Report: Wenger stalwarts set to be released

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According to Football.London, Arsenal have informed three long-standing coaches that their services will not be required once Arsene Wenger leaves the club.

The Frenchman’s 22-year tenure in N5 will come to an end on Sunday when he takes charge of his final Gunners game against Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium.

In preparation for the arrival of a new head coach, it looks as though Wenger-stalwarts Gerry Peyton, Neil Banfield and Boro Primorac will also move on.

Peyton, the goalkeeper coach, joined the Gunners in 2003, while Banfield and Primorac joined the coaching set-up in 1997, soon after Wenger’s arrival from Japan. Primorac had worked with Wenger at Nagoya Grampus Eight for three seasons.

Given their close association with the boss, questions about their future at London Colney were/are inevitable. They may well have been preparing to walk away of their own accord.

While Arsene Wenger’s replacement is likely to bring in their own staff, wholesale changes in backroom departments are not expected. Darren Burgess’ appointment as Director of High Performance last summer was one taken with an eye on the future. Moreover, the likes of Shad Forsythe, Head of Performance, and the medical staff under Colin Lewin’s stewardship seem set to stay. Vik Akers’ retirement as kitman should see his son Paul Akers take over.

It remains to be seen what assistant manager Steve Bould will do. He’s been at Wenger’s side since 2012 when he took over from Pat Rice and prior to that coached in the Academy. And will Jens Lehmann stick around to continue his coaching education? He only arrived last summer. One to keep an eye on, for sure.

In separate news, Arsenal confirmed today that Steve Gatting, Head Coach of the U23s, and his assistant Carl Laraman, have been suspended pending an investigation into allegation of bullying.

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Jagger
Jagger

Ferguson, over the course of his 26 years, would regularly switch out his coaching team. In the 2000s it is documented that every 4 years or so the head coach would change and, with that person, the wider team. It was done to keep the players mentally engaged and introduce new ideas.

The fact that Wenger and his team managed to keep the same staff going for so long is a testament to their consistency, but also the reason behind their fall.

gooner
gooner

Or maybe a bit of financial issues. I have a sneaky feeling things would have been different if we weren’t building a stadium and depending on youngsters to survive before moving them on. United in the meantime could improve on their playing staff with ease.

There wasn’t too much difference in the results while we were at the old ground before dismantling that winning team to help cut down the costs.

Martin
Martin

What team was dismantled? The only major players sold who were not passed their prime were Cole, RVP and Fàbregas.

vernazza
vernazza

What?

Akkimaniac

Good riddance!

Bob Bobbery
Bob Bobbery

Be a bit respectful, some of those men were part of great things at our club.

Olar
Olar

And also part of terrible things

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

I’m looking forward to seeing what some of our players can do with a new coaching team

gooner
gooner

Hopefully you’ll take it whichever way it goes. Just as excited but still scared as well as there are never any guarantees

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

I don’t have strong feelings about these departures, but one has to give Gerry Peyton some credit for the extraordinary feat of keeping a job for fifteen years in which every goalkeeper worsened under his care.

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock

Wow, no thumb downs for that. The times they are a changin’

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Chesney, Fabianski have both moved on and immensely improved. The goalkeeping department has been unsettled at Arsenal since 2007 in my opinion. Cech has been heavily derided (possibly because of where he came from), but it is fair to say the years are not being kind to him.
A new goalkeeper with a new goalkeeping staff would be just as exciting as a signing as Ozil was.

Chinaman
Chinaman

Szczesny has been backup at Juventus to 40 yr old Buffon. Fabianski is set to play championship football next season. While its true results have not been spectacular under Peyton, let’s not pretend we ever had world beaters in the GK department.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Hi Chinaman,

That’s a really interesting way to put things! Or…Szczesny has been identified as the successor to one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and Fabianski was let down by a terrible defense. Let’s not pretend that goalkeepers developed under Peyton.

Cheers,

McCheese

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

This exaaaactly.

Is Chinaman FatGooner in another name?

Anthony
Anthony

You could also argue that Cech, Ospina, Sczesny, Almunia, Fabianski have all been let down by a terrible defence during their time with us too.

Point is, it’s not all down to the coaching staff.

I’d like to see David Seaman return to the club, form a partnership with Lehmann and really coach our shot stoppers!

I know bid Dave has expressed a desire to work at the club in the past.

hahahaha

Thumbed you up. But, God! Don’t make excuses for Almunia

TheNewBoss
TheNewBoss

Do you know how many mistakes Cech has made in the last 2 seasons? Can’t argue for him plus we know out defense have been poor aand know how many mistakes they have made as well

Martin
Martin

The fact that Juve chose Szczesny as back up to one of the greatest keepers means that they must be impressed with him. It was a terrible mistake to let him leave

Spunky cleaner
Spunky cleaner

I’m throwing my name into the hat.. my previous experience includes:
A failed trial at McDonald’s, and 2years working as a wank bank attendant in Amsterdam, where my duties included and were limited too.. cleaning up other people’s spunk, unfortunately I was dismissed from this position for getting caught using my tounge instead of a mop.
I also have a D- in Geography at GCSE level, and i’m a proud owner of a provisional drivers licence, that I purchased from some bloke for £2.50 on a recent trip to Bangkok.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

This is just disgusting.

Grimster
Grimster

Couldn’t agree more – the integrity of the DVLA licencing system is of paramount importance.

I Didn't See It

Agree completely. Geography was my favorite subject.

A P
A P

You try too hard fishing for thumbs up.

Lame and pathetic. Get a life. A proper one.

Paul
Paul

“Gazidis, Wenger and Bould walk into a wank bank…”

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

The tongue part made me think of Harry Kane for some reason

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I have a disgusting image of him with his mouth open in my head now

I Didn't See It

Safe to say you got no references from the bank. Did you get the mop as a parting gift?

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

Oaahahahahahahahahaha! Thank you sire!

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Failed comedic post. Tut tut.

Blackadder
Blackadder

Good, time for a rocket up the entire club back room staff arses. I’m sure an element of the playing complacency/sloppiness is down to them as much as Wenger. Too many people very comfortable.

Pete
Pete

I’m gutted that Vik Akers’s role has been filled… That’s the only role I could have ever filled.

gooner
gooner

Can you put on your shorts on a cold rainy Wednesday night in stoke?

Oh wait, that role is gone too. 🙂 haha you orcs

Iliketosoundmart
Iliketosoundmart

Haha!

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

What kind of a petty downtrodden peasant would ever be unhappy with a comment that takes a shot at the relegated foam mouthed Orcs?

As can be seen in the ZERO downvotes, none! ?

TeeCee
TeeCee

OK, own up. Who was it who showed one of the shambling troglodytes how to use the downvote button?

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock

I’ll be surprised if the new manager doesn’t re hire Peyton, when you look at how good our goalkeeping has been since he’s been there.

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

avram grant seen at the colney… it can’t be surely??????

John
John

I know Boro and Arsene are virtually joined at the hip, and Neil Banfield was a key part of the Arsenal Academy for many years.

But I will never understand how or why Gerry Peyton was not moved on earlier, when nearly every Arsenal goalkeeper under his watch developed major flaws in their game.

Hopefully the major problems in Peyton trained goalkeepers vanish with a new man with fresh ideas at the helm.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Is anyone else getting more and more excited about who’ll be the new manager? Personally I hope it’s that assistant to Klopp.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Alan Pardew ftw

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

No love for Fat Sam?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I prefer Alan Pardew

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

or Pulis

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

How about Mourinho? Defensively minded, winning touch and just so classy.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It would be like all my birthdays and Christmases came at the same time

afan
afan

makes sense, but we have got to get rid of bould and lehmann aswell

Hantal
Hantal

Why Lehmann?

afan
afan

what does he do?

Paul
Paul

Do you know what any of them do afan? Why pick on Jens?

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Everyone’s talking about Peyton with good reason but most of the best goalies have a solid defence and defensive midfield structure in front of them. Our goalies haven’t had that for over 10 years.

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

who coached Lehman….

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

That would be Jens

TeeCee
TeeCee

Yes, but he wore a different hat and called himself Asparagus Man while he did it.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Anyone else think that our most senior coaches being sacked points to an established manager being hired? Basically making room for someone who would want to bring with them their own coaching team.

I can’t imagine Arteta, Vieira, Buvac etc would have that sort of set up that would follow them from club to club.

bendtnerschristmastree
bendtnerschristmastree

The need for a new goalkeeper coach has been quite obvious, hasn’t it?

Krakkenballs
Krakkenballs

Release THE STALWARTS !