Arsenal released a club statement on Monday announcing that Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat will be leaving the club on February 8th, and Gunners fans were quick to react to the news on Twitter.
The German scout has overseen the arrivals of new signings such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Sokratis during his time at the helm, working in conjunction with both Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery.
Arsenal enjoyed a 22-match unbeaten run between August and December and despite results being patchy since then, they did beat rivals Chelsea 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
According to a report in The Independent, sources close to the club have suggested that the relationship between Mislintat and Head of Football Raul Sanllehi had not gone as smoothly as expected, while the former Borussia Dortmund man is also said to have been surprised by the influence Emery was allowed to have on new signings.
Gunners supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the news, and while one said “this is a big mistake”, another said “announce what date Kroenke will be leaving us”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Cheers, son's crying
— Guendouuzz (@Guendouuzz) January 21, 2019
What a joke..
— Witt (@ManLikeCarrasco) January 21, 2019
Announce what date Kroenke will be leaving us
— James (@JamesK_1312) January 21, 2019
— Chris Davison (@cdavison_afc) January 21, 2019
Embarrassing club. This is a big mistake
— Jay (@Waveking_jay) January 21, 2019
It seems like that’s the ‘Arsenal way’. If you want to leave, nobody will stand in your way. Fabregas, Nasri, Adebayor, Van Persie, Gazidis, Ramsey & now Mislintat. Whether playing staff or other, no real effort is made to retain them it seems.
— Rob James (@EuroLeaguesFan) January 21, 2019
The banter era lives on, thriving like never before
— Tyler (@tylerreyno) January 21, 2019
What kind of chaos are you guys making now? Kicking out our best scouts, players, can’t buy new players, an owner who doesn’t care at all. Complete mess.
— Stian Endre Olsen (@Stianeo) January 21, 2019
Bad bad decision…!! Who decides all this…!! What a joke!!
— Ab Philip (@AbPhilip1) January 21, 2019
one step ahead then 8 step backward..why great people leave us..why??
— michael benjamin (@mikebenja) January 21, 2019
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