Following the departure of head of recruitment Sven Mislintat from the club, Arsenal had their sights set on former AS Roma sporting director Monchi and intended to bring him in as a technical director. Reports went as far as to claim Monchi had been directly offered the job, but following a short period of consideration, he opted to go back to Sevilla.
Monchi had spent 17 years there before he joined Roma, and won 11 trophies with the La Liga side, including three Europa Leagues alongside current Arsenal manager Unai Emery. At the presentation in Seville, he spoke about the reasons for his choice.
He admitted that he considers Sevilla his “home”, but he is adamant that he didn’t make his decision with his heart. Instead, he claims he has been convinced by Sevilla president Jose Castro Carmona and the project that was presented to him.
He confirmed Arsenal’s interest in his services and thanked the Gunners for the belief in him that they had shown thereby.
He also pointed out that he had other offers on the table apart from Arsenal and Sevilla, “flashier” offers, which he rebuffed in favour of a return to Spain and his former club.
According to various reports, Arsenal have now turned their attention to their former winger, now director of football at Ajax, Marc Overmars, who is apparently keen on working at the Emirates. Meanwhile, Ajax are determined to do what they can to keep their man.