The BBC’s David Ornstein has claimed that Arsenal want to sign four players in the summer but that they face problems because of the lack of a technical director (via YouTube).
The summer transfer window may be a good few months way but most football clubs are working hard to lay the groundwork for potential deals.
The Gunners are usually the exception when it comes to planning and it seems as if that is the case, as the BBC’s David Ornstein claimed in a recent interview.
“They’ve got a bit of a problem on their hands, that they don’t have a Technical Director who is meant to be overseeing a number of areas including recruitment,” Ornstein said.
“Their Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat left in January which was a bit of a shock to some and a disappointment to many. He had a fairly good record in the transfer market in his one year at the club.
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“They are keen to address a number of areas. They’re definitely looking for a box-to-box midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey. They’re still in the hunt for a winger which is why today links have come up with Yannick Carrasco.
“They may be looking for a full-back to cover Hector Bellerin and, of course, Stephan Lichtsteiner was only signed on a one-year contract. They’ve been linked with left-backs as well.
“There’s going to be a heavy period of recruitment ahead potentially for Arsenal. They’ve got an aging squad in certain areas. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Özil, and Aubameyang. They need to bring in a goalkeeper as well for Petr Cech who is retiring at the end of the season.
“Franny Cagigao or Steve Morrow might like certain types of players but while there’s nobody in there bringing that together. Raul Sanllehi is more of a contacts-building person, not so much of a transfer wheeler and dealer. They may be behind the eight-ball, this is the time where you need to be doing your recruitment work.”
It’s becoming clearer just how important the Technical Director position will be at Arsenal. The Gunners have nobody in charge of recruitment right now which is an issue as the club should be laying the groundwork for summer transfers now. Let’s hope the Gunners can make that appointment soon because time is ticking.