Arsene Wenger is set to return to former club Arsenal to poach their data and analytics guru and bring him on board at FIFA.
Rosenfeld has led Arsenal’s internal analytics company for the past
decade and was involved in the search to replace Wenger when he left the
Gunners after 22 years in 2018, as well as the process not to offer
Unai Emery a new contract last summer.
responsibilities have diminished in recent months during the
restructuring of the Arsenal hierarchy and now Wenger wants to take
advantage of that and bring him to FIFA.
According to The
Athletic, Wenger, who is now head of global football development at
world football’s governing body, wants to develop the use of analytics
in the game in a bid to ‘level the playing field between bigger and
small national federations’.
Wenger and Rosenfeld will also ‘look at how analytics can be used as part of a global coaching curriculum’.
began working with Rosenfeld’s company StatDNA in 2011 and eventually
bought the company for just over £2million in 2012, it is claimed.
is said to have ‘embraced Rosenfeld’s data-led approach’ during his
tenure as manager and his company played a key role in a number of
transfers over the years.
their first meeting, StatDNA also presented Wenger with some
information on previous Arsenal signings that had not been successful in
a bid to show them how to avoid making the same mistakes. Marouane
Chamakh was allegedly one of those.
StatDNA’s software also
allowed Wenger to analyse games all over the world and helped him scout
future opposition. He could also use the data to tailor his players’
training programmes in a bid to avoid injury.
based in Chicago, Rosenfeld would spend a lot of time at Arsenal’s
London Colney training base during the transfer window.
was renamed as Arsenal Data Analytics last year. It will remain part of
Arsenal but Rosenfeld will no longer be involved.