New candidate linked with Arsenal’s Sporting Director vacancy

Another name thrown into the mix for Arsenal sporting director job

The great Arsenal sporting director saga continues to roll on and we can now add a new name into the mix with Marseille Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta apparently our new main target for the role vacated following the departure of Sven Mislintat.

Zubizarreta was a top-class goalkeeper, he appeared 126 times for Spain, over 300 times for Barcelona and 152 times for Valencia. He became sporting director at Barca in 2010 before being fired in January 2015, he then next popped up at Marseille in October 2016 where he has been ever since.

The 57-year=old clearly has an immense amount of experience, he must have a huge list of contacts and I am sure would be a great addition to Arsenal football club.

It is a little difficult to get too excited simply because we have had so many other names thrown into the mix including Monchi and Marc Overmars but because this does originate from a credible French media outlet L’Equipe I am inclined to believe this one could actually happen.

From a personal point of view I would be pleased with this appointment, he is Spanish same as Unai Emery and that alone makes for good communication and that cannot be a bad thing, he has been at the top of the game both as a player and as a sporting director and on the face of it, appears to be a solid candidate.

Sam P


  1. Hopefully this Spanish contingent we’re developing can bring us some decent Spanish players. Wouldn’t mind isco/thiago/asensio at arsenal.

  2. OT, 3rd finish is well on the cards! We have a far much better fixture than all our rivals. The closest to us in terms of fixtures are the Spurs and we are better. Forget about the away and home mentality, the teams are the same and the minutes played are the same!

    Arsenal Tottenham
    1. Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
    2. Everton Everton
    3. Brighton Brighton

    4. Watford Bournemouth
    5. Wolves (away) Man City (away)
    6. Leicester City West Ham
    7. Burnley Huddersfield
    From 1 – 3, the only difference is we are facing Everton away while they are facing them at home, the last day of the season which is tricky itself. Number 5, which is better? away to Man City or away to Wolves? I’ll take away to Wolves any day. The rest, the margin is close.

    The other two rivals, they both face one of the top two teams, they face each other and they are already behind us! Ooh boy, let’s do this.

    1. The away factor will affect the players’ performance. If Wolves can beat Man United despite having less possession and less shot on goal, they could also beat us at their turf

      Our top four competitors are Tottenham, Man United and Chelsea

      In my opinion, Arsenal can only afford to lose two away matches. Everton, Wolves and Leicester are the opponents I’m worried about

      1. I’m guessing we will drop something along the lines of 2 – 5 points, I hope it’ll be enough. At the least maybe one draw, at most maybe a loss and a draw, or in between that it could be just the one loss, or else exactly two draws. This is me being conservative. I hope we win them all of course, but the midweek fixtures and our scheduling are making things more difficult. I think we’ll dig deep though, you can tell, the players want it badly. COYG!!!

  3. His CV sounds excellent. Waiting for more La Masia’s products from Sanllehi and Zubizarreta

  4. I don’t really understand why we are finding it difficult to find a sporting director. I don’t even find it amusing that we are going for candidates that don’t really belong to the club. If you look at most clubs they went for someone who knows the club. why not bring back one of our legends and make one a sporting director ? What happened to Denis Bergkamp? We arsenal fans loves him and with him in our ranks I believe he can spot talents. What if we bring in Diaby,? since injuries ruined his career for us he might want to give us something back by changing our hearts that he was never a failure anyway. What of Thomas Rosisky ?there are so many I can name. These are players that loves and breath the club, we don’t need to look far but within. We are in a rebuilding process so let’s employ people that won’t get tired in 3 years time but rather people who would want to see the club get to the levels expected of them in the past. Let’s give our own a chance and I promise they won’t be working for just the paycheck but in return, they would work with passion and ultomost determination to be a success because they feel the same way we feel as fans. They have been there and they won’t disappoint. Let’s start making these changes and we will see if we won’t end up as number 1 within 2 years. We should try sowing this seed of succes.

    1. Austine, That is far too naive, far too simplistic. Surely at our top level we need the reassurance of appointing someone with a top CV, not hit and hope men like Dennis or Tomas, just cos they were top players for us. You need far more than mere passion for the club, as good as that is, to succeed. Otherwise ANY of US on here might as well get the job. Don’t you think?

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