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Arsenal confirm head of recruitment Sven Mislintat departure

The former Borussia Dortmund head scout leaves his role after just over a year at the north London club, following suggestions he was going to be passed over for the Director of Football opening he had been coveting.

After much speculation Arsenal confirmed on Monday that head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will be vacating his position next month.

In a statement on their website, the Gunners thanked the German “for his extremely hard work”, while Mislintat called his time at the Emirates Stadium an “amazing experience”.

Mislintat arrived as part of the club’s succession plan for Arsene Wenger’s departure, and immediately started recruiting players he worked with at his former employer in Dortmund, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mykhitaryan, followed by Sokratis in the summer as part of his job as head of recruitment.

However, he reportedly fell out with manager Unai Emery over possible signings, while the club have started looking at former players such as Edu to install as their new Director of Football.

Mislintat will be one of the most sought-after scouts on the market, with clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United on the lookout for new technical directors.

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