Arsenal assembling new talented scouting network

Arsenal recruit highly regarded scouts

In their bid to outsmart the market, Arsenal have put in place several scouts across Europe.

The club will hope to unearth hidden gems spread across Europe through the help of the recently appointed scouts. Especially after they got rid of majority of their old scouts last year.

Toni Lima, who was in Barcelona’s La Masia set-up and who also went on to play 64 times for the Andorran national team, is the most noticeable name appointed by the North London outfit.

He has previously worked with the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan and was currently being employed by La Liga side Alavés when Arsenal knocked on his door.

Lima made a name for himself, after he helped bring Philippe Coutinho first and then Neymar to the European environment.

The Gunners will hand him the responsibility of covering the Spanish market.

Moving on, Romain Poirot will be handed over the duties of the French network. Poirot started his career as a scout with English club Nottingham Forest in 2008, where he was responsible in arranging trials for young French players of huge potential.

He then went onto work with Manchester City, Watford and even Manchester United.

The other name on the list is James Ellis, who has made a short trip from Fulham to the North side of London. The Englishman was a senior scout at The Cottagers, responsible of scouting players from England as well as Europe.

At Arsenal, he will only be handed the responsibility of covering the English market. Given that the London side have spent huge bucks on proven English talent with huge potential (a combined 80m on Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale), the club will hope to take the help of Ellis in recognizing players before their market value soars.

The three scouts mentioned above have been followed by several other personnel in smaller positions. All of them will have little say on the current window.

Their work can only be judged after a few years. And given they are working under technical director Edu, he should be taking full responsibility for any blunders, if there are any in the foreseeable future.

Right now, Arsenal’s task is to move on players. The likes of Runar Alex Runarsson, Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Cedric, Ainsley Maitland Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Alexander Lacazette and Reiss Nelson can all depart on loan or a permanent deal before the transfer window concludes on August 31st.

And if they manage to cash in on them, it won’t be surprising to see a few more fresh faces at London Colney before the end of the shopping window.

Yash Bisht


  1. The club has signed few players but, will be moving on all the players you mentioned in your articles. Hmmm, please, get real.

  2. Why should Alexandre Lacazette be in the equation for players to be sold? Don’t Arsenal and Arsenal fans want an experienced head – a spine in the attack? The leading scorer in the team? See the quality of his goals!!! We know injuries hindered his season the last time out. Please respect him and Auba.

  3. 5 players in ,I can not see anymore coming in even if we offload 1-3 players .
    That for me is our business done ,like I said on a previous article it’s been an average window when it should have been great especially with the money forkednout for the 5 players .

    1. Backup LB was needed, not a flashy position, but good business with Tavares, w/ price and his play.

      Lokogna looks a decent player so far; hopefully for future competition in the midfield and not bought to start and be a midfield solution now.

      White will take time to live up to his fee, hopefully be worth it. Personally he looked undersized and soft for a 2CB defense in the last match ( I get it was only 1 game).
      He was caught ball watching a few times, and once it cost us a goal.

      Odegaard was a bit underwhelming for my taste last year. He was slow, too much side to side or back passes, and didn’t have an edge to him. We desperately need a presence in midfield to grab a game when needed, and he never really showed that, probably why he was expendable at RM.

      Ramsdale, what can I say besides “overpaid” is the first thought that came to mind. Seems a younger version and nearly like for like of Leno; gaff prone, issues with crosses, and not confident playing from the back with the ball at his feet.

      Tavares and Lokogna was good business I think, but the rest seems like wasted funds to me. White isn’t convincing and seems too soft and finesse for a PL CB, and 100 million for 3 players that struggle to move the needle.

      1. FAR TOO SOON TO SENSIBLY JUDGE ANY OF THEM DURAND. Ramsdale is not even yet our player. I harbour doubts about HIM, if and when he signs but you need to give them all a fair chance before judging, far roo soon.

      2. logical, well-reasoned assessment Durand…can you even imagine the fallout should this poorly run experiment fail miserably…finally get the backing, the likes of which we’ve never seen since arriving at the Emirates, then only 25M of the well over 100M is allocated towards logical need positions, albeit from a depth perspective, yet we still haven’t sorted out our outgoing mess or addressed our most pressing needs…it’s like the whole Wenger DM gig all over again, which tells me Arteta has no intention of moving away from that anemic and sleep-inducing tactical approach…on the bright side, at least we’ve got our “captain” back

  4. If a talent scout can spot Neymar as a special talent, then that talent scout must be really, really special.

      1. For the first time in the three years after the departure of Wenger, I’m truly worried.

        More than the Kroenkes and Arteta, I believe the one responsible for our club’s downward spiral is Edu. His activities and decisions are not only just hurting the club in the present, but seriously threatening the future.

        The recent addition of this talent scout who played a crucial role in the careers of two super-agent centric players is going to solidify Edu’s position in the club for the near future.

        I fear, the longer Edu stays at Arsenal, the more damage he’ll create and it may become impossible to recover from it.

  5. Good to learn that we are not entirely reliant on the unhealthy relationship between Edu and certain agents.

    1. Isn’t the real truth that we on here know practically nothing of how things are ACTUALLY run and decided within our club? Hopefully the coming Amazon Prime docu will give us all greater insight, Grandad.

  6. Most people are focusing on Edu and Arteta when they themselves have clearly stated the backroom staff need to increase.

    We released a lot of people in the last redundancies so now we can pick what we need. Lima is a smart guy, speaks 6 languages and has a law degree so I expect he will be a bonus.

    Good to see

  7. A “back to the future” moment to address the fact that the scout ING net work should never have been disbanded. What is the situation with Steve Morrow, who scouted so much young talent for the Hale End Academy?

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