Gunners go Dutch as Academy is reshuffled


Arsenal have confirmed a raft of changes to the coaching set-up at Academy level with new youth director Andries Jonker recruiting two of his Dutch compatriots for roles at under-18 and under-16 level.

A statement on the club’s official website reveals:

“From July 1, existing under-18s coach Carl Laraman will join Steve Gatting to work with the club’s under-21 players. This follows Terry Burton’s decision to leave Arsenal this summer.

“The under-18s will be managed by new arrival Frans de Kat and former Arsenal player and current under-16 coach Kwame Ampadu. The under-16s will be under the leadership of Jan van Loon.”

Both De Kat and Van Loon start their roles at London Colney and Hale End respectively on 1 July and arrive in London with a wealthy of experience garnered working for the Dutch national set-up.

It was revealed two weeks ago that in light of Andries Jonker’s appointment as Liam Brady’s successor that Terry Burton had decided to quit the Gunners.


  1. there a possibility jonker could take over from Wenger when Wenger decides to quit???i mean,its a good possibility.

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  2. Well if the Dutch know how to do one thing, other than making amazing waffles and coffee to have after smoking a big fat one, being liberal in their sexual pecadillos and producing the director of the original Robocop, it is training young footballers to be technically gifted.

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  3. I like it. I have just finished reading Dennis Bergkamp’s biography and at the end he talks about Cruyff’s great Ajax academy project . Cruyff intends to create an academic system that will produce enough talent to get Ajax into the Champions league consistently! Imagine that , wothout spending any money! Though I’m not sure if it’s really possible for Ajax to do that with all the oil rich bastards around to cherry pick their talents every year , It is possible for us because of our financial strength. I hope we try to implement the Ajax system at our club . That would be really grand.

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    • well technically Ajax have been doing that for the last 20 years. they always make CL without spending & have been selling their best players for a while, Vermaelen, Vertonghan, Van Der Wiel, spring to mind

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  4. It does look like we are setting up the backroom for a bergkamp and overmars acquisition in the near future, they both have said they would like to come back in the future which leads me to think that maybe wenger will sign a new 3 year contract then within that tenure acquire them both as coaches and maybe eventually even a successor! Also henry’s not got long left and could maybe also be aquired in some role during that time aswell!
    You’ve got to dream i suppose!! COYG

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    • If I know Arsenal it’s more likely to be paving the way for Glenn Helder and 2unlimited to get the gig rather than Dennis and Overmars.

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  5. This generation
    Rules the nation

    Music happen to be the food of love
    Sounds to really make you rub and scrub
    I say
    Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
    Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side

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