The new Arsenal hierarchy were supposed to be streamlining the club by reducing waste and making it more efficient, but one can only wonder what’s going on since Raul Sanllehi came onboard.
Dennis Suárez, according to the Times via Tribuna, cost £2.17million on loan and the club had to pay his wages which were £55,000-per-week.
The deal involving an injured Cedric Soares has cost £1m plus £65,000 a week in wages. At the end of the month, he is out of contract with Southampton with no discussions planned and he could even end up leaving Arsenal without ever playing for them.
William Saliba was scooped up for £28m but immediately loaned back to Ligue 1 club Saint-Étienne. The transfer could include additional payments of £5m in technicalities. So much for stopping the waste.
Kieran Tierney was injured when Arsenal paid Celtic £25m and when he regained fitness, he was subsequently re-injured. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) cost the Gunners £15m for a season-long loan and is apparently on £50,000 per week.
Pablo Mari was signed from Flamengo for £4.2m and Arsenal could take up the option to buy him for a further £8/£10m. I can’t find the wages but rest assured, they are at least £50,000.
The Arsenal hierarchy paid £8m for the 34-year-old David Luiz in a last-minute trolley dash in the transfer window, who is an absolute liability and past his best. He receives around £120,000 per week and it’s thought he will extend his contract by two years maximum.
Does anyone believe that Raul Sanllehi is doing a good job after reading this? If so, what planet are you on? The guy makes one shit deal after another and the chances of this transfer window being any better are remote.
Come transfer deadline day, I will be paying particular attention to anyone injured, unwanted, overrated, or past it. There is another criteria, of course, any deal needs to benefit the loan club by up to £10m.
Someday soon, Sanllehi will get his day of reckoning and he’ll be out the door quicker than you can say Gazidis. It’s bad enough that Kroenke has substantially devalued the club but it now appears Sanllehi’s role is to finish the job. Perhaps, he could get the club relegated next season or arrange for the administrators to move in.
The Arsenal hierarchy could turn the Emirates into a shopping mall, a luxury hotel, or knock it down altogether. I’ve been an Arsenal fan for years and have experienced the highs and lows associated with football, but the current level of ineptitude is staggering.