Following the departure of Raul Sanllehi yesterday, a lot of responsibility falls – in the short-term at least – on Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham.
It remains to be seen if there are to be further additions at board and executive level, but right now he has to oversee a transfer window and preparations for the new season, in conjunction with Mikel Arteta and Technical Director Edu.
Venkatesham understands that their knowledge is key, and he sounded enthused by what they can achieve going forward.
“We have, in Edu and Mikel, two individuals who are responsible for our technical plan,” he said in an interview with arsenal.com.
“Of course, overseen by me and the board, but those two are the experts and they have a very, very clear plan about how they want to rebalance our squad in the short term, in the medium term and in the long term.
“We’re starting to work on that immediately in this transfer window. I think we can look forward with some real optimism.
“In Mikel Arteta, we have an absolutely fantastic, dynamic head coach. He forms a formidable team with Edu Gaspar, who is our technical director.
“And if we look at our academy, I think we’re in really, really strong hands with Per Mertesacker and we have some of the most exciting young talent in the league.”
After a difficult couple of weeks for the club following the FA Cup, he has also acknowledged that improvements can be made in terms of communication.
“I think we can do better a job of communicating with our fans,” he said.
“We’re not going to be able to give them a running commentary of everything that we’re doing, nor are we always going to correct or be able to correct some of the misinformation there is about the club.
“But we need to be clear about what we’re doing and what our plan is and we can get better at that.
“There’s of course lots of other areas that we’re going to be addressing, but it’s all about the same thing: trying to make this organisation as efficient as we possibly can and as high-performing as we possibly can.
“Because if we can do that, we give ourselves the best ability to deliver on our objectives.”
The full interview is worth checking out on the official site here.