Gilles Grimandi has backed Arsene Wenger over accusations he doesn’t give jobs to former players.
Speaking to L’Equipe, the Arsenal scout says that Wenger is open to having former players back on the books, but insists the circumstances must be right.
“He is a faithful guy who will always reach out to the former players,” he said. “After that, so they can work at the club there must be a room available, they must have the required competence, and they make a request.
“Today, I see at least fifteen of them work for Arsenal, like Luis Boa Morte and Moritz Volz, who oversee Portugal and Germany, or Steve Bould, who is still deputy for Arsene.”
The story comes in the wake of Thierry Henry’s departure after the club’s leading scorer turned down a full-time coaching role to continue his work as a pundit for Sky TV, and also Mikel Arteta joining Man City as a coach.
However, after 5 years under Wenger, the chance to learn more of his trade with Pep Guardiola was a big draw, rather than the Spaniard being unwelcome at Arsenal.
We do like the idea of Moritz Volz as a German scout though. Imagine the meetings:
MV: I’ve found a player!
AW: What’s he like?
MV: Really funny, brilliant artist, rides a penny farthing, plays the trumpet.
AW: But as a footballer?
MV: Oh, who cares?! *plays Lady Gaga song on a Didgeridoo and walks out of the room*