Every word Arsenal’s chief executive said on transfer policy, Mikel Arteta and Stan Kroenke – Football.London

Arsenal have been in a state of disarray in recent years.

The Gunners have chopped and changed their squad, their coaches and the club’s hierarchy in the least three years in the hope of returning to the UEFA Champions League, a competition they have failed to qualify for in each of the last five seasons.

The north Londoners have parted ways with Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery in the last few years, with current boss Mikel Arteta also coming under increasing pressure in recent weeks after his side have lost all of their opening three Premier League fixtures.

Now, they are looking for some stability as chief executive Vinai Venkatesham pointed out on Tuesday night when he called for unity within the club.

Here football.london take a look at everything Venkatesham’s text message said, via the Evening Standard.

Positive message

“Of course, I write this update against the backdrop of a hugely disappointing start to the season. I know how tough this is for all of you, both as supporters and employees, with criticism coming from all angles.

“At times like this it is critical we stick together and stay positive. We have a very important run of games coming up after the international break and I’m confident we can and will come out fighting.”

Transfer approach

“Our approach for this window was framed by fully recognising that we are not where we want to be on the pitch — finishing eighth last season, with no European football for the first time in many years,” he continued.

“This is well below the standards each of us all have, and of course that our fans rightly demand of us, which is to be competing for the biggest trophies in the game.

“Whilst we would love to jump from where we are to where we want to be in an instant, we need to be realistic that the gap is too large to do that. As such, our activity this window has been focused on youth.

“Our strategy is to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, with players from both our academy and further afield, that can grow and develop together under Mikel (Arteta) to take us where we want to get to.

“Whilst this will not be overnight, we can make positive progress, and it gives us the best route to future success in a sustainable way.”

Kroenke’s backing

“Although Covid and no European football bring financial challenges, our owners, Stan and Josh Kroenke, have sanctioned very significant investment this transfer window in support of our strategy,” the Oxford graduate said.

“This has included signing Nuno Tavares (21), Ben White (23), Sambi Lokonga (21), Martin Odegaard (22), Aaron Ramsdale (23) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (22), as well as renewing deals with Emile Smith-Rowe (21) and Kieran Tierney (24).

“All of these players are signed on long-term contracts.”

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