Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi insists the club are working ‘every hour of every day’ to ensure further signings are made before the transfer window shuts.
The Spaniard faced a group of the club’s fans at a stormy Q&A session at the Emirates Stadium last night, alongside new technical director Edu and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.
Arsenal confirmed the signings of Dani Cabellos on loan from Real Madrid and William Saliba from Saint-Etienne on Thursday, but the Frenchman will be sent back to the Ligue 1 side for the whole of next season.
With captain Laurent Koscielny effectively on strike, Arsenal fans are growing increasingly concerned that Unai Emery will start the new campaign at Newcastle with a defence weaker in terms of personel than the one which shipped 51 Premier League goals last season and capitulated in the Europea League final against Chelsea.
‘I cannot say a name because I wouldn’t be doing my job,’ said Sanllehi, via Arseblog, addressing specific concerns over the state of Arsenal’s defence. ‘If I say a name, I walk out the door tonight and he’s £10m more expensive.
‘The transfer window is a moving target, I have been doing this for 16 years now and I know that some windows are harder than others.
‘This is a particularly hard window. When I talk with other clubs, this is a common knowledge.
‘There is a bit of stagnation in the market and you don’t see the number of signings you normally see just yet.
‘I don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but I can assure you we are working every hour of every day. I think it’s a bit like school, where you evaluate your grade at the end of the school year and not in the middle.
‘What is most important is to talk with the coach, about how he is feeling about the team, what system he wants to play.
‘He knows more than anyone, more than me, about what he wants. We’re going to do our best and we will keep working, but I will not mention any names.’