Arsenal close to appointing German fitness coach Shad Forsythe

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Arsenal are attempting to make sure a season full of injury woes is not repeated next term by making a concerted effort to appoint German national team fitness coach Shad Forsythe, according to reports.

Forsythe has worked with Germany for the best part of a decade, helping get the likes of Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski in the best possible condition ahead of this summer's punishing World Cup schedule.

The Gunners want Forsythe to continue a remit which includes looking after strength and conditioning at London Colney next season, and the Daily Mail believe Arsenal are close to completing quite a coup and persuading one of world football's leading fitness coaches to work at club level.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also been keeping close tabs on the Washington State University graduate for some time, with his reputation improving considerably in recent years by a strong relationship with Germany boss Joachim Low.

The American-born coach has been targeted by Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was left without key players consistently last season, including Aaron Ramsey, Ozil, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal are continuing to examine just why the injury curse continued to rear its ugly head and now believe more than bad luck is afoot, believing that Forsythe's methods may have a positive effect on a problem which definitely helped to derail their title charge last term.

Gunners fans will be relieved to see Wenger and Gazidis making moves to keep their best players fit when it matters most, although they will almost certainly have to wait until after the World Cup to formalise any agreement with Forsythe, a man very much in-demand.

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