Premier League outfit Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat has joined the club.
45-year-old Mislintat, nicknamed ‘Diamond Eye’, had been a part of Dortmund’s setup for the past decade, proving a key contributor to their reemergence as one of the dominant forces in the Bundesliga.
Mislintat oversaw the signings of all of Shinji Kagawa, who was actually playing in his home country of Japan when first spotted, Robert Lewandowski, who has since gone on to become one of the finest strikers in world football, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has racked up 95 goals in 139 league outings for the club, and Christian Pulisic, who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted starlets on the planet.
Following several days of rumours linking the German with a move to Arsenal, both the Gunners and BVB have confirmed the news that he has indeed made the switch to London today:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 20, 2017
📌 Fußball-Bundesligist Borussia Dortmund hat seinem Leiter Profifußball, Sven Mislintat, am heutigen Tag die Freigabe für einen sofortigen Wechsel zum englischen Premier-League-Klub @Arsenal erteilt. Mehr dazu 👉 https://t.co/twVLDICm7m pic.twitter.com/YHECvah6Bm
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 20, 2017
Previous Gunners head scout Steve Rowley has stepped down from his position, but will continue to work as a consultant for the club for the time being.
Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website today, manager Arsene Wenger endorsed Mislintat’s arrival, which has already been hailed as a huge coup for the Emirates outfit:
‘We are delighted that Sven is joining us. 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.’
The Frenchman continued:
‘We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club. He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future.’