Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken personal responsibility for Sven Mislintat’s decision to leave Germany and become head of recruitment at Arsenal.

Watzke claims he is to blame for Mislintat’s move to north London after the Bundesliga side’s chief scout revealed that former manager, Thomas Tuchel, treated him poorly last season.

“It personally hurt seeing this,” said Watzke. “Mislintat was treated like that for a year and a half.

“It was my personal mistake.”

Tuchel, who’s been linked with the Arsenal job once Arsene Wenger leaves, allegedly banned Mislintat from the training ground, which suggests that the ex-defender probably won’t be the boss’ successor after all now that Mislintat has come on board.

Sven Mislintat
Sven Mislintat, formerly of Borussia Dortmund.

Mislintat has been credited with unearthing such gems as Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa during his time at Dortmund. He was even nicknamed the ‘Diamond Eye’ because of his unique ability to spot talent.

Over the summer, the Gunners were said to be changing up the personnel behind the scenes and it now appears they’re finally getting to the nitty-gritty ahead of the January transfer window.

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