Raul Sanllehi, who was appointed Head of Football Relations in January of this year, will now become simply Head of Football, while the current chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham, will be the club’s new managing director.
The distinction between the two roles is certainly an interesting development, and the former Barcelona man has a wealth of experience having spent 10 years at the Camp Nou as well as previously working for sportswear giants Nike.
Speaking about his new position, the 49 year old said, “Although I joined Arsenal just months ago, I’ve felt embraced by this great club and part of its family from the first day.
“I will do everything possible to maintain our strong values which will be as fundamental to our future as they have been in our past. Vinai and I will need everyone’s help, to do everything right and secure the success everyone connected to Arsenal wants.
“I sincerely thank Arsenal’s board for their trust in us and thank Ivan for bringing me to this great club, and for consistently supporting me every day, in every way.
“It’s with overwhelming pride and utmost excitement that I face this new opportunity.”
Sanllehi will now oversee all football operations, including working with head coach Unai Emery, as well as the Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat.
A lot has changed at Arsenal over the last 12 months, and the instability caused by the Gazidis situation really wasn’t helpful, so let’s hope the new man can get down to business because he’s got a very important job to do.
Best of luck to him.