Where does the Arsenal go in their attempts to cover the vacant role of the technical director?
Especially in recent days their first choice in the Monchi has returned to Seville after leaving AS Roma and the reserve option in the former winger Marc Overmars who committed his future in Ajax by signing of a new contract.
There are two goals that the fans have let themselves be thrilled by what has vanished into thin air, which means that he has returned to the drawing board for Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham, respectively head of football and managing director of Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have established two key criteria to identify candidates for the role of technical director. They must have a legacy of the Arsenal or an employment relationship with Emery.
Hence the strong ties with Monchi and Overmars.
But c & # 39; is another criterion in which Sanllehi has alluded to a race to ensure that the Gunners challenge artists of the caliber of Manchester City and Liverpool for the greatest honors in the near future.
"In general, I believe a player's contract should never go to the last year, as a policy," Sanllehi said in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph in October. "But I don't think of inventing the wheel, anyone could agree.
"Normally, player contracts last five years: you must have a clear idea of what you want to do with that player when he is in his third year, at the latest."
This is an area where Arsenal has suffered for over a decade. Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were allowed to reduce contracts to a point where they had to be sold at a reduced price.
The same can be said of Aaron Ramsey, but the club withdrew their contractual offer last fall. Although the fact that he joins Juventus with a free transfer suggests that they have not even tried to get money for a high level player.
Linking players to long-term contracts strengthens a club's position in the transfer market and thus allows them to raise extra funds that can be used to strengthen the team.
Have a look at Liverpool. Their transformation from four hopes to real challengers for titles within three years is due to a pending hiring policy.
Much of the credit should fall to the feet of Michael Edwards, the Reds sports director who is responsible for negotiating negotiations and has developed a reputation for being the best at this, as detailed by the Liverpool Echo.
Very well he managed to get an initial compensation of £ 19 million for Dominic Solanke from Bournemouth in the January transfer window, then last summer he pushed £ 12.5 million from Leicester City for Danny Ward and £ 20m from Southampton for Danny Ings .
Not only marginal players in which Edwards was able to work his magic, as he convinced Barcelona to pay a premium of 100 million if they try to buy another Reds player before 2020 after selling Philippe Coutinho for 142 million of pounds.
Taking into account that Jurgen Klopp has strengthened his team with some huge income with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Naby Keita in the last year, but he still has a net expense of around 100 million pounds, it is difficult not to be envious of the work Edwards has done.
The Arsenal does not need to be envious, it just needs to make sure that anyone who receives the job of technical director follows this format for a tee and I hope the Gunners can be in a similar position very soon.
Unai Emery even suggested that Arsenal could use Liverpool as a project to start challenging for the biggest honors.
"We [Sevilla] I played against Liverpool three years ago in the final of the Europa League and then I look at this process and it is a great example because I look with the coaches on how we are now and with the difference in ranking in four years with us and on teams, "he said. told Spanish reporters in London Colney before the 5-1 defeat at Anfield.
"The progression with Liverpool is clear, three years ago they had left the Champions League and lost against us [Sevilla] in the Europa League and this progress is an example for us now in our moment.
"But we have to be very demanding to take this step quickly, we need time and sometimes patience is very important for us."
A report was released at the beginning of the year showing that the Arsenal is one of only two Premier League clubs in the last ten years that has not benefited from a single penny of owner financing.
This, together with the bad reports in terms of expenses of the former managing director Ivan Gazidis, is proof that the Gunners must be more experienced in the transfer market and following the Liverpool model of Michael Edwards is a good starting point.
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