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Ex-Barca chief Raul Sanllehi joins Arsenal

Arsenal about the former Barcelona as the director of football after 14 years working for the LaLiga side.

Raúl Sanhellí, nuevo fichaje del Arsenal.
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Arsenal have appointed former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations, the club announced on Tuesday.

Sanllehi will start in February after 14 years at Barcelona, working alongside manager Arsene Wenger in a further sign of restructuring at the Premier League side.

Sanllehi, who is credited with bringing Neymar to Barca, will take the lead role in future signings but, significantly, he has not been appointed director of football, a position Wenger has criticised in the past.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "Raul has extensive contacts across the football world and has been directly involved in some of the biggest transfers in Europe in recent years. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Arsenal."

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