• Venkatesham has worked with Premier League club since 2010
  • ‘A tough decision, but it is time to pursue another challenge’

The Arsenal chief executive officer, Vinai Venkatesham, has announced he will leave the club next summer after almost four years in the role.

Venkatesham will end a lengthy association with the club, whose commercial department he joined in 2010. His departure for an unspecified new challenge will come as a surprise given Arsenal’s fortunes have turned around under a leadership team headed up by Venkatesham, the sporting director, Edu, and the manager, Mikel Arteta.

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