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Head of football relations joins from Barcelona

Raul Sanllehi (second left)

We are delighted to announce that Raul Sanllehi is joining us as head of football relations.

Raul has been at Barcelona for the past 14 years. He will join us in February to lead future player negotiations and work alongside manager Arsène Wenger, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy.

He will also represent and support the club with international and domestic governing bodies.

The appointment follows the recent announcement of Sven Mislintat to head our player recruitment operations and Gazidis said: “In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations.

"Raul’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level. 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.”


Police and club combat ticket touts

Emirates Stadium

We worked with the Metropolitan Police to mount an operation to combat ticket touts at the game against Manchester United.

The operation resulted in the apprehension of nine suspected touts and the confiscation of hundreds of tickets. More than 200 Arsenal memberships were also cancelled for miss-use.
Stadium director John Beattie said: “We work on an on-going basis to minimise the activities of touts. Our fans are the people who suffer, either through paying inflated prices or receiving counterfeit tickets. We would remind supporters they should only ever buy tickets through official club channels.”
Inspector Steve Murfin of Islington Police said: “The Metropolitan Police Service are pleased to work in partnership with Arsenal Football Club and Islington Council at reducing the supply of illegal ticket sales which can result in disorder within the stadium.”

Club statement

Dermot Drummy

Dermot Drummy

It was with great sadness that the club learned of the recent death of Dermot Drummy, aged 56. 

Islington-boy Dermot joined Arsenal as a youth team player in 1976. A talented central midfielder, he played alongside the likes of Paul Davis, Paul Vaessen and Brian McDermott in the youth and reserve teams, making over 100 appearances for the Gunners – he also made five league appearances during a loan spell at Blackpool. He left Highbury for Hendon Town in 1980.

Nearly 20 years later, a chance encounter with Liam Brady in 1999 saw Dermot back at the club as an academy coach and over the next eight years he proved himself instrumental in the development of many players who went on to enjoy first team careers with the Gunners and elsewhere. 

He left for the Chelsea Academy in 2007 where he progressed to be international head coach. Most recently, Dermot managed League Two outfit Crawley Town last season.

The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with Dermot’s family and friends at this very difficult time.


Sven Mislintat appointed head of recruitment

Sven Mislintat

Sven Mislintat - one of Europe’s most respected player recruitment experts - is joining us from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

He is credited with creating the pipeline of young talent at Dortmund which has produced the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.

Sven has been at Dortmund for 10 years and becomes our head of recruitment with responsibilities across the first team and academy. He starts in December and will work closely with manager Arsène Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis, plus other coaches, the background analytics team and our global scouting network.

Arsène Wenger said: “We are delighted that Sven is joining us. Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years. We look forward to him taking our existing recruitment approach forwards.”

Meanwhile our long-serving chief scout Steve Rowley, who has been responsible for unearthing many talents over his 25 years of employment with the club, has stood down from his role but will continue to maintain his relationship and support us with ad hoc scouting on a consultancy basis. 

Wenger said, “We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club. He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future.”


 FA Cup visits Arsenal Soccer Schools Academy

They say to keep your eyes on the prize and Arsenal Soccer Schools Academy players had the opportunity to do just that.

This fall, our young Arsenal Soccer School players experienced the glory and prestige of the FA Cup, during its visit to Arsenal Soccer Schools Academy in New Jersey.

The Emirates FA Cup represents the oldest football competition in the world, with a rich history dating back to 1871. This trophy embodies years of teamwork and perseverance by some of the best English clubs.

Seeing the iconic trophy in person was a true moment of honor and inspiration for the young football players who are striving for success at Arsenal Soccer Schools USA.

Find out all about Soccer Schools USA, and how you can get involved.

Arsenal Soccer Schools USA

Arsenal Soccer Schools, New Jersey


Arsenal supports Christmas Jumper Day

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal squad are supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign on Friday, December 15.

We have created a range of exclusive festive knits, worn by Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Alexandre Lacazette in the video above, which carry a 20 per cent donation of the RRP (£35) to Save the Children.

We will dedicate our Premier League match against Newcastle United on Saturday, December 16 to the Arsenal Foundation.

Click here to find out more about the Arsenal Foundation.

The traditional annual fundraiser will see the manager and players donate a day’s wages to the cause and encourage supporters to get involved.

The Arsenal Foundation has been supporting Save the Children as its global partner since 2011 and has raised more than £2million to support the charity’s life-saving work. Most recently the Club has worked with Save the Children to build football pitches for vulnerable children in Jordan, Somalia and Indonesia.


Match-worn poppy shirts up for auction

Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette before our game against Swansea City

We are delighted to announce that the exclusive match-worn shirts from our home game against Swansea City on Saturday, October 28, 2017 will be available on the club’s auction site from Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

The shirts, which supporters can bid for by clicking here, featured a poppy embroidered design, and are being auctioned to raise much needed funds for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

Football clubs all around the country are playing their part in the auctions, with The Royal British Legion hoping to break their previous fundraising Poppy Appeal record with a target of £47 million this year for all their fundraising activities. With your support we are hoping to help them reach that goal.

Each shirt will be signed by the respective player. All money raised will go towards the Poppy Appeal, which helps raise funds for serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

Please do click here to visit our exclusive auction site and to bid for some very special Arsenal memorabilia.