Sven Mislintat has ended his time with Arsenal today (Friday). It’s practically impossible to predict where the club will go from here as a number of reports list the likes of former Gunner Marc Overmars and AS Roma’s director of football Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known around the football world as Monchi.
Together with the former CEO Ivan Gazidis and the current director of football Raul Sanllehi, Mislintat began a sort of revolution at Arsenal, which began in earnest with the dismissal of manager Arsene Wenger after 22 years.
No revolution is easy to begin with, and while the Wenger era certainly had its day in the sun, it became obvious that the Premier League and its new string of managers – Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino – have now established a trend that the experienced Frenchman simply couldn’t keep up with anymore.
Having joined Arsenal in November 2017 as the club’s head of recruitment, Mislintat oversaw the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £60 million, Dinos Mavropanos for £1.8 million, Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with Manchester United with Alexis Sanchez going the other way, Lucas Torreira for £26 million, Sokratis Papastathopoulos for £17.6 million, Bernd Leno for £19 million, Matteo Guendouzi for £8 million, and Stephan Lichtseiner on a free transfer.
It’s fair to say that some of these newcomers are yet to achieve the level Arsenal and Unai Emery expect from them. There are also those who have already exceeded expectations, while there are some who, sadly, probably won’t get there ever.
Therefore, it’s hard to judge the work Mislintat has done in his time at Arsenal at this point. It should become clearer in time, but there is one feeling hanging over all of it – like that of Gazidis who left to join AC Milan a few months ago, Mislintat’s work remains unfinished.
We have only seen it’s beginnings, its roots, but what the plant will grow into remains to be seen, and someone else will have to step in and complete the job.