This week reports from Italy suggested that Arsenal were interested in appointing Juventus’ executive Beppe Marotta as a replacement for the soon to be departing Ivan Gazidis.
The Arsenal CEO will leave after nine years at the club to take up a role with Juve’s Serie A rivals AC Milan.
However, Arseblog News understands that the club are not seeking to make any such appointment having already decided on a restructuring which involves Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi.
The former is the new Managing Director, with a focus on the business and commercial side of the club, while the former Barcelona Director of Football has become the new Head of Football for the Gunners, and his responsibilities are obvious given his title.
While Josh Kroenke is likely to become more involved, there are no plans to appoint a CEO directly, leaving Venkatesham and Sanllehi to take control of their respective departments with oversight from the board.
For more on Sanllehi, check out this week’s Arsecast in which I discuss him and his work at Barcelona with Dan Hilton of the Barcelona podcast. Links to listen, download and subscribe are below.