Is this Arsenal’s best signing this year?

There is no doubt that Alexadre Lacazette and Saed Kolasinac were very good buy for Arsenal this summer, but it could well be that the appointment of Sven Mislintat could be even more important for the future of the Gunners. No one is saying that Steve Rowley wasn’t brilliant as our chief scout, but after 25 years under his management perhaps it is about time that Arsenal brought in some new blood to and a new (diamond!) eye to look at our scouting process.

Wenger thanked Crowley for his contribution to the club. Le Prof said, “We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club. 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.”

But now we have Mislintat, who after 10 years with Borussia Dortmund has probably helped the Bundesliga side overperform even more than Arsenal in that period. Dortmund have brought through some amazing talent over the years and players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele, and many others, have all been credited to Mislintat’s eye for talent.

Wenger is also very happy with his new Chief of recruitment, and hhe welcoomed him by saying: “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.”

It is not just a core part, it is an area that Arsenal definitely need to improve on as there have not been that many young players that have actually come through the academy to join the Gunners first team. Hopefully all that will change after Sven has been in charge for a few years….



  1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    He’ll just be twiddling his thumbs because we already have Nelson, Maitland-Niles and Willock in the academy

    1. funkyrith says:

      Nelson is first team quality, or inching to be. Iwobi will need more minutes, but not many eye-catching youngsters there after. We need to scout better, especially in Germany, smaller EU nations and South America

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Hopefully we’ll be looking for players from many country’s around the world instead of France only

    2. jon fox says:

      And exactly how many academy players have truly established themselves as regular starters over many years now? Answer; none as regulars at all. Iwobi and Wilshere I would allow but neither are first picks are they? And the ones you mention are just promising fringe players as yet. I do however welcome the new Mislintat, who has a real pedigreee for finding top talent, unlike Rowley, whom I am glad to see leave us. There are lots of nice people around football clubs, ourselves very much included, who are truly loyal to the club they love but who are ultimately of limited value. In our case, I offer you Rowley, Walcott, Bould and esp Wenger. Bould, though, would certainly be worth keeping if Wenger left. Then and only then, we might actually get some real regular evidence of defensive coaching.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Good post Jon, although Eddie and Nelson I feel have bright futures, also agree about the draconian attitudes towards diving

  2. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Sorry to go off topic but what was the difference between the dive by Oumar Niasse which he’s been charged for by the FA and the one by Watford’s Brazilian forward Richarlison which he never got charged for. The answer is Arsenal was the opposition

    1. jon fox says:

      A draconian attitude towards diving , or as it should be called, WILFUL CHEATING, is long overdue. If the football authorities were ever remotely fit for purpose, something would have been enacted to prevent this weekly scandal, years ago. No other team sport would allow this CHEATING. EITHER SPORT IS HONEST OR IT IS WORTHLESS.

    2. Ackshay says:

      My thoughts exactly, in fact richarlison were far more obvious since they was only him and bellerin.

  3. am with the opinion that Asene wenger needs to beefup the squad now that he had got prolific scout who bring glory by identifying prolific player to put arsenal on the map of England and the world

  4. Tony says:

    send walcot, wilshire back to acadamy they r getting millions for nothing

  5. muffdiver says:

    yes steve rowley was loyal servant but outdated
    this guy is called diamond eye for a reason
    bayern juve many have wanted him, luckily we waited till he fell out with tuchel

    now we just need zorc as director of football from them aswell
    …gotta make things easier for allegri

    wonder if this is another chess move from ivan to quietly take over wengers hold of the club

    1. Ackshay says:

      ivan is a manager, best in negotiation and commercial aspect of the club but unfortunately his position in the club makes him a scapegoat. he shouldn’t deal with football aspects but we can thank our stupid wish-he-dies owner.
      since ivan arrived our commercial revenue has been much better so he is useful as long as he stays away from football matters. with a new head of scouting, a new contract negotiator in Huss Fahmy and new fitness expert in burgess, it seems we are finally seeing progress now a director of football and new gk coach needed.

  6. dave says:

    Mislintat can be a game changer for the club.

  7. gooner4life says:

    I think we need a radical approach to CHEATING my approach would eliminate it very quickly.When dubious decisions are taken which leads to a goal being scored from the resulting penalty or free kick and a player is sent off wrongly and the result goes against the team who have been penalised,when the review panel examine these issues clearly sees that the decision was the wrong one the the goal should be disallowed and the result should be reversed.But there is no one who has what it takes to introduce this ruling.Pity.

  8. Yossarian says:

    Sounds good. Hope he lives up to expectations.

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