Report: O’Driscoll turns down Liverpool to stay at Arsenal

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According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Garry O’Driscoll, Head of Medical Services at Arsenal, is set to stay at the Emirates after turning down the chance to join Liverpool.

The same publication reported in January that a deal for the Irishman to replace Andrew Massey, his counterpart at Anfield, was close to being completed. The Gunners even posted a job description on the website.

While it’s hard to say for sure why O’Driscoll, who joined the Gunners in 2009, has had a change of heart, it’s said that Mikel Arteta and Edu were both desperate to keep him.

Maybe the impressive start made by Arteta, who took over as Arsenal head coach in December, has played a part?

Ornstein also mentions that O’Driscoll has earned praise for the way he has handled the club’s response to the threat of coronavirus. While Mikel Arteta did test positive, there have been no reports of further players or staff contracting the virus.

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Prakhar
Prakhar
18 days ago

The position requires a certain personality, not just medical knowledge. It is good to see we are able to keep people whom we value and think suit the job best.

Artetas Assistant
Artetas Assistant
16 days ago
Reply to  Prakhar

Well said.

Mikolaj
Mikolaj
18 days ago

If it’s true, fantastic news and congratulations to dr O’Driscoll for staying at the best club the world has ever seen!

Goontang
Goontang
18 days ago

Probs more $ offered.

Goontang
Goontang
18 days ago
Reply to  Goontang

*probably more dollars offered. Been a while since I’ve worried about the etiquette required here. My apologies. World is going crazy right now.

Charles
Charles
18 days ago
Reply to  Goontang

Whatever reasonable price it takes. There are some qualities and personalities that are highly difficult to replace and so should be reasonably appreciated for better motivation.

Barney
Barney
17 days ago
Reply to  Goontang

Technically it’s more £ 🙂

I wouldn’t worry about it too much anyway, world is indeed crazy.

Animesh
Animesh
17 days ago
Reply to  Goontang

I honestly, for the life of me, can’t understand why this got 11 down votes and zero up votes. Okay, the guy used a dollar sign and didn’t write “dollars” “, but it’s just weird to me to comprehend the fact that 11 fellow arsenal fans found it criminal enough to down vote a fan expressing his personal opinion, while those 11 probably didn’t even comment. We should encourage discourse, not discourage it, because the next time Goontang might think a hundred times before posting a comment, and maybe some time far away, the 11 of you might not have… Read more »

SheffieldGooner
SheffieldGooner
17 days ago
Reply to  Animesh

I think they’re just disagreeing with the comment.

Artetas Assistant
Artetas Assistant
16 days ago
Reply to  Animesh

He shouldn’t be like that. Spew whatever the heck you wanna here bro. Keep it within/on the border of the law

G-Man
G-Man
17 days ago
Reply to  Goontang

Nah… We are just gargantuan

Reality check
Reality check
17 days ago
Reply to  Goontang

Could also be that he’s now a fan, having spent 11 years at the classiest club in the world and 9 of them were with the classiest man in football. People would even change their religion for much less..

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair
17 days ago
Reply to  Goontang
dispossessed
dispossessed
18 days ago

Take that!

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
18 days ago

I wonder how much the back room staff actually care about winning trophies. Like when the catering staff retire are they like “I had a pretty good career at Arsenal. Won two doubles and went invincible in ‘04. Most caterers can only dream of a career like like. Pauline has been down the road for over a decade and she hasn’t won shit.”

Alex
Alex
18 days ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

But she’s at shit. Surely, she has won it?

Andreas
Andreas
18 days ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

Most people would probably prefer a career in an organization, which is successful, has values you identify with and which do good things for its community to employment somewhere, where that is not the case. Does on-field success matter to them? I would definitely think so.

One thing that Sunderland documentary showed was how connected people working for a football club are to the faith of the club. How much they want it to suceed. I am sure the same holds for those earning a living at the Arsenal.

Richie
17 days ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

Pauline cooks a mean lasagna though.

Seligman's dog
Seligman's dog
18 days ago

As a young medical student 10yrs back, i was awed by his professional demeanor and would often dream of being a part of Arsenal medical team, dashing out on the pitch with him! Med kit in hand, running with cleats on, canon on chest – an inspirational figure for me!

Artetas Assistant
Artetas Assistant
16 days ago
Reply to  Seligman's dog

Nice shii

Charles
Charles
18 days ago

Halleluiah! Best news I’ve heard since the Arteta’s coronavirus scary news. Next to stay.. Auba?

Russ
Russ
17 days ago

Sorry to harp back to this but I think he would’ve been off had Emery still been with us….

Really good news he’s staying in more ways than one.

Artetas Assistant
Artetas Assistant
16 days ago
Reply to  Russ

Nobody likes nor can thrive in a toxic/ failed-communication environment

Gooner223
Gooner223
17 days ago

I wonder of the humility of the players, too? They seem an arrogant lot and in many circumstances, those mentalities are quite demanding. I’d rather be with a humble group of people, making my own history as opposed to walking into someone else’s.

Savage
Savage
17 days ago

Often these decisions are also influenced by wife and family

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
17 days ago
Reply to  Savage

*whip crack* @ Savage

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is
17 days ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

👎🏽
Savage

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan
17 days ago

I am glad he is staying with us, but if you look at how much more extra work he has to to in Liverpool, he made a smart move. Most likely next season we won’t be in Europe, so less traveling and more time with his family. If he goes to liverpool then he will have to cover over 65-70 games.

Obama Young
17 days ago
Reply to  Naked Cygan

But if he had gone there, he would still have to live in Liverpool, rather than London. So he made the smart choice.

Tonny
Tonny
17 days ago

They failed to pay 40m pounds+1