Arsenal are currently at their lowest point since the arrival of Arsene Wenger 22 years ago, but there is definitely an ongoing plan to drag Arsenal back amongst the big boys very quickly. Ivan Gazidis has been given more powers to recruit the very best footballing experts to the club and reverse our recent decline.
Sven Mislintat has already come in to revamp our scouting networks, and the top legal expert and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy has been recruited and will work alongide our latest arrival Raul Sanllehi who is joining us as head of football relations.
When Gazidis announced his appointment he said: “In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations.
“Raul’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level. Raul has extensive contacts across the football world and has been directly involved in some of the biggest transfers in Europe in recent years. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Arsenal.”
Why would Mislintat leave Dortmund for Arsenal? Why would Sanllehi leave Barcelona for Arsenal? Surely they must believe that the Gunners are very serious about becoming one of the best teams in the world again?
Sanllehi was recently arrived at the club, and he hinted that there are still further improvements to be made. He said: “When Ivan (Gazidis) explained the ideas he has got for the club and the people he wants to bring in, it was impossible to turn it down,”
“[I’m] extremely excited about this new project in my life. Very happy to be at one of the top clubs in Europe. A club that everyone looks at.
“It was a no-brainer to join and very thankful for the opportunity.”
It is very clear tat the power shift at the club has swung away from Wenger and Gazidis is quickly asserting himself as the man in charge. And it looks like he has big plans to take us back to the pinnacle. Go Go Ivan!