Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars is set for a return to London next summer when he is expected to take up a director of football role at the Emirates.
The 44-year-old Dutch legend made 141 appearances and scored 40 goals for the Gunners in three years he spent in London between 1997 and 2012. Having served as Ajax’s director of football since the summer of 2012, Marc Overmars is now heading back to London to take over a number of Dick Law’s duties.
Law has been a transfer chief at Arsenal for full eight years as the man in charge of doing transfer negotiations but he stepped down from his position at the end of September after a summer of failed activities which included pursuits of Monaco hot-shots Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar.
The Gunners are coming off from a disappointing summer which saw them fail to land PSG star Julian Draxler who was seen as a direct replacement for wantaway star Alexis Sanchez and a behind-the-scenes staff shake-up is expected to bring some improvements in that regard.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was never a keen advocate of a director of football role as he is reluctant to delegate work at Arsenal.
“I never understand what it means, director of football. I’m manager of Arsenal and as long as I am manager, I will decide what happens on the technical front. That’s it.”, Wenger said earlier this year.
The host of British media reports that Wenger is understood to have accepted the appointment of Overmars but it remains to be seen how much influence the former Dutch will have on Wenger.
It is fair to say the 44-year-old gained valuable experience in his five-year role at Ajax and that he could be an asset for the Gunners.
Overmars was expected to join at the end of the season but the North London club are pushing for an early appointment and hope to persuade Overmars to join in earlier as planned following Law’s September departure.