Arsenal turn to Candy Crush guru for Premier League success

Arsenal have turned to one of the minds behind the phone app Candy Crush Saga in an effort to secure Premier League glory.

Candy Crush is the all-conquering phone app published by that has been downloaded 2.7 billion times since it was launched in 2012.

And now Arsenal believe that Mikhail Zhilkin could be one of the pieces in their puzzle and have added him to their backroom team.

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Arsenal have hired Mikhail Zhilkin as a data scientist. Pic: Getty

Zhilkin spent four years as a senior data scientist/tech lead at and oversaw the launch of games Candy Crush Soda and Candy Crush Jelly.

The Russian has been hired as a data scientist in director of high performance Darren Burgess’ team.

Zhilkin’s will use the wide array of data Arsenal gather on their squad to optimise performance and minimise injury as the Gunners look to exploit possible marginal gains that could make a significant difference during the season.

Zhilkin has no previous experience in football but Arsenal are keen to broaden their knowledge base, particularly in relation to Burgess’ department.

He will have no input on tactics or recruitment.

with Yahoo UK.