Mislintat had been at Dortmund for almost a decade, and during the last seven years have won the Bundesliga twice and come second three times – not bad in a one team League when you are not working for the one team.
Dortmund have also won the German cup twice and been runners’ up three times. and been runners up in the Champions League. During his spell the club recruited Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembélé. Bayern Munich tried to pinch him to do their recruitment two years ago, but Mislintat refused to budge at that time.
Arsène Wenger said, “Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years. We look forward to him taking our existing recruitment approach forwards.”
It is also interesting that Steve Rowley (who has been at Arsenal for 25 years) will continue with Arsenal in a consultancy role to Mr Wenger, Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat.
The general story behind Mislintat’s decision to leave is reported as a falling out he had with Dortmund head coach, Thomas Tuchel, when he blamed Mislintat for their failure to sign Oliver Torres. However is was Tuchel who left the club shortly after that bust up.
Mislintat will now be using all the data produced by StatDNA for Arsenal, and he’s come from a background in which he and his team use multiple video analyses of players and then go and watch them personally before making the final recommendation, so he’ll know the ropes. He often cites the signing of 21-year-old Shinji Kagawa from the Japanese second division Cerezo Osaka as the perfect use of this standard approach. That player was then sold to Man U for a €15.65m profit two years later.
Mislintat studied sports science in Bochum, and joined Dortmund when they were on the edge of going out of business – which shows the remarkable turn around the club has had since he arrived.
Of course any talk of Arsenal and recruitment will mean that the media will be mentioning André Santos, Yaya Sanogo, Gabriel Paulista and Lucas Pérez – but every club has numerous players who never work out. They might fail to settle in the country, get long term injuries, have family problems, fail to learn the language or any one of a dozen things; no club gets it right all the time.
So one more piece in an increasingly complex, but increasingly complete-looking arrangement behind the manager is now sorted. Which raises the next question – what will the man who replaces Mr Wenger do? I can’t imagine after all this work of late in putting together a new team behind the players the club would bring in a new manager who will insist he brings in his own people behind him.
Indeed I wouldn’t be surprised if the club knows exactly who the next manager will be, and he has already been fully involved with all these behind the scene changes of late. Time will tell.
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