Arsenal confirm new director of football appointment after poaching Premier League chief

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Richard Garlick is to leave the Premier League and join Arsenal as their director of football operations.

The qualified solicitor, who specialises in sports law, was previously with West Brom before he moved to the Premier League in 2018.

Garlick was director of football at the league’s governing body, but Arsenal have announced he will leave his current role and take up a new post at the Emirates.

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.

Garlick will work closely with technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta
(Image: REUTERS)

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“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.”

Garlick (centre) during his time at West Brom
(Image: PA)

Garlick will join the Gunners, taking the position previously held by Huss Fahmy.

Arteta's side face Crystal Palace on Thursday night looking to continue their recent upturn in results, having claimed five wins on the spin.

However, after a disappointing start to the campaign, they remain entrenched in the bottom half of the table.

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