‘Good old Arsenal’ head of recruitment Mislantat makes big Gunners claim
Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s head of recruitment, has claimed the Gunners are back to being ‘good old Arsenal again.’
After a terrible final season under Arsene Wenger, in which the Gunners finished sixth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League football, no one could have predicted the start to life Unai Emery has had to the side.
The Spaniard only had a small transfer budget to play with in the summer, but he has transformed the Gunners into one of the most hard-working, solid and exciting teams to watch in the Premier League.
His side is currently on a 20-match unbeaten run and although there has been some luck along the way, they fully deserve to be up there challenging for a top four spot.
And Mislintat has been speaking about the signing of Matteo Guendouzi – and how his arrival shows the club is back go being ‘good old Arsenal’ again.
He told German newspaper Die Zeit: I saw him (Guendouzi) play in Lorient when the club was still in Ligue 1.I like this club, you always find interesting players there.’
“Guendouzi attracted attention with his long hair and his personality. But my interest is also the weakness of a player. Can you stop them?’
“Matteo ran inexpedient over the whole field but for me one thing was clear: It’s just a matter of time to break with that habit.
“For us, the transfer of this 18-year-old boy was an important signal to show the world. We are the old Arsenal again, who give young players a real chance.’”
Are Arsenal back to their best?
Results to not lie for Arsenal fans, and they have proven against the biggest sides that they are able to compete and get the points to keep them in the hunt for the premier League title.
Emery has worked wonders so far, but still has work to do to hand Arsenal their first Premier League win since 2004, as they need to get rid of a few over-paid players and bring in a few world class faces.
If Arsenal carry on this form though, some silverware may also follow a top four spot.