Arsenal have acquired one of the masterminds behind Leicester City's surprise Premier League title challenge, after head of technical scouting Ben Wrigglesworth confirmed he would be moving to The Emirates Stadium. Wrigglesworth will take on the role as first team video scout with the Gunners after three-and-a-half years at the King Power Stadium.
Victory over Manchester City saw Claudio Ranieri's side go five points clear at the top of the Premier League and among the key themes of The Foxes's success has been the performances of several cut-price signings. Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante – who have both arrived in the last 13 months – have been among the stand-out performers which have the club dreaming of the league title.
Leicester travel to Arsenal this weekend in a pivotal game in determining the outcome of the Premier League title. Despite sweeping aside all before them so far this season, Wrigglesworth's move shows that Leicester continue to be dwarfed by the off-the-field ambition shown by their illustrious rivals.
"After three-and-a-half unbelievable seasons, working with amazing people, I am now starting a new chapter," Wrigglesworth, formerly a first team performance analyst at Notts County, wrote on Twitter. "It was a very difficult decision, leaving Leicester, but I had to take an opportunity that doesn't come round often. I only wish the best for Leicester in the future and will always be eternally grateful to them for getting me to where I am."
Wrigglesworth later confirmed via his Twitter biography and LinkedIn profile that he had joined Arsenal, where the club will hope he can replicate his success at Leicester and impact on their future transfer dealings. Manager Arsene Wenger has only signed two senior outfield players in the last three windows and that frugality could yet cost the club the title.
After four games without a Premier League win, and over 300 minutes without a goal, Arsenal returned to winning ways against AFC Bournemouth to leapfrog Manchester City and go level on points with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck in as many minutes to secure win at the Vitality Stadium.