Arsenal have released part two of the interview with Managing Director, Vinai Venkatesham, and Head of Football Raul Sanllehi in which discuss the club’s summer transfer plans.
It’s a huge off-season ahead for the club, and we still don’t know how we’ve got to spend until after the Europa League final in Baku next week.
Nevertheless, they sound confident that they can do the job required to ensure we become more competitive in the Premier League next season, as well as combining European football (of whatever flavour) and domestic cups.
Sanllehi was guarded about precise plans, as you’d expect, but did outline where he feels we are right now.
“What I can tell you is that we have identified very clearly and unanimously with our head coach and technical people, we know what we want to prioritise and we’re very clear on what our priorities are,” he said.
“We’re already in the market and we’re already talking with the people that can help us to cover those positions.
“I feel quite strong on the inputs that I’m getting so far. I do believe that we have a very good plan to cover those positions to be much stronger next year to deliver the success that we’re all hoping for.”
The question of whether it will be Europa League or Champions League next season is one that worries fans on a number of levels, not least our spending power and the ability to attract top players, but the Head of Football seemed less concerned.
“Of course being in the Champions League is very helpful, because all players want to play in the ultimate competition,” he continued.
“For us, if by any chance we would not be there next year – which I don’t think is going to happen – but if that happened, our challenge would be to get in there immediately.
“Players that come and join us and get into that successful project, it’s an exciting thing for them.
“We have a lot to offer to a player. I don’t feel in disadvantage with anybody. The league, the Premier League, is exciting for any player in the world.
“London, Arsenal, the history, the dimension of the club, the stadium, the facilities at Colney, the fanbase, the followers around the world and the exposure.
“Really, I feel like I have a lot of ammunition when I talk with players to engage them in our project.”
They’re certainly talking a good game, let’s hope they can turn their words into effective actions when the transfer window opens.