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Kevin Betsy named new U23 coach of Arsenal

Kevin Betsy has been named new U23 coach of Arsenal.

The Gunners have been on the lookout for a replacement for previous incumbent Steve Bould, who was sacked by the club in June following 33 years in various roles in north London.

Betsy told the club's official website: "It's an honour and privilege to be joining Arsenal as Under-23s head coach.

"Arsenal is of course an iconic club in world football with such a rich history. This is also a club with a very strong current record of developing young football players for the highest level, but also placing an emphasis on producing well-rounded young people.

"I've had a tremendous five years working with the Football Association in vital roles across the England youth teams. During this time I've worked with many hugely talented young players and some amazing colleagues in a wide range of departments.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FA and in particular technical director John McDermott for allowing me to take this opportunity and making my transition into Arsenal so smooth.

"My work starts here and together with the talented people at this club, we aim to continue the strong work of providing the pipeline of talent to support the first team, whilst at the same time instilling the values and traditions of this football club, so that young players are ready for life as well as football."

Gunners academy manager and former defender Per Mertesacker meanwhile added: "We are extremely delighted that we have recruited through our interview process such a high profile candidate as Kevin Betsy.

"Kevin joins us from his current position as the Under-18s Head Coach for England. He has had very strong experiences through academy and youth football, and has a wealth of knowledge and ability.

"We are excited that Kevin will drive us to continue to deliver on our vision to develop and build 'Strong Young Gunners'.

"Kevin has proved in his coaching career that he will be a colleague who can contribute strongly to our players' development pathway by leading our Under-23s team, including our staff and players.

"We are incredibly pleased that Kevin is joining us and we discovered throughout the interview and recruitment process that Kevin is excited and passionate about joining the club and our academy."

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