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Returning Ampadu still sees trail for Arsenal youngsters

Kwame Ampadu has returned to Arsenal 20 years after he was a player at the club.

The 41-year old former midfielder is back involved in North London as an academy coach with the U13s and U14s and feels that there certainly is still a trail for promising youngsters to work their way towards the Gunners first team.

"I think the great thing is, even though this is such a massive club, an under-9 and an under-10 can look at players in the first team, like Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere and players that have come before them, going right back to in my time, players like David Rocastle and Michael Thomas," he told Arsenal Player.

"There's always been a tradition here where there's a pathway for young players to get into the first team."

And Ampadu, who played under George Graham in the early 1990s, is of the belief that there could also be further opportunities for himself at coaching level thus is the nature of the club.

"(Current assistants) Steve Bould and Neil Banfield started out at under-12s and under-13s. The club has allowed and helped them to progress all the way through," he added.

"That definitely gives people something to aim and look for in the future. The players see that as well so there's a lot of continuity at the club."

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