- Arsenal are on the hunt for current manager Arsene Wenger’s replacement
- The club’s stats expert Jaeson Rosenfeld will work with a sub-committee
- Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislinat and Ivan Gazidis will make up the rest of the group
- The Gunners are targeting Germany boss Joachim Low as their first choice
Rob Draper for The Mail on Sunday
Arsene Wenger’s replacement is expected to be decided by a sub-committee of Arsenal executives including stats expert Jaeson Rosenfeld, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislinat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Germany national team manager Joachim Low remains the internal favourite to take over, though the complications of extracting him from his contract with the German FA, which runs until 2020, and managing a transition as Low attempts to retain the World Cup in the summer are significant.
Gazidis will clearly be the most prominent voice with a recommendation then made to owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh, who has been reviewing Arsenal’s operations with a prolonged stay in London.
Arsenal will use a sub-committee to make the decision on Arsene Wenger’s replacement
Stan Kroenke saved Wenger last season after the FA Cup final win but such is the pressure for change now it is highly unlikely that a Europa League win would save the manager again.
Roesenfeld’s role since the club bought his company StatDNA in 2012 has become increasingly influential in Arsenal’s player recruitment policy.
Mislinat and Sanllehi have experience in the European football market and in-depth knowledge of the leading candidates.
Wenger (left) is expected to leave the club with Joachim Low their first choice replacement
Arsenal take on Watford at the Emirates on Sunday and it was last year’s 2-1 home defeat in January to the Hornets that was the start of a similarly-awful run of form to this year’s.
Arsenal will be without Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny. Rob Holding will partner Shkodran Mustafi in defence.
Sead Kolasinac is fit but Wenger could start with Ashley Maitland-Niles to ensure Kolasinac’s fitness for AC Milan on Thursday.
Arsenal v Watford, 1.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event