If Shad Forsythe can replicate the success he enjoyed with the German national team at Arsenal then the club could be heading for unprecedented success.
Fitness coach Shad Forsythe, an erstwhile unheralded member of the World Cup winning German national football team who joined Arsenal a little over two weeks ago, is finally attracting the commendation he deserves after a ten years of international service.
Just yesterday, Gunners trequartista Mesut Ozil posted a message on Twitter expressing his delight at having returned to training at London Colney and finding a familiar face not in Per Mertesacker or Lukas Podolski, but in Forsythe.
Ozil, 25, labeled Forsythe a "world champion" and the German press today have continued to laud the newest member of the Arsenal management due to the work he accomplished in the lead up to - and during - the recent FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
Key players such as Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger were all suffering from the intensity of an arduous campaign at club-level heading into World Cup duty, however, Bild note that "Forsythe was responsible for the fact that [key players] such as Lahm, Khedira and Schweinsteiger returned to full fitness [for the start of the tournament]."
A 40-year-old American, Forsythe began his tenure with Germany in 2004 when he was appointed by then team manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
He was introduced to the Arsenal squad at the end of July, last month.
How vital will Forsythe be in ensuring key Gunners return to full fitness quickly and healthily?