Wenger once said he can never work with a Director of Football.
If one is going to appointed, it meant that Wenger either on his way out or Board decided enough is enough and a long overdue overhaul on the coaching structure is needed with Wenger solely concentrated on the football side with another "David Dein" doing other stuff.
As we explained on Monday when suggesting Sevilla’s Monchi for the role: “Whoever succeeds Wenger at Arsenal will have big boots to fill, and it makes complete sense for Arsenal to hire someone capable of easing the transition, especially on the transfer front.
“Thus, letting the new director of football deal with negotiations would help the next manager focus on the task at hand: getting this team filled with talent to compete once against England’s, and Europe’s, best.”
A new manager tends to mean new staff members, and if Wenger’s successor wants to bring his own men in for the job next summer (or whenever the 67-year-old steps down), it would certainly make Arsenal’s life a lot easier if the roles were vacant come the end of the season.
Does all of this mean the Frenchman will definitely step down once the 2016-17 campaign comes to an end?
Probably not, but for a club currently embroiled in a mixture of on the pitch underperformance, fan unrest and managerial uncertainty, a recent backroom exodus and the creation of a new role to take over a job Wenger has himself partially overseen since his arrival certainly isn’t going to help the negative buzz surrounding the Emirates these days.