How Arsenal’s ‘transfer guru’ Raul Sanllehi orchestrated club’s super summer after years of bad signings

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3:54 PM ETJulien LaurensCorrespondent Raul Sanllehi lights up a cigar. It’s the evening of Aug. 9. Arsenal’s head of football has spent the whole day at the club’s training ground in London Colney. He arrived extremely early on site and will almost certainly be one of the last one to leave.Aug. 9 was, for those concerned, another successful day in Arsenal’s transfer window. On deadline day, and right at the wire, the Gunners signed two more players who illustrate perfectly the talent of the man the club hope can be their long-term football mastermind.The first one was a target for a long time. To recruit Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, Sanllehi and his team, consisting of chief negotiator Huss Fahmy and sporting director Edu, had to work really hard. It was a long courting process that lasted all summer, with multiple offers, a lot of conversations with Celtic and a lot of brainstorming to find the right way of convincing the Scottish giants to let their best player leave. With the window hours from closing, Arsenal finally made a breakthrough, emerging with a well-structured deal and the feeling of a job well done.- Ian Darke’s first takes: Man City on course for “three-peat”
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