New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set to bring in a host of the coaches who worked under him at Paris Saint-Germain to form his backroom staff in north London.
The Spaniard has agreed to bring goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia to the Emirates Stadium while his trusted assistants Juan Carlos Carcedo and Pablo Villa are also set to become part of his team.
As first revealed by Goal , physical trainer Julen Masach and video analyst Victor Manas will also join Emery’s staff, and it is understood that the 46-year-old is keen on keeping many of the internal staff who know the club well, though it remains to be seen whether Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann - who both worked under Arsene Wenger - will retain their roles.
Coaches Tony Colbert, Boro Primorac, Neil Banfield and Gerry Peyton have all left Arsenal in the past few weeks along with long-serving physio Colin Lewin.
Lewin, who had been at the club since 1995, was made redundant after 23 years as part of a restructure overseen by head of elite performance Darren Burgess, who joined the club in the summer of 2017.
Over the past year chief executive Ivan Gazidis has made significant changes off the pitch, with the likes of Burgess, Sven Mislintat (Head of Recruitment), Raul Sanllehi (Head of Football Relations), Sal Bibbo (Goalkeeping coach), Tom Allen (lead sport scientist), Huss Fahmy (contracts expert) and Richard Allison (nutritionist) all arriving at the club.
Former Borussia Dortmund chief scout Mislintat has already played an integral role in the Gunners recruitment drive over the past six months, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Konstantinos Mavropanos and the imminent arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos all masterminded by one of Europe’s most respected player recruitment experts.
Arsenal are also hopeful of securing a deal for Stephan Lichtsteiner having held talks with the Switzerland international after he opted not to renew his contract at Juventus.