As far as Sanllehi is concerned he is merely a casualty of an unfortunate and unforeseeable situation.
However it seems the decision has been some time in the offing.
Sanllehi first put the Kroenke’s noses out of joint through his staunch backing of Unai Emery.
He is said to have held discussions with Arsenal’s former manager about extending his contract at the club without any prior approval from the owners.
Seven months later, Emery was out of a job.
The appointment of Mikel Arteta did little to loosen Sanllehi’s stranglehold over goings on behind the scenes, as it is claimed he insisted on being present for any meetings involving the new boss – even when a board member requested a one-to-one.
He also rejected the suggestion to add David O’Leary to the board, seemingly as it looked to be a possible threat to his leadership.
The biggest issue though was with regards to transfers and Sanllehi’s dealings in the market.
A number of Arsenal’s latest signings have come through Sanllehi’s close contacts – mainly Kia Joorabchian and Pablo Mari’s agent Arturo Canales.
In addition the board feel Arsenal have overpaid significantly for much of their recent business – a belief which caused the club to open an internal investigation into Nicolas Pepe’s club-record £72million transfer.
The deals involving Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno have also come under the microscope.
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Eventually the Kroenke’s deemed it necessary to relieve Sanllehi of his duties with the club now placing their future in the hands of Venkatesham and more crucially, Edu – who perhaps not coincidentally was appointed shortly after Sanllehi’s contract talks with Emery.
Venkatesham is now expected to take lead on all off-field activity while assuming more of a back seat with regards to football affairs, which Edu – who shares a good relationship with Arteta – will be tasked with.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract extension remains the priority, while Arsenal are still keen on landing Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey to help kick-start life under the new-look regime.