Arsenal hire set-piece coach Andreas Georgeson

According to reports, Arsenal has brought in Andreas Georgeson as Ljungberg’s replacement, and the set-play expert started his new role on Saturday.

Fellow Swedish coach Georgson joined the Bees as their head of set pieces and individual development in January and immediately made a difference in dead ball situations.

The Bees conceded just 10 goals all season, the fourth-lowest in the Championship, as the west Londoners reached the play-off final, where they lost to Fulham.

Arsenal, meanwhile, conceded 12 goals from dead-ball situations in the Premier League last term, but they managed to score 16 from attacking set plays – only Crystal Palace managed more with 19.

Georgeson was part of Brentford’s data-driven model based on a statistical analysis involving Expected Goals (xG) and has been spotted at matches taking photos and videos of the club’s set plays from the stands.

It is a similar role to what Ljungberg had at Arsenal, with the ex-Gunners star asked to analyze matches from the directors’ box and not next to Arteta in the dugout.

Georgeson is not the first Brentford coach that Arsenal has handpicked this season, with goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana joining Arteta’s coaching staff last winter.

Cana’s work has seen Emiliano Martinez make solid improvements in the Gunners’ FA Cup-winning season, while first-choice Bernd Leno finished as the runner-up in Arsenal’s Player of the Season Award.

Also among Arteta’s staff are ex-Manchester United coaches Steve Round and Albert Stuivenberg and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo.

Welcome, Andreas Georgeson to the arsenal.

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