The Reds have been interested in making a move for their rivals doctor for some time now.
Now, they have finally made a move.
According to Daily Mail, Arsenal’s head of sports medicine is leaving the Gunners to join Premier League rivals Liverpool. The Gunners have already advertised their search for a replacement, before even announcing Gary O’Driscoll’s departure.
The north London outfit’s vacancy is listed on the club’s official website. The closing date for applications is at the end of January. The report describe O’Driscoll as a “hugely popular figure at Arsenal”, adding that he has been with the Gunners since 2009, but now leaders Liverpool have secured O’Driscoll’s medical services,
Some fans may be disappointed to learn that there’s a reported disappointment within the club, with the Mail claiming that the Gunners’ hierarchy didn’t make greater efforts to convince O’Driscoll to stay. It is even suggested that Mikel Arteta attempted to get the former British & Irish Lions doctor to remain with the north London outfit.
Whilst losing a member of staff with O’Driscoll’s impressive resume would usually be a massive blow to a backroom team, perhaps this could spark a shake-up of Arsenal’s medical team that could put an end to their ongoing injury troubles.