Arsenal have brought in German national team physio Shad Forsythe to work alongside current fitness coach Tony Colbert.
As Gooner Talk exclusively revealed last month, Forsythe has been brought in to hopefully minimise Arsenal’s injury problems and he joined up with the squad for their pre-season training camp in Austria yesterday after returning from holiday following Germany’s World Cup win.
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 knowledgable coach 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 one of the reasons he rejected the advances of European giants Manchester United and Bayern Munich in favour of Wenger’s set-up.
Forsythe in Austria with the Arsenal squad:
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