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Arsenal’s ‘Diamond Eye’ set to leave?

Gunners’ head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, is credited as having a part in the north Londoners signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

17 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Sven Mislintat was appointed in December 2017 by former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis

ARSENAL are remaining tight-lipped over speculation that the club’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, is about to leave the Emirates.

There are growing reports that the German, nicknamed “Diamond Eye” in his home country due to his impressive track record of spotting emerging talent, has decided his future lies away from the Gunners.

Mislintat was appointed in December 2017 by former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who has since left for AC Milan.

The 46-year-old, who is credited as having a part in the north Londoners signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, was being touted as a vital cog in the Gunners’ rebuilding process.

But rumours that he was overlooked – or not interested in – taking over as a technical director may now lead to his departure. Arsenal’s lack of money to spend in the January transfer window has also allegedly caused issues.

It is believed that former Gunners midfielder Edu, who is currently the technical director for the Brazilian national team, is in line for the same job at the Emirates. Edu, 40, made 127 appearances for Arsenal between 2001 and 2005 before leaving to join Valencia.

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