Unai Emery says he’s had a good relationship with Sven Mislintat, as the current Head of Recruitment gets set to leave the club tomorrow, but says he’s not exactly sure of the reasons for his departure.
As links to former Sevilla Director of Football, Monchi, grow – as revealed by David Ornstein on the Arsecast this week – it seems unlikely that the head coach isn’t fully aware of the circumstances, but in typical Arsenal fashion is playing his cards close to his chest.
Speaking to the press about Mislintat today, the Spaniard said, “I have been working with him for eight months and my relationship with him is good.
Also, when I arrived here, there were young players coming here, and they decided to because his responsibility is with some players.
“I think he has a very good scouting responsibility for his past and his present. I worked well with him but after, it is one decision between the club and him.
“I don’t know exactly all but I respect him and the club. I worked well with him and I wish good luck for him in his future.”
The situation has certainly had an effect on the January transfer window, and given the German’s operational methods which see him put months and months of work into potential signings, it will likely have some kind of a knock-on effect for the summer too.
The sooner Arsenal can replace him the better, with appointments expected to be made for the positions of Technical Director (Monchi, Overmars), and Head of Scouting (Francis Cagigao), but the bottom line is we’re losing a man very highly regarded across European football and someone who brought us the future of our midfield this summer for a little over £30m.
When you consider United spent almost twice that on Fredba-Fredba it shows his eye for young talent, so let’s hope the next man can replicate some of that.
There are rumours that Mislintat is being lined up by another Premier League team to head up their recruitment department.
Arsenal signings during Sven Mislintat’s tenure as Head of Recruitment
Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina) – £2m
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – £55m
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) – Sanchez swap
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) – free
Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkeusen) – £22.5m
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund) – £16m
Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria) – £26.5m
Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient) – £7m
*we’re not including Denis Suarez because it’s only a loan deal and not one which Sven was involved in anyway.