Arsenal transfer plan revealed more big-name expected at the Emirate Stadium

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Arsenal chief director Vinai Venkatesham overlooks the running of the club with regards to players contracts and transfers.

Arsenal will be able to make more big-money signings due to their faith in youth, pledges managing director Vinai Venkatesham.

Emirates Stadium bigwigs sanctioned the expenditure of over £137million on new players in the summer transfer window, with Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba and Kieran Tierney high-profile signings for the Gunners.

To somewhat balance the books, the club allowed Alex Iwobi, Krystian Bielik and Laurent Koscielny to depart, among others, raising almost £50m.

This season has seen a conscious effort to push on the development of academy graduates in the first-team, seen in the opportunities given to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock.

And those changes in approach will allow the club invest more in the transfer market over time, according Venkatesham.

“First, it (blooding young players) is financially efficient,” Venkatesham told the Strait Times.

“The more players you have coming from the academy, the more funds you can then use to invest in the transfer window because you then have a budget that is being stretched among fewer players.

“More important than that is we want players in the dressing room who really understand what it means to play for Arsenal, players who have grown up with the club.”

Venkatesham went on to explain the thinking behind the sales and loans of players.

“What we analysed is the players whose playing time for the coming season is going to be limited,” the businessman added.

“It is not good for the players to not play many minutes, it is not great for the club to have players who are not contributing.

“We try to find a solution… the players that have gone on loan and the players we sold create a relatively significant wage savings or income that help offset some of the investments we made.”

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