Arsenal transfer chiefs urged to make ‘crucial’ Mikel Arteta new signing decision

Arsenal chiefs must allow head coach Mikel Arteta to have a say on potential new signings, according to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy. Arsenal announced at the weekend that the head of football relations Raul Sanllehi had left the club. Sanllehi had a big impact on transfers during his time at the Emirates.

Technical director and former Gunners midfielder Edu will continue in the role he has held for the last 12 months.

But Murphy says it is now crucial Arteta has a big impact on the players the club brings in.

“Recruitment for any club is the biggest thing,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“It’s the one thing that brings you success or doesn’t.

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“I think the most important thing for Arsenal is Arteta feels like he’s involved and has some say.

“Forget the finances, how much he’s going to have to spend and how much wages [they have], I think as long as Arteta feels like he’s involved and has got a say in the players he can bring in, then he can’t then hide behind that.

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“You get a lot of managers who’ve said: ‘I’ve had players given to me and I wanted him and got him’.

“But if Arteta’s involved and feels part of that process, that’s crucial.”

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Vinai Venkatesham has remained in his role as managing director at Arsenal and will “lead the club going forward”.

Speaking to the Arsenal website at the weekend, Venkatesham admitted he expected a difficult transfer window following the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal have made one high-profile signing so far this summer, with Willian arriving on a free transfer.

“We’ve been active in the market and we saw recently that we brought in Willian from Chelsea, a signing that Edu and Mikel are really, really excited about and I’m sure our fans are excited about as well,” Venkatesham said.

“And we’ll continue to work hard this transfer window.

“I think it’s going to be a challenging transfer window post-coronavirus, it’s going to be unusual and it’s going to be challenging, but we’ll continue to work hard to deliver on our objectives to strengthen the squad and Edu and Mikel have a really clear plan around how they’d like to do that.”

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