Arsenal making similar Wenger ‘mistake’, says Sanhelli


Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s former head of soccer, claims the membership are making the identical ‘mistake’ with Mikel Arteta, as they did with former boss Arsene Wenger.


Sanllehi left his function at Arsenal after Arteta’s appointment in December 2019. The Spaniard is now director common at Real Zaragoza in Spain’s second division.

He performed a key function in Arteta’s appointment as ‘head coach’ at Arsenal and was the mastermind behind the membership’s new setup, which allowed his compatriot to focus totally on the primary group.

But after Arteta led Arsenal to an FA Cup triumph in his first season in cost, his function title was modified to ‘manager’, and that left him with extra affect on the course of the membership and choices throughout the board.

Reflecting on that motion although, Sanllehi says it was a ‘mistake’ to modify again to the title held by legendary Frenchman and former boss Arsene Wenger, because it speaks in opposition to the membership’s mannequin.


In a current interview, the previous Arsenal govt talked a variety of matters, together with some calls he didn’t agree with whereas at Arsenal.

“Arsenal had decided to move on from Arsene Wenger — one boss who did everything,” Sanllehi informed The Athletic. “They have betrayed the model a little bit now.”

‘By going back to the manager at the top, that is a mistake, but that is their mistake. I would have not allowed that to happen. But that’s tremendous, it’s working up to now for them.

Sanllehi defined his need for splitting duty on the membership, citing the “overwhelming” workload as an issue in fashionable soccer.

“I do not agree when clubs call the first-team coach ‘the manager’,” he mentioned.

“First-team coach is first-team coach, that’s sufficient. Nowadays, the workload is overwhelming, and I want him to focus on the primary group.

“Anything that distracts you from that’s not your duty — journey preparations, the pitch, wage finances, medical division.

“We will get other people to do that. The first-team coach is short-term oriented — just win tonight’s game.”


If something in any respect, giving Arteta extra affect appears to have labored for the higher, with the Spaniard now having a say on how issues are being run and even his most popular switch targets.

Arsenal’s enchancment below Arteta has been gradual and regular however the begin of the present marketing campaign is the spotlight of all of it, with the Gunners main the best way on the prime of the Premier League after seven video games.

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