Two coaches from Arsenal have been out with the France rugby side as part of an initiative to learn from other sports but Mikel Arteta did not join them as he was in Florida on ‘another subject’.
According to a report in Le Parsien, Carlos Cuesta and Arsenal’s specialist in set pieces Nicolas Jover spent three days with the France national rugby team this week as they prepared for their game against Japan that takes place on Sunday, 20 November.
Le Parisien seem to imply that Arteta was also set to attend before a last minute change (more on that below), but they note that “the exchanges were rich between the staff.”
The invitation was in return for Arsenal hosting France coaches in London a few months ago.
“We received them for three days, Arteta was not there because he was in Florida for another subject,” France’s head coach Fabien Galthié said at a press conference on Friday.
“We have a partnership with Arsenal, which is first in the Premier League with a five-point lead and a team with an average age of 23.
“They don’t have the same issues as us at all, but it’s also very interesting to work with them.
“They observe us, we observe them, they criticize us, we criticize them in the positive sense of the term.
“It’s very rewarding in terms of feedback, vision,” he said before adding that staff from Lorient, 5th in Ligue 1, were also present this week.
“This is part of our mission and the meaning of our action which is to gather, federate, share,” he continued. “That helps too.