Sport Arsenal recruit ex-Liverpool conditioning expert from Aussie rules

13:10  19 june  2017
13:10  19 june  2017 Source:

Arsenal consider move to re-sign Oguzhan Ozyakup

  Arsenal consider move to re-sign Oguzhan Ozyakup As we saw with Cesc Fabregas and possibly even Hector Bellerin if not this summer then perhaps down the line, Arsenal have been bitten by clubs looking to re-sign their former prodigies, but could the Gunners be about to do it themselves? According to Turkish-Football, Arsenal are one of three Premier League clubs that are reportedly interested in signing Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup this summer. Ozyakup joined Arsenal in 2008 from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and spent four years on the books at the Emirates, making just two senior appearances before returning to his homeland of Turkey with Besiktas for just £425,000. The 24-year-old has won three Super Lig titles during his five years at Besiktas, scoring 27 goals and providing 42 assists in 182 appearances across all competitions. With only 12 months to run on his contract, it’s believed that while there’s a long-term extension on the table from Besiktas, they will consider bids in the region of £13m for the central midfielder. Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham are also said to be keen, while West Ham and former Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic are linked as well.

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Darren Burgess - cropped: Darren Burgess during a Port Adelaide training session © Provided by Goal Darren Burgess during a Port Adelaide training session

Highly rated fitness expert Darren Burgess is set to join Arsenal from AFL team Port Adelaide.

Burgess, who previously worked as Liverpool's head of conditioning, was "handpicked" by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, according to the South Australian Aussie rules side.

Such is the esteem in which Port hold Burgess, he will be allowed by the Gunners to continue working with the AFL franchise throughout the coming months, including the planning and implementation of the next pre-season, as well as "daily remote consultation" with the remaining backroom staff.

Arsenal to appoint Burgess

  Arsenal to appoint Burgess Arsenal are set to appoint Liverpool's former head of fitness Darren Burgess as their director of high performance.Arsenal are set to appoint Liverpool's former head of fitness Darren Burgess as their director of high performance after agreeing a deal with Aussie rules side Port Adelaide.

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"The opportunity to return to the English Premier League and work at one of the world's most successful sporting organisations in Arsenal is an opportunity I simply couldn't refuse," he said in a statement on the Port website.

It remains to be seen if the influence of Burgess, who worked with Australia at the World Cup in 2010, can help Wenger keep his key players fit and in peak condition as they seek to return to the Premier League's top four, having missed out on Champions League qualification by finishing fifth last season.

The Frenchman is likely to remain under heavy pressure to deliver, despite having agreed a new two-year contract at Emirates Stadium amid calls from some supporters for the 67-year-old to step down.

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The German midfielder was taken aback by the dazzling stats the forward ran up at Roma last season and has backed him to bring similar form to AnfieldGermany midfielder Emre Can is relishing playing alongside new Liverpool recruit Mohamed Salah at Anfield next season.

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