Arsenal to sack international scouting chief Francis Cagigao as part of lay-offs

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Martinelli was a huge hit at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Francis Cagigao is reportedly set to leave Arsenal after over a decade following the club’s announcement they would be axing 55 members of their staff.

The head of international scouting is a key figure at Arsenal, having uncovered the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin, and more recently Gabriel Martinelli.

The Daily Mail claim Cagigao has been told he will be affected by the redundancies as Arsenal undergo a restructuring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal will let go 55 of their staff despite the fact their first-team squad agreed to a 12.5 per cent pay cut and the club is due a £30million windfall from qualifying for the Europa League.

As well as Cagigao, head of UK scouting Peter Clark and fellow recruitment specialist Brian McDermott have been informed they are being let go.

Arsenal are expected to name a successor to Cagigao, with Chilean scout Eduardo Hagn being mentioned as the frontrunner.

Arsenal released a statement explaining the decision to enforce redundancies, saying: ‘In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19.

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Cagigao helped bring Bellerin to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.

‘The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs.

‘Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled.

‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt.

‘Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can.

‘Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.

‘We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point.

‘We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.’

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