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Sven Mislintat admits concern over Arsenal expectations: They've put me on high pedestal

Arsenal chief scout Sven Mislintat knows he's arrived having to live up to big expectations.

Mislintat, nicknamed Diamond Eye, developed a formidable reputation for his scouting prowess over 11 years at Dortmund, with Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele among his shrewdest spots.

"Going by the press in England and Germany, they expect me to sign a Dembele in each transfer window," Mislintat said. “I'm being put on an incredibly high pedestal."

The scout's departure has been keenly felt by Dortmund, with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted that the club had treated Mislintat “like a leper".

“There were many things in that time that I would have preferred to do without, and the same goes for Thomas Tuchel too, probably," Mislintat added. “In the end it damaged us all.

“I'm not mad at anyone, on the contrary, I find it extremely brave what Watzke said at the membership and shareholder meeting. To take responsibility in a difficult phase for the club has my greatest respect."

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