Recently, there have been rumors emerging involving Arsenal and the potential of them appointing someone with the task of being the Sporting Director.
Former Arsenal player Marc Overmars and former Borussia Dortmund player Michael Zorc were linked with this position.
Arsenal was once again left behind in the Premier League race and they were completely destroyed in the 2016-17 season of the Champions League after losing to Bayern Munich with an aggregate scoreboard of 10-2 in the round of 16.
Arsene Wenger’s squad was also knocked out of the League Cup after losing to Southampton in the quarter-finals.
It’s because of all these eliminations from competitions and the continuous failure from Arsenal of actually lifting a major piece of silverware that the rumors involving the possibility of the Premier League club appointing someone as a Sporting Director started to emerge but Arsene Wenger has emerged and shut down those rumors.
“I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front, that’s it. I don’t know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means.” Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger said.
Sporting Director or Director of Football is a relatively new job for many clubs and their task is basically to help in the task of searching for potential new recruits as well as oversee contract negotiations but Arsene Wenger stated that he does not want to work alongside a Director of Football in Arsenal.
A backroom staff change might have a big impact in Arsenal and this is what supporters of the club want to see, something that can spark new life to the squad and hopefully make a genuine charge for the Premier League title but Arsene Wenger does not appear to be so keen.