The search for Arsenal's new Director of Football goes on.

The Club have been looking for someone to help with player negotiations ever since David Dein left Emirates Stadium last month. The successful candidate will be Arsène Wenger's choice and the manager has spoken to a couple of people about the position. However at the moment director Ken Friar is filling in, thereby reprising the role he held earlier in his 50-year career at Arsenal.

"I'm not closer to [appointing someone]," said Wenger at Friday's pre-match press conference. "I've met one or two good people who have the qualities to do it but I want to meet more. At the moment, Ken Friar is helping me out and it will go on until July like that and then we'll see.

"It is very difficult to appoint somebody in the middle of the transfer market now. I was thinking first to do it as quickly as possible and then I started to get phone calls from everywhere. To get somebody like that would be a bit too complicated. So Ken Friar helps me out. Maybe in July I will do it."

Wenger went on to outline just why this is such a difficult position to fill.

"When I work with Ken Friar I know I speak to the board," he remarked. "I say 'OK let's do it and let's finish it with the lawyers' and he does that. If we have someone in between the board and me he needs then to report to me again and then the board so it becomes a little bit complicated. The way to work until now was always directly with me and the board. I have to find a way to get around that. That is not easy at the moment."

The Frenchman was asked whether the new man would need to have a knowledge of the English game.

"Yes preferably," he concluded, "and preferably they should be English too."

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11 May 2007