Four reasons cited as key man set to quit Arsenal after 13 months

Date published: Wednesday 16th January 2019 9:31 - Oli Fisher

Sven Mislintat is reportedly set to leave his role at Arsenal due to a number of key issues, reports claim.

The Gunners are yet to comment on the speculation that the former Dortmund man has decided to leave the Emirates Stadium, but Sky Sports News claim that Mislintat claims that his future lies away from Arsenal.

Mislintat joined in November 2017 after spending 10 years as a scout at Dortmund, where he earned the nickname ‘Diamond Eye’.

He has been given credit for bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who also joined Arsenal), Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele to the Bundesliga side and also had an input on the acquisitions of Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Ivan Gazidis left for AC Milan late last year and the Metro claims that his departure has “created complications in the background” at Arsenal.

Raul Sanllehi, who formerly held the position of Head of Football Relations, was appointed as Head of Football. As a result, Mislintat had to report to Sanllehi, and there is “a fundamental disagreement between the two as to how the club should be run”.

According the ESPN, Mislintat relies on links with agents and players that he is familiar with, but Sanllehi wanted to deploy a ‘Moneyball’ approach which is based on being cost effective and using statistics.

In addition, the ex-BVB man apparently has concerns over the club’s finances amid reports that they can only sign players on loan in January.

Furthermore, Mislintat reportedly wanted assurances about his future after his first year at the club, but he did not receive any.


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