Vinai Venkatesham makes statement on Arsenal transfers after Raul Sanllehi exit

Vinai Venkatesham makes statement on Arsenal transfers after Raul Sanllehi exit
The managing director has taken over the running of Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Vinai Venkatesham says Arsenal are ‘working hard’ to improve the squad this summer and he will give his full support to Mikel Arteta’s vision for the side in the transfer market.

The Gunners have undergone dramatic changes behind-the-scenes in the past few weeks, announcing 55 staff redundancies that have affected a number of high-profile scouts while on Saturday head of football Raul Sanllehi parted ways with the club.

Despite the upheaval, Venkatesham says Arsenal’s transfer approach remains unaffected and the club will back Arteta and Edu’s plans in the summer market.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal v Chelsea - FA Cup Final
Arteta will now get the final say on all incomings and outgoings at the club (Picture: Getty)

In a statement on Arsenal’s website, he said: ‘We did not achieve our expectations last season and we need to do better and we need to improve. But I think we’re absolutely on a positive trajectory and we’re on the right path.

‘The message really is: we need to improve. We’re really focused on where we need to improve and there’s lots of things that we need to do.

‘You would have seen a couple of weeks ago that this also involves making some difficult decisions. We had to make a difficult decision about proposing redundancies.

‘That decision is about making sure that we have the right structure and the right size of organisation going forward, into a very, very different world that we’re going to face post-coronavirus and making sure we can be as strong as possible on the other side. So there’s going to be some tough decisions.

‘We have, in Edu and Mikel, two individuals who are responsible for our technical plan. Of course, [that is] 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.’

He continued: ‘We’ve been active in the market and we saw recently that we brought in Willian from Chelsea, a signing that Edu and Mikel are really, really excited about and I’m sure our fans are excited about as well.

Edu and Mikel Arteta Arsenal v Chelsea - FA Cup Final
Edu and Arteta have a ‘clear plan’ over how to improve the Arsenal squad (Picture: Getty)

‘And we’ll continue to work hard this transfer window. I think it’s going to be a challenging transfer window post-coronavirus, it’s going to be unusual and it’s going to be challenging.

‘But we’ll continue to work hard to deliver on our objectives to strengthen the squad and Edu and Mikel have a really clear plan around how they’d like to do that.

‘Our objectives are to be back competing for and winning the biggest trophies in the game and if you’re Arsenal Football Club and if you’re in the Premier League, there’s two trophies that really matter and that’s the Premier League trophy and the Champions League trophy.’

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