Jun 04

Arsenal expected to appoint ‘world’s top fitness coach’ from German national team


Arsenal are on the verge of making a new signing — with German national team fitness coach Shad Forsythe close to being appointed.

Forsythe is considered to be one of the best fitness coaches in world football and has been working with the Germans for almost a decade.

The move comes after Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis assured supporters that there would be a thorough investigation into both how and why the club have such a poor injury record.

At one point last season Arsene Wenger’s men topped the Premier League injury table with 13 players in the London Colney treatment room, including lengthy absences to star men Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott.

“We continue to develop our capability in many of our support areas, including our physical performance work and data analytics”, wrote Gazidis in his quarterly report.

Forsythe was brought to Germany by then-manager Jurgen Klinsmann in 2004 after working behind the scenes for the US Women’s national football team who won a Gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games.

American-born Forsythe, an alum of Washington State University, currently runs the day-to-day strength and conditioning of the German national team and has also been given ‘additional coaching roles’ with the team by manager Joachim Löw.

Working alongside Arsenal trio Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski has given Forsythe a window into the Emirates Stadium and it’s expected that he’ll reject the advances of European giants Manchester United and Bayern Munich in favour of Wenger’s set-up.

12 Responses to “Arsenal expected to appoint ‘world’s top fitness coach’ from German national team”

  1. stonroy says:

    That’s why I always take your posts seriously Chris. You always have the inside scoop.

  2. Greg says:

    I hope he does sign

  3. ArsenalEdits says:

    Great post, fantastic news that we are actively seeking ways to reduce the injury numbers. I suppose its about time we got some fresh, modern staff into the set-up.

  4. clockendjim says:

    That would be our most important signing right now if it can be made to happen. If we had a better fitness record last season, then we would have been champions – simple as that

  5. Alga says:

    This could be our best signing for the next season. Hiring the best is simple economics of success in sport.

  6. Me says:

    Will probably be our only signing this summer and to think, it only took Wenger eight odd years to realise that something was not quite right with our injury list…

  7. Wam says:

    Arsenal’s best signing of the summer! Even if we buy Ronaldo, a guy keeping the squad fitter for longer would be massive for us. Glad they’re addressing an issue that has hampered us for 10 years.

  8. badhalf says:

    I was just thinking Colin Lewin needs to be replaced! This is pretty good news!

  9. Delford Magaya says:

    We will be very happy to see it happening that way. Arsenal lost the league last season because of so many injuries. I had a question mark on why there were so many injuries.

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