Sven Mislintat will leave Arsenal when the January transfer window closes according to the Guardian’s David Hytner.
Although we’ve had no official confirmation, and Sven has said nothing, it is widely accepted now that Sven Mislintat will leave the club after seeing his influence wane following the departure of Ivan Gazidis.
While there has been plenty of speculation around the situation, no timeframe had been put on any potential departure – until now.
Writing in an excellent piece about the state of Arsenal, Hytner says, “The sense of unease has been swelled by the looming loss of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus as a free agent at the end of the season for reasons that are impossible to disconnect from finance. Then, there is Sven Mislintat, the head of recruitment, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund in November 2017. He has grown so frustrated that he has decided to quit; he is expected to leave after the closure of the January window.”
Speaking this week, David Ornstein confirmed that Arsenal’s interest in Denis Suarez is being driven by Raul Sanllehi and Unai Emery.
Ornstein wrote for the BBC that Arsenal are refusing to comment on the possibility of an exit for Sven Mislintat. However, part of the reason the German is considering leaving is that there’s a disparity between the targets he’s pushing for and the ones Raul Sanllehi and Unai Emery want to join the club.
Reportedly, Sanllehi and Emery are very keen on bringing in Suarez, whilst Mislintat wants them to look elsewhere.
It does seem there’s finally starting to be some progress in the Suarez deal though. The Mirror report that Arsenal have held further ‘positive’ talks with Barcelona, and the midfielder is ‘edging closer’ to a move.
The 25-year-old, who can also play out wide, is Emery’s ‘first choice target’.
Sven Mislintat, no doubt, will be that for plenty of other clubs.