Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has defended the transfers he signed off on the Premier League membership, and has questioned Mikel Arteta over his dealing with of one in all them – Matteo Guendouzi.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic, the ex-Gunners chief – now sporting director at VfB Stuttgart – spoke concerning the younger Frenchman, who was despatched out on mortgage to Hertha Berlin after falling out of Arteta’s good books.
And Mislintat mentioned he’d ‘love’ to debate that call with the Arsenal supervisor, as he backed Guendouzi and mentioned he can turn into a ‘monster midfielder’.
He additionally questioned the decision to ship Lucas Torreira out on mortgage to Atletico Madrid, too, insisting each would make a huge impact in Arsenal’s present workforce.
“I respect Mikel so much,” mentioned Mislintat.
“I’d love to speak to him sooner or later, to grasp his causes for sending Matteo in addition to Lucas Torreira on mortgage, and inform him my view in relation to their qualities.
“But it surely’s his determination after all.
“My private opinion stays that Matteo would nonetheless add some further qualities to Arsenal’s midfield, like Lucas may. Their market values elevated massively after their debut season.”
Arteta appeared to have lastly misplaced endurance with Guendouzi following an incident in opposition to Brighton shortly after the Premier League restart in June.
He grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat following the Seagull’s late winner, however reviews on the time recommended it was the tip of the iceberg.
The midfielder will return to north London when his Hertha Berlin mortgage ends this summer time, however his future at Arsenal is unclear.
He might be coming into the ultimate 12 months in his contract when he returns, with the Gunners reportedly setting a £25million price ticket on the 21-year-old.
Guendouzi has impressed at occasions all through his mortgage spell in Germany, however was lately criticised for enjoying ‘adolescent soccer’ by Hertha coach Pal Dardai.
However Mislintat hit again at these claims, saying: “I disagree with Pal.
“Should you’re not taking part in Matteo in midfield, it should be a really sturdy midfield.
“Matteo has the character wanted to demand each ball in tight conditions and has nice imaginative and prescient to play vertical and each different angle. That’s his actual energy.
“As a young person from Ligue 2, he performed 48 video games for Arsenal in his first season. I guarantee you, you aren’t in a position to ‘survive’ that quantity of Premier League caps taking part in adolescent soccer.”