Arsenal have continued their shake-up behind the scenes at the Emirates by bringing in a new contract negotiator.
Richard Garlick has left his role at the Premier League to take up the job at Arsenal.
Garlick, previously a director at West Bromwich Albion, won’t join immediately but will rather join within the next few months.
His appointment is the latest off-pitch move by Arsenal, following on from their decision to give Mikel Arteta the role of manager rather than head coach.
Since then, he has worked with Edu with regards to transfer activity and recruitment, with the latter responsible for a large amount of incoming players.
Now, Garlick will come in to help the recruitment team, and will predominantly work with contracts.
The Athletic reports that Garlick’s skillset fits what Arsenal were looking for in their director of football operations system.
In a club statement, Arsenal confirmed he won’t be limited to contracts, and would play a role in helping Arteta with the first-team squad.
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Garlick will also liaise closely with Per Mertesacker, who is Arsenal’s academy manager.
An official club statement read: "Richard Garlick is joining Arsenal as director of football operations.
"Richard, who is currently director of football at the Premier League and was previously director of football administration at West Bromwich Albion, will join the club in the coming months.
"He will be a member of the Arsenal executive team and will be working closely with technical director Edu, manager Mikel Arteta and academy manager Per Mertesacker.
"His responsibilities will include football operations in the first team and academy, all player contract management and relationships with football's governing bodies.
"Richard, a qualified solicitor specialising in sports law, has been at the Premier League since 2018. He was previously at West Bromwich Albion for eight years."
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