Stop with the Robert Fernández bollocks !

As with any vacancy at Arsenal, the media assign the job to a small team of enthusiastic, possibly inebriated, rumour mongers to put a ‘face in place’ and since Marc Overmars and the curiously named Monchi have declined the post of technical director, its game on.

Anyone with a modicum of football knowledge seen at a training ground could be in the reckoning but lately, the press have looked further afield.

The latest name to pop up from the media slop bucket is 

Robert Fernández, who was the technical secretary of Barcelona for three years. We are expected to believe that the gunners are looking at a candidate who likes to splash the cash, at a club that likes to keep it.

It’s just an appalling fit at just about every level because Fernández has a reputation for finding talent but at a the top end of the market price.

He has managed to part with 443 million euros for 12 players, something that invisible Stan isn’t going to permit in this life or any other. 

Fernández his first year, he took Samuel Umtiti, André Gomes, Jasper Cillessen, Denis Suárez, Lucas Digne and Paco Alcácer to the Camp Nou. 

You may note one particular name in that list,who has struggled at Barcelona and can get a game for Arsenal but this seems like the only genuine link in a story that is like the left over horse shit that won’t fit in the bucket.

Why would Arsenal be looking at someone who spends massive sums of money at a time where they are reviewing their expenditure from the basement to the penthouse.

Mislintat would have provided better value if that were the case.

Arsenal are now looking closer to home for the solution and although it’s not exciting. It makes perfect sense. Steve Morrow, Head of youth scouting, has done an exceptional job with the Arsenal academy, likewise Francis Cagigao, Head of international recruitment. 

Cagigao is credited with the recruitment of Fabregas, Bellerin and Cazorla and was a name mentioned with the post long before Monchi or Overmars.

No doubt we will hear a few more names but we will have to allow for flights of fancy and the vivid imaginations of Fleet Street.

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