Arsenal staff profiles

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MANAGER AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENT:


MANAGER: Arsene Wenger

Nationality: French

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

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

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

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

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.

FIRST-TEAM COACH: Jens Lehmann

Nationality: German

Nationality: German

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

GOALKEEPING COACH: Sal Bibbo

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

ASSISTANT MANAGER: Steve Bould

Nationality: English

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: Neil Banfield

Nationality: English

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.

HEAD OF GOALKEEPING: Gerry Peyton 

Nationality: English

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

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.

FITNESS COACH: Tony Colbert

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

DOCTOR: Gary O'Driscoll

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

PHYSIO: Andrew Rolls

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: Barry Solan

Nationality: Irish

Nationality: Irish

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

SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST: Takahiro Yamamoto 

Nationality: Japanese

Nationality: Japanese

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

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE: Shad Forsythe

Nationality: American

Nationality: American

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

HEAD OF MEDICAL: Colin Lewin

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

PHYSIO: Ben Ashworth

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

PHYSIO: James Haycock

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

ASSISTANT FITNESS COACH: Craig Gant

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

NUTRITIONIST: Richard Allison

Nationality: English

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

Nationality: English

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

PLAYER CONTRACTS: Hussein Fahmy

Nationality: English

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.

ANALYST: Mark Curtis

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

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

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