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Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Marc Overmars to become the club’s director of football from next season.
The Gunners have been looking to bring in a director of football for a number of years, but that idea has been opposed by boss Arsene Wenger.
However, with the 67-year-old seemingly coming towards the end of his time at The Emirates it would appear that the London giants are now ready to make an appointment.
Indeed, Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claims that the Gunners have already reached an agreement with Overmars, who will assume the role from next season.
The Dutchman, who spent three years playing under Wenger at Highbury, has previous experience in the role having done the job with Ajax since 2012.
The 44-year-old’s appointment is said to be crucial in making sure Wenger has a smooth departure from the club at the end of the 2018-19 season, while Overmars will also help in finding the Frenchman’s successor, according to the report in the Daily Express.
As for Wenger, he has always stated his dislike of the idea of a director of football, admitting earlier this year: “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.”
However, it looks as if the former Monaco boss will have to come to terms with the idea during the final year of his lengthy spell at the club.