Arsenal’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has issued a warning against hyping him up beyond realistic expectations.
Mislintat – the man credited with bringing Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic to Borussia Dortmund – was lured from the Bundesliga giants last month.
He will now head Arsenal’s transfer business going forward, alongside manager Arsene Wenger, in what is seen as a very shrewd appointment by the Gunners.
However, Mislintat admits he is already feeling the pressure to deliver similar successes in north London.
“Going by the press in England and Germany, they expect me to sign a Dembele in each transfer window,” Mislintat told Kicker.
“I’m being put on an incredibly high pedestal.”
Mislintat left Dortmund after his position came under scrutiny following a number of arguments with former manager Thomas Tuchel.
“There were many things in that time that I would have preferred to do without, and the same goes for Thomas Tuchel too, probably. In the end it damaged us all,” he said.
“I only said that this time inspired me to do something different. There was not just one reason.
“I’m not mad at anyone, on the contrary, I find it extremely brave what Watzke said at the membership and shareholder meeting. To take responsibility in a difficult phase for the club has my greatest respect.”
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