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Arsenal hand Wenger job title to Arteta to get extra transfer control

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Mikel Arteta continues to shape the Gunners according to his plans. The Spanish have changed his job title.

Arsenal are ready to begin their season today at Cavern Cottage. They have had a decent transfer window so far, with two Brazilians arriving at Emirates this summer. They continue their chase for Aouar and Thomas Partey.

However, Football is far from just an on-field affair. The sport is an enterprise – from the steward to the man who seals new signings, it’s a well-oiled machine with truckloads of money. As the new season begins, chances happened not only on-field but off it too.

The Gunners underwent a few changes too. For Arteta, it was a purple patch. The club promoted him from the position of head-coach to the first-team manager. As the club plans to kick off the 2020/21 campaign on a high, Arteta of all will be pumped up with this new opportunity.

Arsenal changes in recent times

The London-based club enjoyed astute infrastructure under Arsene Wenger. After he left, the club has looked in disarray, as far as long-term aspirations are concerned. That department looks to be improving gradually.

After Mislinat left for Germany, the club had some changes in the executive positions. Former invincibles midfielder Edu Gaspar became their first-ever technical director and now another pivotal position has a chance.

Vinai Venkatesham, the club’s new chief executive replaced former Barcelona head of football, Raul Sanllehi before the new season. Following that came the managerial increment in Arteta’s bag. In fact, he has earned it.

In a season where he wasn’t even manager for the full season, he managed to win the FA Cup and even kicked off the new season with a Community Shield win. He now occupies the same position as that of Wenger when he arrived at Emirates as a player – almost a full circle for a footballer.

Wise words for Arteta

Arsenal’s chief executive Venkatesham has also appreciated Arteta’s resilience. “Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years”.

He said that Arteta has done much more than being just the head coach since he “walked through the door”. As a result, the club decided to reward his hard work with a change of position. He will now be one of the key decision-makers for Arsenal on and off the pitch.

Talking about the added responsibilities, Venkateshan told Arsenal’s official website that the managerial team will work on multiple fronts, in collaboration with Edu Gaspar. That includes “analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical”.    

Praises from other pundits alike

Mikel Arteta joined the club as a manager at a time when the club was dithering with trepidation. Ray Parlour, talking to TalkSport, claimed that the move can be risky as he had “no experience”. Yet the club stuck with him till the fruits of labor were visible.

Before the current season, Danny Murphy has hailed him to lead Arsenal to the top four in his column in Mail Online. “In the past, Arsenal would have crumbled. But this is not the same Arsenal any more”, he said, praising Arteta for transforming the club’s mentality.

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