According to Mikel Arteta, Arsenal are continuing to discuss how they want to structure themselves following the departure of Raul Sanllehi.
The Gunners announced the abrupt departure of our head of football two weeks ago following reports of a review of our transfer business. His responsibilities now look set to be swallowed by those already working at the Emirates with managing director Vinai Venkatesham, technical director Edu and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy likely to bear the brunt of the workload.
In the clearest indication yet that Sanllehi’s departure was hastily arranged rather than part of a long-standing plan, Arteta revealed that he and his peers are still talking through the fallout and how the chain of command will operate going forward.
On how Sanllehi’s exit affects his role, he said: “It’s something that we are discussing at the moment.
“First of all, I want to wish Raul all the best, he has all my respect and admiration because I worked with him and alongside him and enjoyed it.
“The club made a decision, a very difficult decision, but the way he left the club, we honoured him, everybody had nice words towards him and now we have to figure out what’s the best way to figure out how to run our football club on the sporting side.
“It’s what we’re trying to do while we are trying to achieve as well all the targets we have for the transfer market.”
Arteta certainly seems to be very keen on having a more hands-on role than his predecessor.
From day one, Unai Emery seemed happy to defer transfer and contract matters to those above him whereas Arteta’s has made clear he needs players with specific qualities and has proactively persuaded the likes of Granit Xhaka, David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay put.
Asked whether he’s assuming the mantle of a manager rather than coach, Arteta went on:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. These are things we are discussing internally at the club.
“We want to try and find the best way to be as efficient as possible and to maximise the people we have at the club to make things the right way.
“We’ll finalise those talks and communicate with you guys how we’re going to do it.”