Arsenal seem to be working hard to ensure a smooth transition for when Arsene Wenger finally leaves. From all indications the Frenchman will leave Arsenal either at the end of the current season or when his contract expires at the end of the 2018/2019 season.
One of many changes the club has made in recent times include the reported impending departure of long-term senior scout Steve Rowley. This comes weeks after reports emerged that Dick Law will also be leaving the club in the summer. And in replacement for Steve Rowley, it seems Arsenal have won the race to sign Borussia Dortumund scout Sven Mislintat.
There were reports last week that Arsenal are in talks to sign Sven Mislintat from Dortmund. If you believe German Publication Kicker (as reported in English by the Metro), the talks have been successful and that the 45-year-old will be joining Arsenal in the summer. This in effect ends Steve Rowley’s 35 year stay at the North London club.
And if the report is true, Arsenal may have got their hands on a very reliable scout. Reports have it that Sven Mislintat is responsible for Dortmund signing likes of Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele. He has managed to unearth some hidden gems for the Bundesliga club, which has enabled them to compete with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga over the last five years. All of these players were signed for ridiculously cheap transfer fees and have since gone on to become household names in the game.
Borussia Dortmund were bailed out with a loan of €2 million by rivals Bayern Munich in 2004 and have since then won the Bundesliga twice, reached the Champions League final once and won a couple of cup titles as well. Dortmund started to do well in not only the Bundesliga but also in the Champions League around 2010, just a year after Sven Mislintat joined the club. Which may not have been a coincidence.
The signing of Sven Mislintat, if true, would be perfect for Arsenal, especially as the Gunners are known for their prudence in the transfer market.