Arsenal Sporting director target Monchi leaves Roma but was he successfull

AS Roma Sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo Monchi has left hs role following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco yestaerday after defeat in the champions leagueto Porto but just how good did he do at the Giallorossi.

The Arsenal target success in this regard would be more hard at Roma considering the domination of Juventus in the Italian Serie A and more on qualifications of the champions league and working on a budget to get the most of a selling club while managing to be competitive in the league.

The termination of Monchi’s contract see’s the tenure of the most notable sporting director in football end with a club statement read:

“I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football,” said AS Roma CEO Guido Fienga.

The Spaniard, who spent 17 years as a sporting director at Sevilla, a club he also represented as a player, joined the Giallorossi in 2017.

Aleksandar Kolarov and Lorenzo Pellegrini played important roles in a terrific season coming in the first season of the Seville man with Bryan Cristante also coming in and having a productive season.

Monchi since taking over was tasked with balancing the club budget  and shipping off the club’s older players with more youthful players and keeping the side competitive.

The first season saw the most contentious transfer after Mohamed Salah transfer to Liverpool was seen more of a steal for the club than a good deal following his performances since then.

Kevin Strootman, sale furthermore added some strain in the relationship with the fans but the deal was necessary to balance the books with a €25m sale contributing to a €23m summer profit.

Radja Nainggolan (€38m to Inter) with the deal of the season so far Nicolo Zaniolo was a masterstroke and Allison (€62.5m rising to €72.5m to Liverpool) are two key players who’ve been sold this summer for big money.

Backup goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna, €9m) has also left as has right-back Bruno Peres (loan to Sao Paulo) with Gerson going on loan to Fiorentina.

Cengiz Under and Justin Kluivert capture has been relatively well received with the former a target for Arsenal with Zaniolo keeping them out of the picture for now while flogging Leandro Paredes to Zenit Saint-Petersburg for four times the €6m that Roma paid for the current PSG midfielder.


Javier Pastore return to Italy after Roma paid PSG just short of €25m. Pastore left Palermo and Serie A in 2011 as one of the highly sought-after players but has failed to impress and has been a bench player despite his talents.

Davide Santon looked a fantastic prospect early on but has failed o impress with some very inconsistent seasons at Inter without establishing himself as first-choice and has been seen as a back-up.

Ivan Marcano a former experienced centre-back joins Roma to provide cover for Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio has failed to displace the more suspect latter defensive displays.

Champions league improvement

No oone can deny the impact of Monchi as his impact has been felt in Euope with AS Roma just a tie away from securng a champions league final berth only to be pipped by eventual lossers Liverpool with highlights being the win over Barcelona and Chelsea in the group stages.

This season also should be taken as a success as the Giallorossi moved from the group stages with Napoli and Inter Milan faltering in the now more competitive group stages earning more revenue and going into extra time in the loss to Porto.


The Spaniard transfer guru definately was successful doing way better in the short stint more good and refreshing the squad and Arsenal if they get the sporting director would be better for the Gunners with an overhaul of the defense and midfield with limited resources uner the current regime at the Gunners.



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