Long serving physio Gary Lewin has today confirmed that he will be leaving Arsenal and work solely for the FA. England head coach Fabio Capello has been keen to appoint a full time physio and has succeeded in turning Lewin into a full time physio. Lewin will officially begin work with the FA on the 1st August.

Lewin began his career at Arsenal as a goalkeeper, however he chose to become a physiotherapist and joined Arsenal’s medical team in 1983. In his time at Arsenal he worked under three managers (George Graham, Bruce Rioch and Arsene Wenger) and has overseen a whole host of injuries at Arsenal and has been a pivotal figure in Arsenal’s recent history.

Arsenal managing director Ken Friar said “Quite simply, Gary Lewin is one of the best physiotherapists in world football today. We are all sad that he is leaving us, but we totally understand and accept his decision to seek new challenges in this newly created full-time role with the Football Association, one that we know he will meet with enthusiastic professionalism.

“Gary has played an integral role in the Club’s medical set-up for many years, and on behalf of Arsène, the directors, players and staff, I would just like to thank him for his massive contribution towards Arsenal Football Club during his time here.

“Gary will be greatly missed by all the players and his work colleagues at the Club and I know he will still keep in touch, as he will still have many friends here at Emirates Stadium. We wish him the very best of luck for the future in his new position.”

Gary will remain at Arsenal to oversee pre-season and help with the set up of a new medical team at Arsenal.

Read more about Gary Lewin and possible replacements here