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.

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