Arsenal’s director of football operations Has Fahy has left Arsenal in the latest high-profile departure as part of the club’s reorganization.
Fahimi was hired in 2017 to add legal expertise to the club’s contract negotiations with both current players and new signings.
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However, the Gunners have made significant changes to their internal operations this year, including the redundancy of 55 non-sports staff members and an overhaul of their scouting department before the sudden exit of football Raoul Sannelhi in August.
Technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta – who had a job title change from head coach last month – have assumed more influence in recruiting which a source described as a “narrow remit” for Fahmi.
The former Team Sky executive later decided that the club’s spokesman made a “cordial” departure. Fahimi will arrange his notice before leaving in late November.
Arsenal are expected to hire a replacement but Fahmi’s successor will at least have a position and therefore no place in the executive team.
Although Fahmi was known among Arsenal fans for his role in the transfer, he was also responsible for overseeing several other areas, including travel and operations at the club’s London Colony training base.
Sources say Edu has taken on some of those responsibilities and the club’s football arm will now be headed by Brazil, Arteta and academy manager Per Mertesacker.
Although Arsenal have their own in-house legal team, Fahmi was credited with modernizing the club’s approach to player contracts, playing an influential role in a £ 27 million deal to sign William Saliba from St Etienne.
However, although Fahmi signed on for the Gunners in two major summers – working on Atlético Madrid’s Thomas Parte and Lille’s Gabriel Magallas – it was Edu who led those discussions with Arteta.
Fahmi’s successor will be expected to fill a supporting role for Edu as chief executive Vinay Venkatesham continues to lead a drive to streamline Arsenal’s off-field activity in an effort to counter the financial impact of COVID-19 is.
Sources have told ESPN that corporate lawyer Tim Lewis, who was made the club’s non-executive director in July, has also been a key figure in investigating Arsenal’s transfer activity and spending practices.