Arsenal have announced the immediate sacking of head of football Raul Sanllehi.
Following his exit, managing director Vinai Venkatesham will take up his role.
In a statement on Arsenal’s website, club owners Stan and Josh Kroenke said: “Raul has made a big contribution during his time with us and will always be part of the Arsenal family. We thank him for all his hard work and expertise and wish him every future success.
“We have no doubt that Vinai is the right person to take the club forward. He has shown outstanding leadership during the current crisis and is held in high regard internally and externally. We know everyone will rally round him so we can move forward successfully.”
The former director of football at FC Barcelona, who joined Arsenal three years ago, said he was satisfied with the contribution he has made to the club.
“Arsenal is a true footballing institution. I am proud to have been part of its history and I thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity. Working with Vinai, we have built a top team for the future. Mikel has made an extremely positive impact since his arrival and has formed a strong team with our technical director, Edu,” said Sanllehi.
“I now look forward to taking some time off and spending time with family and friends before setting to work on a new challenge and cheering Arsenal on to great things.”
In November 2019, the club sacked manager Unai Emery after a poor run of form before appointing former captain Mikel Arteta as the head coach.
Since his arrival the team’s performance has greatly improved. Arsenal ended the season strongly, winning the FA Cup for a 14th time after beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in London on 1st August.
Reports indicate that the reason why Arsenal owners have decided to part ways with Raul Sanllehi is that they want to have only one voice at top of the team’s management.