Sven Mislintat was brought to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund about fourteen months ago to be head of recruitment for a whopping €2 million transfer fee. Arsenal’s coach, Arsene Wenger, and CEO Ivan Gazidis brought him to the Premier League side, hoping that he could match the success he had at Borussia Dortmund. Now it seems like his time at the Gunners is coming to an end after a relatively-short time.
ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein gave additional information about the reasons behind Mislintat’s fall from grace. First and foremost, a lot has changed at Arsenal since Mislintat came on. Wenger has since retired, and Gazidis left for a similar position AC Milan. Whereas previously it seemed like the “head of recruitment was a higher-ranking position in the club, now both a technical director and a head of football have been appointed, effectively demoting Mislintat each time. This seems to be a big reason for his departure.
Now the question looms: will Bayern Munich make an offer for the expert scout? The Independent claimed earlier that Bayern is definitely interested, but this report has now been disputed by Kicker, who allege that Bayern have not, in fact, put out feelers for Mislintat yet. ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein, meanwhile, ruled out Bayern’s potential interest in Mislintat as a factor behind his woes at Arsenal, but he considers a move to Bayern unlikely — without elaborating.
Don’t think so— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 15, 2019
During his time at BVB, Mislintat was lauded for finding young talent that fit into the club. Some examples include Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa, and Ousmane Dembele. If Misinlat could match that performance in Munich, every Bayern fan would be happy to have him scouting for the Rekordmeister. While Hasan Salihamidzic appears to be deeply involved in Bayern’s scouting process, the club has not had a technical director since Michael Reschke departed for VfB Stuttgart.