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Monchi Reportedly Snubs Arsenal, Announces Return to Sevilla

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2019

VERONA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 08:  As Roma Sport director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi  looks on before the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2019 in Verona, Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Sevilla announced sporting director Monchi's return to the club on Sunday, bringing an end to speculation linking him with Arsenal.

The Andalusians took to social media to welcome back the 50-year-old:

Sevilla FC @SevillaFC_ENG

"I don't want this to be a goodbye. I want this to be a see you soon" 🦁 Monchi has come home. Info ➡️ https://t.co/ZCRjvjMdlM https://t.co/0PJXOE0OUY

According to Ben Burrows of The Independent, he was seen as a leading candidate to join the Gunners following his departure from AS Roma.

The rumours linking him with a switch to England took a hit on Saturday, however, when Monchi all but confirmed he would be returning to Sevilla:

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

Monchi | 'The heart never forgets where it left its best beats' Estadio Deportivo say it's now just a case of his Sevilla return becoming official. https://t.co/h2w78Mo6UD

The transfer wizard spent more than 15 years with the Andalusians during his first stint, becoming one of football's most revered directors for his incredible eye for talent.

He discovered the likes of Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic, Carlos Bacca, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Grzegorz Krychowiak through his network of scouts. Most of those top players were sold for huge profits, fueling Sevilla's excellent performances in the UEFA Europa League.

Roma won the battle for his services in 2017, but the 50-year-old was unable to replicate his magic in Italy. The Giallorossi couldn't find adequate replacements for the likes of Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Radja Nainggolan and have suffered an inconsistent 2018-19 campaign as a result.

Manager Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked earlier in March following the club's UEFA Champions League elimination, and Monchi left the Italian capital soon after.

According to sports writer Charles Watts, Arsenal's focus will shift to Ajax director Marc Overmars:

Charles Watts @charles_watts

Latest on Arsenal's technical director search now Monchi has opted for Sevilla - I understand Marc Overmars is very keen on a return to north London. Full story. https://t.co/vfBqVvbnXH

Overmars has done great work in the Netherlands, supplementing a talented young squad with savvy signings. Perhaps his biggest hit has been Dusan Tadic, who has turned into a superstar since leaving England for Amsterdam.

The Dutchman spent several seasons with the Gunners, winning the Premier League and FA Cup during his time in north London.