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Arsenal transfer negotiator Dick Law to step down and leave club

A general view outside of the Emirates Stadium ahead the Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City.
Image: Dick Law has been working at Arsenal for the last eight years

Arsenal's chief transfer negotiator Dick Law is stepping down from his position, Sky Sports News understands.

Law, who has operated in a de facto sporting director role for eight years, is leaving the Emirates amicably and for family reasons.

It is understood the club have not yet decided whether to replace him, having hired former Team Sky legal expert Huss Fahmy in July to handle contract negotiations.

Arsene Wenger looks on during training at London Colney on September 8, 2017
Image: Dick Law has been a close ally of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The move comes just days after a challenging transfer window ended for the Gunners, in which they failed to land principle targets Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but kept hold of Alexis Sanchez.

Law is thought to have a close relationship with boss Arsene Wenger and has helped bring in stars such as Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Alexandre Lacazette among many others during his time at the club.

But Law is originally from the USA and is expected to return to his native country once his role has ended.

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Arsenal bought just two players - Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac - this summer whilst selling Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, Kieran Gibbs to West Brom and Yaya Sanogo, Wojciech Szczesny and Gabriel Paulista.

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