ARSENAL have begun a huge cull following the departure of Arsene Wenger – with physio Colin Lewin leading an exodus of SIX of the former manager’s backroom staff.
The Gunners are attempting to move quickly to replace Wenger with Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta now the leading candidate to become their new boss.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is leading a major overhaul of the entire structure at the Emirates, the biggest upheaval behind the scenes at the club for two decades.
Head of medical Lewin is the highest-profile casualty of the changes, after being told this week his 23 years at Arsenal were coming to an end.
Joining Lewin on the way out are first team coach Neil Banfield, goalkeeping expert Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and kit man Paul Johnson.
Boro Primorac, Wenger’s close ally throughout his management career, is also on the way out as the new era at the North London club continues at a pace.
Assistant manager Steve Bould and goalkeeping coach Jens Lehmann are understood to have been offered the chance to stay on.
But it is believed Bould is considering whether he wants to remain working at Arsenal, and hoping to discover the identity of the new manager before making a final decision.