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Arsenal have begun interviewing new candidates to take on a technical director role at the club, reports say.
The Gunners were knocked back in their pursuit to appoint a new club director after former Roma chief Monchi decided to re-join Sevilla and Marc Overmars signed a new contract at Ajax.
Arsenal have been searching for a new director of football after head of recruitment Sven Mislintat quit earlier this year.
The Daily Mail claim the hiring process has begun and Arsenal are considering Marseille sporting director Andoni Zubziaretta.
Reports in France claimed Zubziaretta was weighing up whether to quit Marseille and join Arsenal.
Overmars is still an option, but would require a big compensation fee after signing a new deal in March with Ajax.
Director of football Raul Sanllehi is leading the hunt for the technical director after initially pushing for the appointment of Monchi.
Arsenal want to fill the role in the next few months after losing key figures at the top of the club. Mislintat quit the Gunners in the wake of club CEO Ivan Gazidis’ exit from the Emirates.
Unai Emery will be eager to see matters within the club hierarchy resolved quickly, as Arsenal face a crucial run-in at the end of the season.
The Gunners are in pole position to finish in the top four after Manchester United were beaten by Wolves.
Emery will see his summer transfer kitty significantly boosted should he guide the club back into the Champions League.