Arsenal have followed up on the appointments of Barry Solan as the new Strength and Conditioning coach, and James Haycock as Physio, with that of a Waxing Specialist.
Finnish specialist Mia Yaggi has a first class honours degree in Torso Aerodynamics from King’s College London, and has been brought in to ensure that players are capable of reaching their maximum speed in match situations.
The role was created specifically after the club hired consultants to advise on how the backroom staff could be supplemented, and one of the recommendations touched on the new skin-tight Puma kit and how that could impact a player’s sprint and acceleration speeds.
Arseblog News understands that all players will have their body hair, particularly that on the legs and chest, waxed off for the duration of the 2015/16 season.
That has been evidenced already on the tour to Singapore as Olivier Giroud displayed his taut, hairless physique on the training ground.
“It’s an unusual step to take,” said an insider, “but Arsene Wenger is looking to give his players even the smallest advantage on a match day and the players have certainly embraced it – especially Gabriel, for some reason.”
The first test of the new appointment’s work will come tomorrow night when a much less hairy Arsenal than last season take on a Singapore Select XI in the Barclay’s Asia Trophy.