Arsenal are putting measures in place to ensure they achieve more in the forthcoming season. The club is set to appoint high-performance coach Darren Burgess as one of their backroom team. There are suggestions that Arsene Wenger was the one who hand-picked Burgess in agreement with the backroom staff to be involved in medicals, performance analysis, psychology and other notable areas.
Burgess after his departure from Port Adelaide in the AFL may also be assigned a role in recruitment which is set to commence next month
“We acknowledge that this is a life changing opportunity for Darren,” said the AFL club’s chief executive Keith Thomas.
“But what we’ve been able to do is work with Arsenal to enact a transition process which limits any impact or disruption to our football program for this year, and retain Darren’s expertise for our 2018 planning.
“We are appreciative of Arsenal’s understanding that the integrity of our football program is the absolute priority for our club.”
According to reports, Burgess Is honored and excited at the opportunity and is raring to go, as he returns to English football after being with Liverpool between 2010 and 2012.
“The opportunity to return to the English Premier League and work at one of the world’s most successful sporting organisations in Arsenal is an opportunity I simply couldn’t refuse,” he said.
“I look forward to continue having a relationship with Port Adelaide from afar and thank the entire club for their support and many great memories over two stints.”
Burgess in his Liverpool spell had the opportunity to work under three different managers in a role as the club’s head of fitness and conditioning. He is also one of the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis’ broad plan to give a new and improved form to the club after what could be described as a disappointing season.