Arsenal staff profiles

Training Ground Guru Staff Profiles – Arsenal

Training Ground Guru Staff Profiles – Arsenal

Pen pics of Arsenal's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.

MANAGER AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENT

HEAD COACH

Unai Emery

Nationality: Spanish

First made his name at Valencia, where he led the team to three third-place finishes in La Liga. Really marked himself out as a managerial heavyweight at Seville, winning three consecutive Europa League trophies. His two seasons at PSG were also trophy-laden, culminating in a domestic quadruple in 2017/18.

HEAD OF ELITE PERFORMANCE

Darren Burgess

Nationality: Australian

Former Liverpool man joined in July 2017, although he did not join full-time from AFL side Port Adelaide until December. Has just led a significant restructure of the club's medical department.

HEAD OF RECRUITMENT

Sven Mislintat

Nationality: German

'Diamond Eye' joined from Borussia Dortmund in December 2017. Will oversee Academy and first team recruitment. Gunners described him as “one of Europe’s most respected player recruitment experts”.

HEAD OF FOOTBALL RELATIONS

Raul Sanllehi

Nationality: Spanish

Was Barcelona's Director of Football for 14 years. Now leads player negotiations and liaise with governing bodies - an area Arsenal have been weak in since the departure of David Dein.

ASSISTANTS

ASSISTANT

Steve Bould

Nationality: English

Legendary player for the club, making 372 appearances in the centre of defence. Became Academy coach in 2001 and Assistant Manager in 2012. Retained following arrival of Emery.

ASSISTANT

Juan Carlos Carcedo

Nationality: Spanish

Emery's right-hand man. First started working with him at Almeria in 2006. Since worked with him at Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Pablo Villanueva

Nationality: Spanish

Managed Cordoba for a brief period before being sacked in February 2014. Linked up with Emery the following summer, at Seville, and with him ever since.

GOALKEEPING COACH

Sal Bibbo

Nationality: English

Journeyman player who joined Reading as a goalkeeper coach in 2006. Moved to the Emirates in July 2017. Stayed after Emery arrival.

GOALKEEPING COACH

Javi Garcia

Nationality: Spanish

Joined Emery at Seville in 2013. Had a year at Swansea City, before being reunited with Arsenal's new manager at PSG.

PERFORMANCE & MEDICAL

HEAD OF MEDICAL SERVICES

Gary O'Driscoll

Nationality: English

Former Ireland rugby team doctor and a veteran of two British Lions tours. Arsenal doctor since 2009. Promoted to replace Colin Lewin as Head of Medical in June 2017.

LEAD SPORTS SCIENTIST

Tom Allen

Nationality: English

Joined the Gunners from Aston Villa in August 2017. Had started with Villa in 2011 as an intern, working his way up to lead sports scientist.

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE

Shad Forsythe

Nationality: American

Washington State University graduate worked with German national side for a decade. Hired by Arsenal following 2014 World Cup, which Germany won.

SENIOR PHYSIO

Chris Morgan

Nationality: English

Quit as Head Physio of Crystal Palace in May, to "return North". Subsequently appointed by Arsenal, having initially been due to join Manchester City Academy. Was at Liverpool for 11 years, with the last four as Head Physio. Worked with Arsenal Head of Performance Darren Burgess at Anfield.

REHAB PHYSIO

TIM PARHAM

Nationality: Australian

Head of Rehab at Port Adelaide since November 2014. Worked with Burgess at the AFL side. Appointed by Arsenal in July 2018.

PHYSIO

Paulo Barreira

Nationality: Portuguese

Worked with Morgan and Burgess at Liverpool. Appointed by Arsenal towards the end of the 2017/18 season.

PHYSIO

Jordan Reece

Nationality: English

Joined Arsenal Academy in December 2012 from Crystal Palace. Promoted to first team as part of the massive medical revamp this summer.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Julen Masach

Nationality: Spanish

Started working with Emery at Valencia in 2008. Had a spell with Hannover 96 in Germany before the duo linked up again at PSG.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Barry Solan

Nationality: Irish

Did work with the Polish national team before joining Arsenal in July 2015.

SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST

Takahiro Yamamoto

Nationality: Japanese

Made name in Italy and worked with Sam Allardyce at Bolton/ West Ham. Moved to the Gunners in July 2015.

NUTRITIONIST

Richard Allison

Nationality: English

Joined the club in July 2017, replacing James Collins. Previously worked for Aspetar in Qatar for almost five years. A former Royal Marine commando.

DATA SCIENTIST

Mikhail Zhilkin

Nationality: Russian

A left-field appointment but potentially a very important one. Launched two of the most successful Candy Crush games while at King.com and is a master of science in physics and maths. Burgess hopes his insights can help to enhance training and reduce injuries.

ANALYSIS

SENIOR ANALYST

Ben Knapper

Nationality: English

Former analyst at Scunthorpe and Prozone, who signed for Gunners full time in July 2010.

ANALYST

Mark Curtis

Nationality: English

Ex of Prozone, Cardiff and West Ham. With Arsenal since March 2013.

PLAYER CONTRACTS

Hussein Fahmy

Nationality: English

Previously Commercial and Business Affairs Director with Team Sky. Joined in June 2017. Contract negotiations had been seen as an area of weakness for the Gunners, with several key players allowed to reach final year of their deals.

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