Ahead of what is expected to be another busy summer at Arsenal, Edu has undertaken a reshuffle of the “Football Intelligence” department that supports him.
According to The Athletic, Jason Ayto, on the club’s books since 2014, will become assistant sporting director while James Ellis, who joined from Fulham in 2021 as first team scout in the UK, is being promoted to head of recruitment. Their duties will cover the men’s, women’s and academy teams.
After securing a place in the Champions League for 2023/24, Mikel Arteta is expected to be handed a sizable budget to upgrade his squad in several areas.
It might be small comfort to Arsenal fans after the loss to Manchester City, but Champions League qualification was confirmed this week. In 2021/22 this was worth an average of £88m in TV money to English clubs (plus additional gate receipts and uplift in sponsorships) #AFC pic.twitter.com/G2q5pQafyR
— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) April 28, 2023
It’s been widely reported for months that Declan Rice will be the number one target. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal could also reignite interest in Moises Caicedo and Ivan Fresneda – both targets in January – and we’ve been sniffing around Chelsea’s out-of-favour midfielder Mason Mount.
In terms of outgoings, there are question marks over the future of Kieran Tierney and Reiss Nelson, as well as most of the players currently out on loan, including Nuno Tavares, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sambi Lokonga, Nicolas Pepe, Cedric Soares and Folarin Balogun.
On the contract front, Arsenal are expected to announce a new deal for Bukayo Saka and are working hard to tie down William Saliba. After a positive season on the pitch, other Arteta favourites, including Aaron Ramsdale, could also be rewarded with bigger pay packets.