For a week that involved zero kicks of the football, it’s been pretty crazy.
There were small rumours flying around regarding an investigation at the club behind the scenes. No mention of the subject, no reference to what was going on.
Two days later, our Head of Football was announced to have left the club.
Raul Sanllehi, or Don Raul as we coined him when he joined, spent a little more than three years at the club and was originally hired as a Technical Director, but soon was elevated into a Head of Football position.
Sanllehi wa big news for Arsenal. He brings with him plenty of connections and thanks to the Spaniard, we grabbed plenty of players.
Reportedly, it is one of these transfers that has been at the root of his departure.
Sanllehi engineered the transfer, the record transfer, of Nicolas Pepe. The rumoured investigation into our recruitment processes alleged that the club were of the opinion that the £72m fee may well have been inflated and Arsenal could have paid much less.
It is not an indictment on Pepe, who is still viewed as a worthy transfer. It is simply a case of we could have saved money on the Pepe deal.
I repeat, the above is not official, and Arsenal have simply declared that Raul Sanllehi has left the club. Sanllehi himself has even given a parting statement, so the departure seems amicable. The claims about an investigation are simply rumours at present, but there are plenty of news sources that have mentioned it.
Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham has taken over the role currently, and responsibility for transfers is now in the hands of Edu and Arteta, which will be viewed as a positive by most, instead of an over-reliance on connections and agents.
There are now stories revolving around possible replacements and a possibility around a former player taking that role – one name being mentioned is record appearance maker for the club, David O’Leary.
Change is afoot and it seems Arsenal are keen to rectify and get on the correct path.