Arsenal’s former transfer guru was left ‘dismayed’ signing of Suarez

Arsenal’s former transfer guru was left ‘dismayed’ by arrival of Denis Suarez as he wanted Unai Emery to give chances to academy players

  • Arsenal brought Denis Suarez in on loan from Barcelona in the January window 
  • But Sven Mislintat wanted Unai Emery to use players from the academy instead
  • German left the Emirates after just 14 months in his role as head of recruitment 

Arsenal’s former transfer guru Sven Mislintat was ‘dismayed’ by Unai Emery’s capture of Denis Suarez in January.

The ex-head of recruitment moved to north London in November 2017 from Borussia Dortmund but surprisingly decided to leave the club after just 14 months in the role.

And, according to the Sunday Times, there was friction caused by the decision to bring Suarez in on loan from Barcelona during the January transfer window.

Arsenal’s former transfer guru was ‘dismayed’ by Unai Emery’s capture of Denis Suarez

The Spaniard decided to bring the midfielder in on loan from Barcelona in the January window

The report suggests Mislintat wanted Emery to give chances to a few of the young players emerging from Arsenal’s academy instead.

Alternative homegrown options to Suarez included Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka.

The signing of Suarez did not work out for Arsenal, as he struggled to make a significant impact in the second half of last season.

He made just six appearances and in that time did not provide a single goal or assist for Arsenal.

Sven Mislintat wanted Arsenal to give opportunities to some of their younger players

Suarez would be sent back to Barcelona early due to injury issues and went on to make a permanent move to Celta Vigo this summer.

Mislintat was responsible for the arrivals of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi before he left Arsenal.

He has since moved on to become the director of football at German club Stuttgart. 




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