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GPS tracking system makes its debut against Barnet

Arsenal’s medical team have finally introduced a new state-of-the-art GPS tracking system which is expected to ease the club’s injury problems in the long term future.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis announced the idea at a Q & A with Arsenal shareholders in May, after many of them questioned ways Arsene Wenger could reduce the club’s injury list.

The tracking system made its debut against Barnet yesterday. Samir Nasri (above) was one of the first team players pictured wearing one and Gazidis explains how it works.

“If there are things we can do [to prevent injuries] we will do them,” he said. “For example, we’ve introduced a GPS system this year for the first time. This is tracking literally from satellites in space, the training movements on the training field of every player.

“It gives you a lot of information. It tells you not just how far the players are running and how fast they are running and what levels of intense activity they have in training. It also measures something called ‘the load’ – and this is literally the amount of time a player’s foot is on the ground while he is running.

“You can see if you have a player coming up to a risk of injury in a subsequent game because you can see two things in general: one is that their work-rate comes down in training and secondly their ‘load’ increases. In other words, their foot stays on the ground for longer when they run. When you are feeling good and feeling active you are more on your toes. When you’re not, you’re more on your heels. That can help you to predict when players are in a dangerous situation.”

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