The former Sevilla Director is rumored to be joining the Gunners in summer.
Arsenal have reportedly offered their vacant technical director role to Roma man Monchi. The Spaniard will take the role if they activate the £1million buyout clause in his current contract which expires next year. During their time together at Sevilla, the former goalkeeper oversaw a transfer policy that found hidden gems and bargain signings that won trophies as well as bring in an impressive return when later sold on.
Between 2014 and 2016, the La Liga club dominated the Europa League winning the competition three times in three seasons. Monchi’s own reign lasted between 2000 and 2017, when he left to take on a new challenge with Roma. In his time in charge of recruitment, talent development and sales, Sevilla became one of the most effective clubs in the transfer market. He uncovered future homegrown stars including Sergio Ramos and Jose Antonio Reyes. He also built his own intelligence network of scouts that spanned the globe. Monchi discovered the likes of Dani Alves, Julio Baptista, Seydou Keita and Ivan Rakitic. Sevilla also found untapped potential at Premier League clubs too that other sides overlooked such as former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who became a popular target among Arsenal fans after he moved to Spain for Monchi.
Most importantly, this work turned the club’s fortunes around. They were relegated in 2000. But now they are an established force in the upper echelons of La Liga, having made huge profits off the back of their former director of football’s transfer strategy. This is precisely the sort of transformative work that the Gunners are looking for under Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham who have already preached the need for greater efficiency after taking over Ivan Gazidis’ responsibilities in the summer. Speaking in 2015, the 50-year-old hailed his compatriot for making the most of the players provided to him at Sevilla. Monchi said, “Unai is critical for our model to be successful. He obtains results when we need them, he improves the players and is popular with our fans. He is the perfect fit.”
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Monchi before. And in 2017 he addressed speculation that he could work with Emery at his former club, Paris Saint-Germain. “I have talked to him lately but there is nothing about our future together in the medium or long-term.” he said. “I want him to continue many years at PSG because it will mean that he is doing very well.
He was the ideal coach for Sevilla and we did not do anything wrong in the three years.”
Arsenal have shifted to a more collegiate model, with specialist members of staff taking care of specific responsibilities instead of leaving it all up to single, all-powerful figurehead in the dug out. If they want to catch up with Manchester City and Liverpool then Monchi could be the key.