Raul Sanllehi, a former head of football at Arsenal, has said that he believes his former employers erred when they changed Mikel Arteta’s title at the Emirates.
Since Arsene Wenger left the club in 2018, the Gunners have made a valiant effort to establish a stable structure. With the departure of the Frenchman, Arsenal’s decades-long “one-man model,” in which Wenger appeared to have the last say in every choice, came to an end.
Raul Sanllehi Talks On The Error Made By Changing Arteta’s Role
Just three months later, in September 2018, Raul Sanllehi was hired to attempt and modernize how the Gunners performed. The Spaniard is of the opinion that the best course of action is to have a forward-thinking setup that delegated tasks so that no one was overburdened with work and could concentrate on one area individually to improve the club’s overall fortunes.
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He led the effort to remove Unai Emery from his position as manager and appointed Per Mertesacker as head of the academy, Edu as director of football, and Raul Sanllehi as the final member of the quartet to serve as head of football operations.
Arteta was initially employed by Raul Sanllehi and company as the first-team coach for Arsenal, but after the Gunners won the FA Cup eight months into his managerial tenure, the title of first-team manager was given to the Gunners manager. Because of this adjustment, he now had far more power and sway over decisions about the club’s course.
Shortly after the FA Cup victory and the ensuing alteration to Arteta’s position title, Raul Sanllehi was fired by Arsenal. He has since claimed that this was an “error” and that it “betrayed” the club’s ethos.
Raul Sanllehi said that he disagrees when clubs refer to the first-team coach as “the manager;” the first-team coach should simply be referred to as the first-team coach and needs to focus on the first team because the workload is too much.
Raul Sanllehi also said that anything that takes your attention away from that is not your duty, including trip plans, the pitch, the pay budget, and the medical division. He said that they will persuade others to carry out that and short-term thinking characterizes the first-team coach.
Raul Sanllehi’s remarks were made at a time when spirits were high all around the Emirates. With only one loss in their first seven games, Arteta has led Arsenal to the top of the Premier League standings, an accomplishment made all the more remarkable by the fact that the Gunners are currently the fourth-youngest team in Europe’s five top leagues.