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Olympic sprint legend helping Arsenal

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Johnson is bringing Arsenal up to speed (©GettyImages)
Johnson is bringing Arsenal up to speed (©GettyImages).

Arsenal have been receiving help from Olympic sprint legend Michael Johnson in a bid to improve the speed of youngsters in the Gunners’ squad.

 

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the four-time Olympic gold medallist from the USA and revealed the Emirates Stadium club often send some of the younger players in the squad to Johnson’s running academy in bit to improve their speed.

 

Johnson was a guest at London Colney – Arsenal’s training complex – on Tuesday and Wenger explained his connection with the club and how his methods help the Gunners starlets.

 

“He has no role at the club. He is a runner. We sometimes co-operate with his school," the Frenchman told reporters ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Olympiacos.

 

"For example, if a player needs to work on some aspects of his physical side, we send them there for preparation. It is a fantastic school, but he is not directly involved with our team.

 

“This summer it has been Ignasi Miquel and a few youth players. Has he come back faster? Not fast enough to win a gold medal!

 

“But you have two ways to run quickly - I will teach you now. First, is to do as quickly as possible your movement, but you gain that very quickly, you will not improve that at the age of 18.

 

“The second is that, every time you make your movement, to have more power on your push. That is quite logical. If I can run at the same pace but can gain power every time I push, I gain one inch more. I will be quicker if I can repeat the frequency of my movement.”

 

Wenger will be hoping his side are on their toes and at their quickest on Wednesday evening when they take on the Greek champions in their second fixture in Group B of the Champions League.

 

The Gunners will be keen to get back to winning ways after the loss to Chelsea last weekend and build on their victory in Montpellier in the first round of fixtures at this stage.

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