October 18, 2019
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Sven Mislintat dismayed by Unai Emerys transfer decision at Arsenal

Unai Emery was criticised by Sven Mislintat for wanting to sign Denis Suarez
Unai Emery was criticised by Sven Mislintat for wanting to sign Denis Suarez (Getty Images)

Arsenals former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was dismayed by Unai Emerys decision to sign Denis Suarez shortly before he left the club, according to reports.

Mislintat spent just 14 months at Arsenal and oversaw several key transfers during his time at the club, most notably the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

But Mislintat, who was nicknamed Diamond Eye in Germany after his series of shrewd signings for Borussia Dortmund, became disillusioned at Arsenal and had several disagreements with the clubs head of football Raul Sanllehi.

According to The Sunday Times, Mislintat was also dismayed by Emerys insistence on signing Suarez from Barcelona as he had earmarked two Arsenal academy players to challenge for the position on the right flank instead.

Sven Mislintat left Arsenal after just 14 months at the club
Sven Mislintat left Arsenal after just 14 months at the club (Getty Images)

Mislintat is said to have urged Emery to give more chances to Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka, but the Arsenal boss overruled the German and pushed to complete the loan deal for Suarez.

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The Spaniard had played under Emery at Sevilla and the pair won the Europa League together in 2015.

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