Arsenal have hired legal expert Huss Fahmy from Team Sky as part of their overhaul of their management team.
The new arrival is expected to work alongside chief negotiator Dick Law and chief executive Ivan Gazidis and it has been reported he will focus on legal issues surrounding contracts.
This is particularly prescient for Arsenal, who have still to agree new terms with star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the pair approach the final 12 months of their contracts. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also in a similar position and has attracted interest from Liverpool among other clubs.
A host of squad players are also facing uncertain futures as their deals expire at the end of 2018, including Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere.
Whilst that trio could all depart this summer Arsenal will doubtless be reluctant to find themselves in a position where several key players are all approaching the end of their contracts at the same time.
Fahmy worked at Team Sky since its inception in 2010 and also held positions at international law firm Herbert Smith.
Fahmy’s arrival comes alongside that of Australian fitness guru Darren Burgess, who has left Aussie rules side Port Adelaide where he served as their head of high performance.
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Notably his arrival came with the seal of approval of Arsene Wenger, who Port Adelaide confirmed had “handpicked” Burgess.
Despite the staff overhaul Standard Sport revealed last week that a new sporting director of director of football would not be joining Arsenal this summer, a role of which Wenger has been dismissive.
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