Sven Mislintat admits the British press have put him on a bit of a pedestal following his Arsenal appointment in November as they’re expecting him to make top signings every window.
Mislintat was named Arsenal’s new chief scout last month and has already been tipped by the British press to shake things up in north London. However, the former Borussia Dortmund man admits that it’s unlikely he’ll be helping the Gunners sign the likes of Ousmane Dembélé every window.
“Going by the press in England and Germany, they expect me to sign a Dembélé in each transfer window,” Mislintat told Kicker. “I’m being put on an incredibly high pedestal.”
The 45-year-old has been credited with finding the likes of not just Dembélé but Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa for Dortmund and has even earned the nickname ‘Diamond Eyes’ over in Germany. Therefore, the buzz surrounding his appointment is justified. However, as he suggests, he’s not a miracle-worker.
Mislintat was at Dortmund for a decade before he decided to leave. The Bundesliga side’s former coach, Thomas Tuchel, allegedly treated him ‘like a leper’ and although Tuchel has now been sacked, Mislintat still chose to start anew.
Arsenal have also appointed former Barcelona director of football, Raul Sanllehi, as Dick Law’s replacement.
Sanllehi, who starts in February, is the man who oversaw the signings of Luis Suarez and Neymar.
It looks like the Gunners are building quite the team behind the scenes going into 2018 so you can understand why fans – and the British press – are excited.