ARSENAL scouts sacked in the last 48 hours are reportedly separate to the 55 redundancies announced by the Gunners yesterday.

The North Londoners were hammered from all angles when they confirmed up to 55 members of staff will be let go in the coming weeks.

And it has now emerged recruitment staff also relieved of their duties were part of an unrelated recruitment shakeup by technical director Edu.

Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao was given his marching orders despite more than 20 years of service.

And he departs alongside several other long-serving members of the scouting department including senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark.

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But the shakeup is all part of Edu's plan to implement a recruitment blueprint of his own, according to Goal.

Ty Gooden was in charge of the Gunners' French operation and was integral in William Saliba's transfer from Saint Etienne.

And he has also been released.

But Arsenal sources reportedly claim the departures are not money saving measures and are instead part of Edu's restructure.

Mikel Arteta and most of his playing staff took 12.5 per cent pay cuts in April in a bid to combat the financial impact of coronavirus.

And some stars – including club legend Ian Wright – are furious at the decision to lay the workers off.

Earlier this season, Arsenal axed ten scouts – including head of youth scouting Steve Morrow as well as Kevin Beadell, Dan Rice, David Lee, Jay Leffe and Joe Sutton.

The team were involved in uncovering Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

And earlier this week, SunSport exclusively revealed Maitland-Niles is for sale for £30million.

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