The reorganisation and restructuring of Arsenal’s transfer business has been fairly clear to see for fans in recent months.
The Gunners have lost both Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham in recent months and another loss was clarified yesterday.
Director of football operations Huss Fahmy has followed the duo out of the door after three years at the club.
Arsenal have been trimming the fat behind the scenes, especially when it comes to transfer dealings. Technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta have been leading transfer acquisitions in recent months, but a report from ESPN has highlighted an individual with growing influence at the club.
The man in question is Tim Lewis, who became a non-executive director of the club in July. ESPN claim he has become a ‘key figure’ in ‘examining’ how Arsenal conduct their transfer activity and has also taken a look at expenditure in that field.
Lewis has been associated with Arsenal for a long time and helped Stan Kroenke in his takeover of the club back in 2011, as reported by Football.London.
After his appointment to the board in the summer the Arsenal website shared a statement from the lawyer, stating he is a ‘lifelong Arsenal fan’.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with Stan (Kroenke), Josh (Kroenke), the board and executive team to help take the club forward at this critical time,” Lewis told Arsenal.com.
Of course, plenty of Arsenal fans will see that Lewis has strong ties to Kroenke and immediately dismiss him.
But it is hard to say that Arsenal’s transfer dealings have not gotten better over the past few months.
The Gunners did shrewd business to bring in both Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalahes this summer and did not waste their money on more expensive, unnecessary, signings, like many of the players currently on the fringes of the Arsenal first-team.
So, hopefully, Lewis’ influence will continue to help Arsenal in the transfer market going forward.