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Leicester scout Ben Wrigglesworth confirms Arsenal move

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Leicester City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday, becoming favourites to win the title and seriously shaking up the establishment in the process.

The manner in which Claudio Ranieri's squad, costing around £55m, put the billionaires of Manchester City to the sword has torn up what many of us believe about football. However, not even 48 hours later, the power of the so-called 'elite clubs' has been placed firmly back in view.

Much of Leicester City's success has been down to the scouting team, who have plucked out gems like Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in recent years. Ben Wrigglesworth, who headed the technical scouting department at the King Power Stadium, has been a key cog in that machine and had a hand in discovering both Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.

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His good work did not go unnoticed by Arsenal, who used their formidable pulling power to bring him to north London. Now, that move has been confirmed by Wrigglesworth himself. He took to Twitter to write an emotional goodbye to his former club and changed his bio in the process.

He said: "It was a very difficult decision, leaving Leicester, but I had to take an opportunity that doesnt [sic] 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 #lcfc."

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The Tweets

His Twitter profile has now been changed to reads: "First Team Video Scout @Arsenal Previously @LCFC @Official_NCFC."

Sticking together

While Wrigglesworth's absence is unlikely to make an impact on Leicester's title challenge this season, it could become a problem when they attempt to strengthen their squad in the coming transfer windows.

They worked very hard to keep their best players at the club beyond January, but their place in the hierarchy has been made clear to them by Arsenal's poaching of one of their highly-rated backroom staff. 

They have also recently lost Rob McKenize to Tottenham while Arsenal are also reportedly targeting a move for their head of recruitment Steve Walsh. 


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