Arsenal leader Ivan Gazidis has decided to leave the EPL club and sign up for Serie A team AC Milan.
Of October the 53-year-old will depart the Gunners by the finish, on December 1 and take up his fresh role in Italy.
Gazidis will end up being replaced by mind of soccer relations Raul Sanllehi and chief business officer Vinai Venkatesham, who become head of football and respectively managing director.
In a note to Arsenal supporters, Gazidis said: “Going back 10 years I have already been privileged to dedicate myself to the great club.”
“Arsenal is entering a new chapter and I have done everything I can to ensure that it is strongly placed to take on that challenge. We have rebuilt the off-field capability of the club, which is necessary for prolonged success in modern football
“I know many will think this is a strange time to be leaving but I believe it is the right time for me and for the club. Change and succession is not only inevitable for a club like Arsenal, it is necessary if it is continually to keep moving forward.
“Although it is very hard to do – the hardest decision of my life – I believe that, after 10 years, it is the right time for me to step aside to allow new leadership, energy and ideas to take the club forward into this exciting new era.”
Sanllehi, who joined Arsenal in February, was previously director of football at Barcelona, while Venkatesham worked on the London 2012 Olympics.
Josh Kroenke, deputy chairman and son of owner Stan, said: ” It has been a pleasure working with Ivan. We will miss the wisdom, insight, and energy he brought to our club daily over the past ten years.