Arteta adds trio to coaching staff

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Arsenal have confirmed that Mikel Arteta has added three coaches to his backroom staff following the departure of Freddie Ljungberg, announced last week, and goalkeeper coach Sal Bibbo.

In their place come Andreas Georgson, Carlos Questa and Miguel Molina.

The trio arrives from Brentford, Juventus and Atletico Madrid respectively and will assist Steve Round and Albert Stuivenberg on day-to-day matters.

We learnt last week that Georgson’s role at Griffin Park paid special attention to set pieces, an area that the Gunners are desperate to improve upon both offensively and defensively. No doubt we’ll learn more about the others in due course.

The Gunners have also confirmed that Jordan Reece will take over as head physio after Chris Morgan returned to Liverpool. There had been links with PSG’s Brazilian physio Bruno Mazziotti but they appear to have come to nothing, for now.

Reece was promoted from head of academy physiotherapy to first team physiotherapist in 2018 and was a visible presence on the touchline at the tail-end of last season.

Best of luck to the new boys and a big thank you to those departing.

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Hedgehog

This sounds very positive, coaches from two of the best clubs in Europe and one from one of the more progressive ones in England. I’m glad he (Mikel) is assembling a team around him.

goongot

indeed.

Diaminedave

Should help to bring talented youngsters to the club if you can show them that the coaching is some of the best around

Chocolateapot

This is true but performances on the pitch now need to mirror “the best around”

Biggles

Hope so. The direction seems to have been largely the other way so anything that helps bring on our own youngsters and attract some quality ones to the club can’t be bad – as long as they’re give a fair chance once here.

Diaminedave

Tuff crowd to get a down tick on that one:)

Houston Gunner

More excited about this than Willian tbh

T.A.

Agreed

Toni

Heh.

Biggles

Well, these three combined are certainly cheaper!

goonero

I know I’m an idiot but I was low-key hoping for a DB10 return, I guess a couple coaches from 2 elite European sides will have to do.

Managanese

A man that knows what he is.

That’s a rare trait!

Public Elneny Number One

Wasn’t Sal Bibbo a character in Star Wars?

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

Sal Bibbo Fett?

Dave

Not sure about Star Wars, but maybe in The Lord of the Rings? don’t know how he ended up as a coach in the Arsenal tho

Onenil

He was probably at a bit of a loose end, after destroying the One Ring in the fiery pits of Mount Doom?

Peter Hill Would

Didn’t he have to leave because he was continually caught smoking in the showers? Nasty little hobbit.

Biggles

Looks like there was a clear out earlier then (Freddie etc.). It’s unlikely Arteta would be able to bring in three people so quickly unless there had been quite a lot of preparatory discussions/negotiations. It will be interesting to see what the new backroom team can do.

BillyKrystal

New free kick routine. Kolasinac, Elneny, and Luiz form a line behind the ball about 15 yds back. They complete exactly one round of leapfrog with Luiz arriving at the ball last but who will then feign injury and crash to the floor. But no! As he’s falling he dinks the ball up to auba who unleashed a 30 yard overhead kick past a dumbfounded keeper. 1 nil to the arsenal! Thanks Georgson the genius!

baz00r

You’re hired

LEFT08

Big coaching team, very much like the one Guardiola has put together at City. Best of luck to them all + gotta love the energy and desire Arteta is showing to take control of the entire setup. Always thought we need a manager type, as opposed to headcoach.

sami

Isn’t Molina the mythical conditioning coach from Atletico? The guy responsible for reforming players into the pressing beasts they had to be to play under Simeone?

NW Gooner

That’s Oscar Ortega, but I’d imagine this signals a move in that direction

SteveC

No problem with fresh coaching Ng but what is happening with Auba? He was about to sign back on August 6th. Bet we get into final year with no sale and no deal so he leaves on a free!