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First-team coaching staff confirmed

Unai Emery’s coaching team here at Arsenal has been confirmed.

Unai will be joined by First Team Assistant Head Coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo; First Team Assistant Head Coach, Steve Bould; First Team Coach, Pablo Villanueva; Director of High Performance, Darren Burgess; Strength and Conditioning Coach, Julen Masach; Goalkeeping Coach, Javi Garcia; Goalkeeping Coach, Sal Bibbo and Data/Video Analyst, Victor Manas.
 
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has a very strong and talented team and I’m delighted that they are joining us. I’m also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us. As we go through this period of change, we need to retain some continuity and they have an important role to play.”
 
First team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac; Head of Medical Services, Colin Lewin; Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth; Osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and Travel Manager Paul Johnson have left the club.
 
Ivan said: “All these people have played a huge part in the club’s success and development over many years. We thank them for all their hard work and wish them all the best for the future.” 

The Breakdown

Meet the coaches: Steve Bould and Sal Bibbo

This season we'll be taking you behind the scenes to introduce you to some of the key faces in this new chapter for the club.

First, we sit down with first team assistant head coach Steve Bould and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo to discuss some of the changes that have taken place.

In a Breakdown special, Adrian Clarke chats with the pair about life under Unai Emery and focuses on:

  • Adapting to playing out from the back
  • The dynamics of the goalkeeping group
  • Lucas Torreira's impact on the team
  • The structure of the side on and off the ball
  • Rob Holding's improvement this season

Interview

Emery: a midfielder from a family of keepers

Unai Emery’s father, Juan, was a goalkeeper. Unai’s grandfather, Antonio, was one too.

 
But, although goalkeeping is in the Emery genes, Unai took a different path when his own playing career started in Spain.
 
“In my house, when I was young, football was the conversation between us every day,” recalled our head coach.
 
“But my first idea when I had the ball was to play with my feet. Then I would start to play with my left foot as well, like a player. My father and grandfather were goalkeepers but I started playing with the ball at my feet, like an [outfield] player.”
 
Unai forged a career as a left-sided midfielder before injury forced him to retire at the age of 32. But that famous family tradition has been continued - by Unai’s son.
 
“Now my son is different to me because he is a goalkeeper, and his first memory is of playing with my father as a goalkeeper,” he said.
 
“I spoke with him about my grandfather also being a goalkeeper, and now he’s playing as a goalkeeper. My son is continuing this position and, for me, it’s also good news because he wants that.”
 
A goalkeeper’s duties have changed dramatically since Juan and Antonio Emery were between the posts. A change to the backpass rule in the nineties transformed the role, and the technical requirements have increased considerably.
 
“First, the goalkeeper [just] had to be safe and to be in the goal with a good performance, that meant he was ready,” said Unai. “Now, it’s true that the goalkeeper has a lot of demands to play with their feet and link up with other players in the game.
 
“The role is changing but I think it’s a good process in football.”