Last month stories emerged about Arsenal’s desire to appoint a Barcelona executive to a new role entitled Director of Operations.
The man in question is Raul Sanllehi, reportedly a close friend of Ivan Gazidis, and somebody who has vast experience behind the scenes at one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
With an aging board, it’s been imperative for some time that Arsenal prepare for the future, and last week a significant announcement was following the capture of Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat.
Now it has emerged that Sanllehi has left his position with the Catalan giants and could become the latest backroom addition, perhaps as early as the end of the week.
It’s a sign that as a club we are future-proofing, preparing for life without Arsene Wenger, and that can only be a positive.
With work to do in the January window, as well as potentially having to replace both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez next summer, the more hands and experience we have on deck the better.