Evaluating Monchi: Arsenal’s new Technical Director?

Not often do we cover a technical director, however this is Monchi. Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, to be politically correct. Possibly one of the coolest guys in world football. Also, him and I share the same birthday, so I like him even more.

Monchi isn’t just a technical director. He brings that ‘something’ to a club. In the transfer market, he is highly influential and is credited with a reputation of finding bargains, who then turn into superstars.

Exhibit A: Ivan Rakitic’s move to Sevilla for €2.5 million. Additionally, he knows how to draw big bucks out of players wanting to leave, most noticeably Sergio Ramos for €27 million, a record for a Spanish defender at that time. Monchi joined Sevilla when they have just been relegated and were in dire financial situations.

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NEGOTIATOR: Monchi sold the World Cup winner to Madrid for a record fee at the time

Fast forward a decade and a half, the good times were flowing again in Andalusian capital. Even though there are reports Monchi hasn’t settled into Roma, he has certainly brought success along with him, with an appearance in the Champions League semi-final to play out one heck of a tie against eventual runners up Liverpool. Let’s just say Monchi seems to know what he’s doing.

The attraction to Arsenal may be the Emery factor. They enjoyed great success together at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, with 3 Europa Leagues whilst working together. The circumstances when Emery came in were dire, as the club was being forced to sell stars such as Jesús Navas and
Álvaro Negredo, but still being able to win the Europe’s 2nd largest club competition, with shrewd additions such as Carlos Bacca and Kevin Gameiro.

This highlights that Emery and Monchi know how to work in even the hardest of environments together. In a Guardian interview before the Europe League final against Liverpool, Monchi described his methodology for finding players.

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RESULTS: The director was a roaring success at Sevilla

Monchi seems to be obsessive in the way he goes about scouting, he doesn’t want to miss anything or anyone. He will not let anyone fall through his grasp. A charismatic personality means the persuasion part of a transfer comes naturally to the former GK.

“Around 250 potential targets, in all positions”

Monchi explaining how he acquires data to start scouting.

If Arsenal do end up acquiring Monchi, whilst simultaneously promoting the scout for the Iberian region, Francis Cagigao – the man who found Fabregas, Cazorla, Bellerin etc – to the head of recruitment, they may have set the foundations for what is going to be the next Gunners dynasty.

If they allow Monchi total immersion, and Cagigao full reign, bargains in recent time such as Torreira and Guendouzi may not be anomalies for the Arsenal regime. They could become the trend.

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