By Matt Farr
Arsenal have set the wheels in motion to appoint a new sporting director to the club’s backroom team, according to a report.
The Telegraph understand that Arsenal are currently exploring options to replace current chief Dick Law, who is ready to step away from his role.
Law has held a strong relationship with manager Arsene Wenger during his time with the north London club, and the pair have been in cohorts over player negotiations and contracts since 2009.
Arsenal want to restructure their backroom team, creating a wider football operations role that could influence scouting and recruitment, sports science, the academy, and several other key departments.
It is also understood, however, that the new role will have no immediate impact on the future of Wenger.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, but he has yet to agree to an extension, despite there being a new two-year deal on the table.
Wenger is currently weighing up his options after mass fan protests in the aftermath of their recent humiliation in the Champions League.
Arsenal were beaten 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich, a result that was preceded by a 3-1 defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool, during which Alexis Sanchez was dropped to the bench.
The Gunners’ recruitment and restructuring plan comes as little surprise given their ongoing struggles in the hunt for silverware, and fans will be pleased that the club are looking to make considerable change at the club.
However, it has been reiterated that there will be no urgency to fill the new position, but potential candidates will be sought from Europe as well as in England.
In other Arsenal news, fans on Twitter are furious as the club have struck a summer agreement with Bayern Munich.