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'Hugely disappointing': CEO writes an open letter to Arsenal staff

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Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham has sent a letter to all the staff at the club urging them to stick together despite the ‘hugely disappointing start to the season’.

The Gunners have played three and lost three in the Premier League so far, which has pushed us down to the bottom of the table. That is simply not good enough and the pressure is well and truly on Mikel Arteta now.

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Venkatesham, like all of us, is not a happy man. However, he has urged everyone to stay united as this is a process that will take some time before we can see success – both on and off the field.

Arsenal CEO: Stick together and stay positive

Venkatesham’s letter read, as per The Evening Standard: “Of course, I write this update against the backdrop of a hugely disappointing start to the season. I know how tough this is for all of you, both as supporters and employees, with criticism coming from all angles.

“At times like this it is critical we stick together and stay positive. We have a very important run of games coming up after the international break and I’m confident we can and will come out fighting.

“Our approach for this window was framed by fully recognising that we are not where we want to be on the pitch — finishing eighth last season, with no European football for the first time in many years. This is well below the standards each of us all have, and of course that our fans rightly demand of us, which is to be competing for the biggest trophies in the game.

“Whilst we would love to jump from where we are to where we want to be in an instant, we need to be realistic that the gap is too large to do that. As such, our activity this window has been focused on youth.

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“Our strategy is to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, with players from both our academy and further afield, that can grow and develop together under Mikel to take us where we want to get to. Whilst this will not be overnight, we can make positive progress, and it gives us the best route to future success in a sustainable way.”

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As Arteta once claimed in one of his interviews, even a blind man can see what we’re trying to do at Arsenal. The strategy, as Venkatesham has revealed, is clear – we develop young players now to achieve success in the future.

That is definitely an admirable plan, but we can’t completely ignore the present. Arsenal’s current situation is absolutely terrible, and the longer our slump goes on, the more difficult it will be to recover.

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The international break will give Arteta a lot of time to solve our problems. Things simply have to change once the Premier League returns, and with our injured players hopefully coming back, we are positive we’ll be in a much better position this time next month.

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