The widely-admired Gary O’Driscoll was going to join Liverpool but has opted to stay at Arsenal.
Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll has taken a U-turn. On his initial decision to join Liverpool. After the intervention of Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal already began the search. For a new club doctor. After he decided to join Liverpool. Which was back in January. As a replacement for Andrew Massey. The ex-Liverpool head of medical services unified with FIFA. As their medical director on March 1. Liverpool knew about the appointment back in December.
Liverpool already had an agreement with O’Driscoll. To replace Massey. But a late change of heart occurred. And now he will now stay at Arsenal. With Liverpool having had to restart the process. That was almost which was almost complete.
Change of Heart
Gary O’Driscoll did submit his resignation in January. And Arsenal advertised for an heir. And conducted some interviews. But pleas from Arteta and technical director Edu encouraged him to reject Liverpool. O’Driscoll is highly excited to stay at Arsenal. Because of the direction, they are going in under Arteta.
He chose to stay for personal and professional reasons. He was flattered by the interest from Liverpool. His family were keen on staying in London. He has great respect among his colleagues. His decision to stay is seen as something of a feat.
Arteta tested positive for COVID-19. Which happened on Thursday. No other Arsenal staffers have followed suit to date. O’Driscoll played a major part. In ensuring the club adequately equip. And handle things well. His work has been internally lauded.
The Reds will resume interviewing prospects. For the same role. After the Arsenal man turned them down. But academy doctor Jim Moxon has now taken charge. He is looking after the first team. In the interim. And now he’s been loaded with a massive duty. Of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Liverpool’s players are presently training at home on their own. And the only real advantage of this break from football is that those who are injured. They can return to full health. Before playing again. This indicates Alisson and Naby Keita should be fit. We might even see Shaqiri on the pitch again. The Swiss have hardly kicked a ball in this campaign. And is likely to leave this summer as a result.