Marc Overmars and Monchi are among the names connected with the replacement of the former head of Borussia Dortmund
Of Lyall Thomas
Last updated: 2/8/19 6:12
Sven Mislintat will finish the job as head of Arsenal recruitment on Friday after 14 months of work, but what was its impact and what will happen to the club?
Since the German arrived from Borussia Dortmund in November 2017, the Gunners have signed nine players through three transfer windows with a net expenditure of 78.4 million pounds.
In his first window, Mislintat has brought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund, where he signed for the first time the Gabon striker from St Etienne, in addition to another former Dortmund player Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United and little known Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina.
Together with the former CEO now missing Ivan Gazidis and the current sporting director Raul Sanllehi, who joined Barcelona, Mislintat was part of the group of three men who commissioned the Unai coach Emery to succeed Arsene Wenger in May of last year.
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In the second window of Mislintat, the club signed the central midfielders Lucas Torreira is Matteo Guendouzi respectively from Sampdoria and Lorient, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos he was another player brought by Dortmund. Stephan Lichtsteiner he joined Juventus with a free transfer and that of Bayer Leverkusen Bernd Leno arrived as a long-term successor to goalkeeper Petr Cech.
During the most recent January transfer window, Mislintat's departure was announced by the club as the Gunners seemed to miss the goals Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco, but Arsenal signed Barcelona Denis Suarez borrowed.
Who is he?
Sky Sports News I spoke to a number of people who met and worked with Mislintat for some time; he is described as quiet, friendly and highly motivated with fantastic technical scouting skills.
He has been nicknamed "Diamond Eye" since his time in Dortmund, having identified a number of players who have become great stars in the game as Ousmane Dembele, who is now in Barcelona.
Profiling players and choosing the right goals seems to be his specialty rather than negotiating contracts, and he was less interested in working with talent once he passed through the doors of Emirates Stadium, preferring to keep a low profile and continue to work under the radar to find the next gems.
Why is he leaving?
It has been suggested to Sky Sports News that some differences of opinion with the Spanish sports director Sanllehi is just one of the reasons for Mislintat's departure, as well as a level of frustration at the lack of financial power of Arsenal in the market. The Arsenal was connected with some famous players in the January window as Perisic and Carrasco, but they were only able to propose loan contracts.
The kind of person that Arsenal is trying to replace Mislintat also suggests that it was not suitable for the work of the North London club, with a new staff structure including Sanllehi and Hussein Fahmy that were introduced later the departures of Wenger, his chief negotiator Dick Law and head scout Steve Rowley.
What future for Arsenal?
Sky Sports News It has been said that the Gunners are looking for another technical director to fill Mislintat's shoes; someone is not only able to identify the next best talents, but also helps to cultivate them once they arrive at the club with a closer relationship with Unai Emery and the technical staff.
The club would like someone willing to be more available – a "face" for the recruitment side, if you want – who can travel with the team, take part in club meetings and maybe even do the odd interview.
A comparison was made with Eric Abidal, the Barcelona sports director Sky Sports News; a former player who can help bridge the gap between locker room and boardroom.
Significantly, the former star of Arsenal Marc Overmars has done an excellent job in this role at Ajax since 2012. As a technical director, he helped identify, sign and develop players like Davinson Sanchez, Matthijs de Ligt, the son of Patrick Kluivert Justin and Frenkie de Jong, who will sign for Barcelona in the summer.
The famous sports director of Roma Monchi is another name that has been mentioned and someone who has helped to keep Rome among the best clubs in Europe with a limited budget, inserting talented young people and turning them into championship players.