On Thursday, Vinai Venkatesham – Arsenal’s new chief executive – highlighted in no uncertain terms what the club’s target should be ahead of the new season as they enter a fourth campaign outside of Europe’s elite competition.
Arsenal’s approach to matters both on and off the field have swung from sensible to the bizarre since their last Champions League appearance, which ended in humiliation with a 10-2 aggregate scoreline against Bayern Munich in 2017.
Vinai Venkatesham (right), Edu (left) and Mikel Arteta form the heart of Arsenal’s hierarchy
The club have enacted a restructure following the departure of Raul Sanllehi (furthest left)
Arsene Wenger’s departure after a 22-year reign at the club and a hierarchy restructure, which saw Ivan Gazidis bring in transfer guru Sven Mislintat and former head of football Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona, failed to do the trick in terms of sealing an immediate return to the Champions League.
The trio have all since departed themselves, with Sanllehi the last to leave, but Arsenal’s quest for a return…