Last month it was announced that we would be parting ways with Francis Cagigao, our Head of International Scouting and de facto Head of Recruitment.
He was the man heavily involved in bringing us talents like Cesc Fabregas, Gabriel Martinelli and Santi Cazorla, and it was his work which led the club to decide on Thomas Partey as a key target for this transfer window.
He was part of a restructuring process which saw most our scouting network across Europe laid off.
He released a message to the club and fans after his Arsenal journey came to and end. He said:
Today is my last day after 24 years + at The Arsenal. The Club I started at as a youth player also, back in the late 80s. Everything in life has a start and an end. This is no different. Now I will look to the future but never forget the values instilled in me. People like Arsene, Pat Rice, David Dein, Steve Rowley, Don Howe, Stewart Houston, Ken Friar, Terry Murphy, Terry Burton, David Miles, many top top scouts both international and UK, at senior and academy level all these years ( thank you guys you are the best) and loyal hardworking colleagues over the. years plus a lot of staff in the background.
I thank you all for your courtesy, warmth and professionalism all these years. I truly respect you all. Also to the fans, the Club’s heartbeat, a lot of those who have sent out messages to me these past few weeks, I wish you all the best. The Club has a very good head coach and are not far from building a winning team, a lot of good groundwork has been laid.
Wherever the future takes me from Tomorrow onwards I will never forget my time at the Club and feel privileged to have played my part Stay safe. My best regards to you all.
“Salud suerte a todos” – Fran.
Arseblog News wishes him the best of luck wherever he ends up.