We’re working normally with Sven Mislintat, says Emery

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Sven Mislintat Arsenal

Unai Emery says that despite rumours about Sven Mislintat’s uncertain future at the club, the pair are working together normally during this transfer window.

The German is widely believed to be leaving the club after just 14 months due to differences between himself and Raul Sanllehi in particular, regarding transfer policy and the former Borussia Dortmund man’s influence over the recruitment strategy in general.

However, until he departs he’s continuing to work with the head coach at a time the Spaniard describes as difficult when it comes to signing new players, with Emery unsure what the future holds.

“I was working with him the last two weeks,” he said at his pre-Chelsea press conference today.

“In the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together and we are working normally. I don’t know another different issue to him.

“When I spoke with him it was all normal. My relationship with him for transfers in the last two or three weeks, we are speaking about that.”

A simple “I don’t know”, when asked if he knew if Mislintat was leaving was as much insight as we got into that, but as links to Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars grow, it seems that a parting of the ways is almost inevitable.

Bayern Munich are reportedly keen to bring him back to Germany, in what must surely be a very tempting move.

Emery also touched on the Mesut Ozil situation after reports that he’d told the German it would be best if he left the club.

Read what he had say about that here.

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Gana
Gana

Unai and Sven in the past 2 weeks:

Unai: Please tell me you’ve got Banega ‘s contract ready to be signed.
Sven: No, we shouldn’t invest in 30 year old players.
Unai: Please tell me Denis Suarez deal is done.
Sven: No, he’s not the kind of talent we need, and he has not shown enough promise.
Unai: Please leave my club and take Ozil with you. And this is normal.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

you are like Sauron aren’t you? How could you possibly know everything that is happening behind the scenes? From the British media? Please they’d eat their won shit just to get some clicks. Until players leave or get in, try not to get drawn to the media bullshit linking us all over the world and leeching on our bleeding heart.

Archer
Archer

Maybe Banega and Suarez are the signings we need until Willock and Nelson takeover 😉

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

That’s stupid.

santori
santori

…you forgot to add Sven “Player must be from Dortmund”

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You mean like how Torreira, Guendouzi, Lichtsteiner, Mavropanos and Leno were?

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Does Sven look a little bit like David Mitchell? Is it just me?

Ajbhai
Ajbhai

It’s just you

karl
karl

More like a budget Boris Becker when he has blond hair.

Mpls
Mpls

I was thinking a well fed Thom Yorke myself.

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

WE LOVE YOU SVEN

santori
santori

huh?

He’s the one who negotiated the Ozil extension and loaded up our wage bill with older players.

Are you a groupie or something lacking in critical thinking?

martin
martin

I didn’t think that Aubameyang, Guendouzi, Torreira, Leno, Mavropanos and Mkhitaryan are exactly older players. Also he had nothing to do with the Ozil contract

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

So the man not responsible for player contracts is the one that negotiated Ozil’s contract extension?

What new lies have you got for us today, Santori? Maybe Elneny is a grave robber? Emery is part of the secret lizard people?

I’m interested in your fables. Just keep it within a paragraph please.

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

For the last time, man.. Sven had nothing to do with the Ozil extension! He had only joined the club in December, he propably didn’t have a say at all on that matter. And before you get started, neither did Raul.
Most likely it was between Wenger, Ivan and Huss Fahmy.

And stop being so damn condescending towards your fellow Gooners!

The Far Post
The Far Post

He’s still with us, until he’s gone. That’s how it works.

Leon
Leon

I have got to say I don’t give a toss if he leaves.
Very underwhelming to say the least….

Nketibag
Nketibag

You sir, are either trolling or an complete, utter, clueless moron.

Signings since ’14 before Sven arrived: Ospina, Debuchy, Gabriel, Welbeck, Chambers, Sanchez, Elneny, Cech, Xhaka, Mustafi, Perez

Sigings since Sven has arrived: Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Mavropanos, Torreira, Leno, Sokratis, Guendouzi

I take it you prefer 6th place and away games in Belarus. As that’s the level we were shopping before he arrived.

kaius
kaius

Are you alright mate?

He said “underwhelming” and you’re acting like he insulted a female member of your family.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Lacazette is in the wrong list, to be fair.

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

How the hell can you not give a toss?

santori
santori

I don’t give a toss either. How’s that?

He isn’t the mythical genius some prefer to purport him to be.

There are other teams that have done very well in transfer market like Monaco and Athletico not to mention Ajax.

kaius
kaius

Maybe because we don’t know enough about why he might be leaving, and he hasn’t been here long enough for most of us to judge him or his work?

Most Gooners are passionate about the game and we want to have an opinion on every single thing going at the club, but it’s also true that Arsenal are too big a club for us to over-react to the possible departure of a talent scout. Even one as good as Sven.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

No toss given here until facts are forthcoming.

kaius
kaius

Simple as that.

For all we know we’re actually pushing the boat out to keep Mislintat (he’s been promoted twice already hasn’t he?) but Bayern are just offering more money and prestige.

Or maybe for family reasons he can’t adapt to living in London. There’s still too much we don’t know.

myrtle
myrtle

What part of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi is underwhelming then? I’m finding it hard to name two more promising young 1st team signings we’ve made even in the last decade.
If that’s not good enough for a man who’s only been in the job a year I don’t know what is. You only need to read the above comment to see how our recruitment has gone up a level since his arrival.

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

Are you talking about the same Matteo Guendouzi who a few days ago said Unai Emery had convinced him to join Arsenal?

HopefulGooner
HopefulGooner

Why are people confused about the responsibility of scouting team?

kaius
kaius

And from about halfway through last season, Torreira was already being called the best DM in Serie A. He wasn’t some “unknown” spotted exclusively by Mislintat.

myrtle
myrtle

His track record at Dortmund speaks for itself. I don’t see our scouting and transfer strategy improving once he goes, in fact I expect it will get far worse. Can you disagree with that?
Player recruitment is arguably the most important part of a modern club, especially with an owner who won’t invest and in a league where everyone can afford 40m players. The early signs were promising. That’s all.

kaius
kaius

After Leicester won the title, we poached one of their prized scouts Ben Wrigglesworth, the guy who “spotted” players like Mahrez. That guy’s already left the club!

And no-one gave a toss.

If Sven goes, a replacement comes in, and the club will move on.

martin
martin

Yes but it was Sven who spotted him

martin
martin

I suppose missing out on Torreira and Guendouzi would have been ok

martin
martin

Sorry forgot Aubameyang

santori
santori

The Transfer team has had a mixed batch since trying to replicate Wenger’s acumen in market.

Remember, Wenger bought Santi Carzola for how much? And Koscielny. BOTH were coups for us. Even arguably Ozil ar 42.3m was a steal from Madrid.

Ramsey whom some people like to go hysterical about with the notion that he will walk for free in the summer we paid ONLY 4.75m for from Cardiff. that cost has more than been recuperated.

Mslintat and Sanheli have in recent year loaded onto the wage bill tremendously.

Not only have they been adding too many 30yr old ex Dortmund players with big wage bills (not to mention a wasteful 90k per week for Lichsteiner) but they also panicked last january with Ozil which is why we have an issue with him at 350K a week and less elasticity with our wage bill.

Nor did they renegotiate Ramsey last January or got us a winger (a wantaway Mahrez ready to move in preference to London). Instead we left ourselves open to exploitation by United and Raiolla and loaded on a player we did not really need in Mhkitaryan for 120K per week.

Nor has the Cback issue been annywhere near resolved.

There is also the issue of inexplicable loan outs like Nelson, good maybe for his development but less so for the team in desperate need of a Right sided wide player to balance out iwobi on the left.

For that matter Chambers off to Fulham’s bench seems a waste particularly with how well he looked pre-season and the fact that he could have easily replicated what Lichsteiner gave us at left side of back 3 or more.

Emery has been politically acute in not rocking the boat when he first came in but he now has to stamp his authority over the Transfer team. They have not taken the greater strategic outlook of the team or tactical needs into prime consideration.

If Mslintat can’t find the solutions to muster, he should leave. Most likely this will be in the summer by mutual consent.

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

The Transfer Team has also had much less time compared to Wenger to unearth gems like Cazorla and Kos – yet they’ve still managed to pick up Torreira and Guendouzi at bargain prices. So if we give them time, they’ll surely do more of that sort of business.
And you keep blaming Raul and Sven for negotiating big contracts to players you for some reason don’t rate (reducing Auba and Sokratis to 30 year old ex-Dortmund players is simply disrespectful – they’re two of the best players in the squad). Have you completely forgotten about Huss Fahmy?? You know, our chief contract negotiator. But of course, that doesn’t suit your endlessly repeated agenda of blaming Sven and Raul.

And would you stop mentioning Mahrez?! For all we know, the player was never interested in joining us, yet you make it sound like we turned him away at the door.

santori
santori

At the moment the situation is that we need to find wage elasticity to accommodate Suarez and or Carrasco.

The latter may be difficult bc he is on high wages in China. The former’s club also wants money up front which complicates things further.

BOTH these players are the sort of technical/dribbling types that Emery needs. We lack players who can take on opponents one on one, engage and pull them out of position with Iwobi (on 30K a week) the only one able to do so.

Which is why Emery is contemplating the sale of Ozil. At 350K a week, he will be able to free up the money to bring two in.

BUT this will be difficult in January given limited number of players in market that will fork out that sort of salary.

Thereby the alternative would be most likely Ramsey and Elneny. The former frees up 110K per week the later 55K, enough to possibly bring one player in at least.

For various other reasons, I feel we should try to retain Ramsey but he is of course in last half year on contract so most likely to be tempted by Juve.

Mhkitaryan is the other player in the squad with similar capabilities to Ramsey and Ozil. He is on 120K so it would make sense to contemplate his potential in market as well (particularly to say Inter), should we be able to convince Ramsey to renew.

But that will depend if the player is willing to move (Since he still has some years to run) and if the interested club will be willing to pay a decent fare for his services as well (doesn’t have to of course be as ‘high’ as Ramsey since we got him on a swap deal)

Its always tricky in January, always has been.

Mslintat has work to do. And it is absolutely the right thing for Emery to be pushing at this point.

Come the summer should we have not gotten the resources to push and win that Top four trophy Wenger was so derided for, we will find it much harder to load on requisite players of same calibre without paying a premium.

Players like Carrasco and Dennis with reason to move now may no longer be available to us or snapped up.

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

Why is it important to mention how much Iwobi earns? It just seems completely random in that sentence.

Vonnie
Vonnie

If Sven does leave us he’ll have the details of all our best youngsters in his little diamond eye black book. I’d rather he stayed, I’m not convinced by Raul.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

How is he gonna work with us if he’s planning to leave? Like, he’s not going to sign future WC players for us knowing he’s leaving. He’ll wait till he goes.

That’s what he did was Mavropanos.

SB Still
SB Still

Just like we bought Dortmund players, he’ll probably buy the best youngsters from for Bayern!

BuckNasty
BuckNasty

What on earth is going on with our fans? All of a sudden Sven is the persecuted Messiah and our club will collapse without him and Ozil is our best player and is being maltreated by Emery who is not good enough for our club???

C’mon friends! Let’s get some perspective on all these things. Yes, there’s turmoil but that was inevitable given all the quick changes we’ve put in place and the compromises made to slowly squeeze Wenger out. A couple of years of rebuilding on and off the pitch will be needed but let’s support our people as much as we can and not spiral into the wenger-in/out toxicity we witnessed here and on the internet for a good number of years.

My two cents. Thanks.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

“All of a sudden Sven is the persecuted Messiah and our club will collapse without him and Ozil is our best player and is being maltreated by Emery who is not good enough for our club???”

No, Sven is not the Messiah, he’s just a highly-regarded talent spotter with an excellent track record.

Yes, Ozil is our best player and is being poorly handled by Emery.

ÖzilUnai
ÖzilUnai

You obviously didn’t get his point.

kaius
kaius

Flew right over his head. To echo BuckNasty’s advice, ‘let’s get some perspective on all this stuff’.

Whether you back Emery or Ōzil, we don’t always have to demonise one party and make them the enemy.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

I got his point.

I just thought it was odd to call for balance and perspective, whilst caricaturing other people’s views

Tinygiant
Tinygiant

Özil hasn’t played well since the international drama with Erdogan and Germany not qualifying. I think it’s a mental thing with him. Depression, anxiety, stress like issues which are messing with his head and ability to play football.

He went from being the most admired german player for years to being a scapegoat. All at the same time as his performaces on the pitch were spiraling downwards. Sad really. But also sad that he’s causing Arsenal more peoblems than solutions.

Jelvis
Jelvis

Now, you listen here! He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Sack anyone who wants to leave or cause a friction. Sack every bastard!! We need to go back to the basics and start winning games. Do this will he stay, will he go BS. Fking sack Emery too. I am pissed!

Drew Dewsall

This whole, “I’m not convinced by *insert Arsenal backroom staff member name here* is hilarious to me. Let’s be honest none of you know what they do at the club other than their job titles. None of us really know how hard they are working, what deals are in the pipeline, what their working relationships are like or whether they are doing good or bad things behind the scenes. I suggest we all just wait and see.