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Arsenal news includes reports that chief scout Steve Rowley will be leaving a new sporting director will be appointed
It’s been a battle that has been simmering under the surface at Arsenal for some time now.
On one side you have chief executive Ivan Gazidis who wants to bring the club into a more modern way of thinking, but on the other you have Arsene Wenger – a manager firmly entrenched in the way he does things and who has the unequivocal backing of the owner.
Towards the end of last season it was clear that the pair did not see eye to eye, with Wenger publicly mocking Gazidis’ plan to appoint a director of football as part of his ‘catalyst for change’ projct.
The likes of Marc Overmars had been sounded out, with Ajax even starting to put plans in place for his departure, so convinced were they in Arsenal’s interest – but in the end the director of football plans were scrapped.
Wenger got his way, things stayed as they were and the Arsenal boss signed his new two-year contract to extend his stay in north London.
It was seen as a huge kick in the teeth for Gazidis and a victory for Wenger – but recently the signs are that Gazidis is slowly beginning to get his way – albeit with a bit of compromise.
A new sporting director is set to be appointed at the Emirates according to the Mirror, who will help oversee negotiations, transfers and contracts.
Raul Sanllehi, the current director of football at Barcelona and a close friend of Gazidis, has been heavily tipped to take on the role once he leaves the Camp Nou at the end of his contract in December.
The new man will take on the duties being relinquished by Dick Law, a staunch ally of Wenger who has been chief transfer negotiator at Arsenal for the past decade.
The appointment will follow on from the arrival of legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy from cycling heavyweights Team Sky, who Gazidis brought in during the summer.
And chief scout Steve Rowley – who has worked alongside Wenger ever since the Frenchman arrived in north London – is also on the brink of leaving the Gunners.