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Good luck, Kevin and Dan

Micciche and Betsy

Our under-23s head coach, Kevin Betsy, has left us to join Crawley Town as their new first team manager. Dan Micciche, our under-18s head coach, will join Kevin, as assistant manager, at the League Two club.

Kevin guided our under-23s to third place in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table in the 2021/22 season, winning ten and drawing 11 during the 26-match campaign.

Kevin started his coaching career at Fulham's Academy and joined us from the Football Association where he spent five years working in key roles with England youth teams across multiple age categories. He eventually became England under-18s head coach in September 2020.

Before becoming a coach, Kevin enjoyed an 18 year playing career, making over 400 appearances in English league football.

Dan Micciche led our under-18s to fourth place in the under-18 Premier League South last season, winning 14 and drawing six matches from 26 games played.

Dan joined our Academy in 2018 after spells as manager of England under-16s and under-17s, and MK Dons.

Our Academy Manager, Per Mertesacker, said: “We’re grateful for the work Kevin and Dan have done to manage and develop our under-23s and under-18s. Both have shown outstanding coaching ability so it’s no surprise they’re heading into first team management in the EFL. This is a great opportunity for them, and on behalf of everyone at Arsenal, I’d like to thank them for their service and wish them the very best of luck in the future.”

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Daniel Ballard joins Sunderland

Daniel Ballard

Daniel Ballard has joined Championship side Sunderland in a permanent move.

The Northern Ireland international spent last season on loan at Millwall, where he made a total of 32 appearances during a successful spell with the south London club.

The 22-year-old was a product of our Hale End academy and had been at the club since he was eight years old, progressing to a scholar in July 2016, which was followed by his first professional contract in June 2018.

Ballard also spent valuable time on loan at Swindon Town and Blackpool during his Arsenal career.

We wish Daniel all the best for his future with Sunderland, he will always be a valued part of the Arsenal family.

The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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