According to the Guardian, Arsenal have hired a headhunting company to recruit several scouts nine months after gutting the department.
Nolan Partners have been tasked with finding two scouts to cover Germany and personnel to cover the UK, France and Spain.
In August last year, the Gunners raised eyebrows when Francis Cagigao, the club’s highly-experienced head of international recruitment, was released. The 51-year-old’s exit was the most high-profile of a spate of departures that also included Brian McDermott, Peter Clark, Ty Gooden, Leonardo Scirpoli, Julio de Marco and Alex Stafford. Between them, they covered the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain.
In February 2020, Steve Morrow, who was head of youth scouting, Dave Lee, Kevin Beddell, Dan Price and Joe Sutton were also released.
Reflecting on the changes he helped push through, technical director Edu said in September: “The decision we made, to change a little bit our infrastructure, it is clear for me. I want to work with less people. I want to work with StatDNA a lot more, which we have internally here at the club and is very important.
“The people I want to work with, I want them to be very close to me. I want to create a group of people working together.
“I don’t want individual people working in one area or for one country. I want a group working together. Less people with much more responsibility. That is my vision and for me in this process the most important thing is that everyone is very clear on the responsibilities which everyone has to make the right decision.”
Given we’re now hiring country-specific roles, it does appear we’ve changed tact somewhat. For their part, the club have briefed the Guardian that the opportunities constitute “the latest phase of their revamp, the first stage having involved an installation of data-led processes and the latest complementing that with feet on the ground.”
Arsenal are expected to be very busy this summer. Manager Mikel Arteta insists he has the backing of the club’s owners and is promising to be ruthless when it comes to reshaping his squad.