Sven Mislintat warned Arsenal chiefs about Mikel Arteta before his exit

Sven Mislintat had reservations about Arsenal appointing Mikel Arteta as manager
Sven Mislintat had reservations about Arsenal appointing Mikel Arteta as manager (Getty)

Arsenal’s former head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, warned the Gunners’ hierarchy against appointing Mikel Arteta as manager, according to reports.

Mislintat spent just 14 months at Arsenal before his surprise departure in February 2019.

During his brief stint at the club, Mislintat worked behind the scenes on transfers and also played a key part in the decision to appoint Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor.

Arteta was among the candidates who was initially considered to replace Wenger.

But according to The Independent, Mislintat ‘cautioned’ Arsenal’s hierarchy against hiring Arteta, who had spent two years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City at the time.

The report claims that Mislintat felt Arteta’s lack of experience would be an issue for Arsenal, but just 18 months later the 38-year-old was brought in to replace Emery.

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are without a win in five Premier League games
Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are without a win in five Premier League games (Getty)

Before Arsenal brought in Arteta, Mislintat left the club after he was overlooked for the technical director role which was given to Edu in July last year.

‘It had actually been agreed that I would become technical director, so then I would be around the team on a daily basis,’ Mislintat said after his departure.

‘But the new leadership had their own agenda and other candidates. On top of that, we had different approaches.

‘Previously we had a strong systematic approach to transfers, a mixture of watching things live as well as quality data and video analysis, Arsenal actually owns their own data company.

‘That meant that we acted independently, we knew about all markets and players in all positions that came into question.

‘However, the new leadership work more strongly with what they are offered from clubs or agents through their own networks.’

Meanwhile, Arteta was given a vote of confidence by Arsenal’s hierarchy before their fourth straight home defeat in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arteta’s side are now without a win in five Premier League matches after Burnley’s 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

‘I think with Mikel we have got a number of things,’ said Arsenal’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham.

‘I think you have got an individual who has extraordinary experience in the Premier League across his time at Arsenal, Everton, Man City and then back at Arsenal.

‘The team he has formed with Edu, and also his technical staff, is really, really strong.

‘You have got a guy who is absolutely driven to succeed. We’ve got a really, really powerful individual.’

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