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Arsenal appoints new director of football operations to work alongside Arteta & Edu

Richard Garlick, who previously held a similar role at West Brom, will fill a role behind the scenes at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have revealed that Richard Garlick will take on the role of director of football operations at Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners providing additional assistance to Mikel Arteta and Edu.

Garlick, who is currently Premier League football manager, has previously spent time working at West Brom.

He will enter a vacuum created by Huss Fahmy’s departure from Arsenal in October 2020.

Contract negotiations will be an important part of Garlick’s new role, with the responsibility of ensuring that the best possible talent is kept available to first-team coach Arteta.

Technical Director Edu and Academy Director Per Mertesacker are also part of the backroom team in North London.

“Richard Garlick is joining Arsenal as director of football operations,” read a Premier League heavyweight statement.

“Richard, who is currently Premier League Director of Football and previously was Director of Football Administration at West Bromwich Albion, will join the club in the coming months.

“He will be a member of the Arsenal management team and will work closely with Technical Director Edu, Director Mikel Arteta and Academy Director Per Mertesacker.

“His responsibilities will include football operations in the first team and the academy, management of player contracts and relations with football governing bodies.

“Richard, a qualified sports lawyer, has been in the Premier League since 2018. He was previously at West Bromwich Albion for eight years.

Arsenal have seen a number of backstage personalities quit their roles over the past few months, with some tough decisions made.

A refresh of the ranks is intended to help a fortuitous reversal on and off the pitch.

Arteta has started to turn things around on a Premier League stage lately, with three successive wins keep gunners away from the danger of relegation.

They are also in the fourth round of the FA Cup and the last-32 of the Europa League, while another transfer window opened on January 1 and offers Arsenal the opportunity to further strengthen their ranks for the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.

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