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

MANAGER

Arsene Wenger

Nationality: French

Joined in October 1996 and is Arsenal's longest-serving manager. His influence over all aspects of club cannot be over-estimated.

HEAD OF ELITE PERFORMANCE

Darren Burgess

Nationality: Australian

Former Liverpool man joined in July, although he is unlikely to be with Gunners full-time until December.

HEAD OF RECRUITMENT

Sven Mislintat

Nationality: German

'Diamond Eye' - joined from Borussia Dortmund in December. 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. Will lead player negotiations and liaise with governing bodies - an area Arsenal have been weak in since the departure of David Dein.

COACHING

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Boro Primorac

Nationality: Bosnian

Has been Wenger's right-hand man since March 1997. Keeps a low profile. Reports he was to leave last season dismissed as 'fake news' by Wenger.

ASSISTANT MANAGER

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.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Jens Lehmann

Nationality: German

Part of the 'Invincibles' side that went unbeaten in 2003/4. First senior coaching job for the straight-talking German

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Neil Banfield

Nationality: English

With the Gunners since June 1997 and in charge of the reserves for eight of those years. Promoted to first-team duties in 2012.

GOALKEEPING COACH

Sal Bibbo

Nationality: English

Journeyman player who joined Reading as a goalkeeper coach in 2006. Moved to the Emirates this summer.

HEAD OF GOALKEEPING

Gerry Peyton

Nationality: English

As a player, went to 1990 World Cup with the Republic of Ireland. Joined the Gunners in July 2003.

PERFORMANCE, SCIENCE & MEDICINE

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.

FITNESS COACH

Tony Colbert

Nationality: English

Joined in July 1998. Speculation his role will change after arrival of Burgess is unconfirmed by club.

HEAD OF MEDICAL

Colin Lewin

Nationality: English

Took role in 2008 when cousin Gary, now with West Ham, moved to FA. At club more than 20 years.

Doctor

Gary O'Driscoll

Nationality: English

Former Ireland rugby team doctor and a veteran of two British Lions tours. With Arsenal since 2009.

PHYSIO

Ben Ashworth

Nationality: English

Arrived at Arsenal in 2012 from the Team GB Olympic judo team. Also did a stint with Wasps rugby.

PHYSIO

Andrew Rolls

Nationality: English

Former Head of Sports Science and Medicine at West Ham, who joined Arsenal in February 2013.

PHYSIO

James Haycock

Nationality: English

Head of Medical and Physic at Huddersfield until moving to the Gunners in July 2015.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Barry Solan

Nationality: Irish

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

ASSISTANT FITNESS COACH

Craig Gant

Nationality: English

Works primarily with the scholars. Another long-server, who joined full-time in 2001.

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, replacing James Collins. Previously worked for Aspetar in Qatar for almost five years.

RECRUITMENT & 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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