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Who’s who in Arsenal’s back room shake up

The appointment of Raul Sanllehi as Head of Football relations is the 8th new appointment in the back room staff at Arsenal since February 2016.

Ben Wrigglesworth – First Team Video Scout

Much-admired scout Ben Wrigglesworth begun work at Arsenal in February 2016, after departing Leicester City.

Wrigglesworth, who worked as head of technical scouting at the King Power Stadium, moved to London where he serves as a first-team video scout.

Luke Hobbs – Interim Academy Manager

Following Andries Jonker’s appointment as Head Coach at VFL Wolfsburg, arsenal promoted Luke Hobbs from within to Interim Academy Manager

Luke had been in charge of Football Operations at our Hale End Academy and had been with the club since July 2013.

Jens Lehmann – First Team Coach

Former invincible, Lehmann, rejoined Arsenal as a first team coach in July 2017.

Huss Fahmy – Contracts, Legal & Commercial Expert

Legal eagle Huss Fahmy had been a key part of Team Sky’s operation since around its inception in 2010 after moving to Sky the previous year from the City where he worked for the multi-national law firm Herbert Smith.

He joined Arsenal in June 2017, strengthening our legal team.

Darren Burgess – Director of High Performance

A month after Fahmy joined, Liverpool’s former Head of Fitness and Conditioning joined the backroom staff.

Burgess joined the club from American Rules Football side Port Adelaide, to take up the new role of  Director of High Performance.

Sven Mislintat – Head of Recruitment

Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment, effective from December.

The Gunners are set to bid farewell to current head scout Steve Rowley at the end of the month and have acted quickly to bring in Mislintat, who joined from German giants Borussia Dortmund.

Rueda de prensa del presidente del FC Barcelona, Jose Maria Bartomeu

Raul Sanllehi – Head of Football Relations

Former Barcelona Director of Football Raul Sanllehi is set to join Arsenal at the end of February 2018. He will take the newly created role of Head of Football Relations.

Per Mertesacker – Academy Manager

From the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Per Mertesacker will take over as Academy Manager.


Former Invincible set for Arsenal coaching role

Arsenal are in talks with Jens Lehmann to return to Arsenal as a goal keeping coach.

The former German stopper joined Arsenal on a free transfer in 2004. In his first season at the club, he did not lose a single league game, playing in all 38 of the unbeaten Premier League run, to become an invincible.

His career at Arsenal had many highs and lows, and he was certainly a character, from his rolly pollies before the game to his ill discipline that saw him make costly errors.

He won the league title in 2004 and pulled of key penalty saves in 2005 as Arsenal beat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final. He is also remembered for being sent off in the 2006 Champions League Final.

Lehmann left Arsenal in 2008 to return to Germany

In 2011 he was planning to begin his coaching badges, but dropped out of the course to return to Arsenal as the sides goal keeper injury crisis grew. In total he played 200 games for The Gunners.

He began his badges in 2012, when he set about doing his UEFA coaching degree with his practicals set to be at his former team FC Arsenal Reserves.

Lehmann will be the second goal keeping addition to Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff, with Ex-Crystal Palace and Newcastle coach Andy Woodman, 45, joining up to look after Arsenal’s under-23s.

Woodman, father of England under-20s World Cup winning hero Freddie, landed the job ahead of ex-Palace keeper Perry Suckling, who was also on the shortlist.

The appointments will strengthen Arsenal’s coaching line-up after first team keeper coach Gerry Peyton also signed a new deal.

Arsenal had already appointed former Liverpool head of fitness Darren Burgess as they began a shake up of London Colney.

Aussie Burgess has been appointed the club’s director of high performance after agreeing a move from Port Adelaide and will oversee the whole medical set-up.

Off the training pitch, former Team Sky legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy has been bought in to oversee player contracts.


Arsenal Legends – What do they do now?


A lot of fuss has been made recently over Arsenal not employing the likes of Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp. It got me thinking whilst watching the Arsenal Legends match…

What do the Arsenal Legends who played doing now?

Works at Arsenal

Freddie Ljungberg – Arsenal Under-16s coach.
Robert Pires – Arsenal Foundation Ambassador. Hangs about the training ground.
Gilles Grimandi – Arsenal scout.
Luis Boa Morte – Arsenal scout.

Works in Football (Not at Arsenal)

Gilberto Silva – Panathinaikos Technical Director
Pascal Cygan – Assistant coach at Belgian Second Division side KSV Roeselare.
Marc Overmars – Director of football at Ajax Amsterdam.

Still Plays

Kolo Toure – Still playing semi-professional football in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic.
Justin Hoyte – Let go by the Daggers over  the summer.


Nwankwo Kanu – Founded the Kanu Heart Foundation which helps young African children with heart defects. Kanu is also an ambassador for UNICEF. Founded his own soccer school based in Canada.


Nigel Winterburn – Works as a freelance pundit and has provided analysis and comment on Sky Sports and talkSPORT as well as in print for publications such as the Daily Star.
Emmanuel Petit – Works  across many global stations, including ITV, as a pundit.
Ray Parlour – Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
Martin Keown – BBC Match of the Day pundit.
Jens Lehmann – Pundit across very networks including RTL & the BBC. Does a lot of work for The Willow Foundation which was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.


Anders Limpar – Currently co-owner of Swedish plastic box company Super Lock and he also works as a distributor for nutritional supplement company Kyäni.


David Seaman – Fishing