Arsenal to launch ‘Football Factory’ in Turkey

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Arsenal have selected Turkey as the location for their seventh Elite Academy, after successful talks with Turkish Super League side Orduspor.

An agreement on an official partnership was reached at the weekend after Gunners official, George Tolias, and the club’s chief Turkish scout, Onur Beziray, met with representatives from the Black Sea outfit. It is believed that the reputation of current Orduspor coach Hector Cuper, previously of Inter Milan and Valencia, played a factor in sealing the deal.

The Arsenal Elite Academy system, established in 2001 and currently run by former midfielder Steve Morrow, has been set-up in six countries, with the largest in Europe founded in Greece last year.

Aimed at training children between 6-16 in the Arsenal football philosophy they are also used to mentor local coaches in the club’s latest training methods.

The Elite Academies exist separately from the ‘Play the Arsenal way’ Soccer Schools, established in 1985, which exist in 22 locations including Hawaii, Japan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Indonesia, Singapore and much of Europe.

Thanks to @Turkish_Futbol for the heads up, original article here.

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the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Stephen Morrow, an Arsenal player with winner’s medals who’d have the boo boys on his back like flies around shit these days.

Mind you I suppose he did back then as well, really

Vick
Vick

Good, squillaci has finally found his place.

Walks
Walks

BBC reporting we have got giroud, more or less

OOKed
OOKed

BBC are reporting that the Montpellier manager has confirmed that there are talks with Arsenal about Giroud. Still not a confirmed deal, we’ve done this in the past and missed out on a last minute £5000 or so pw salary disagreement.

fingers crossed it gets confirmed as this means Chamak is definite to leave now.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

To be fair the BBC are saying it’s expected the deal will be confirmed later this week.

And the BBC aren’t exactly the quickest to report rumour as fact, they usually go through their own sources before publishing rather than seeing a random tweet and going with that

It rather raises the interesting prospect – we’re all worried about forward signings being replacements for RvP.

Meanwhile, Theo’s got a year left on his contract and nobody seems bothered. Perhaps our consistent-in-patches number 12 is the one being lined up for a crafty summer sale?

Mystic
Mystic

Perhaps it is Theo that Arsenal are willing to offload to Juve.

Trex d' Gunner
Trex d' Gunner

Cool ! if the reports are true about arsenal almost concluding the deal to have Giroud over. Lets hope we hang on to RVP. We’ll definitely have the hottest attacking trio in the league next season (RVP, Poldi and Giroud). Its mouth watering.

realist
realist

Bring on the xmas tree 4321 always my favourite formation
szcesney
sagna koscielny vermaelen gibbs
wilshire mvila arteta
Rvp podolski
giroud

jacob
jacob

u mean no. 14

John
John

Out of respect to the whole number 14, I prefer that he called him the number 12.

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adboy
adboy

maybe we can get young turkish talent like ozil from an early age now before he moved onto germany

Munya
Munya

we did but we sold him to besiktas.