Thursday, January 28, 2021

No incomings yet but Arsenal confirm a major departure!!

Arsenal have confirmed that they will be parting ways with their head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat with the Swede linked with a move back to Germany

The Gunners secured an encouraging victory against London rivals Chelsea. Emery’s men ran out 2-0 winners who struggled to create anything of note. First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscienly sealed the game in the home side’s favour.

The win masked the on-going troubles in and around the Emirates. While the win did ensure that Arsenal were now within 3 points of the 4th and final Champions League spot, it also highlighted the fact that Emery is yet to figure out his best XI. Halfway into the season, that does not paint a pretty picture. Moreover, off-field issues, from the Emery-Ozil saga to Per Mertesacker’s no show for a youth game and Sven Mislintat’s probable departure did grab the headlines.

While the later of the three was expected to happen sooner than later, Arsenal have now confirmed it via a short statement. The statement read:

“Sven Mislintat, our Head of Recruitment, will be leaving us on February 8, 2019.”

“Sven has been with us since December 1, 2017 and has done a truly outstanding job in helping us recruit players who are making a big impact now and will do so even more in the future.”

“We wish him every success for the future and thank him for his extremely hard work on behalf of Arsenal.”

Mislintat also expressed his gratitude towards the club. He said:

“It’s been an amazing experience to work at a great club like Arsenal in what has been a big time of change. I am excited about what the future holds for the club and am looking forward to new challenges for myself.”

The Swede had been reportedly unsettled by the lack of say he had in transfers. Hired as the head of recruitment, he had been marginalised to almost nothing more than a chief scout. Moreover, Unai Emery’s proactive role in transfers was something that Mislintat did not expect.

Credited with unearthing gems like Shinji Kagawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Christian Pulisic at a shoestring budget, he was against the protracted moves for Dennis Suarez and Ever Banega, something that created further friction between him and the Arsenal higher-ups.

Author’s Take

The Gunners were expecting a long and fruitful partnership with Mislintat but it was not to be. The former Borussia Dortmund man is now expected to head back to Bundesliga and employ his excessive knowledge of the German market to help another big club.


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