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Arsenal sign recruitment expert Sven Mislintat

Mislintat helped negotiate Dortmund's signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa.

Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund recruitment expert Sven Mislintat also known as ‘Diamond Eyes’

Mislintat, who joined the Gunners as head of recruitment, was responsible for helping to bring stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund reveled that they were unable to stop Mislintat leaving after a decade of service at the Bundesliga side

‘We would have liked to keep him,’ said a Dortmund spokesperson. ‘He has been doing great scouting work with Zorc over the last ten years. He helped and improved scouting at the club, made it more professional.

‘We have a very good relationship with him and because of what he achieved, we decided this morning that we would release him.’

He will work closely with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

The north London club have also confirmed that Steve Rowley has left his position as chief scout after 25 years.

‘We are delighted that Sven is joining us,’ Wenger said. ‘Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years. We look forward to him taking our existing recruitment approach forwards.’

Wenger thanked Rowley for his work and labelled him as a ‘key figure’ over the years.

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

‘He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future.’

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