Friday 20 April 2018

Arsenal's new transfer guru feels the pressure: 'They expect me to sign an Ousmane Dembele every window'

Sven Mislintat is seen as one of the most highly-rated talent spotters in Europe. Getty
Sven Mislintat is seen as one of the most highly-rated talent spotters in Europe. Getty
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Arsenal’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has admitted he already feels the strain of his new job, telling the German media: “They expect me to sign an Ousmane Dembele each transfer window.”

Mislintat recently left Borussia Dortmund to join Arsenal and is credited with discovering the likes of Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.

He has only been in his new position for a matter of days but has admitted to Kicker that he already feels under pressure to discover the next generation of football superstars and bring them to The Emirates.

“Going by the press in England and Germany, they expect me to sign a Dembele in each transfer window. I'm being put on an incredibly high pedestal,” he said.

Mislintat established a reputation as one of the finest talent-spotters in the game during his ten years at Dortmund but fell out with the previous manager, Thomas Tuchel, and stopped seeing eye-to-eye with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

But he insists that he has no regrets.

He said: “There were many things in that time that I would have preferred to do without, and the same goes for Thomas Tuchel too, probably. In the end it damaged us all.

“I'm not mad at anyone, on the contrary, I find it extremely brave what Watzke said at the membership and shareholder meeting. To take responsibility in a difficult phase for the club has my greatest respect.”

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