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Smith: There’s a ‘power grab’ behind the scenes at Arsenal

Arsenal legend Alan Smith believes there’s a power grab going on behind the scenes at the club in light of Sven Mislintat’s resignation.

The transfer window came and went with just a single deal completed by the Gunners this month, that of Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.

Arsenal implemented a new transfer policy mid-season that dictated the club could not make permanent signings in an effort to curb costs, hence the lack of transfer activity.

While Suarez will make his way to north London, Arsenal missed out on signing Gary Cahill until the end of the season, something former player Alan Smith believes was the real priority.

“Arsenal’s wage bill is obviously pretty much at the limit. With Ramsey going out, Suarez can come in and play in a similar sort of position but the place they really needed strengthening was in defence,” Smith told Sky Sports.

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It is believed that Suarez was an Unai Emery signing, and not one favoured by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, leading many to speculate if this is possibly the reason behind the German’s resignation.

Smith believes this is all part of a struggle for power within the club, one that could affect how Arsenal conduct their business in future.

“There seems to be a bit of a power grab behind the scenes, with Sven Mislintat moving out of the club – and he brought in some good players in Guendouzi and Torreira. Until that settles down you’re not going to get a policy where everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet.” He continued.

Emery, for his part, as described his working relationship with Misintat as “normal”, despite the changes going on in the background.

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