Arsenal transfer structure outlined by Venkatesham after Raul Sanllehi sacking

Following the departure of Arsenal 's head of football Raul Sanllehi, managing director Vinai Venkatesham has explained the club's new transfer structure.

With Sanllehi gone, Venkatesham has revealed that technical director Edu Gaspar and manager Mikel Arteta will be "responsible" for Arsenal's transfer business going forward.

Speaking to the club's official website, Venkatesham said: "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 added: "In terms of the board, we work very, very closely. So we're in regular contact with the owners pretty much every single day and we're all here to achieve the same thing and that's to push this football club forward and to get this club back where to where it needs to be.

"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.

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"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.

"That has to be the objectives of a football club like Arsenal. It's not going to be easy, it's not going to be straightforward, there's a whole load of competition but that has to be the objective for this football club."

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