Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Konstantinos Mavrapanos was signed by Arsenal on the advice of the new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat.
The Frenchman also revealed that the German, who joined the Gunners set-up from Borussia Dortmund in November, is still getting to know his scouting network and that the imminent arrival of Raul Sanllehi, who is set to join the club as head of football relations on 1st February, will require the trio to find a new structural balance.
The two new appointments, along with a number of other off-field acquisitions in the legal and fitness teams, are seen as the first steps being taken by Ivan Gazidis to plan for life after Wenger.
“We talk,” Wenger said of the relationship he’s striking with Mislintat.
“We know the players. We know. It’s not that we discover [new names], we know every single player in Europe before Sven arrived. Sometimes, in a little club in Germany, he might know somebody we might ignore.”
Touching on the role Sanllehi will play, Wenger went on: “He [Raul] starts only on the 1 February.
“Look, it is important to find a new balance. For them, it’s more difficult than for me, because they have to adapt to a new environment, they discover suddenly a different structure and overall that is…at the moment it’s a bit new and unusual because it’s an important period but we are not used to working together.”
On how he envisages the relationship between the men improving, he added: “By communicating. I have meetings with them to talk about the problems and how we can make it all work.
“For Sven, it is important to know all the scouts. We have a big scouting system, he has to meet everybody and explain how it works.
“That’s why it’s very time-consuming at the moment.”