Only a club like Arsenal could be favourites for two of the most exciting sporting directors in world football and end up with nothing.
In a double-punch blow for Unai Emery, neither Monchi and Marc Overmars will be making the move to north London this summer, with the former Roma sporting director heading back to his former club in Sevilla and the Dutch legend committing his future to Ajax by signing a new long-term contract with the Amsterdam giants.
Arsenal now must look elsewhere for the man that will be tasked with bringing in the players to propel the Gunners back into the Premier League elite. Although there are still a plethora of candidates that could fill out the role including former scout Francis Cagigao and current heady of youth recruitment Steve Morrow, it might be ideal for the north London hierarchy to look away from internal figures and search away from England.
Enter Ben Manga.
Currently the chief scout of Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, Manga’s work has been credited as a reason for the German side’s recent meteoric rise from surviving the relegation play-offs in 2016 to now being underdogs for the Europa League.
Manga, who joined the club shortly after Frankfurt’s Bundesliga survival, has been responsible for bringing the likes of Ante Rebic, Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic to the club, three players who have been revelations in Germany’s top flight.
As well as being able to identify exciting young talent, the 45-year-old former midfielder has been smart when it comes to adding experienced heads in the dressing room.
Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jonathan de Guzman were both brought in on free transfers and were essential clogs in Frankfurt’s DFB-Pokal win in 2017/18, their first major honour for nearly 30 years.
It’s understandable why Arsenal were keen to bring in Monchi or Overmars to fill out the role of technical director, but in Manga, the Gunners have a chance to appoint one of the most promising figures in the game, and someone who can take the north London club back to the level they want to return to.
Arsenal fans, would you take Manga as the technical director?
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