Gilles Grimandi leaves Arsenal for Nice
Ligue 1 side Nice have confirmed the signing of Gilles Grimandi from Arsenal.
Now 48, Grimandi played for the Gunners from 1997 until 2002.
During his time in north London, the French defender won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup twice.
After retiring, Grimandi was hired as Arsenal’s chief French football scout.
How did he fare in that role? Arseblog have summarised his achievements, saying:
(Grimandi) presided over a period in which our signings from there were hit and miss.
Laurent Koscielny was a big success, Olivier Giroud did well, but Yaya Sanogo not so much. And during a time in which a fantastic generation of French talent emerged, we didn’t seem to be close to signing any of them.
It’s now been confirmed that Grimandi is the new technical director at Nice.
Patrick Vieira signs Arsenal’s Grimandi
The current Nice manager is Patrick Vieira.
Grimandi has explained his decision to leave Arsenal to join the Ligue 1 side. Speaking to the Nice official website, Grimandi said:
I consider joining OGC Nice as a chance. After 20 years at Arsenal, I’m happy to be back in France, in a project that reminds me of my first years in England.
I am obviously delighted that our paths cross again [re: Vieira]. But I would not like shortcuts to be made, that we imagine that I decided on a whim just because Patrick was in Nice.
I’m coming for the club project. It is an ambitious club, with solid bases and whose membership has a real potential that we will have to complete and perfect.
I will settle in Nice every day at the end of the month, but I am already at work, motivated by a great motivation to show me worthy of the trust given to me.
What’s the impact for Arsenal?
The Grimandi switch to Nice can be viewed through the prism of change at Arsenal right now.
The Gunners recently confirmed that Sven Mislintat will be leaving the club as their head of scouting.
Coupled with this Grimandi update, Arsenal fans may start to fear that their scouting network is being dismantled.