Done Deal! Arsenal Make First Summer Signing & It’s A VITAL One

By on June 12, 2014

Arsenal have completed their first signing of the summer and it might just turn out to be the most significant move Arsene Wenger makes over the course of the next few months.

Reports today claim that we’ve tied up a deal to bring fitness coach Shad Forsythe to the club this summer. The 40-year-old American is currently the head fitness coach of the Germany national team and will take up his Arsenal duties after the World Cup.

Arsene Wenger has moved to bring in Forsythe after reviewing the clubs training methods and voiced his concerns over our horrendous injury record in recent years.

Arsenal easily suffered more injuries than other other club last season and it’s been that way for at least three or four years, so it was about time the club took positive action to rectify it.

We all know Arsene rarely makes changes to his backroom staff so I’m taking this as a HUGE step for him as Forsythe will come in and working alongside Tony Colbert – who has been our first-team fitness coach for 16 years.

Forsythe has vast experience himself as he’s worked with the German squad for over 10 years and hopefully his appointment will revolutionise our injury prevention methods. I’ve seen various reports recently that claim our current methods in terms of match preparation and injury prevention are well behind the times, so fingers crossed this new lad will be given the power to modernise things and he won’t just become a ‘yes man’ to Wenger and Colbert.

If this appointment works out, it will be the most important ‘signing’ of the summer. No doubt about it. In my opinion, injuries prevented us from winning the league last year. Had Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil and Wilshere managed to keep themselves fit during key periods of the season, we’d have been right up there.

Hopefully Forsythe will be able to reduce the number of injuries we suffer and who knows, maybe he’ll even be able to keep Diaby fit!


  1. Amos

    June 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    We had a bad season for injuries last season but in the three previous seasons both ManU and Spurs lost more player days than we did. Over that same period the average playing days lost at Arsenal were about 15% more than the PL average though we played some 30% more games than the PL average.

  2. bc

    June 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Get diaby fit? The fella is a fitness coach not a bloody magician!!!

  3. Massa

    June 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Why brought in fitness coach not a world class striker?

  4. SAGunner

    June 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Halleluja!!! Been saying this for many month – We had 80 more injury hours than any other top club. Our fitness and strength methods are dated – they worked when we had big strong players like the Vierras of this world or Campbells – but now that we are buying timid brittle Ozil like players we need to give them some strength.
    Best news ever – better than the Ozil signing!

  5. hazardousmatt

    June 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Completely agree SAGunner. Been tracking this story and if true, make no mistake it could be is hugely important.Just hope it is true.

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  7. zico59

    June 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm


    • g wickert

      June 13, 2014 at 9:52 am


    • Reality Goon

      June 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Well, they’d have to at some point. 🙂

  8. Paulson

    June 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I hope wenger would bring Benard and Hanneness of Brasil

  9. Bwambale enock

    June 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

    True this wil bring fitness to players and finaly they wil compete.however there is need to be signing expirienced players.

  10. Folorunso tunde

    June 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

    How i wish wenger or what do u call ur self as a real coach winning FA CUP for d past four years now and you are happy.forget about signing coach or what ever.all what u need now is a strong strikers who can shoot from any angles.if not u are out of your senses dont u know players most go on injuries or are they machines.shameless coach.ARSENE WENGER.

  11. Brian

    June 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Wenger must be wiched and die coz he cant be watching players going

  12. kufre

    June 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Arsenal we need new fact in the club, I know your boys ar very good so we can win more trophy for ur club

  13. Olwoch Aldo

    June 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Wenga dont miss signing Martinez. Bid for him now only €25.

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