Former Gunner Kwame Ampadu has re-joined the club as an academy coach.
He joins from Exeter City where he has been under 18s coach under manager Paul Tisdale. Speaking to exetercity.co.uk, the former Republic of Ireland U21 international said, “I am delighted to receive a fantastic opportunity like this at such a huge club and I was really really happy to get the offer.
“I’ll be predominantly working full time with the Under 14s to begin with at a club where I spent three unbelievable years from 1988 after coming over from Ireland aged 17,” he said.
“Everyone knows the sort of club Arsenal is and what it stands for and luckily enough the way we try to play football in our youth set-up here at Exeter, trying to get the kids to pass the ball, is what they do there as well.
“Arsenal have a reputation of blooding young talent and City are very much in the same vein, if the managers think the players are good enough then they’ll play them.
“There are plenty of legendary figures throughout the set up at the club and I’ll just be going about my business quietly and keeping my head down!”
Midfielder Ampadu played just twice for Arsenal, coming on as a substitute against Derby County in a first division clash in February 1990 before making his final appearance a week later against Everton.
He was tranfered to West Brom in 1991 and also played for Swansea, Leyton Orient, Exeter City and Newport County.