Arsenal swoop for ex-Man Utd fitness guru as backroom staff overhaul continues

Arsenal have hired Tony Strudwick from Sheffield Wednesday as the club’s overhaul continues.

It is set to be a summer of change in north London and their latest switch comes in the form of a new academy head of sports science and medicine, reports Yorkshire Live.

The former Manchester United fitness guru was bought into the Owls’ backroom team by former boss Steve Bruce.

Strudwick also works as the Wales national team’s head of performance and is a well respect name

Well known figures like Steve Bould have been shown the door as Mikel Arteta continues to wield the axe at the Emirates.

The former Gunners defender had spent over 30 years at the club and was working as the U23s head coach.

Tony Strudwick has joined Arsenal from Sheffield Wednesday

According to the Athletic his dismissal was partly due to a disappointing season which saw the young Gunners finish 10th out of 13 teams, having won just six of their 24 games.

They also claim that friction is growing between the old and new guard at the club.

On the pitch Arteta has hinted throughout the year that personnel changes would be made after Arsenal finished eighth.

He said earlier this month: “There are so many things to do, because we already have a lot of players on loan, a lot of players with contracts still that we have to sort and it will depend what happens with a lot of those players,” he said.

Mikel Arteta is set to ring the changes this summer
Mikel Arteta is set to ring the changes this summer

“And what we are able to recruit to improve the team is going to determine where we are. We have been sitting down the whole year, we have been in constant communication, and things will change.

“Some things will stick to the plan that we already have and some other things will come out. But we sit down very, very regularly to talk about those things.”

He then reiterated his stance by adding: “I want to reflect in the next week or so. I’m sure that we’ve done a lot of things wrong, 100 per cent I can tell you now before going through it.

“I have spent a lot of time and effort identifying critical points to change, then how those changes are going to be made and in which time frame we could do them.

“I want to spend time building, with all the foundations that we have in place now, evolve the team and the club the way we want to.”

David Luiz will be leaving the Emirates after two years whilst a host of other players are expected to depart.

Midfield pair Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, who have been out on loan this season, are set to be offloaded.

Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Granit Xhaka all face uncertain futures whilst Hector Bellerin is likely to be sold.

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