It is the summer already and Arsenal are expected to make quality signings ahead of next season. The Gunners are yet to sign a single player despite losing two already but they seem on the verge of making the most important one of them all. According to reports, Arsenal are on the verge of signing a new fitness coach with German national team fitness coach Shad Forsythe set to be appointed.
Forsythe is considered to be one of the best fitness coaches in the world and the fact that he has been working with the Germans for almost a decade says it all. One area Arsenal need to work on is the fitness of the players. Whilst I am not holding brief that Wenger shouldn’t be active in the transfer window as the team obviously need some new players to complement the ones on ground but it is important to note that had the core of the first team been fit through out last season, chances are that the Gunners could have finished the season as Premier League champions. At the end of the season Arsenal finished in 4th after leading for the larger part of the season.
They finished just 7 points adrift of eventual champions Manchester City but it is worthy of note that Arsenal had to cope with the absence of Welsh wonder Aaron Ramsey for over 3 months, Theo Walcott for the entire 2nd half of the season while Chamberlain, Wilshere and Ozil also had their fair share of protracted absence. Wonder what would have happened if they had all stayed fit.
Hence, it is crucial that the injury situation be fixed in time for next season especially now that most of the first team players would be away at the World Cup on international assignment. With Theo Walcott also working his way back to full fitness after a long injury lay-off, we need a capable hand to help him work his way back to full fitness. Anterior cruciate ligament injury is a serious injury that must be handled with care if we are to get the Englishman back to his best.
Just like a star player, Forsythe is also coveted and Arsenal would have to fend off the advances of other top clubs like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Hopefully, he is tired of Germany and wants a new adventure that would take him to England. The lure of having some Germans to work with in his new team should give the Gunners the edge over their Premier league rivals Manchester United.