Raul Sanllehi speaks on approved departure of 28-year-old Arsenal star
Arsenal head of football, Raul Sanllehi, has spoken on why the club chose to approve the exit of one of Unai Emery’s attacking players ahead of next season.
The club’s hierarchy has been previously criticized by some fans for not being ruthless enough when it comes to getting rid of players who seem to not have enough quality to help the team compete at the highest level.
During the latter days of the reign of Arsene Wenger, one of the biggest concerns at the Emirates stadium was the fact that a host of fringe players were on high wages, which limited the club’s ability to spend a considerable amount of money in the transfer market.
However, following the arrival of Unai Emery a year ago, the Gunners appear to have tweaked their policy with the club now more willing to say goodbye to players who are deemed as surplus to the manager’s plans.
One of those men is Danny Welbeck, who has been troubled by injuries at Arsenal, ever since he moved to London from Manchester United in the summer of 2014.
The 28-year-old is now leaving the Gunners after the expiration of his contract and the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, has spoken on why the exit of Welbeck was approved.
“In ways it is quite similar to the Aaron [Ramsey] situation. This summer we were in talks with him to see if [he would stay or go], he had several offers, he decided to continue in the club until the end of the contract.” he told the club’s official website
“We respected that. We knew that he was going to add a lot to the club over the last year, but again, we were in the last year of contract so it was a very similar situation.”