As the Wenger In No Wenger Out Wait Wenger Won The FA Cup Again I Guess Wenger In discussion raged on all last year, one of the constants in that discussion was the need at Arsenal to freshen things up a bit in the front office. While the ardent Wenger Out-ers didn’t get that, nor did they get the “Wenger in but only if a DoF gets appointed as well”, they did get new training staff and they got Jens Lehmann as a coach.
But it seems that they didn’t get Lehmann solely - or at all - as a goalkeeper coach:
It looks like Arsenal have a new first team goalkeeping coach. Welcome to Arsenal Sal Bibbo. pic.twitter.com/fnuPHI9PPN— James Vella (@jvella7gooner) July 6, 2017
That’s right. There’s another new coach, and it’s a guy that I, at least, had never heard of. Sal Bibbo, an English goalkeeper, was an active player from 1992-2001, although he didn’t play much between 1992-99. he made most of his appearances for Havant & Waterlooville (29 appearances) and Bath City (38) at the end of his career, after which he became a goalkeeping coach at Reading, a position he’s held since 2010.
I don’t know how to properly evaluate a goalkeeping coach, so I can’t really say whether this is a stellar hire or a shrug hire. But either way, it’s fresh blood and new ideas, and that can’t really be a bad thing - and I trust Wenger to know what a good coach looks like, if nothing else.