Sven Mislintat held the head of recruitment position at Arsenal between December 2017 – February 2019.
The German came with a big reputation, having previously earnt the nickname ‘Diamond Eye’ thanks to the frequent gems he unearthed in his 11-year stint with Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa, Ousmane Dembele and Matts Hummels are just a few examples of the stars he picked up for next to nothing for the Bundesliga outfit.
But, when it comes to his stint at Arsenal, well, let’s just say that he failed to live up to the hype when it came to his transfer dealings…
Just two of the eight players he signed for the club remain there to this day – Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.
However, reports emerging from Arsenal suggest that Mikel Arteta has signed off on both leaving this window for a combined loss of nearly £35 million – that would take the total losses accumulated from Mislintat’s additions to a disastrous £103 million…
So, who are the remaining six players signed by Mislintat and how did their Arsenal career’s fare? Let’s recap.
Mislintat’s eight disastrous Arsenal signings
Okay, we’re actually starting off pretty strong with Aubameyang.
Sure, he was signed for £56 million and sure, he did leave on a free. But were his goals worth the investment?
An impressive tally of 92 strikes in 163 appearances would suggest so. Not forgetting that he was also made captain of the club for a time and that represents the kind of influence he once wielded.
One of the craziest transfer sagas in history was the swap deal between United’s Mkhitaryan and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
The funny thing is, though, it’s undoubtedly the worst swap deal to ever materialise… ever.
Despite Mkhitaryan’s poor form for the Gunners, it was in fact the London club who got the better end of the deal. Sanchez was simply diabolical for United.
The Armenian would eventually leave for Roma on a free, however, at least they didn’t make any serious losses on him, even if his wage was on the steep side.
Sokratis was signed for £17.6 million in the summer of 2018 but was eventually let go by Arteta, who agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent.
The Greek joined Olympiacos after a pretty uninspiring spell in north London and epitomises an inexpertly wasted transfer.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll remember Guendouzi for one thing and one thing only – that Neil Maupay clash. Absolutely classic.
The Frenchman spent two seasons out on loan after that and it seemed the incident caused him to fall out of favour with Arteta.
Marseille recently signed him for nine million quid, representing a two million profit for the club.
The right-back came with big expectations after being so successful with Juventus prior to his switch, however flattered to deceive at Arsenal big-time based on the rest of his career.
He didn’t cost the club anything, though, remaining pretty neutral until he left on – yeah, you guessed it – another free.
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The second disappointing Greek transfer on this list, Mavrapanos couldn’t last as his long as his countryman, making just eight appearances for the club before being shipped out to Stuttgart on loan.
Unlike Sokratis, though, he was sold for £3.5 million, resulting in a nice £1.5 million profit for the club.
What about Leno and Torreira?
Well, Leno made a promising start to his career in red, however was usurped for the number one spot by Aaron Ramsdale last campaign.
Arsenal have reportedly accepted an £8 million offer from Fulham for his services, resulting in a £14.5 million loss on the German keeper.
When it comes to Torreira, the Uruguayan looks set to join Galatasaray for a modest £5.8 million. Such a small fee means the club stand to lose a further £20 million for their troubles.