The restructuring of Arsenal’s backroom staff continues with the appointment of Team Sky chief Huss Fahmy to handle contract negotiations within the squad.

According to the Daily Mail, Fahmy, who is head of legal and commercial at the cycling team, will assist Dick Law in contract negotiations at Arsenal. The London club have received intense criticism after letting a number of key players’ contracts wind down to the last year.

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wojciech Szczesny are the most notable names of players with less than a year left on their respective deals, and Arsenal are hoping Fahmy’s influence could see the quartet tied down to long-term contracts this summer.

The chief’s arrival follows news of Arsenal appointing Darren Burgess joining as Head of Performance, being tasked with scouting transfer targets and working on fitness in the squad, among other areas of his expertise.

It’s a clear sign chief executive Ivan Gazidis has won his battle to limit Arsene Wenger’s power at the club, and there could be more additions made to the backroom this summer. Fahmy will initially work on deals for the youth players but is expected to move on to the senior side in due time.

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