Arsenal will not allow Dr. club Gary O’Driscoll to join Liverpool, despite the Gunners’ medical man having agreed on an agreement to go to Anfield.
O’Driscoll will replace Andrew Massey with Premier League leaders with Massey taking on a FIFA role from March 1st.
The current chief medical officer of Arsenal is believed to have accepted the role of chief of medical services in Liverpool.
But the Daily Mail says it won’t leave the Emirates until Arsenal has found a replacement.
It appears that Mikel Arteta’s team has already started advertising for his replacement with an assignment for the role of head of sports medicine at Arsenal.
O’Driscoll spent over a decade north of London, arriving for the first time under Arsene Wenger.
Arteta will now have to be busy recruiting off the field and turning on the January transfer window in full flow.
The Gunners have been linked to a number of players in the window but have not signed anyone yet.
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Recent reports suggest that Arsenal will fight in the summer with Manchester United for Leicester star James Maddison.
The midfielder has shone for the Foxes and has attracted a lot of attention by also earning his first international hat this season.
Maddison was thought to be leaving King Power this month, but Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers rejected that speech.
“James is a very talented player, a wonderful player, and he will be here in January and beyond,” said Rodgers recently.
“There is a lot of speculation about many of our players, which is fantastic because they are talented and it means that they and the team are doing very well.
“There is no pressure to sell here and there is no need for us to sell.
“Nobody will leave here in January, that’s for sure, if we want we can add to the team.
“He is a player who we very much want to stay here and help us on this journey in the coming years.
“James and his representatives are talking to the club, which is fantastic. These things take time.
“In the meantime, his level hasn’t gone down, he’s concentrating on the game, he’s playing football at a very high level. He was brilliant.”