Arsenal have appointed Marcel Lucassen to the club’s academy (via Arsenal.com).
Arsenal Football Club has experienced a tremendous amount of change behind the scenes in the last year.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has taken a far more hands-on role in the running of the club and that has been evidenced with recent appointments.
Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi form a crucial core team with Gazidis and new head coach Unai Emery.
Arsenal have announced a new appointment to that key team with Marcel Lucassen joining as the head of coach and player development.
Lucassen is the former technical director of Dubai side Al-Nasr FC and served as the German national team’s technical expert between 2007 and 2015.
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Also joining Arsenal is Lee Herron as the new head of academy football operations after spending 17 years at Reading.
It’s good that the club has looked to improve the academy with these two appointments. Not much is known about Marcel Lucassen but his track record is certainly impressive. The youth development in the German national team is the envy of the world and if Arsenal can take on some of these techniques and structures then that could be a very good thing for the club. These two will provide lots of experience to assist Per Mertesacker in his new role.