Arsenal preparing for Wenger exit? Director of Football incoming?

Arsenal are claimed to have agreed a deal with Marc Overmars to join the club, speculated to be as Director of Football.

Arsene Wenger has previously refused to agree to have a Director of Football brought into the club, with the idea that the role would diminish his control of the squad, while Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis is also believed to currently cover such roles that would usually be a part of the new role.

Marc Overmars is now believed to be set to take up the role from the summer, having agreed to leave Ajax at the end of the season. and is said to be returning to North-London to join up with us.

His role remains unconfirmed, but looks as if he will be coming in as a Director of Football, which could be due to the likelihood that Arsene Wenger is set to leave in the coming years.

The French boss signed a new two-year contract at the end of last season, and that certainly appears to be the last of his long-running career as Gunners boss.

Overmars could of course be joining in another role, and following his comments previously about not being excited about the role at Arsenal, maybe he has agreed to join in another capacity.

Overmars will be joined by fellow former Gunner Per Mertesacker, who is retiring from playing at the end of the season in order to take on a role within the academy, while Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann are also a part of the backroom set-up also.

These additions to the backroom will likely see Arsene Wenger’s legacy live on beyond his time as manager, although there will no doubt be a huge cloud of uncertainty surrounding the club once he does finally step down.

Would Overmars arrival as Director of Football mean that Wenger would refuse further contract talks? Is his arrival preparation for a time beyond Wenger?

Pat J

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  1. Jaydawg says:

    Whatever the reason it’s nice to see some old heads back at Arsenal. I don’t know the facts but do we have the most qualified ex professional playing staff today compared to all other clubs in the world. The ones I know of are Arteta, Bould, Henry, Lehman, Grimaldi, Per(soon to be), Bergkamp,, Overmars, Pat Rice, Vista. I’m sure there’s more. I know united have a few but surely one day our old players can offer something!

    1. Jaydawg says:

      *Viera auto correct lol

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    Wenger said he doesn’t even know what a director of football does, so that should be an interesting working relationship!

  3. wenger says:

    The day wenger goes out, if Arsenal can get their hands on Vieira, Henry, Bergkamp, Pires, Ljundberg, i can see every young talent or stars in the world wants to play for Arsenal.

  4. Farouk Balyejusa says:

    We need a young manager with greater Wenger should retire and Henry comes in then Pires as director of football that is when our dreams will come to a reality.Bt having overmas when Wenger is still the manager may impact less

  5. Imran says:

    I think below list will look good:
    Jardim – head coach/manager
    Henry – assistant coach
    Overmars – director
    Jens Lehmann – goal keeper coach

  6. Jeremy says:

    When AW leaves the club, we will then find out who is responsible for transfer failing which lasted a decade.

    I’m sure the new Manager will not be stupid enough to take the rap for Kroenke. Ivan the terrible will have no place to hide his tardiness and will have little to justify his exorbitant bonus.

    The truth will perhaps be revealed.

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