Raul Sanllehi sends January transfers message to Arsenal fans after Mikel Arteta appointment
Arsenal fans are hoping that the club will be active during the January transfer window and head of football Raul Sanllehi has revealed what should be expected
BY JOSH CHALLIES
19:45, 20 DEC 2019UPDATED08:22, 21 DEC 2019
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke with Raul Sanllehi, Josh Kroenke and Vinai Venkatesham (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi has suggested that fans should not expect a flood of activity during the January transfer window, identifying that it's a more tactical window.
The Gunners have endured a tough first half of the season, leading to demands from many that they invest in the squad during the mid-season window.
However, in similar comments to what was made last year, Raul stated that the summer window is the more strategic one for transfers but discussions around potential deals will take place.
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"Globally, it's not the strategic window," he told the club's official website. "By definition, that's the summer window.
"That's when you plan the season ahead. Last summer we did an incredible effort where we were very grateful for the support we got from our ownership to really go one step further and make, as I said, a real investment to increase our expectations for the season.
"The winter window is much more tactical.
"Now we're going to have conversations between Edu and Mikel to see what things we can do or what we should do.
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"But again, the strategical window and the one that Edu and his team are always working for in the longer term is the summer window."
However, that does not necessarily mean that there will be no activity in Arsenal and Raul also pointed out that the long-term version is still being worked on behind the scenes.
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"We are building a squad that can give us many, many years of glory.
"If you look at the age [of players] under 23, we're probably one of the strongest, if not the strongest team, in England and we are getting the right pieces to complement that, to get the whole picture," he explained.
"We have Edu leading that in a very good way, putting in many hours analysing not only what we have, but the market. We're confident."
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