Mikel Arteta has staunchly defended the Arsenal hierarchy after club legend Tony Adams gave a blistering assessment of the recruitment policy that sees the Premier League side lingering in ninth position.
Gunners icon Adams, who played for the club for 19 years, scrutinised the work of Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, saying they were both ‘out of their depth’ with their transfer strategy.
He told TalkSport: ‘My fundamental issue is with recruitment. I think the club is going through such a recruitment issue at the moment – it’s not relying on agents.
Mikel Arteta insists he has ‘full faith’ in Arsenal’s hierarchy after chiefs came under fire
Gunners legend Tony Adams slammed the club’s recruitment policy earlier this week
‘That’s not the way to go; It’s not arsenal DNA i’m afraid. I don’t like it. I’ve got to say it publicly.
‘Those people are out of their depth, I’m sorry. They need to build a fantastic squad that challenges for the league and it hurts.’
But Arsenal boss Arteta has backed the under-fire chiefs, insisting he has ‘full faith’ in the club’s hierarchy to help him build the squad he needs to challenge for honours.
‘I have a really good relationship with Edu, with Raul with [managing director] Vinai Venkatesham and I am in direct contact with the owners,’ he told reporters before the FA Cup semi final this weekend.
‘We know what we want to do. That’s not an issue. For sure.’
Adams criticised Edu (right), the club’s technical director and Sanllehi (left), head of football
Whether Arteta will be afforded the budget required for a full rebuild this summer remains to be seen. If the club do not win the FA Cup or finish higher than seventh position, they will miss out on European football next season.
Last season’s ninth-placed club, Leicester city, raked in a total of £123million from their final league position. Should Arsenal earn a similar figure this time around, that would represent a £20million decrease in earnings for this season.
The lack of European football may also impact Sanllehi and Edu’s ability to attract the top players required to push Arsenal up the table, and they may face a battle on their hands to keep captain and star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
Like many clubs across England and the continent, Arsenal have also been hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Sportsmail reported that the club’s owner, Stan Kroenke, has pumped money into the club to ease the financial burden.
However, Arteta has backed the recruitment chiefs ahead of a big summer rebuild
In a notice issued on the London Stock Exchange, the Gunners have confirmed their intention to redeem bonds linked to the construction of the Emirates Stadium, financed by a loan from Kroenke Sports Entertainment.
The injection will give the club greater freedom in how they balance their finances during what is an uncertain period following the global pandemic.
It is unlikely, however, to have a any significant bearing on how much Mikel Arteta has to spend on new players ahead of next season.
In April, Arteta and the playing squad agreed to a 12.5% wage cut as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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