Arsenal are planning to launch an academy in the United States.

Former Watford reserve team coach Gary Smith has been given the task of establishing the centre in Commerce City in the state of Colorado.

Smith will combine the role with his job as an assistant coach to head coach Fernando Clavijo at Major League Soccer outfit Colorado Rapids.

Smith will also develop the Arsenal Cup, a club tournament that will be open to American club teams from all over the United States and that will be hosted at the Rapids' Dick's Sporting Goods Park, says the Daily Mail.