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Arsenal ignored advice from own recruitment chief to sign Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgArsenal ignored advice from own recruitment chief to sign Shkodran Mustafi Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link271Shares Mustafi was signed against the scouting team’s wishes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal pressed ahead with the signing of Shkodran Mustafi, despite being told not to by one of the most vital cogs in their recruitment process.Francis Cagigao, who is credited with the signings of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin Robin van Persie and Gabriel Martinelli, is the head of international scouting at the Emirates and has been involved in the transfer decision making process at Arsenal for more than two decades.But there have been times where his highly respected voice was ignored. Most notably, in the signing of Mustafi, according to The Athletic.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementArsene Wenger was open to data-driven recruitment, which meant Mustafi was signed based on compelling statistics. But Cagigao’s department were not willing to recommend the Germany international based on what they saw. His time at Arsenal has been littered with mistakes and he is a much-maligned figure among the club’s fanbase.Another striking example of where the club got it wrong was in the signing of Lucas Perez. Advertisement Comment Perez’s transfer didn’t work out (Picture: Getty)An agent asked Cagigao if Arsenal would be interested in signing the then Deportivo La Coruna attacker, to which he reportedly responded: ‘Not a chance. He’s a mid-table player.’However, with Arsenal chiefs desperate for a last-minute striking addition, Perez was signed against Cagigao’s wishes. Cagigao was heavily involved, however, in the signing of William Saliba, who is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne. He is tipped to challenge Mustafi for a first-team spot next season.Should Arsenal sell Mustafi?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks out on Chelsea transfer target’s futureMORE: Lothar Matthaus predicts Chelsea target Manuel Neuer will leave Bayern MunichFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more