Arsenal Let Go of 6 Backroom Staff in Preparation for Post-Arsene Wenger Era

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2018

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Arsenal are reportedly set to make major changes in their backroom staff following Arsene Wenger's final game in charge at the club, with six key staff members being let go. 

According to Steve Stammers and Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail, the biggest casualty is head of medical services Colin Lewin, who has lost his job after 23 years with the club, while first-team coach Neil Banfieldgoalkeeping specialist Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and equipment manager Paul Johnson are also leaving.

Stammers and Mokbel added coach Boro Primorac, a long-term Wenger deputy, is on his way out, but assistant manager Steve Bould and goalkeeping coach Jens Lehmann, part of the Gunners' Invincibles side in 2003-04, will be offered positions in the new setup.

The sextet have been cleared out in preparation for Wenger's successor being appointed, who is likely to want to bring in his own coaching team.

It is still uncertain who will be given the responsibility of taking Arsenal forward following the Frenchman's near 22-year reign at the club.

Per Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol, former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, part of Pep Guardiola's backroom staff at Manchester City, is the front-runner:

It would be a significant gamble to hand the reins to the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has never managed a side before.

But he would likely already have the respect and backing of the fans and dressing room due to his playing history at the Emirates Stadium.

Per the Telegraph's Matt Law, even though Bould, part of the Arsenal coaching setup since 2001 and assistant since 2012, has been offered the chance to remain at the club he may not take it up:

It is set to be all change in the Arsenal dugout come the start of the 2018-19 season. 

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