Arsenal Targets Former Midfielder Marc Overmars For Director of Football Role

Tom Roddy

Arsenal is looking to lure Marc Overmars to the Emirates Stadium to become the club’s first-ever director of football as part of a restructuring of how it’s run, according to reports.

Overmars, a former midfielder who won the Premier League and FA Cup in three years at Arsenal, is currently director of football at Ajax in his homeland of the Netherlands.

According to the Daily Mail, the Arsenal board wants to bring in a new figurehead at the club and Overmars, 44, is at the top of the list of targets.

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The move would see a restructuring at Arsenal as Arsene Wenger, the club’s manager since 1996, would see his power reduced. Wenger’s future at the club is uncertain, and his current contract expires at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger at Selhurst Park, London, April 10. Arsenal is reportedly targeting Marc Overmars to become the club's first director of football. Reuters / Matthew Childs

Overmars has been director of football at Ajax since 2012 following a stint as coach for the club’s youth teams in Amsterdam.

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His Arsenal career was sandwiched between a five-year stint as a player for Ajax and Barcelona.

After retiring in 2009 at Go Ahead Eagles, the Dutch club where Overmars began his career, he moved into the boardroom as a shareholder.

The Daily Mail ’s report also says Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc is among Arsenal’s other possible candidates.

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