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How Raul’s exit affects Arteta’s project

Raul Sanlehi left the club on Saturday afternoon after reported fall out with the club hierarchy on investigation carried out on the funds invested in Nicolas Pepe’s transfer from Lille.

For quite some time now, it’s been a case of who has the ultimate say, in matters regarding transfers, between Raul and the coach himself, Mikel Arteta. Mikel Arteta has his select of players and sometimes may conflict with those on the priority list of the Spanish football director, Raul. Hence, it was a matter of who overruled the other which would always be a tricky situation to be in, but that is no longer the case.

According to ‘The Times’, Arteta has won a power battle at Arsenal after Raul left his post as the club’s head of football. Arteta will be given the final say on transfers alongside Edu, the technical director after the club streamlined a structure that was introduced

Sanllehi earned more than a £1 million a year in his role and his departure is part of the cost-cutting measures being introduced at the club after a review by Tim Lewis, a corporate lawyer who was appointed as a non-executive director in July.

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