Arsene Wenger shuts down prospect of hiring director of football at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has shut down the idea of appointing a director of football at Arsenal.
Reports suggest Borussia Dortmund’s Michael Zorc is being lined up for the role at the Emirates, with the board looking to reinvigorate the club behind the scenes.
And while Wenger’s future remains uncertain – although it is believed he will extend his stay by two years – the Arsenal boss was almost at the point of ridicule when dismissing the idea of a new director at the club.
“No. I don’t know what director of football means,” Wenger told reporters.
" Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means."
“No, no, no. Sorry, no. I’m not prepared to talk about that. I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front. That’s it.”
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The Mirror claimed Gazidis would look to appoint a sporting director to work alongside Wenger, who would reportedly have to accept the changes before signing a new contract.