Following the announcement that former Barcelona Director of Football Raul Sanllehi would be joining the club as ‘Head of football relations’, Arsene Wenger has made it clear that Ivan Gazidis has no part to play in buying players for the club.
In the official announcement on the Arsenal website, the Spaniard’s role was described as someone who would ‘lead future player negotiations and work alongside manager Arsene Wenger, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy.’
However, the Frenchman bristled at suggestions that Gazidis had a part to play in player purchases, and when asked about Sanllehi working with the recruitment team, he said, “With me. Ivan has nothing to do with buying players.’
The relationship between Wenger and Gazidis has not always been perfect, and perhaps this is a reaction to the Chief Executive setting up an office at the training ground over the summer, in addition to his regular space at Highbury House.
“Dick Law has retired and has gone back to the States,” Wenger explained.
“He is still with us for a while, but we look for somebody as well who has experience in negotiations. Dick is still working with us on cases where we need to do.
“We have Huss (Fahmy), who is top drawer, but has just joined us one year ago, but is doing an excellent job, I rate him highly. There is still a need.”
The manager also revealed that Steve Rowley would continue to work for the club in the interim.
The former chief scout was replaced by German Sven Mislintat last week, but will work on a part-time basis as Wenger explained.
“Steve Rowley yes will stay with us, and work more with the more part-time on a youth level.” he said.
“And we need another scout. Today we have a structure in England, we know everybody.
“We have taken somebody [Mislintat] who has international experience and that is why we made that decision.”