May 20, 2019
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Arsenal Management Team 2018/19

Arsenal Management Team

Arsenal Management Team 2018/19

Here we look at the Arsenal Management Team 2018/19. Who are the people responsible for managing the Arsenal squad? The management team is made up of all types of personnel including analysts, scouts, development coaches, kit managers, etc.

Following the departure of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have appointed Unai Emery as the head coach from June 2018.

Arsenal Management Team 2018/19

First team manager

Arsenal first team manager Unai EmeryUnai Emery is Arsenal’s current manager. The 47-year-old took charge of the Gunners in 2018 shortly after Arsene Wenger bid goodbye to the Emirates.

Introduction Into Management

The Spaniard started his managerial career with Lorca Deportiva, the club he last played for as a professional footballer.

He suffered a critical knee injury at the time which ultimately ended his playing career. The club’s president offered him the managerial position and he immediately saw the club through a promotion to the second division for the first time in the club’s history.

Emery later moved on to Almeria and helped them overachieve as well. He turned Valencia into a solid title challenging side in the La Liga during his 4 years with the side.


He spent a short stint at Spartak Moscow before being recalled back to Spain in what became his most successful period as a manager. Emery went on to win the UEFA Europa League three years in a row with the Red and Whites.

Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain came calling in 2016 and the 47-year-old agreed to leave Sevilla for the Ligue 1 giants.

He could never settle into the star culture at the Parc des Princes and was eventually fired from the job after seeing the team through a league title and four Cup trophies. He maintained his highest win percentage of over 76% during his time with PSG.

Now Emery has stationed himself at North London, having already brought in six players that he likes and is chasing a top-four finish in his debut season.

Arsenal First Team Staff

Arsenal first team staff
Juan Carlos Carcedo
First Team Assistant Head Coach

Juan Carlos came into Arsenal along with Unai Emery in June 2018 making it their sixth club to have worked together in since the duo’s retirement from professional football.

Juan Carlos Carcedo was a dominant midfielder, spending time with OGC Nice and Atletico Madrid. He worked as Emery’s first-team assistant head coach at Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal first team assistant coach Steve Bould
Steve Bould
First Team Assistant Head Coach

Steve was named as Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager in May 2012 after Pat Rice’s retirement.

Earlier than that, he coached Arsenal’s rising stars from 2001, overseeing several highly-successful young teams over the past decade along with the 2009 Youth Cup triumph and consecutive FA Academy Premier League titles.

A highly admired and trustworthy coach, Steve was rewarded for his achievements with the youth team with a promotion to become Wenger’s No 2.

Bould, a stalwart of the Arsenal defence during his playing days. He was well known among the Gunners ranks for his resolute, dedicated performances. He won seven major honours for the Club and made 372 appearances between 1988 and 1999.

He was also capped twice for the England national side before finishing his career with Sunderland. Steve’s career began at Stoke City, his hometown club.

Arsenal first-team coach Pablo Villanueva
Pablo Villanueva
First-team coach

Just like Juan Carlos Carcedo, Villanueva too joined Unai Emery’s coaching team here at Arsenal from June 2018 all the way back from Sevilla via Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Spain U21 international played for six clubs – predominantly in his home nation’s second division. He managed Cordoba for a single season before joining Emery’s backroom staff.

Darren Burgess
Director of High Performance
Burgess was named Arsenal’s Director of High Performance in July 2017.

His career in football began as a head fitness coach with Port Adelaide in 2004, before working with the Australian national team ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He joined Liverpool later that summer as the head of fitness and conditioning. In 2012, he returned to Port Adelaide as a director of high performance.

Shad Forsythe
Head of performance

Forsyth joined Arsenal in July 2014 as the new head of athletic performance enhancement.

He worked with Germany national team for 10 years and was part of their coaching staff for the 2014 FIFA World Cup triumph.

Prior to that, he worked at the US Olympic Training Centre in San Diego. Shad has also worked for EXOS, an American organisation who are influential in what the founder, Mark Verstegen, defines as “performance culture”.

Forsythe is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. His responsibility is to work alongside the Arsenal coaching staff in overseeing the first-team players’ fitness and rehabilitation programmes.

Julen Masach
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Masach was among the long line of coaches who came into Arsenal along with Unai Emery’s in June 2018. The duo first worked together at Valencia back in 2008.

The strength and conditioning coach has previously had spells with Bundesliga outfit, Hannover 96, before being reuniting with Emery at the Parc des Princes.

Javi Garcia
Goalkeeping Coach

Javi Garcia was brought into the Gunners ranks by Unai Emery.

The former shot-stopper embarked on his coaching career with Granada in 2010 as an assistant coach. He later teamed up with Emery at Sevilla in 2013 as a goalkeeping coach. The pair worked together again at Paris Saint-Germain three years after Garcia’s spell with Championship club, Swansea City.

Sal Bibbo
Goalkeeping Coach

Bibbo was appointed as Arsenal’s Goalkeeping Coach in July 2017.

A former goalkeeper himself, Bibbo played from 1992 and 2001. After hanging up his boots, he joined Reading as a coach in 2003. Bibbo went on to spend the next 14 years of his career with the Championship outfit.

Gary O’Driscoll
Club Doctor

O’Driscoll is currently in his ninth year with Arsenal Football Club. He has overseen major developments in the medical department since joining the side.

He has acquired a vast amount of knowledge after spending six years with the Ireland Rugby Team and being the official doctor on two British Lions tours in excess to providing medical expertise for the Gunners first team and academy sides.

He was a member of the Medical Organising Committee for the 2012 London Olympics and is currently a member of the RFU Disciplinary Panel.

Victor Manas
Data/Video Analyst

Victor Manas joined Unai Emery’s coaching team in June 2018.

He primarily started out as a strength and conditioning coach but later moved on to data and video analysis after meeting Emery at Almeria in 2007.

Barry Solan
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Barry Solan joined the club in July 2015 and has a honours degree in sports science. His previous work experience includes time with Clontarf Rugby, Mayo GAA, EXOS and the Poland national team.

Darren Page

Born in Southampton, Page joined the club ahead of the 2010/11 season on a full-time basis. He worked with Arsenal on a part-time basis prior to the construction of the London Colney Training Centre.

He is a highly-experienced masseur, starting out on his first job in football with Wimbledon FC in 1998. He also spent five years with Charlton Athletic before a stint at West Ham United.

Page has worked with England senior squad, travelling with them to the game against Brazil in Qatar four seasons ago.

Takahiro Yamamoto
Soft Tissue Therapist

Takahiro Yamamoto joined the club in July 2015. He is a qualified athletic trainer, acupuncture therapist and massage therapist hailing from Tokyo, Japan.

He worked in Italy for AS Roma, Parma and Fiorentina over the course of 9 whole years before making his way over to England. He spent time with Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United before joining the Gunners

Paul Akers
Kit Manager

Paul has surpassed a decade with Arsenal and currently provides the needful support to his father, Vic, in the kit management department.

He ensures that all the first-team players’ exacting kit needs are met at every home or away fixture.

A dedicated employee, Akers is often the last ones to leave the stadium on a matchday in order to make sure all the kits are returned to the Gunners’ training ground ahead of the next day’s session.

Ben Knapper
Senior Football Analyst

Ben Knapper joined Arsenal in June 2010. He completed a degree in Sports Coaching and Performance at the University of Hull and also served Scunthorpe United as their first-team performance analyst.

He worked for Prozone before making his way over to the Emirates. He initially joined as a consultant and later made his stay permanent as a Football Analyst.

His main responsibilities lie with providing Unai Emery and the coaching staff with video and statistical analysis relating to team performance, opposition analysis and player recruitment.

Mark Curtis
First Team Analyst

Mark joined Arsenal in March 2013 and spent his first 2 years as the academy analyst for player development before getting promoted to the first team in the summer of 2015.

His work experience includes time with Prozone, Cardiff City and West Ham United. He also has experience as an investment analyst with an UK-based hedge fund.

Mark now oversees pre-match opposition scouting and post-match analysis for the first team. He also leads the analysis process for the Academy sides from the U9s all the way to the U21s.

Jordan Reece
First Team Physiotherapist

Reece started out as a senior physiotherapist at Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust before getting appointed as Crystal Palace’s head of sports science and medicine.

He is working at Arsenal while also pursuing an MSc. degree in sports & exercise medicine.

Tom Allen
Sports Scientist
Richard Allison
Performance Nutritionist
Paulo Barreira
First Team Physiotherapist
Mikhail Zhilkin
Data Scientist
Chris Morgan
First Team Senior Physiotherapist
Tim Parham
Rehabilitation Coordinator
Anthony Stuart
Will Jones
Assistant Kit Manager

Arsenal Academy Staff

Trevor Bumstead
U16 Head Coach

Trevor arrived at Arsenal in November 2014 after coaching roles at West Ham United and Southend United. He holds an official UEFA A Licence.

Greg Lincoln
U15 Head Coach

Lincoln played for Arsenal, Torquay United, Stevenage Borough, Margate, Northampton before rejoining the Gunners in 2009.

The midfielder started his playing career with Arsenal’s academy in 1996 and featured on the bench for the club’s senior side in a few League Cup and Champions League games.

Lincoln left North London in 2001 and spent the next few years with Redbridge, Chelmsford City, Cambridge City, Thurrock and Aveley before retiring.

Greg had a short stint with Thurrock as the club’s manager prior to his return to Arsenal – initially as the U11s coach.

Simon Copley
U14 Head Coach

Simon joined Arsenal in February 2015 after working with West Ham United and his hometown club, Dartford Football Club.

Ryan Garry
U23 Assistant Coach

Ryan rejoined the club in 2013 after calling time on a 10-year playing career.

Garry graduated from the Arsenal academy 1999 to win the FA Youth Cup in 2001 and signing professional terms with the Gunners that summer.

The defender made his first senior start in Arsenal’s 6-1 win against Southampton before joining Bournemouth at the end of the 2006/07 campaign.

He went on to make 77 league appearances for the Cherries but was forced to retire due to a recurring leg injury. He succeeded into a coaching role at Bournemouth in 2011 before rejoining Arsenal two years later.

Adam Birchall
U12 Head Coach
Luke Hobbs
Assistant Academy Manager
Joe Sutton
Pre-Academy Co-ordinator

Joe has been with Arsenal since December 2012. He has previously coached at Brentford and Oxford United. Sutton also holds a UEFA B Licence.

Des Ryan
Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development

Des joined Arsenal in February 2013. Prior to his move to the Emirates, Ryan built up an impressive resume by working for the IRFU, the Ireland A Rugby team, Ireland senior team and as a head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby.

Steve Morrow
Head of Youth Scouting

Steve has been with the Gunners for over a decade now as a scout. He rejoined the side in September 2008 after a 15-year playing career that included 39 caps and a goal for Northern Ireland.

The midfielder started at the Gunners’ academy in 1987 and was loaned out to Reading, Watford and Barnet for more development. He made his debut for the senior side against Norwich City in 1992 and also established himself as a starting figure, helping the side to the 1992/93 League Cup clinch.

He represented the Gunners in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup win against Parma before leaving for QPR on loan in 1997. He made over 90 appearances for them and then moved on to Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas).

He hung up his boots after a year with Peterborough United and joined the club’s coaching staff. He was appointed as manager between 2006 and 2008 prior to his return to North London.

James Krause
Football Analyst

Arsenal Women Staff

Arsenal Women's Team

Clare Wheatley
General Manager

Wheatley has been in her current role for as General Manager since 2014, following her six years as development manager.

She enjoyed a rewarding playing career, winning 14 major honours with the Gunners as a wing-back. She now plays a key role in the club’s day-to-day operations of the women’s team.

Vic Akers OBE
Honorary President

Vic Akers served Arsenal for 22 years in charge of the women’s first team, leading UEFA Women’s Cup. Now he is an honorary president and also the kit manager for the men’s first team.

Kelly Smith
Tom Hartley
Development Officer
Faye White
Marketing Officer
Angela Cuerden
Football Operations Officer
Tessa Payne
Academy Manager
Sam Blanchard
Lead Physiotherapist
Lauren Chester
Non-Football operations officer
Jo Price
Team Doctor
Arsenal Women's Team Manager, Joe Montemurro
Joe Montemurro
Phoebe Marshall
Marketing Officer
Aaron D’Antino
Assistant Coach
Fran Silver
Assistant First Team / Academy S&C Coach
Rose Glendinning
Assistant First Team / Academy Physio
Holly Skinner
Academy Operations Officer
Lauren Phillips
Academy Head Coach
Elliot Allum
Academy Assistant Coach
Leanne Hall
Goalkeeping Coach