Report: Arsenal appoint new conditioning coach to combat injury problems

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The Gunners have suffered more than most clubs when it comes to having to put up with players in the treatment room.

Arsenal have reportedly appointed a new staff member to address the club's tendency to suffer regular injury problems within their playing squad, according to the Mail.

Sports performance specialist Barry Solan will be working alongside Shad Forsythe in the performance enhancement department, with the Mail stating that his official title with be the club's strength and conditioning coach.

Forsythe joined ahead of last season to begin to address the fitness and injury issues at the club, and will be bringing in someone he has worked with previously for sports performance form EXOS. Solan is currently working in gaelic football with Mayo GAA but will join up in time for the new campaign say the Mail.

Those two aspects of Solan's role, strength and conditioning, are something that has undermined plenty of Arsenal first team players' campaigns in recent years, with the 2014-15 season particularly difficult for a number of stars.

ESPN reported last autumn that Arsenal have had to deal with an average 75 injuries a year since the 2004-05 season, 11 more than the next highest club in the Premier League.

Clearly, reducing the number of players that suffer injuries would be a huge positive step in the future of Arsenal and their squad members.

What will particularly worry Arsene Wenger is that so many promising young players have seen their careers damaged by both a succession of injuries and reoccurring problems in the same area.

Abou Diaby was one player who never managed to stay fit no matter how many times he returned to the cusp of doing so, while Wenger will not be wanting the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, and in particular, Jack Wilshere do go down a similar route.

All three players missed significant parts of last season, and Wilshere's repeated problems, particularly with his ankles, have already caused him to miss entire seasons for the Gunners.

If Arsenal's appointment of Solan ends such issues, then he may just be the club's best signing of the summer.

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