The backroom reshuffle taking place this season has been an interesting, if slightly worrying, undercurrent story running parallel with the actual football taking place.
Just when we thought we had all the pieces in place to propel us back into contention, Sven Mislintat decided to depart from Arsenal, leaving us badly needing someone who can spot talent from a million paces.
So the news that Monchi was a reported target to fill the gap was one met with optimism. Now, the Spaniard has stepped a little closer to becoming an Arsenal man, with the latest news being that he has reached a mutual agreement with Roma to have his contract terminated.
The reason may well have many of us raising our eyebrows though - especially given that our fanbase are known to be some of the most critical there is. Monchi has left the Italian club because he found it difficult to deal with the negativity surrounding Roma.
This many be something he has to get used to should he come to Arsenal.
A move for Monchi seems likely given the special relationship he shared with Unai Emery during their time at Sevilla and the success they enjoyed. Monchi may need to find his sweet spot again though, after a string of disappointing transfers that included Steven N’Zonzi and Javier Pastore, and the jury is very much out on the talented yet inexperienced Justin Kluivert.
So Monchi will be keen to recoup his reputation after the difficulties he experienced in the Italian capital, though if he is seeking for a harmonious fanbase which contrasts with Roma’s - then Arsenal may not be the best destination.
Only today a small portion of our supporters waited at the airport for our fans, and then booed them and called them out. This hardly paints our fans in the best light even if this was a tiny percentage of what comprises Gooners.
Monchi will most likely arrive at our club despite this, and we will be better for it. Let us hope he can recapture what made him at Sevilla, and let us hope we can create the atmosphere that he is looking for.