Report: Mislintat to join Stuttgart

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Sven Mislintat is set to return to the Bundesliga with reports in Germany claiming he’s been offered the Sporting Director role at Stuttgart.

Kicker claims the 46-year-old will be charged with revamping the squad at the Mercedes Benz Arena this summer, thinning out the current player roster and bringing in new recruits.

Stuttgart are currently in the Bundesliga relegation zone, so if there isn’t a turnaround in the coming months he could be doing this for a second tier team.

Mislintat left his role at Arsenal on 8 February after 14 months as the club’s Head of Recruitment. It’s said he made his decision to leave after being overlooked for the Technical Director position; a role Raul Sanllehi is yet to fill having failed with an attempt to sign Monchi.

During his time at the Emirates, we signed three players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sokratis, with connections to his former club Borussia Dortmund, goalkeeper Bernd Leno and the lesser-known Dinos Mavropanos, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.

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Flern
Flern

Not Bayern then?

kaius
kaius

Bayern’s current Sporting Director is Hasan Salihamidzic, a former player who won the Champions League with them. Clubs tend to favour former players for the Technical/Sporting Director/DoF position because they need to understand the club inside out and be ready to work within those limitations.

After the way Mislintat left both Dortmund and Arsenal, it’s very unlikely a big club were gonna him such a major role. Really wish Sven had just stayed in his role as Head of Recruitment and just patiently kept working despite the problems he faced.

That’s basically what Wenger did, and that’s how he became a club legend.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

He leaves Arsenal for that? Fucking hell!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Possibly, but the amateurish way we handled the whole thing hasn’t exactly covered Arsenal in glory, has it? To allow someone to leave (presumably he was on a contract) without having a replacement lined up is plain silly. The fact that we have since been turned down by Monchi and, according to reports, Overmars as well makes it look worse. Perhaps your question should be: Why didn’t our top two choices want to join us?

kaius
kaius

Maybe it’s because Overmars is Technical Director at the biggest club in the Netherlands, where he played for 5 seasons, and quite likes it there? After years of development work his team are going toe to toe with Europe’s finest again. Why jump ship now?

When Monchi left Roma, the club’s owner did an interview they posted on the Roma’s *official website* calling him out for not doing his job properly. Maybe after that experience he felt going back to a club you know inside out was the best move for him (he came through Sevilla’s youth system)?

But yeah every single news story has to somehow make Arsenal look bad or some of you won’t be happy. It’s not always about Arsenal.

Goonereality
Goonereality

I assume that you’re right but if you are, why didn’t Arsenal know that? With regard to Monchi, it appears we actually offered him a £2.5 million a year contract. It’s not a question of news stories that “…somehow make Arsenal look bad…”, it DID make Arsenal look bad and whoever eventually gets the job will be (at least) THIRD choice. How’s that going to make them feel?

PFo
PFo

Also, more to the point: why didn’t we just offer Mislintat the sporting director job?? The need to appoint Monchi or anyone else would have been avoided if we had just done that. Is Monchi actually a *better* SD than Sven???? Debatable at best. And yes, he worked with Emery in the past, but why should Emery get to dictate his preferred director (isn’t avoiding that sort of thing why we de-centralized power to begin with)? Why is knowing someone from the past–or being the same nationality–considered so essential in these situations? It’s also not as if Sven was some kind of prima donna who was hard to work with: Amy Lawrence went so far as to describe him as down to earth!

The whole thing stinks of a power struggle between Sven and Raul: RS didn’t want to give Sven the technical director job because he wants more personal influence over the person in that role and/or wanted to give Emery more direct control. Obviously this is conjecture, but given everything we know, it seems a reasonable inference. My worry is we’ve gotten stuck with the wrong one. The future direction of the club is Raul’s to steer now, for better or worse. Not convinced it’s going to turn out great, whether or not we make the CL for next season.

Mpls
Mpls

Second what Kaius wrote, and on top of that it is quite likely as simple as personalities that just aren’t going to fit together.

Given the acrimonious departures from both Dortmund and us, it’s just as likely Mislintat is the source of the amateurism.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Don’t see that. If Mislintat had a tantrum because he didn’t get the job he wanted at Arsenal, the question still remains: why did we let him go before getting a replacement lined up? Also, if what Kaius says is correct about Monchi/Overmars, how come he knew that would be a barrier in each case, but Arsenal didn’t? Why waste our time. You can’t have it both ways.

PFo
PFo

He’s not on terrible terms with the Dortmund guys. They were upset/annoyed precisely because they wanted him to stay. He had had a falling out with Tuchel, but by the time Sven left BD the club hierarchy had actually backed him over Tuchel firing the manager and giving Sven a promotion.
Plus, as I say above: Amy Lawrence is one of the best journalists covering Arsenal, and she spoke in very complimentary terms of Sven when he left, not just about his job but as a person.

The question remains: WHY DIDN’T WE JUST GIVE HIM THE DAMN JOB?!

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Doesn’t negate the fact that he came to us from a top German club and then left to join a club about to be relegated from the Bundesliga. That gig is way below the level of his two previous ones.

Richie

Bring back Mislintat and Wenger and Keown, get rid of Raul and Vikram and Bould.

Vikram
Vikram

Vinai, not Vikram!

SB Still
SB Still

Poor you, someone calling for your head already. Maybe Richie wants you out of this blog for previous sin 😉

High gooner
High gooner

*Hello, this is Vikram!*

Ashburton
Ashburton

Who is Vikram? Also, why Wenger again?

Richie

Because Wenger loves the club and has our best interests at heart, whilst Raul and Vikram do not, and I don’t trust them, and Mislintat because he had signed quality players for us, and again, I’m not convinced Raul/Vikram are gonna be a success in the transfer market in the same way Mislintat’s had been. Wenger/Mislintat would be a better director of football partnership than Raul/Vikram. And Martin Keown because he’s Martin Keown.

kaius
kaius

For some reason people like the idea of Mislintat, a man who wants to be a Director of Football, working with Wenger, a man who hated the very concept of a Director of Football.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

I think this shows he was more about being part of a big overhaul project, what he understandably assumed he was going to be involved in here at Arsenal, rather than what some believe was simply a case of egomania/entitlement.
Honestly, if we haven’t actually got anyone else truly lined up, we shouldn’t overlook trying to tempt him back before Stuttgart finalise a deal. Of all his acquisitions it’s only really Lichtsteiner who was a questionable overspend, but whilst he’s limited a lot of us were happy at the time as he was bringing a lot of experience to a fragile back line – seemed like a good idea given Bellerin’s constant evolution. Admittedly it hasn’t worked as hoped but in Guendouzi, Torreira and potentially Dino we have a bright future, Sokratis and Aubameyang really helped steady our results and have been so vital, and despite a slow start Mkhi is putting in some important performances, whilst Leno is really starting to look like a keeper our rivals would glhave spent £50m on. It’s the best/most consistent track record of recruitment on a budget we’ve had in years.

If a better option is out there, and we can acquire them, awesome. If not, maybe we should see if Sven can be tempted back?

Awesomesauce25
Awesomesauce25

Licht was free. Doubt he’s on big wages. Hard to classify him as an overspend.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

I know he was free, but £90k a week adds up.

SB Still
SB Still

This opens up old wounds – deep ones!

It was Wenger with too much responsibilities earlier, now it seems to be Emery, albeit supported by Sanllehi. Somehow it doesn’t feel like a budding Wenger – Dein duo. The public courting and failure to get Monchi erodes confidence mainly in Sanllehi.

Mpls
Mpls

It was never going to feel like Wenger- Dein. We need to get past that. For starters there was already a lot of underlying structure and strong points within the squad. Like, for instance, an actual solid defense and strong squad leadership with personality.

Emery and Sanllehi are not so lucky there.

We had a few great spots of talent, but nobody can say there was that strength of cohesion and on pitch leadership.

Koscielny leads by example, not so much vocal personality. Papa brings some welcome gravitas. In the future I see Xhaka and Leno taking up that mantle, and we’ll have to see what the next window or two holds for central defenders and a replacement for Ramsey.

PFo
PFo

Plus the (seemingly reliable) info that part of the disagreement was that Sven wanted to use his analytical methods for recruitment whereas Raul wants to rely more on his little black book of personal European contacts: a recipe for disaster!

Goonereality
Goonereality

At least Stuttgart have got someone. The relevant question for us is why our top two choices, Monchi and Overmars, have turned the club down and put us on course for a third (or, possibly, fourth?) choice replacement for Mislintat? Doesn’t look good really.

Jim
Jim

Arguably the best 8 consecutive signings the club’s ever made

Nketibag
Nketibag

Here here.. Sven’s record is astonishing considering the time he was with us.

GoonerBill
GoonerBill

fucking bum

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Say what you like about the man, but his record here (and even including his immense Dortmund record) speak for himself. Only one dude in 7 in 18 months is immense.

He’s clearly a project guy, as he could never work at Bayern, who can buy superstars. He’s called diamond eyes for a reason.

Just bring him back, Raul. You F’ed up. At the very least, Sven is better than having no one at all, which is where we currently stand.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

Well that’s a bit of a step down isn’t it?
At least as he’s not joining a massive club we might be in with some chance of nicking the players he finds for them.