The news that Sven Mislintat is destined to leave Arsenal after a disagreement over transfer policy with his new boss Raul Sanllehi is no that much of a surprise after Unai Emery revealed we had no money to buy any new players, and this is how ESPN described the situation…..
Sven Mislintat is set to leave Arsenal after a series of disagreements over the Gunners’ organisational structure and transfer strategy, a source within the club has confirmed.
The 46-year-old head of recruitment had been hired just over a year ago by Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger to replicate the success he has had in spotting undervalued talents such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund.
However, after Gazidis left to take charge at AC Milan in September 2018, former head of football relations Raul Sanllehi was promoted to head of football, with Mislintat reporting directly to him.
According to club sources, Sanllehi, the former director of football at Barcelona, favoured a recruitment policy based on his extensive network of contacts throughout Europe, while Mislintat had been tasked by Gazidis to follow the kind of analytical and stats-based approach that saw 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi join from French second-division club Lorient and 22-year-old Uruguay international Lucas Torreira arrive from Sampdoria.
Now how does that make any sense? You bring in the best talent-spotter in Europe with an eye for a bargain who brings in some fantastic players at good prices, then you decide to ignore his advice to bring in older out-of-contract or out-of-favour players instead. Torreira was a great bargain. Mavropanos and Guendouzi could yet to prove to be even better buys. So let’s get rid of the man that made these deals happen?
What the hell is going on at Arsenal!