• Club appoint headhunting company to fill new scouting roles
  • Gunners released Francis Cagigao and others in September

Arsenal have appointed a headhunting company to recruit new scouts in a number of key positions, nine months after gutting their previous recruitment structure in favour of a more streamlined approach.

The Guardian understands Arsenal have asked Nolan Partners, who specialise in filling senior roles within sports and entertainment, to help them find scouts in a number of areas where their presence has been light since last August. They are seeking two scouts in Germany, one of whom will be focused on youth recruitment, as well as new personnel to serve the UK, France and Spain. Discussions with some candidates are thought to be under way.

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