Following Monchi’s decision to return to Sevilla rather than come to north London, former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars became the favorite for the role of technical director at the club. However, the Dutchman has now picked a different option as well, rubbing salt in Arsenal’s wounds.
“There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I’m having a good time here,” said Overmars, as quoted by the BBC.
“We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team and we still want to show a lot.”
Ajax are facing a hard summer in terms of outgoing talent with midfielder Frenkie de Jong already agreeing a deal to join Barcelona and defender Matthijs de Ligt, once linked with Arsenal, is very likely to follow him through the exit door at the Amsterdam Arena. Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Liverpool are all interested in signing the centre-back generally seen as the world’s next great defender.
Therefore, the Dutch champions have been keen to persuade Overmars to spur Arsenal’s advances and remain at the club as they are certain to need his expert input in future development of young talent; something Ajax have been known for for several decades now.
But the needs of Ajax aside now, this turnaround has left Arsenal in a difficult position. The club have been looking to restructure the top tier of management following the departures of former CEO Ivan Gazidis, as well as former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat who was reportedly hoping for the role of technical director himself.
Once a Highbury hero (he scored the winning goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1998 as Arsenal went on to win the Premier League title), Overmars has now turned his back on the Gunners, and it remains to be seen where they will look for the next candidate.