Mikel Arteta intervention leads to Arsenal star making Liverpool transfer U-turn

Arsenal's head of sports medicine has made a dramatic career U-turn and will snub Liverpool to remain in north London, according to reports.

Gary O'Driscoll had been set to move to Liverpool as a replacement for Andrew Massey, who left Anfield to become the director of FIFA's medical department.

But the 49-year-old doctor from Ireland, has changed his mind and is now set to remain at Arsenal, where he has worked for the past 11 years.

There are a number of reasons – both personal and professional – behind O'Driscoll's U-turn, which was first reported by The Athletic.

O'Driscoll is said to be flattered by the interest Premier League leaders Liverpool have shown in him, but is keen to remain in London.

Most importantly though, O'Driscoll is excited by the direction Mikel Arteta is taking the club, and wants to continue working under the Spaniard.

Arsenal had started advertising for a new head of sports medicine after accepting that O'Driscoll would leave for Liverpool in January.

O'Driscoll's decision to change his mind is a huge boost for the Gunners.

The doctor is among the personnel at Arsenal leading the club's response to the coronavirus outbreak after Arteta tested positive for COVID-19.

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