According to the Independent, Arsenal are considering hiring Roma’s Monchi as the replacement for outgoing head of recruitment. The report suggests that the Gunners are set for a restructuring of the technical staff, with Monchi a candidate for technical director.
A big reputation in the European game
Monchi has built himself an excellent reputation in the European game over the last decade. The Spaniard joined Roma in 2017 after a vastly successful period at Sevilla. In fact, Monchi is regarded as the man who was responsible for the Andalucian’s clever business practices during his reign.
He is a top talent spotter, meaning he has similar sorts of attributes to the outgoing Mislintat, who has built his career on spot diamonds in the rough. Monchi is guy who helps clubs punch above their weight against much richer opposition by signing good players and developing them into top players.
Roma hired the Spaniard to do just that and he was responsible for signing a host of new players last summer for the Giallorossi.
Monchi would be a good appointment for Arsenal
With his aforementioned ability to spot players for cheap fees, Monchi would be a great appointment. The clubs hierarchy seem intent on trying to achieve success on a shoestring budget by Premier League standards.
It is difficult to achieve success with limited resources, but not impossible. However, to pull it off you need the right people at your club. Monchi is that sort of person, who can pull rabbits out of the hat, which again is another similarity to Mislintat.
However, there is another big positive for hiring Monchi in fact that he previously enjoyed a good working relationship with Arsenal boss Unai Emery. It could prove to be a winning combination for the Gunners, just as it was for Sevilla.
Arsenal not far away from the top-four
In truth, Arsenal are not far away from the top-four. The Gunners are certainly in the race for a Champions League place, with the Gunners now odds of 7/2 to finish in the top-four this season.
A good technical director or head of recruitment could be the key to the team from north London returning to former glories. Monchi joining the club would not harm the Gunners chances of finishing in the top-four spots. In fact, if Monchi replaces Mislintat it could prove to be a blessing in disguise because of that previous working relationship with Emery.
Would Monchi be a good addition to the Arsenal backroom staff?