New Arsenal head scout Sven Mislintat has today explained what changed at Borussia Dortmund that led him to depart 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 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
Mislintat’s arrival at Arsenal has been labelled as a huge coup by a number of experts, with the German having long been regarded as one of the most gifted scouts in Europe.
The newest member of the Gunners’ staff was questioned on his decision to depart his home country for England today, and revealed that the actions of former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who brought his two-year spell with the club to an end in May of this year, proved crucial to his decision:
Mislintat to Kicker: “I probably never would have considered leaving but being banned from the training ground and instructed to stay away from the inner circle (players, staff, many friends) [by Thomas Tuchel] changed my way of thinking.” #bvb
— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) November 20, 2017