Arsenal join management team with arrival of Richard Garlick | TBEN

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Richard Garlick is due to leave the Premier League and join Arsenal as director of football operations.

The qualified lawyer, specializing in sports law, was previously at West Brom before joining the Premier League in 2018.

Garlick was director of football at the league’s governing body, but Arsenal have announced that he will be stepping down from his current role and moving to a new role in the Emirates.

An official club statement read: “Richard Garlick is joining Arsenal as director of football operations.

“Richard, who is currently Director of Football at the Premier League and previously was Director of Football Administration at West Bromwich Albion, will join the club in the coming months.

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“He will be a member of Arsenal’s management team and will work closely with technical director Edu, director Mikel Arteta and academy director Per Mertesacker.

“His responsibilities will include football operations in the first team and the academy, management of player contracts and relations with football governing bodies.

“Richard, a qualified sports lawyer, has been in the Premier League since 2018. He was previously at West Bromwich Albion for eight years.

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Sokratis offered to Liverpool

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly offered Premier League rivals Liverpool a shocking chance to sign one of their defenders.

Despite Jurgen Klopp claiming the injured Reds are unlikely to sign a center-back, the players continue to be linked with a January stint at Anfield.

Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been lost due to long-term issues, while Joel Matip remains injury-prone.

Brighton Star Ben white and Lille ace Sven botman are two of many names linked to a move to Merseyside.

But in another twist, it emerged that Arsenal may have offered disgraced defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to the defending Premier League champions.

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Sokratis was left out of Arsenal’s squads ahead of this season. Indeed, Mikel Arteta recently admitted that the player is about to leave.

He said of the defenders: “We have Papa who is probably going to leave the club in this window. William [Saliba] has already been loaned out, so we don’t have that many at the moment.

Sokratis’ next move remains uncertain at this point. However, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims he was offered to Liverpool.

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