Arsene Wenger vs the Director of Football we dream of

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What does a DoF do? Arsene Wenger asked with a straight face at a press conference last season.

Juventus, relative minnows when it comes to superclub status in Europe (financially), have a General Manager called Giuseppe “Beppe” Marotta. He joined them in 2010 and has overseen a rapid improvement in the Italian clubs fortunes. He has a long term plan in place of who he’s buying, who he’s growing, and he’s selling. His success has been quite incredible. He’s overseen Antonio Conte and Max Allegri as manager, he’s won cups, he’s won 6 consecutive Serie A titles, and he’s made the European Cup Final twice in 3 years, losing to Madrid both times. He’s also their CEO and did a nice job rebranding.

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£72m release clause unlikely to be activated | SUPER GOOOOOOAL

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It’s all about the players heading out the door at the moment. The latest two stories are geared around Chamberlain, who is attracting a £35m from Chelsea, and Alexis, who has City gearing up a £60m bid.

It’s distressing our summer is being bothered by two players who only have a year left on their deals, but if we’re strong, then I guess it won’t be such an issue in the short term.

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