Arsenal have appointed a new data scientist, who will focus on injury and physical data. Russian, Mikhail Zhilkin - who played a major role in the launch of mobile game Candy Crush – will create bespoke profiles on each player at the club, in order to assist with training and injury recovery.
Although Zhilikin does not have any prior experience of the football industry, his insights and data will be utilised as coaching tools by Unai Emery and his staff. He will, however, have no input on tactics or recruitment.
Zhilkin spent four years as a senior data scientist and tech lead at King.com, overseeing the launch of games such as Candy Crush. The Russian has a masters’ in applied physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.