Ian Wright has concerns regarding the possible departure of Head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat and feels that Arsenal’s loss would be devastating for his former club.
Mislintat is thought to view his position as ‘ untenable ‘ due to Arsenal’s current strategy of loaning players instead of buying, which makes his job superfluous.
He has apparently been in conflict over this decision and is also slightly aggrieved at being overlooked for the position of director of football.
However, what bothered him most, was the fact that he had compiled a list of emerging targets, which took him months.
Mislintat is recognised to have the best contacts and scouting organisation in modern football and at the end of this process he was told that Arsenal had no available funds.
Wright was as surprised as anyone about the financial position of the club according to The Express
“You could see the jaws of Arsenal fans across the world hit the ground, mine did because you weren’t expecting that! “
On Mislintat’s possible departure Wright said
“We’ve heard Mislintat, we don’t know what’s happening with [Mesut] Ozil. What’s happening for me with Mislintat is frightening because of the players he’s signed.
“Mavropanos, I believe is going to be an Arsenal legend. [Matteo] Guendouzi is going to be somebody that plays with the spirit and heart that we need, [Lucas] Torreira, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyan”
Arsenal will of course survive the head of recruitments departure but it raises more questions over the current management of the club.
Why hire the best scout on the planet, knowing that funds would be at a premium and why offer former player Edu, the position of technical director, when it’s a role Mislintat could do in his sleep.
No funds and no direction or so it seems and Wright was as confused as the rest of us about ‘ Misligate ‘ when he added
“To hear he’s going adds on top of all the other stuff that’s happened up to this point.
“I do believe that as well as we did with the unbelievable run of wins, I think now I feel very much in limbo with everything that’s going on.
“I feel very, very worried about what’s going on. Someone somewhere needs to grab hold of the reins and let everyone know things are going to be fine.”
It’s not been a great end of the year or start of the new one, as it seems hardly a week goes by without some new negative news and instead of matters in the field, Arsenal are submerged in new revelations off it.