Arsenal officially announced today that Sven Mislintat will be leaving the club on February 8, 2019. He only worked for the Premier League side for a little more that a year.
Now, the question is, where will the German scout end up next?
Initial reports by The Independant claimed that Bayern Munich was interested in bringing Mislintat to the club. Bayern had in fact inquired about Mislintat before his departure from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, much to the irritation of Michael Zorc at the time. They sold Mislintat to Arsenal not long afterward for a €2 million fee, a hefty sum for a scout.
Not long after the report of Bayern’s renewed interest in Mislintat, Kicker and ESPN’s Rafael Honigstein refuted the rumor, stating that FC Bayern had not reached out to Arsenal or shown any interest otherwise.
Bild is now also reporting that the Bavarians are definitely not interested in Mislintat’s services. According to Christian Falk, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is confident in Bayern’s current head scout, 32-year-old Marco Neppe, and is pleased with the current direction of the scouting department.
Mislintat had an impressive resume of success after bringing in big names during his time at Borussia Dortmund. Even in his short tenure at Arsenal, he was able to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno from the Bundesliga, but now he appears to have fallen afoul of the front office. His departure from Dortmund was similarly preceded by conflict with then manager Thomas Tuchel.