Premier League giants Arsenal are set to let go of a crucial part of it’s staffs as they’ve planned to do a summer transfer overhaul which will see the club replace scouts with office-based analysts.
A whole lot of staffs were made redundant by the club last year which also included some members of the Gunners’ famous scouting network.
From the scouting unit, ten senior staffs who had a hand in the discovery of the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Reiss Nelson were laid off last summer.
The head of youth recruitment Steve Morrow didn’t escape the axe also as he was part of the eight academy staffs that lost their jobs in the bid for an academy restructure plan.
Despite last summer’s overhaul, the North Londoners are still not done as they’re set to shake-up the club’s worldwide scouting system in favour of a data-led approach.
It’s a known fact that the Gunners do not spend much money on incomings, but in recent times they’ve spent huge sums of money on players who haven’t justified the fee.
Nicolas Pepe was a 2019 summer signing from (£72million), while Thomas Partey was aquired for £45million from Atletico Madrid last summer.
Arsenal’s Football director Edu Gaspar said: “It is important to be clear. What I would like from now is for everything related to football has to come through me.
“All the contacts, if agents want to talk to the player, internally, externally etc, outside people have to see me – and my name – as the first one to call or connect to internally.
“How we go to the market and our strategy, I have to decide a little bit. Of course we have a lot of people involved but I just want to be clear, people outside Arsenal have to understand who they need to connect to about football.
“It is important because sometimes they feel unclear about it. To be clear and open with you, that is how we are going to operate.”