Arsenal have introduced the departure of head of soccer Raul Sanllehi.
The Spanish chief has spent three years with the Gunners, having joined in 2017 following his exit as director of soccer at Barcelona – a place he held for 14 years.
It hasn’t labored for him in north London although, the place he has been changed by managing director Vinai Venkatesham, who has stepped up into his position.
The choice comes following reviews of an inner overview over final summer season’s club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
Sanllehi was behind the £72million signing, and questions have since been raised over that payment after the Frenchman managed simply eight objectives in his debut season for the Gunners.
It was claimed Arsenal had started a overview over whether or not they had paid an excessive amount of for the 25-year-old, and now Sanllehi – who was closely criticised by Gunners legend Tony Adams on talkSPORT – has misplaced his job.
In an announcement issued on Saturday morning, membership house owners Stan and Josh Kroenke mentioned: “Raul has made an enormous contribution throughout his time with us and can at all times be a part of the Arsenal household. We thank him for all his arduous work and experience and need him each future success.
“We now have little question that Vinai is the appropriate individual to take the membership ahead. He has proven excellent management in the course of the present disaster and is held in excessive regard internally and externally. We all know everybody will rally spherical him so we are able to transfer ahead efficiently.”
There seems to be no arduous emotions from Sanllehi, although, as he thanked Arsenal for the ‘honour’ of having the ability to serve them, wished the membership properly for the long run and mentioned he’s now wanting ahead to a break from all issues soccer.
“I’m proud and happy with the contribution I’ve made at Arsenal over the previous three years, and sit up for having fun with the membership’s future success. Arsenal is a real footballing establishment,” he mentioned.
“I’m proud to have been a part of its historical past and I thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this chance. Working with Vinai, we’ve got constructed a prime crew for the long run. Mikel has made a particularly constructive influence since his arrival and has fashioned a robust crew with our technical director, Edu.
“The academy is in very secure arms with Per, and Huss Fahmy is a proficient and highly-capable chief of our soccer operations. Personally, I now sit up for taking a while off and spending time with household and mates earlier than setting to work on a brand new problem and cheering Arsenal on to nice issues.”
And Venkatesham, who has been at Arsenal since 2010 and now steps into Sanllehi’s sneakers, added: “I’m grateful to Stan, Josh and the remainder of the Arsenal Board for his or her belief in me. I’ll miss working intently with my colleague and pal Raul, however I’m wanting ahead to this new problem.
“There’s a lot work to do to return Arsenal to the highest of the sport the place we belong, which is what our followers rightly demand. Whereas this is not going to occur in a single day, I consider we’ve got most of the essential substances to take action. There are various positives to construct on throughout the membership.
“Whereas soccer faces uncertainties forward on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m assured Arsenal will emerge strongly and look ahead with confidence.”