Arsenal told same Arsene Wenger mistake is being repeated by Mikel Arteta

 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal are repeating the same "mistake" made with Arsene Wenger under current manager Mikel Arteta, says former club director Raul Sanllehi.

The former Barcelona man was put in charge of revolutionising the Gunners' backroom setup, which included Arteta as part of a four-man team as Edu returned as the club's first ever technical director, to make the decision process more inclusive after Wenger's long reign.

However, just a few months later, the structure was abandoned and has left Arteta with far more power than originally planned, leading the Gunners to have a de facto 'new Wenger' in charge.

"Within the model, there are four points: head coach, sporting director, football operations and academy, and they need to be very well coordinated," Sanllehi told The Athletic. "Arsenal had decided to move on from Arsene Wenger — one boss who did everything.

"We had a good coach in Unai, but it was crucial for Arsenal to make the Champions League and losing the Europa League final to Chelsea made us stay there, which made the second year hell for Unai.

"It had been the one-boss model. All respect for Arsene — what he did for Arsenal is unique and probably at that moment in time the best way to do it — but you had to develop, and that is what happened."

Arteta has led the Gunners to the top of the Premier League in the early stages of the season, prompting Sanllehu to accept the process is bearing fruit.

After a slow start, Mikel Arteta is starting to impress. (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
After a slow start, Mikel Arteta is starting to impress. (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

He added: "I do not agree when clubs call the first-team coach the manager. First-team coach is first-team coach, that is enough. Nowadays, the workload is overwhelming, and I need him to concentrate on the first team.

"They have betrayed the model a little bit now. By going back to the manager at the top, that is a mistake, but that is their mistake. I would have not allowed that to happen. But that’s fine, it is working so far for them."