Sven Mislintat's legacy at Arsenal

Sven Mislintat's legacy at Arsenal

Sven Mislintat, the diamond eye, the lone wolf, will leave Arsenal in February. The German, who was brought in from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, had fallen out of favour with the powers that be. We rank the signings he was responsible for helping bring to the club.

Unai Emery

It's not always the players that the head of recruitment help bring to the club. Sven apparently played a big role in bringing Unai Emery to the club to succeed Arsene Wenger last summer.

After a couple of early losses, Unai Emery oversaw a long unbeaten run, but in recent weeks the cracks have begun to show. Their attack is firing on all cylinders, but the defence still needs work. The 2-0 win over Chelsea will have gone a long way to restoring Arsenal fans' faith in their manager.

  • League Position: 5th
  • Biggest win: Fulham vs. Arsenal 1-5 
  • Biggest loss: Liverpool vs. Arsenal 5-1
  • Rating: 6/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Sven had originally brought the Gabonese striker to Borussia Dortmund in 2013. You can't fault Aubameyang this season. He has done what he was brought in to do: Score.

  • Goals this season: 14 (Premier League) 2 (Europa League)
  • Price: £60m
  • Rating: 9/10

Lucas Torreira

The Uruguayan defensive midfielder was a bargain at £26m from Sampdoria. He was exactly what Arsenal needed with his interceptions and passing ability. He has also brought a tenacity to the midfield that the Gunners had lacked under Wenger.

  • Passing completion rate: 88.6% (PL)
  • Tackles: 2.3 per game
  • Price: £26m
  • Rating: 8/10

Matteo Guendouzi

The midfielder has at times impressed and at times infuriated Arsenal fans, but no-one can deny that there is some real quality there.

He is still only 19 years old and was previously playing at Lorient in Ligue 2, which suggests some great scouting.

  • Passing completion rate: 91.1% (PL)
  • Tackles: 0.8 per game
  • Price: £7m
  • Rating: 6/10

Bernd Leno

The German has had a decent first season. After replacing an injured Cech he has cemented his place in the first team. But a couple of blunders, in particular against Liverpool at the Emirates has raised a few question marks.

  • Goals conceded: 26 
  • Clean Sheets: 5
  • Price: £19m
  • Rating: 6/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian has not been able to replicate the form he enjoyed at Dortmund since he moved to England, first for Man Utd and now for Arsenal. He has chipped in with a few goals this season, but otherwise he has been hampered by injury.

  • Passing completion rate: 79% (PL)
  • Goals: 4 (PL)
  • Price: £30m
  • Rating: 5/10

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

The Greek defender was torn apart by Liverpool and was largely blamed for Arsenal's complete capitulation at the back during that game. He has produced some decent performances though since but the jury is still very much out on Sokratis.

  • Tackles per game: 1.8 (PL)
  • Clearances per game: 4.8 (PL)
  • Price: £17.6m
  • Rating: 5/10

Stephan Lichtsteiner

This one is a tough one to judge. The Swiss veteran was brought in, on a free,  as a back-up and to add some experience to the squad. Perhaps even to train some of the younger players in the dark arts of shithousery. Bellerin's injury looks to have cemented his place in the first team, a concern for Arsenal fans, who must recognize that he is no longer at the top of his game.

  • Tackles per game: 1 (PL)
  • Clearances per game: 0.8 (PL)
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4/10

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Another Greek defender and an exciting prospect that has been injured for most of his time at Arsenal.

  • Price: £2m
Sokratis

Guendouzi (left), Sokratis (centre) and Lichtsteiner (right) remonstrate with the referee

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