Coach Andy Woodman is set to leave Arsenal after Bernd Leno asked for him to coach the first-team goalkeepers, Football Insider has learned.
This site broke the news last week that Woodman, 49, is heading out of the London club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
An Arsenal source has revealed that Gunners number one Leno was unwittingly at the chain of events leading to the coach’s forthcoming exit.
The German, 29, is believed to have complained to the Arsenal hierarchy about goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana Pavon.
Leno “does not rate” Pavon and expressed his misgivings behind the scenes.
They have yet to be acted upon, with Woodman instead made aware his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the campaign.
The father of Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – currently shining on loan at Swansea City – has been in charge of the Arsenal keeping department since 2018.
His role has involved working with the academy and the development of keepers at all levels of the club from Under-9s through to the Under-23s.
Leno is believed to be a fan of Woodman’s methods and wanted to work with him on a daily basis.
Pavon has been the goalkeeper coach at Arsenal since joining in December 2019 to work with Leno and the other senior men.
His arrival from Brentford coincided with that of manager Mikel Arteta.
He has previously held keeper coaching roles at Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, West Ham and Charlton Athletic.
The experienced operator has also had a spell in management at National League South Whitehawk and is good friends with England manager Gareth Southgate.