Arsenal complete a deal for first member of Unai Emery's coaching staff

The 38-year-old has worked with Unai Emery since 2013 at Sevilla and followed the Spaniard to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016

Arsenal complete a deal for first member of Unai Emery's coaching staff

The 38-year-old has worked with Unai Emery since 2013 at Sevilla and followed the Spaniard to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016

29 May 2018 Tuesday 15:22
Arsenal complete a deal for first member of Unai Emery's coaching staff

Javi Garcia will join Arsenal as the club’s new goalkeeping coach, according to reports in France.

The 38-year-old has worked with Unai Emery since 2013 at Sevilla and followed the Spaniard to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.

He is highly respected at the Parc des Princes and the Ligue 1 club did not want to lose him this summer, despite Emery’s exit.

But RMC are reporting that a deal has now been agreed between Arsenal and PSG which will see Garcia move to the Emirates.

Arsenal have yet to announce details of Emery's coaching staff, but Garcia is expected to link up with Juan Carlos Carcedo - who will be assistant to Arsenal's new head coach.

Carcedo's playing career included spells at Nice and Atletico Madrid. He hung up his boots in 2006 following a couple of seasons in the third tier of Spanish football with Las Palmas.

He became the assistant manager to Emery at Almeria in 2006, despite being offered the role manager.

It was a position he held for a couple of years until he left to follow Emery to Valencia in 2008. Then in 2012, they worked together in Russia at Spartak Moscow.

In 2013, Carcedo returned to Spain taking up a position as Emery's assistant once again, this time at Sevilla, where the pair spent three years working together before heading to Paris.

Meanwhile, Arsenal still hope to sign Caglar Soyuncu despite the imminent arrivals of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The Gunners are closing in on a deal for Sokratis, whose move from Borussia Dortmund is excepted to cost the Gunners around £16 million.

Talks with Dortmund have progressed well this week and the Greece international, who has one year left on his deal at Dortmund, is now on the verge of sealing a switch to north London.

But Arsenal’s attempt to strengthen their defence will not just end with Sokratis, as head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is looking to bring in at least two more additions during the summer. A new goalkeeper is also on the agenda.

The Gunners are also confident of winning the race for Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is a free agent this summer having decided to leave Juventus after seven years in Turin.

The Switzerland international spent Friday holding talks with Mislintat and head coach Unai Emery at London Colney and has a two-year offer on the table.

But Arsenal are also hot on the trail of Soyuncu, who looks certain to leave Freiburg this summer.

he 21-year-old centre-back is currently away with the Turkey national team and played the full 90 minutes on Monday as they beat Iran 2-1 in a friendly.

Football.London understands there were Arsenal officials in attendance for the game in Istanbul watching the defender, who Freiburg value at £35m.

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