Arsenal are believed to be looking at candidates for a new “football operations” role to assist Arsene Wenger.

  • Ivan Gazidis was keen on bringing in a director of football to assist Wenger
  • Wenger wasn’t at all keen on the prospect of working with one
  • Gazidis has seemingly compromised, and now wants a more “behind the scenes” person

According to the Telegraph, the new role would be designed to reflect the background operations of the club and not the more broader duties that a Director of Football or Sporting Director typically has.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis was said to be keen on bringing in a Director of Football in an effort to improve the club’s infrastructure and provide Wenger more assistance with transfers.

Managers working with a Director of Football is very common place in modern football. Wenger, however, rejected the idea and has seemingly got his way, with the Gunners instead looking for candidates for a much more ambiguous “football operations” role.

This doesn’t reflect particular well on Gazidis, nor is there any indication on who Arsenal will be looking to hire exactly.

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