Arsenal are looking to immediately appoint a Director of Football if reports emerging from London are to be believed. The Gunners are presently in a dire need of a new face to fill the void at the club’s leadership and decision making level after their head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat and chief executive, Ivan Gazidis quit in recent months.
It is understood that the club have circled in on Roma’s Ramon Monchi and Ajax’s Marc Overmars as the leading candidates to appoint them as the new Arsenal Supremo, the Director of Football.
Arsenal enjoyed a fine start to the season with 22 match unbeaten streak in all competitions which was only broken by Southampton last December. However, since then developments in recent days have suggested that the chances for Champions League action are definitely not going to come easy next season.
The Gunners suffered a humiliating defeat against BATE Borisov which seriously dampened their chances of progressing further in Europa League. They have also dropped out of the top four after the resurgence of Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Arsenal’s recent results.
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All these latest developments suggest that Arsenal need much more than just a change in their manager or the way they play on field, a much bigger impact needs to be made by changing the way the club is being administered presently.
According to the reports in English media, Arsenal have made their hunt for their first ever Director of Football a priority in an effort to stabilise things at the club in the short term and pave the way for a future overhaul and transition during the summer.
The restructuring at the helm of club’s hierarchy was already set in place when Arsene Wenger was in charge. It continued this season with Gazidis’s departure to A.C Milan. It continued further when their highly rated head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who was influential in bringing Emery to Emirates, quit this month after completing just 14 months of his tenure.
After having witnessed all of this in the recent months, Arsenal now need someone who can fill in this massive void in multiple roles and work from behind the scenes in order stabilise the club so that Emery can completely focus on the field and do his job.
The general consensus among Arsenal supporters is that Roma’s Monchi is a pretty good candidate for the job of Director of Football. He was part of Sevilla’s magnificent success story when they became a serious contenders in European football by winning 3 back to back Europa Leagues.
Monchi enjoys a good rapport with Unai Emery and they can certainly work together to bring the glory days back to Emirates. Monchi can work well with limited resources as evident from his tenure at Sevilla and Roma and has an eye to spot emerging talents from whom his former clubs have gone on to pocket massive transfer fees, thus showing his eye for talent and the impressive business he has already demonstrated while working with stringent budget.
Another name that is being seriously considered is Marc Overmars of Ajax. Overmars has been doing a good job there, in his native homeland for the past 6 years. He has helped in producing talents like Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt, Dohlberg and has an Ajax sporting philosophy ingrained in his working style which Arsenal can really utilise and benefit from.
He believes in grooming and nurturing young talents which is in the club DNA and he can dedicate himself for this with Arsenal as he is a former Gunner himself and indeed embodies the club and its values really well.
Another name that Arsenal should seriously consider for the role of Director of Football, but is not doing the rounds in the media is that of Antero Henrique of PSG. It is understood that he does not have a good working relationship with Thomas Tuchel and he is set to leave PSG this summer.
This can very well prove to be an opportunity that Arsenal can capitalise on. He was also the Director of Football for Porto and had kept them relevant in European Football during his tenure there even with the humble resources he had at his disposal back then. He would surely prove to be a good fit for Arsenal and the least the club can do right now is consider all options available if they are to actually save the season and secure a top four spot at the minimum.