ARSENAL chief executive Vinai Venkatesham has sent an email to all the club’s staff in which he called for everyone to bounce back after a ‘hugely disappointing start’ to the season.
The Gunners have lost their first three games of the Premier League campaign, conceding nine goals and failing to score.
Arsenal head into the international break with no points and no goals in the leagueCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Venkatesham has called on Arsenal to stick together during this difficult periodCredit: Getty
The dreadful early run has left them rock bottom of the table amid growing pressure on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta – but he has received backing in the form of transfer funds, with the club topping the charts as the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer.
And Venkatesham wants them to build on that by turning things around on the pitch.
In an email obtained by the Evening Standard, he said: “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.”
He added: “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.
“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 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.”
Venkatesham then finished by praising the investment in this transfer window despite many criticising them for spending big money on squad players and young talent for the future.
He said: “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.
“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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Next up for the Gunners is a home game against Norwich on September 11.
They then travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley, before a potential banana skin in the League Cup when they host Wimbledon.
They round off September with what could be a fascinating North London Derby against Tottenham, who currently sit top of the Premier League table.