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Arsenal’s Director of Football Operations set to leave

Current Director of Football Operations at Arsenal, Hussein Fahmy, is set to leave the club next month following a restructure of the internal operations at the club.

A qualified lawyer, Fahmy gained the appointment in June 2017 after spending time at Sky. Ivan Gazidis, former Chief Executive, transformed the football side of the Gunners, as Fahmy was brought into negotiation player contracts. At the time, Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League and were embarrassed by German side Bayern Munich, suffering a 10-2 defeat in the last 16 of the 62nd edition of the European competition.

It had been identified that contract negotiations were a weakness for the Gunners, as many players had entered their final year of their contract without negotiating another.

To solve this issue, Fahmy utilised more incentive-based deals. However, it must be noted that Fahmy was at the club during the time Mesut Ozil was awarded his £350,000-a-week contract extension, which sparked debate and controversy during February 2018. Although, it’s unclear how much involvement Fahmy had on that decision it must be said.

Manager Mikel Arteta and Technical Director Edu, who have been prominent in recruitment and strategy of late, will now organise Arsenal’s recruitment while the internal legal team will assist with the contract negotiations.

Vinai Venkatesham, current Chief Executive, announced in September he was going to make Arsenal “quicker, faster, more efficient and better” within their operations.

It’s believed that Fahmy has left on amiable terms though his move away signifies almost all staff under Gazidi have now left. When Gazidi left for AC Milan in September 2018 he commented saying a “catalyst for change” was needed following performances during the 2016/17 season.

What followed was a major restructure of the football operations. Rault Sanllehi was appointment Head of Football Relations from FC Barcelona, Fahmy was made Head of Football Operations and Sven Mislintat became Head of Recruitment coming from Borussia Dortmund.

In the summer of 2018 Unai Emery replaced longstanding manager Arsene Wenger as Head Coach who brought in his coaching staff and assistants. Now all of those staff members have all departed at various points over the three years as Arteta was made Head Coach in December 2019.

During this summer, 55 redundancies were made due to the financial impact of covid-19 in addition to a rebuild of their scouting network.

Author: James Parker