Danny Karbassiyoon joined Arsenal in August 2003. His first taste first-team action came in a Carling Cup match against against Manchester City where he joined a list of players like Freddie Ljungberg, Samir Nasri, and Thomas Vermaelen to score in his debut match.

Danny Karbassiyoon is a busy man.

After hanging up his spikes, the former Arsenal player took up a new role as a scout for the Club. He now scours North America for the best young talent in hopes of finding Arsenal’s stars of tomorrow

Danny was recently in London, and took some time to talk to Arsenal.com about the life as a scout, the state of the game in America and what has changed since he first joined the club as a player seven years ago.

In part one of the interview Karbassiyoon discusses:

  • his responsibilities as a scout
  • what an average day is like
  • the popularity of the game in America
  • untapped potential of American players
  • the challenges of scouting a huge territory
  • how he finds talented players
  • gauging quality of young players
  • empathizing with the youngsters
  • cultural differences between the U.S. and UK

» Part Two: 'People are starting to expect more'

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