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.

FOOTBALL EXECUTIVES

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Edu

Nationality: Brazilian

The Brazilian was part of the Invincibles side and played five seasons for the Gunners. Returned to the club to take up this new role in July 2019, following three years as general co-ordinator for the Brazil national team.

COACHING

MANAGER

Mikel Arteta

Nationality: Spanish

Spent five seasons as a player at Arsenal after stints with Rangers and Everton. Brought to Manchester City by Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016. Was appointed Arsenal manager on December 20th 2019, having previously been interviewed for the job when Unai Emery was cchosen.

ASSISTANT

Steve Round

Nationality: English

Worked with Arteta the player when he was a coach at Everton. Has also coached with Manchester United and England and was Director of Football at Aston Villa for two years.

ASSISTANT

Albert Stuivenberg

Nationality: Dutch

Was number two to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United and also managed Genk in Belgium. Will continue to work for Wales alongside manager Ryan Giggs until the end of Euro 2020.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Inaki Cana Pavon

Nationality: Spanish

Joined from Brentford, where he had worked since the summer of 2018, in December 2019. Prior to the Bees, he was with FC Nordsjælland in Denmark.

ASSISTANT

Andreas Georgson

Nationality: Swedish

Another appointment from Brentford, joining in August 2020. Was Head of Set Pieces and Individual Development with the Bees. Worked for Malmo for 14 years prior to moving to England.

ASSISTANT

Miguel Molina

Nationality: Spanish

Hired from Atletico Madrid. An expert at integrating the physical and mental elements of the game into training sessions.

ASSISTANT

Carlos Cuesta

Nationality: Spanish

Only 25, but already a Uefa Pro Licence holder who has worked for Atletico Madrid and Juventus. Got to know Arteta during a study visit with Manchester City in August 2018.

PERFORMANCE

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE

Shad Forsythe

Nationality: American

Washington State University graduate, who worked with the German national side for a decade. Hired by Arsenal following 2014 World Cup, which Germany won. Outlasted Darren Burgess, who arrived with the same title in June 2017 but was sacked two years later.

HEAD OF PSYCHOLOGY & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

David Priestley

Nationality: English

With Arsenal since July 2014 and responsible for culture, values and the development of a high-performance environment. Previously spent five years with rugby union side Saracens.

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.

LEAD PERFORMANCE NUTRITIONIST

Laura Andrews

Nationality: English

Joined from QPR in November 2019 and promoted from Academy to first team in September 2020. Replaced Richard Allison in the role. Wrote this piece for TGG on protein bars in 2018.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Sam Wilson

Nationality: English

Joined Arsenal in 2014. Promoted to the first team at the start of the 2018/19 season.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Barry Solan

Nationality: English

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

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.

DOCTOR

Flo Newton

Nationality: English

Joined the Academy in 2015 and promoted to first team in May 2020.

SENIOR PHYSIO

Jordan Reece

Nationality: English

Joined Arsenal Academy in December 2012 from Crystal Palace. Promoted to first team as part of the big medical revamp in the summer of 2018.

PHYSIO

Ricky O'Donoghue

Nationality: English

Joined from Crystal Palace in summer of 2020 when Paulo Barreira departed.

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.

ANALYSIS

SENIOR ANALYST

Mark Curtis

Nationality: English

Ex of Prozone, Cardiff and West Ham. With Arsenal since March 2013. Promoted to senior analyst after Ben Knapper became loan manager in February 2019.

ANALYST

Sam Hayball

Nationality: English

Joined Arsenal straight from University in February 2014 as junior Academy analyst. Promoted to the first team as assistant analyst in June 2016 and then to analyst in March 2019.

ANALYST

Stephen Collins

Nationality: English

Promoted from the Academy in June 2019. Joined the Gunners in August 2016, initially as a consultant, before getting a full-time job in June 2017. Had previously worked with Lincoln City, Doncaster Belles and Wales Hockey.

DATA SCIENCE

VICE PRESIDENT OF SOFTWARE AND ANALYTICS

Sarah Rudd

Nationality: American

Has worked for StatDNA, Arsenal's in-house data and analytics company, since January 2012 and heads up the club's data science operation.

DATA SCIENTIST

Mikhail Zhilkin

Nationality: Russian

May have seemed 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. Darren Burgess hopes his insights can help enhance training and reduce injuries.

DATA SCIENTIST

Susana Ferreras

Nationality: Spanish

Worked as a data scientist for communications companies Telefonica and Vodafone, specialising in "social network analysis, churn reduction, customer acquisition, influence spreading and predictive modelling", before joining Arsenal in October 2018.

ANALYTICS STRATEGY AND APPLICATION

Tolly Coburn

Nationality: English

First joined as an analyst assistant in August 2016 and promoted to his current role in June 2019. Focus on providing visualisations and insights from data.

DATA SCIENTIST/ ENGINEER

Arjav Trivedi

Nationality: English

Has a PHD in physics from Imperial College London. Worked for e-sports, machine learning and entertainment company BlinkPool for two years before joining Arsenal in July 2018.

OTHER

LOANS MANAGER

Ben Knapper

Nationality: English

Joined from Prozone to become an analyst in 2010. Promoted to lead analyst in June 2015 before becoming the club's first loans manager in February 2019.

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