Unai Emery has said he will have no problem working with a director of football at Arsenal amid speculation that renowned talent spotter Monchi will join the club.
The Gunners will hire their first ever sporting director in the coming months, but it has been debated whether or not the Spanish manager will be willing to work with one following the departure of Sven Mislintat, who was head of recruitment for just over a year.
It is believed that Mislintat and Emery bumped heads over potential signings, particularly that of Denis Suarez, with the German also not happy about being overlooked for the new position.
Former goalkeeper Monchi, who made his name at Sevilla before joining Roma in 2017, is high on Arsenal’s list, and Emery is adamant he will have no problem co-existing with a director of football, having worked with Monchi and other directors at previous clubs.
‘It’s one issue for work in the club. My focus, the players focus and the coaches focus is each match. The club is working on how we can improve, how we can be better in the present and the future with the people working for us,’ Emery told a pre-match press conference.
‘I was usually working with a sporting director in all of the teams. When I arrived I was working with Mislintat and I worked well with him. The club is working for change and after he is leaving for the possibility to continue with this structure. It is one issue on which the club is working. My responsibility is to train everyday with the players and to find the performances to meet our targets.’
Arsenal face Bournemouth tonight at the Emirates.