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Mikel Arteta names his staff

The picture’s now complete.

Arsenal Training Session Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

One of the open questions during Mikel Arteta’s courtship and signing as Arsenal head coach was who would form his coaching staff. It was thought that Freddie Ljungberg would remain, and there were some rumors of Arteta bringing a couple guys with him from Manchester City, but nothing was made concrete until today, when an official announcement of Arteta’s staff was made. Here they are:

Freddie Ljungberg. As expected, Freddie remains at the club, as assistant coach.

Albert Stuivenberg. Currently the Welsh national team assistant under Ryan Giggs, he will continue to hold both jobs until after the European Championships this summer.

Steve Round. A former Director of Football for Aston Villa, Round has coached at Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Everton, and Manchester United, and also with the England team.

Inaki Cana Pavon. This is widely regarded as a coup for Arsenal. Pavon is a very highly regarded goalkeeping coach with Brentford who will hopefully be able to train Arsenal’s keepers not to play out of the back any more.

I don’t really know a lot about what specifically each assistant will do, other than Pavon, but finally, after a fair amount of churn, Arsenal have a complete full-time coaching staff in place. and that can’t help but help the club start to move in the right direction.