It was disappointing to see the announcement of Vinai Venkatesham being promoted to the most senior Arsenal employee he met with some casual racism.
What was equally as disappointing was that much of the abuse came from South Asian Arsenal “fans”.
Vinai is one of the few people from with a BAME background in a high profile Premier League job, and yet instead of him being celebrated, people racially abuse him.
He is in his role because of his ability, not because of his ethnicity. It is a role he deserves and highlights once more that Arsenal are a diverse club.
The racism is not needed. It is never needed.
The interview with Vinai was an interesting one.
In it he describes Mike Arteta and Edu as the “two experts” and “they have a very, very clear plan about how they want to rebalance our squad in the short term, in the medium term and in the long term.”
He also mentions Per Mertesacker overseeing the academy.
It is clear that Vinai understands his own expertise and is not going to pretend to be something he is not. He will not interfere in the footballing side of Arsenal – he will leave that to the experts.
The other interesting aspect is the age of all.
Vinai is just 39 (which is surprising!), Edu 42, Arteta 38 and Per 35.
We have a young, hunger, energetic management team looking to move the side forward.
Finally, it is that time of year when people diatribe fake opening day fixture lists. And it the media are reporting on these “leaks”.
Incredible really that media outlets should be fact checking stories before writing them.
It is no surprise those papers and radio stations reporting the news. It just shows that they are more interested in reporting news that gets hits, not news that is true.