Arsenal have completed the capture of highly coveted Leicester City scout Ben Wrigglesworth after a month-long speculation over his future, and he has taken to Twitter to announce the move publicly.
The Englishman will operate as first-team video scout for the Gunners, and the Arsenal top shelves will expect him to keep up his good work that helped the Foxes land untapped talents like Riyad Mahrez, who has been influential in their surprise title bid.
The former Nottingham County scout voiced his emotional difficulty in leaving Leicester but stated that the Arsenal opportunity he could not turn down the Arsenal offer. He also expressed his gratitude to the King Power Stadium club for helping him move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
“After three-and-a-half unbelievable seasons, working with amazing people, I am now starting a new chapter,” he said. “It was a very difficult decision, leaving Leicester, but I had to take an opportunity that doesn’t come round often. I only wish the best for Leicester in the future and will always be eternally grateful to them for getting me to where I am.”
The Emirates Stadium club are reportedly planning an overhaul of their scouting department though current head scout Steve Rowley will likely keep his job as Arsene Wenger looks to reinforce the recruitment and scouting departments to keep it at par with the modern day needs.
Arsenal have been successful in unearthing talents such as Hector Bellerin, Francesc Fabregas but lately have proved ineffective with highly-hyped prospects such as Thomas Eisfeld, Ryo Miyaichi and Samuel Galindo failing to make their mark at Emirates Stadium. The arrival of Ben Wrigglesworth marks the beginning of a complete overhaul at Arsenal.