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Arsenal lose another key backroom figure as head of player development leaves club

Arsenal have lost another key member of their backroom staff, with head of coach and player development Marcel Lucassen set to leave the club.

The Gunners have made a number of significant changes behind the scenes in recent months, first giving several long-serving scouts their marching orders over the summer.

Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao was one of them, departing the Emirates along with other members of the scouting department – including senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark.

And last month it was reported that contract negotiator Huss Fahmy will also be leaving before the end of the year.

Arsenal have lost another key member of their backroom staff, with head of coach and player development Marcel Lucassen set to leave the club
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According to The Athletic, Lucassen is the latest member of Arsenal’s backroom staff to be heading for the exit.

The Dutchman has worked as head of coach and player development since June 2018, with academy manager Per Mertesacker playing a crucial role in his arrival after working alongside him with Germany’s national team.

The Gunners are making several changes behind the scenes, also parting company with contract negotiator Huss Fahmy (right)

It is believed Lucassen has decided to leave the Emirates himself due to personal family reasons.

His responsibilities will be taken on by Luke Hobbs as Head of Academy Coaching, covering recruitment and development.

Hobbs took charge of Football Operations at Arsenal’s Hale End academy base in July 2013, while also enjoying a spell as interim Academy Manager in 2017.

Lucassen has worked as head of coach and player development in north London since June 2018 but will now leave for personal reasons
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Lucassen’s personal decision does not fit into Arsenal’s restructuring plans, although the flurry of recent departures do indicate that…