Sevilla have announced the return of Monchi just when it looked like he had an agreement to join Arsenal, so what happened?

VERONA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 08: Former AS Roma sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi looks on before the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2019, in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
VERONA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 08: Former AS Roma sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi looks on before the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2019, in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Arsenal were said to be back talking to Marc Overmars, who reportedly told Ajax he wanted to join Arsenal (something I said smelled iffy) before he went and signed an extension with them, but just a week ago it seemed like they had struck a deal to bring Monchi to London.

Then it was announced he would be returning to Sevilla, the club he initially made his name with, and Arsenal fans were left scratching their heads.

According to numerous outlets, Arsenal believed they had an agreement with Monchi, so why is he now in Spain?

Arsenal were, apparently, ‘over-confident’ that they would complete the deal according to an update via Cadena Ser. That, coupled with a supposed low wage offer, has combined to see Monchi turn the Gunners down.

Of course, it’s hard to know how reliable any of this information is and those briefing the press will have their own agenda – Monchi won’t want to appear like he screwed Arsenal and Arsenal won’t want to seem like they were made fools of.

Wages, of course, have often been held up as an issue at Arsenal but I think we will have to wait a bit longer to find out the real truth about what happened here.

As for Arsenal’s hunt, it could well be they are looking towards Steve Morrow.

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