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Arsenal head of performance Darren Burgess to depart after club’s dismal end to the season

Arsenal’s head of performance Darren Burgess is leaving the club following the failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Sportsmail understands the Gunners have also let go of long-serving masseuse Darren Page who has worked with the England senior team – a decision sources claim was taken by Burgess. Page had been at Arsenal since 2009.

Sportsmail revealed last week that manager Unai Emery held an inquest into the team’s slump at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Arsenal head of performance Darren Burgess is to leave Premier League club this summer

Arsenal head of performance Darren Burgess is to leave Premier League club this summer

It appears Burgess – who has been overseeing fitness and medical operations – is paying the price. 

The 45-year-old Australian, formerly of Liverpool, was hired by then-CEO Ivan Gazidis at the start of the 2017-18 season but struggled to assert his authority, particularly in his first season with Arsene Wenger’s stranglehold over footballing operations. 

After Wenger’s departure last May, Burgess was central to axeing a number of key members of the Frenchman’s long-serving backroom team. 

Sportsmail understands that the decision to get rid of popular head physio Colin Lewin particularly upset staff and players, while club sources also privately questioned training methods. 

Burgess will formally leave Arsenal before the start of next season. 

Unai Emery held an inquest into why Arsenal's performances dipped at the end of the season

Unai Emery held an inquest into why Arsenal’s performances dipped at the end of the season

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7133149/Arsenal-head-performance-Darren-Burgess-set-depart-summer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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