Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he’s impressed with new fitness trainer Shad Forsythe and confirmed there will be more preventative measures brought in to combat the Gunners’ injury problems.
40-year-old Forsythe, renowned across the fitness world for his innovative training ground methods, was appointed last month amid a new era of upgrades at the club’s London Colney training ground, which involves making multi-million pound changes to the Hertfordshire-based facilities.
Forsythe, whose appointment was exclusively revealed by Gooner Talk, has worked with World Cup winners Germany for the past decade and joined Arsenal in July to work alongside long-standing fitness coach Tony Colbert.
“He would not be here if I was not impressed,” said Wenger.
“We are trying to be as good as we can everywhere. We might still bring somebody else in to be as accurate as possible and preventative as well. We can still improve in some departments to prepare better.”
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.
Arsenal’s training centre was considered the best in England when it first opened in 1999 but the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have since overtaken them by building modern facilities and implementing fresh training methods.
Plans are already underway to build new data analysis offices and an athletic development centre – both of which will be overseen by Wenger, Colbert and Forsythe and completed in three years time.
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