pushed.

Wenger remained the talking head of Arsenal because a succession of useless and cowardly mismanagers preferred not to be in the spotlight. The latest lot are probably failing to do the business as they try to keep their faces out of sight.

We are owned by a man who never gives (away) a shit as long as we are making him money, and an array or Korporate drones who don’t want the world to know what their responsibilities actually are in case they get the blame for something.

You can’t lay the dross that runs the club at Arsene’s feet.

Magneto
Magneto

Arsenal have been going since 1886, and have somehow managed to survive all that time without having a technical director/director of football/sporting director on it’s payroll.

The club have even managed to sign plenty of players along the way too, despite the absence of the above director role.

I think that, no matter what happens regarding the proposed recruitment of a technical director, Arsenal will continue, and be fine.

So lets keep calm and carry on.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Yes, I am missing Wenger too..

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Well said.

BigArse
BigArse

Arsene would be perfect.

Ritesh
Ritesh

You mean the black and yellow book, right?

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Sanllehi seems to have no more idea how to get things over the line than did his much maligned predecessor. I can still hear the chants of “ Ivan Gazidis, what the f*ck do you do?” As they rang round the ground. How long until his succcessors name is used?
If you’ve decided that you need someone in this role, then you need to go and get them. Saying we haven’t had one before is irrelevant.

Santori
Santori

Lest you forget it’s a Raul and Sen double act. MSLiNTAT is equally culpable.

Iann
Iann

Ill tell you who has a good track record of finding talent, has a good knowledge of our club and is available – Arsene Wenger

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Sounds to me like noone wants to be Sanlleli’s n2.

There’s a reason Mislintat left so fast.

atom
atom

This really is one of the more difficult high profile jobs out there given:
1. We can’t just buy our way to success as virtually every other top club does. It really doesn’t matter if Man City, United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Madrid. etc. fail a few players as there’s always more money available. It also lowers the need for a great Academy as they just buy everyone else’s best players
2. The fight for CL places in the PL is far and away the toughest of anywhere. Virtually every other top European League begins the year with pretty much a guaranteed Champion baring a down year (Barcelona – Madrid rarely wins the league, Juventus, Bayern, PSG) and only a handful of teams that even have a shot at the CL places given the massive gap between the haves and have nots in those leagues.

Santori
Santori

I’ve been mentioning for many seasons now when Arsenal detractors complained about us not spending.

True we can spend more but

1 Wenger was correct that Top4 trophy was a priority over domestic cups. Now that we are outside top 4, it’s suddenly become all important bc Spurts are in it for one season…to the small minded punditry at least.

2 there have always been 7 or 8 clubs ahead 9f us with greater resource to bring to bear.

ManU, City, Chelsea, PSG, Barca, Ream, Bayern, Juve take your pick.

Bearing that in mind, Wenger (and Law) did an excellent job keeping competitive. Whether they bought enough or short changed themselves is another issue.

In one season with Raul and Mslintat involved, we have overloaded on wages without resolving outstanding issues at Rwing and at Cback.

Some people need a reality check.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Wenger left the new team in tough spot with his inability get contracts and transfers done in the last 5 years. He was horrible at it in recent times.

In reality it doesn’t matter if there Are 9 clubs with more revenues. There are enough players out there beyond the top 9 revenue clubs can acquire.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Wenger was NOT responsible for getting contracts and transfers done. He did not decide how much money we spent on players.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Is the Interlull over?

cornishlee
cornishlee

Remember when Bobby Pires said he wanted this job? What’s he up to these days?

(Not saying we should offer the job to him.)

iGooner
iGooner

They are really playing with fire now. One dissatisfying Summer and a bad start to the season and the floodgates of dissension will kick in.

Hell hath no fury like a scorned fanbase.

Cacho
Cacho

I heard Ed Woodward might be available

TeeCee
TeeCee

Not sure that being able to balance three planks on your head is the right skill set.

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

How much wood could Edward Woodward chuck if Edward Woodward could chuck wood?

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

If Ed Woodward really could chuck wood we’d have seen him fling Jose far earlier 😉

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

I wonder what makes us so unappealing?

Arsenio
Arsenio

The thought of having to sell Mustafi.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Send him out on loan, that’s what I would do. Mustafi isn’t a bad defender, he just isn’t Arsenal standard.

Santori
Santori

Who is Arsenal standard?

Jenkinson and Elneny are even worse.

Mustafi is a better defender than given credit much like Giroud was a better striker.

Torreira has made asany if not more mistaken leading to 3 or 4 goals against which have cost us 8 points against BHA, Soton away and Liverpool (also at West Ham)

Caligunner
Caligunner

Smh

You know the mistakes that mustafi makes may not lead to direct goals but can indirectly by other players covering for his many mistakes and leaving other areas exposed?

He stinks.

Hantal
Hantal

Lack of funds, unsettled backroom staff and the need for immediate success.
I really doubt we’re paying top end either

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

We always pay well….

Dan
Dan

Is it just me or is anyone else also thinking of Gazidis, Sven and Monchi as sailors abandoning a sinking ship ? or in the case of Monchi refusing to board one ?
Everyone seems to be very optimistic (or ignorant) about the fact that 3 high profile names have left us for pastures new. Could it be a sign that we are fucked up long-term because they got to know KSE’s plans/character after becoming full owners ?
Only I seem to be overly worried about that it seems!

myrtle
myrtle

It’s just you.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

That’s one of the worst conspiracies I’ve heard in a long time. Ivan left for more money and power. Sven left because he ran out of names in his little black book and Monchi couldn’t hack it in Rome and didn’t fancy his chances in London.

Dan
Dan

That’s exactly what the sailors that remained on the ship would think until they drowned…

But anyway these are just musings of my negative side, might not come true at all.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Actually you have a good point. It’s not like KSE are known to be ambitious owners, if anything we should be more paranoid.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

you know what your saying about Sven is non sense, your just slandering people for not wanting to be at or join arsenal, dreadful points.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

He wrote it. It isn’t slander. Its libel.

FACT – Sven left.

REASON – Unknown

THOUGHT – KSE known not to plan to spend much money.
RESULT – Nobody wants to work for tightwads

Goonereality
Goonereality

Why on earth let Mislintat leave (particularly in-season as well) without a proper plan to replace him? Whoever takes over will be third choice, unless there’s another cock-up, and they’ll know it. That isn’t great preparation for someone going into a new job which is going to be difficult enough given there’s relatively little money to spend. A lot of this goes back to the lethargy that infected Arsenal for much of the second half of the Wenger era. It will take some time to get back the much more professional attitude needed, not only on the pitch but off it, and this on-going Mislintat fiasco shows we’ve a way to go yet.

Santori
Santori

There’s no fiasco.

There are plenty of better DoFs than Hit and msiss.

Campos at Lille formerly with Monaco.

Zorc is the real brains behind Dortmund.

Also PSV.

Plenty of options.

Caligunner
Caligunner

No one is saying Sven is the greatest talent evaluator of all time. What is your hate on Sven!?!? There are only soo many out there though until you have to start giving unproven ones a chance. I don’t think arsenal is a club to learn to do the job you are hired for.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

The lethargy that infected Arsenal for much of the second half of the Wenger era rather neatly matches the Kroenke years. I wonder why.

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

Marc overmaas is in the same boat as rvp to me. Im glad his not back that traitor. Dennis was the last dutch football player that i will enjoy watch.(replays ) i never want to see a Dutch player wearing arsenal colours again. F…. them all.

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Don’t look at the ladies team then!!!
Oh by the way they are doing much better in their league than the men too!

abdulCD
abdulCD

With a Dutch lady topping the scorers’ chat.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

WOLF!!!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Why would we need Mislintat’s little black book? He was useless in any case.

Should have spunked £60m on Mahrez in January and not bought Aubameyang.

We should have used AMN as back-up instead of Lichtsteiner this season. Plus Sokratis is old and slow.

Oh, and Torreira isn’t that great either – what about when he lost the ball a few times over the Christmas period? If that had been Mustafi everyone would have brought it up all the time. Speaking of which, did I mention that Mustafi is awesome?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Santori is that you under a new name? The comments about Mahrez and mustafi give you away 😜

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

Nice, I get it 😉

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Thanks. Nice to be appreciated. (I’m surprised the bit on Mustafi at the end didn’t make it more obvious, but hey-ho.)

abdulCD
abdulCD

Crash Fistfight= Santori???

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Either you need to lay down in a darkened room or I do…

Santori
Santori

You do.

He’s right.

But I disagree on Auba, think we needed Mahrez instead of Mhkitaryan.

Mhkitaryan is a decent player but we already had Ramsey and Ozil.

If anything we should have held on extending Ozil , leverage on Ramsey.

Instead they panic extended Ozil loading the wage bill.

Then added Mhki an older player on high wages as they did later sokratis and Lichsteiner if only for one season.

It tied our hands this Jan and we ended with panic loans forget panic buy.

Mahrez we could have got for 40m or less even. Price was hiked at end of window bc City came in

Ironically, we did not sell them Alexis which led to their move late on.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Actually, that’s not true. You spent all of January saying we should have kept Giroud and not signed Aubameyang, as he was cup-tied for Europa.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Definitely Santori = Crash Fistfight.

Go easy on each other old son, arguing with yourself like this could do your nut in.

Ealing
Ealing

You could lay down in the same room.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Santori?

Deep

Don’t know if this is high quality sarcasm or ‘santori’ in disguise!!

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

It’s kinda like Inception, within Crash Fistfight lies Santori, within Santori is Blogs in disguise drumming up heat on the comments section to keep it lively haha

…Damnit, that sounds less like Inception and closer to Human Centipede, sorry for that image folks!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I just thought I needed to get in there early before the comments inevitably showed up (like they do on every article).

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

It was impressively done, good sir. We nearly had our first proper Arseblog conspiracy!

Santori
Santori

Small minded people who think Mslintat is the dog’s bollocks.

He has been hit and Msiss

Did nothing to address our need for a Rwinger.

Miss the boat on Mahrez instead went for low hanging fruit and laid us vulnerable to Raiolla and United.

There are lots of options out there beyond Monchi.

Campos at Lille is doing a superb job in Ligue one following his stint at Monaco.

Arguably the real genius behind Dortmund is Zorc.

Also Should be looking at PSV

I’m not sure why some people have a habit of hysteria and illusion.

We can be doing MUCH better both strategically and ta tactically.

Mslintat has been not goI’d enough.

Caligunner
Caligunner

There was not enough money to get mahrez, could you give up on that!!!

We sold Theo and giroud to help finance Auba. That still wasn’t enough to outbid city for mahrez. No, mahrez couldn’t be had for 40m. Leicester had no reason to sell him unless they got the offer they wanted.

If we didn’t get Auba and somehow found extran 5-10m to buy mahrez we wouldn’t have had a striker for 6-8 weeks last season because laca got hurt or probably was already hurt.

Who else would have taken Sanchez at that point?!?!

Vonnie
Vonnie

I didn’t really want Monchi or Overmars to be honest, and who knows if Mislintat was really the bees knees or not. I can see us promoting from inside, he might not be a big news names but Cagigao was apparently the one who identified Santi, Cesc and Hector so I’d be happy with him, he knows the club and what we need so could be the answer, he’d be worth a chance, surely?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

“Arsenal won’t rush technical director appointment”…is this a quote from last year? 🙂

Arsenio
Arsenio

Hahaha true, but I’d still rather read that than something like “Arsenal won’t rush defensive signing”

Kiwamya
Kiwamya

I imagine our negotiation went something like this;

“Hi Mr Monchi, would you like to be in charge of all of the signings at Arsenal?”

“Yeah sounds great, how much have we got to spend?”

“Fuck all”

“Ok on second thoughts, perhaps I’ll go to Savilla instead”

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

No one wants to work under “Satan” Kroenke.

Ray Parlour
Ray Parlour

Arsenal is a corporation and the owners will have made sure those actually running the club on a day to day basis already have a transfer plan for the upcoming summer window. That’s what they’re employed to do. The club will now relentlessly pursue best value for money in an age of increasing player and agent power. They don’t actually want to waste money if they can help it. The owners wouldn’t be billionaires if they did. They want to eek out every last penny of profit whilst convincing fans that the club is competitive. The club can only continue to be a money making machine if the team is entertaining to watch and has a certain number of highly talented individuals that fans, tv companies and sponsors want to watch and idolise.

No permanent or expensive business was done in January, so you can bank on the fact they will have been working all season to identify targets and sound the clubs they play for and their agents out. Mislintat will have been part of drawing up recruitment plans until his departure too. Gazidis, to a lesser extent due to his departure before Christmas, Emery, Sanllehi and Venkatesham, as well as the numerous other staff around them, will have continued that work. There will also be more money to spend on better players due to the new kit deal at the end of the season, and we all know clubs get better value for money in the summer transfer window compared to the winter one anyway.

Not getting Monchi was a shame, but part and parcel of recruitment. He went back to Spain – he’ll be closer to his family and back in his home country where he can speak his first language rather than learning another new language and acclimatising to a new culture. Never underestimate the impact communicating in a second language, and being unsettled, or even homesick, can have on an individual’s ability to perform well at work. It’s not just down to that person either. The people around them need to play their part for things to click too.

This is all that needs to be said. Nothing more needs to be debated. Arsenal will move on and eventually find a Technical Director at some point this year. Sanllehi, Venkatesham and Emery beats having Gazidis, and an ageing Dick Law, who probably still worked on paper until he stepped down, supporting a waning Wenger who was hostage to the madness the club unfairly allowed him to descend into, i.e. trying the same thing repeatedly but expecting different results. That destroyed the self-belief and motivation of the players. We seem to be a far cry from those days on the pitch now, the odd stinker of a game aside, which is totally normal for most teams who cannot field two world-class players for every position, and Emery hasn’t even had a full season yet.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

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assistantref
assistantref

Personally, I think there must have been no reason at all, not even one, why Monchi turned Arsenal down. People never have reasons for what they do.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Well…. I’m sure you’re right when it comes to assistant refs 🙂

George
George

“Internally, Francis Cagigao, currently head of international recruitment, is an option, although it would represent a big promotion.” If he’s the right person for the job it shouldn’t matter. I’m sure we all know people who should never have been promoted at all and some that should be well ahead of where they are and those they’re behind.