One of the hallmarks of Arsenal post-Wenger, unfortunately, has been a large amount of churn in the front office, as Arsenal settle on what their front office structure should be now that it’s not basically just one guy running the show.
Following a bit of unsettlement in which Sven Mislintat’s job was changed and then Sven decided that working at Arsenal wasn’t for him, there’s been a vacancy in said front office - Raul Sanllehi is flying solo-ish on the playing-staff side since Mislintat left at the end of the January transfer window.
Arsenal, though, are now poised to take advantage of some other team’s churn for once. Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known commonly as Monchi, is currently Roma’s Director of Sport. That, however, is about to end, following a disagreement between Monchi and the club on whether or not to retain Roma’s manager Eusebio di Francesco. Monchi wanted him to stay, the club wanted him to go; the club got their way, but are now about to lose the fight to keep Monchi.
Arsenal have had Monchi on their radar for a while now, and they seem set to pounce, according to an Italian journalist:
#Arsenal has offered three-years contract to #Monchi. #transfers #AFC— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) March 8, 2019
Monchi’s record at Roma is somewhat mixed, but he had success in his 17 years (!) at Sevilla, where he worked with Unai Emery for three years and three Europa League titles in a row.
I know literally nothing about Monchi except the things I have found in the course of writing this article, so I do not know if Monchi is a good hire or not. I know that he and Emery worked well together at Sevilla, though, and what that tells me is that Arsenal are probably not going to cut bait on Emery this summer even if Arsenal exit the Europa League, as it looks like they will, and finish outside the top four. This is a move for next season and, more crucially, this summer.