The Telegraph report that Arsenal are set to add to their scouting staff having pinched Leicester’s head of technical scouting, Ben Wrigglesworth.
He’s been credited with finding gems from Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, both of whom arrived from Ligue Un. Traditionally France has been a decent place for Arsenal to go shopping, but despite hits like Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, there have been some misses in recent seasons as players like Marouane Chamakh and Yaya Sanogo have failed to make a significant impact.
The Gunners had tasked former player Brian McDermott to do some scouting, but he has since rejoined Reading as manager for a second spell.
The club’s scouting system is headed by Steve Rowley, who has been a mainstay of the Wenger era, but in 2014 recently appointed youth supremo, Andries Jonker, suggested things at that level needed to change, saying, “The scouting must be restructured all over again. It needs to be brought to a level so that we can bring in the absolute best talents from abroad and from England at an age that Wenger can immediately work with them.”
And as football moves on, it’s good to add to the personnel at a senior level too, where he can work alongside the likes of Rowley and Gilles Grimandi to help find new talent.