Arsenal news: Edu tipped to return to former club as sporting director after Copa America ends

7 May

Edu is expected to become Arsenal’s new sporting director in the summer.

The former midfielder, who spent five seasons with the Gunners, is currently working for the Brazilian FA but is ready to join the north London club when the Copa America ends on July 7.

Edu is set to return to Arsenal as their sporting director
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It has been widely reported in Brazil that Edu will imminently sign a five-year contract with Arsenal ahead of his impending return.

He is understood to be set to have one more meeting with the north London club to finalise the details of that contract.

The 40-year-old won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with the club and was also part of the ‘Invincibles’ squad.

He is currently the general co-ordinator for the Brazil national team and has previously impressed as sporting director at Corinthians.

Edu is currently working with the Brazilian FA
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Arsenal have been looking for a new sporting director for a number of months since the restructure of the club’s hierarcy.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat left Arsenal when he was not offered that role.

Roma’s director of football Monchi looked to be lined up as sporting director and even left the club by mutual consent in March.

He elected to rejoin his former team Sevilla rather than reunite with Unai Emery at Arsenal.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi and chief negotiator Huss Fahey are understood to be in control of Arsenal’s transfer business this summer.

Ex-Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat joins Stuttgart as club’s director of football

11 Apr

Ex-Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has become Stuttgart’s new director of football.

The 46-year-old left his role at the Emirates back in February.

Sven Mislintat signed nine players during his time at Arsenal

Gunners stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira joined the club during Mislintat’s reign.

He will now work alongside former Everton and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who is head of sport at Stuttgart.

Speaking about his arrival at the Bundesliga club, Mislintat said: “It is a huge challenge and at the same time a great honour to work for a club like VfB.

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“I grew up in the environment of traditional clubs, this atmosphere is very important to me.

“The talks with [president] Wolfgang Dietrich and Thomas Hitzlsperger were extremely good and decisive for my decision for VfB.

“Our joint focus is in the coming weeks on the fight for survival, of course, the look is also already on the plans for the new season.”

Mislintat joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in December 2017.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is reportedly set to have a small transfer budget to spend on new players this summer, which is believed to be one of the reasons why Mislintat left.

Arsenal were unable to make any permanent signings in the January transfer window and only managed to secure a loan move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, who is yet to start a game.

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners signings under Sven Mislintat assessed, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira, and Unai Emery

23 Jan

Sven Mislintat’s departure from Arsenal has come as a shock as the turbulence behind the scenes at the club comes to the surface.

The German will officially leave on February 8, 2019 just over a year after being made head of recruitment at the club.

Arsenal plucked Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal said in a statement Mislintat “has done a truly outstanding job in helping us recruit players who are making a big impact now and will do so even more in the future.”

The Gunners have made eight signings since the 46-year-old has been at the Emirates and this got us thinking – how good have they actually been?

Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s review of how Arsenal’s eight newest signings have done so far and what the future is likely to hold for them.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8/10

It’s been almost a year since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal and he’s been good so far.

He’s a world-class forward, scoring 24 goals in 36 Premier League appearances and always looks a threat, especially when playing alongside fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette but manager Unai Emery is often reluctant to play two strikers in a game.

Aubameyang, 29, has a few good years left in him and the only concern for Arsenal may be that bigger clubs could pursue the Gabon international if the team doesn’t progress. For now though, his future at the Emirates looks very secure.

Aubameyang moved from Dortmund for £56million

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5/10

Another January 2018 recruit, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United.

The Armenian has hardly set the world alight at Arsenal but he’s had much more of a positive impact than Sanchez has at Old Trafford.

Injury has held Mkhitaryan back a bit but Gooners will be hoping he can improve after his latest setback – a foot injury sustained in December.

At the moment it looks like Arsenal got the better deal but not by much

Konstantinos Mavropanos – 5/10

The 21-year-old has made just three appearances for Arsenal since signing over a year ago but a lot of this is due to injury.

Konstantinos Mavropanos picked up a groin strain at the start of the season and only returned to training this month.

However, he’s viewed as a long-term investment and could even get his chance to impress soon with injuries to Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal’s leaving their defensive resources depleted.

The Greek was signed for £2.2million – peanuts in today’s market.

Lucas Torreira – 9/10

It’s between Aubameyang and Lucas Torreira as Mislintat’s best recruit but the Uruguayan edges it because he was a player that Arsenal desperately needed.

Torreira is a tough-tackling defensive midfielder, who breaks up the play of the opposition well and has given Arsenal the steel they have lacked in the middle of the park for so long.

He’s popular with the fans because he’s a player who wears his heart on his sleeve too. This was in full flow when he scored during Arsenal’s fantastic comeback win over north London rivals Tottenham in December.

Torreira celebrates his goal against Spurs

Torreira was injured briefly during the Christmas period which coincided with a downturn in form for the Gunners, illustrating just how important he is. They can’t afford to lose him.

Bernd Leno – 6/10

Bernd Leno started out as Emery’s No.2 goalkeeper but the German got his chance to impress in late September and hasn’t looked back since.

He’s not the perfect goalkeeper but is an improvement on an ageing Petr Cech, who is retiring at the end of the season.

Leno came on for Cech during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Watford in September

Cech’s retirement also suggests Leno will be viewed as the first choice keeper for many seasons to come.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – 4/10

The Swiss veteran joined on a free transfer from Juventus in the summer but has struggled to replicate the same form as he did in Turin, so far.

Whether that’s because the players he’s around are not as good or if, at 35, the years are catching up on him but Lichtsteiner has been distinctly average.

Lichtsteiner’s contract with Arsenal expires in the summer

The right-back only signed a one-year deal last summer and he probably wouldn’t be missed that much but we could see him figure a lot more after Hector Bellerin was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 5/10

Sokratis Papasthathopolous joined in the summer from Borussia Dortmund for £18million and has been decent value for the fee.

The Greek has shown good leadership in some games – working well with Laurent Koscielny to keep Eden Hazard quiet last weekend during their victory over Chelsea.

Hazard was kept at arms length last weekend

But there have also been some disastrous defensive performances from Arsenal this season including a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool in December.

Sokratis should stick around for a few more years but if Arsenal are serious about challenging for league titles in future then they’ll have to recruit someone a bit better than the 30-year-old.

Matteo Guendouzi – 6/10

This score might be a bit harsh as Matteo Guendouzi has shown he has talent in some games but the Frenchman hasn’t done it consistently enough at present.

Guendouzi could be a player Arsenal struggle to keep hold of in the future

The Gunners signed Guendouzi in the summer from French club Lorient and at 19, he is definitely viewed as one for the future.

He’s made 20 out of a possible 23 appearances in the Premier League for the club which is an impressive haul for a player who’s still developing.

Unai Emery – 7/10

When Arsene Wenger said goodbye to Arsenal after 22 years at the club, whoever succeeded the Frenchman was going to be the most important piece of recruitment under Mislintat.

Wenger waved goodbye to Arsenal in May 2018 after 22 years in charge

And generally, Emery has been a success. He guided Arsenal to a 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions earlier this season. The fixtures were generally quite kind to them but it’s still a noteworthy achievement.

However, with the departures of Mislintat, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and director of football Raul Sanllehi all in quick succession, the circus upstairs could prevent the Spaniard from restoring Arsenal as a team that regularly makes the top four.

Emery has made a good start as Arsenal boss

Arsenal news: Club announce head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is leaving

21 Jan

Sven Mislintat will leave Arsenal on 8 February, the club have confirmed.

The Premier League side’s head of recruitment has been with the Gunners since December 2017, with the club saying the 46-year-old “has done a truly outstanding job in helping us recruit players who are making a big impact now and will do so even more in the future.”

Sven Mislintat took his job as head of recruitment at Arsenal in December 2017

He joined from Borussia Dortmund and formed a key part of the off-field restructure overseen by then chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who has since left for Milan.

“It’s been an amazing experience to work at a great club like Arsenal in what has been a big time of change,” he told the club’s official website. “I am excited about what the future holds for the club and am looking forward to new challenges for myself.”

Tat's amazing

Arsenal signings since Mislintat has been in post:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Lucas Torreira

Bernd Leno

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Sokratis

Matteo Guendouzi

Arsenal fans want Stan Kroenke OUT after hearing rumours Sven Mislintat will quit the Emirates

15 Jan

Arsenal fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations after hearing Sven Mislintat could leave the club.

The German was appointed to the role of head of recruitment in November 2017.

Fans have taken aim at Stan Kroenke after hearing of Mislintat’s potential departure

But, according to reports, Mislintat is already considering quitting his role after a series of disagreements with staff.

Bayern Munich are poised to make a move for the 46-year-old, who was described by the Gunners as ‘one of Europe’s most respected player recruitment experts’.

The departure of such a well-respected and influential members of staff has worried Arsenal fans, who were already concerned after learning the club would not be making any permanent transfers in January.

With Liverpool and Manchester City already creating a huge chasm at the top of the table, the north London outfit know they cannot afford to be left behind.

 

Naturally, the news of losing such an important figure behind the scenes has caused a sense of panic to set in amongst supports.

Arsenal fans have vented their frustrations at Kroenke on plenty of occasions in the past – believing the American entrepreneur is not dedicating enough resources to the club.

Check out the angry Tweets from plenty of Gunners below.

Arsenal FC: Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat to join Gunners in £1.8m deal
Sven Mislintat (pictured above, second left) has reportedly upset Arsenal colleagues