Reports claim that former player Marc Overmars is set to return to Arsenal next summer as a director of football (via The Daily Mail).
It’s a position which has caused much controversy in England with fans and pundits alike never really being sure of what they actually do.
The director of football is a subject which is often brought up but never in a serious manner. However, reports suggest that Arsenal are looking to bring one in next summer.
Marc Overmars is the man reportedly at the top of the list with claims that the former Arsenal player will join the club in a directorial role next year, a position he currently holds at AFC Ajax.
It would represent a significant restructuring program at the club, something which Arsene Wenger has spoken out against in the past.
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“No, director of football, I don’t know what it means,” Wenger said back in May.
“Is it someone who stands on the road and directs the players left and right? I never understand what it means, director of football.”
It’s doubtful that Arsene Wenger would accept a director of football while he is still manager of the club so if these reports are to be believed then it could be assumed that the club is planning for a future without Wenger. In the long-term, that has to happen but for now, we can only speculate.