Mikel Arteta ‘really excited’ by Richard Garlick appointment as Arsenal land No1 target

Simon Collings
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Mikel Arteta is “really” excited to work with Richard Garlick after revealing Arsenal landed their No1 candidate for the role of director of football operations in hiring him.

Garlick, who is currently the Premier League’s director of football, will be replacing Huss Fahmy, who announced in October that he would be leaving Arsenal.

Garlick will be charged with responsibilities that will include football operations in the first team and academy, all player contract management and relationships with football’s governing bodies.

His start date is yet to be finalised, but he will join Arsenal’s executive team in the coming months and Arteta is excited to get going.

“We lost Huss at the start of the season,” said Arteta. “He had a really important role because it is a very important link between myself, Edu the technical director, the board, Vinai [Venkatesham].

“We needed a person with a lot of experience, who knows the job really well, has all the connections in English and international football.

“As well, someone that can bring some ideas and some qualities that we believe are required to [run] the business the way we want. I am really excited. I met him.

“He is certainly the candidate we wanted and now we have to respect the process. He is at the Premier League at the moment and we will see when we can get him.

“It’s not about the pressure, it’s contribution, it’s to bring people into our team that are better than us in certain things. That’s going to make us better.

“We had to replace Huss, and Huss had a really important role not only with the first team but with the academy, and a lot of administration work he’s been doing with other entities across Europe.

“We needed to replace him, there was no question about that. We were looking for months and we all decided that the best person to do that was Richard.”

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