Arsenal have hired the former Manchester United and Inter scout who was responsible for bringing Neymar and Coutinho to Europe Former Andorran international Toni Lima has also worked with the Brazil Football Federation.
Spanish newspaper Sport confirm that the Lima started his role with the Gunners in July and he will focus on the Spanish market, reporting directly to Arsenal technical director Edu.
Football London confirm that Arsenal have also appointed Romain Poirot as first team scout with a focus on the French football market.
Poirot previously worked as an academy scout at Nottingham Forest in 2008, before joining Manchester City in 2010 and working his way from academy scout to European Football Consultant.
“My job at Manchester City was to be on top of the best players at Manchester City which meant that I was organising my job like an algorithm,” Poirot told SciSports.
“I would say it was really important to know where to spot the best players and at which tournaments.
“When you are a scout you try to find the truth all of the time but it is very hard to find it. I was really attracted by the data-driven mindset to recruitment… when you are a scout you need to be prepared to learn and improve yourself all of the time.”
[Image from Toni Lima]