• Gary O’Driscoll had initially accepted offer from league leaders
  • Liverpool seeking replacement for departing Andrew Massey

Arsenal have been boosted by the decision of their long-serving head of medical services, Gary O’Driscoll, to reject a move to Liverpool and remain in north London.

O’Driscoll originally decided to join Liverpool, who made him their top target to replace the Fifa-bound Andrew Massey, in January but has changed his mind and will continue in his current role at Arsenal. Both personal and professional reasons are believed to be behind his change of heart, with the improved environment under Mikel Arteta a significant factor. The 49-year-old’s family were keen to remain in London while O’Driscoll, although flattered by Liverpool’s interest, feels convinced and excited by the direction in which Arteta wants to take Arsenal.

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