Report: Chief scout Steve Rowley set to leave Arsenal

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According to a report in the Mail, Arsenal’s chief scout, Steve Rowley, is set to depart the club.

He’s apparently grown tired of being made a scapegoat for Arsenal’s transfer market failings, and despite being a long-time servant of the club and Arsene Wenger is now seeking new pastures.

The scouting department itself is one which has long been overdue an overhaul, and there have been concerns for some time that the personnel needed to be refreshed.

The Gunners bought StatDNA, a company to augment the work of the scouts, and it’s believed that played a key role in signings like Gabriel from Villarreal and Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel.

However, there have been numerous issues behind the scenes, not least the fact that Arsenal missed out on so many of the current generation of young French talent, an area in which they’ve traditionally been very strong.

Former player Gilles Grimandi heads up the French side of the scouting operation, but if Rowley does depart then we may see a real shake-up across the board.

It’s the latest in a series of stories about behind the scenes appointments, including Marc Overmars returning and the potential appointment of a former Barcelona executive, so let’s hope there are things brewing.

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