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Arsenal confirm backroom changes as Arsene Wenger discuses Borussia Dortmund arrival

21 November 2017
Arsenal confirm backroom changes as Arsene Wenger discuses Borussia Dortmund arrival

Arsenal have hired Borussia Dortmund's highly respected chief scout Sven Mislintat as the club's new head of recruitment, the biggest overhaul yet of Arsene Wenger's backroom staff in the wake of last season's disappointing league campaign. "If you can find a young player in the second division and he signs on for a small fee and then makes an impact in the Bundesliga, that's the kind of key moment everyone needs in their career". He has worked tremendously for Dortmund.

Mislintat is nicknamed "Diamond Eye" in Germany.

Mislintat is credited with having played a huge role in building the Dortmund team which reached the Champions League final in 2013.

Wenger has said he is hoping that Mislintat will help the club identify top transfer targets in the future.

We reported last week that the German is highly respected and credited with numerous Bundesliga side's stellar signings in recent years including Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele.

There were strong rumours that Bayern Munich wanted to sign Mislintat in the summer but Dortmund were reluctant to allow him to go to a direct rival.

He penned a new contract just months ago, running until 2021.

He will be charged with overseeing Arsenal's transfer targets in the upcoming January window and beyond as long as there are no late hitches to the deal.

Wenger added: "We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club".

Arsenal will pay Dortmund around £1.8million for the super scout.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says "identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years".

"When Sven said he wanted to accept the extraordinary offer a few weeks ago, we said we would not take this opportunity away from him".

"We would have liked to keep him, he is a valued member of our staff".