According to Stelian Farcău, Arsenal have hired him as their new Southeastern Europe scout.
The 42-year-old posted the announcement on his Facebook page, saying, “I’m pleased to announce that today my professional career is entering a new stage. I thank the Arsenal club London for the confidence to receive me in the department, to be responsible for the Southeast European area.”
The announcement, made on December 12, was picked up by the media in Romania but seems to have passed the press here in the UK by. He will be the first Romanian to take up this sort of role at the club.
Described by at least two outlets in his home country as an ‘impresario,’ Farcău is a former striker who played for FC Bihor, Olimpia Satu Mare and Liberty Salonta.
He also took charge of FC Bihor in the Romanian second division for nine matches back in 2011, winning four, drawing our, and losing just one.
It seems Farcău that has developed a good relationship with Catalin Sărmăşan, a football agent with a self-professed ‘special care for youth development’ who represents the impressive Vlad Draogmir. Vlad signed for Arsenal in 2015 from ACS Poli Timișoara.
Dragomir, 18, has already been spoken of as a possible heir to Mesut Ozil’s shirt in the first team and has impressed this season with four goals in 10 Premier League 2 games, including a brace against West Ham which saw him hailed in his home country.