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Monchi decides to leave Roma for Arsenal

Sudarshan Venkatesan
|Sat Feb 23 2019

Monchi has decided to join Arsenal after opting to quit AS Roma. 

AS Roma’s director Monchi has decided to leave after this season, claims Marca. The Spanish International has set his eyes on Arsenal after having a substandard period with the Italian club.

Monchi has been scrutinised after deciding to sell the likes of Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker, Radja Naingollan, and Kevin Strootman during his reign. Roma were one step away from Champions League final last season, but the pressure got added up after Roma had decided to sell some of their key stars in the summer transfer window which in turn has backfired.

Instead of taking yet another step towards the Scudetto fight, the Italian club will once again be aiming to finish in the top four which has added more pressure to the club. Despite receiving plenty of sticks from the fans, Monchi has backing from the club staffs who believe Roma is heading in the right direction. Despite all these claims, he is expected to replace Mislintat.

Sven Mislintat joined the Gunners in summer of 2017 after taking care of Borussia Dortmund’s transfers over the last decade. During his reign, he was able to sign the likes of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Matteo Guendouzi, and Lucas Torreira. There were several disagreements between the German and the board which lead to his resignation, according to several reports.

It was a huge blow for Arsenal, but they will be even more happy to get Monchi because he knows to work with modest transfer budgets and take the club forward at the same time. The Spaniard has already worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla and enjoyed success together.

When this duo worked together at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, the Spanish club went on to win three Europa League in three years. The likes of Kevin Gameiro, Ever Banega, Steven Nzonzi, Grzegorz Krychowiak, and Vitolo took their game to another level and shine under the Spaniard.

Even though there was no domestic success for Emery, his stint at Sevilla will always be remembered by fans with ultimate joy because of the continental triumphs.

The report also claims that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were interested on Monchi, but he decided to work with his compatriot as the English club strives for success and reclaim their Champions League status. The club has made an offer and expects Monchi to put pen to paper.



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