Written by Amy Lawrence Produced by Tifo Studios

The sacking of Steven Morrow and several of his staff was the first sign of Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, examining the structures at the club and acting with real authority.

Relations had not been ideal between Morrow and Per Mertesacker, head of the academy. In an ideal world, the decision makers responsible for scouting, recruitment and player development would share a healthy rapport with the best interests at the club in mind, but the disharmony has been problematic.

One of Edu’s first observations when he returned to Arsenal in the summer of 2019 was to notice the sheer number of staff across various departments. The club have been explicit in promoting youth development as a key part of their operation. So if this was a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth, it was time to simplify the menu.

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