Arsenal have confirmed that Sven Mislintat will start as the club’s new head of recruitment with responsibilities across the first team and academy in December.
The new arrival from Borussia Dortmund means Steve Rowley will step down from his current position. The Gunners have confirmed that Rowley will continue to work on an ad hoc basis for the foreseeable future.
Speaking about the new appointment, Arsene Wenger said: “We are delighted that Sven is joining us. Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years. We look forward to him taking our existing recruitment approach forwards.”
Mislintat arrives at London Colney with a big reputation having helped Dortmund recruit some of the continent’s most high-profile players, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.
The boss also had warm words for Rowley who has worked for the Gunners for over 25 years.
“We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club,” noted the boss.
“He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future.”