ARSENAL have been dealt a blow after losing top academy bosses Kevin Betsy and Dan Micciche to Crawley Town.
Betsy helped guide Arsenal's U23s to a top-three finish in Premier League 2.
He also spent five successful years in the England youth setup, taking charge of the Three Lions’ U15s, 16s, 17s and 18s, before joining the Gunners in the summer of 2021.
Betsy has penned a two-year deal with the mid-table League Two outfit.
On the move, he told Crawley's website: "I am joining a club that has a great history that we should no doubt embrace, and we are also looking at an exciting new beginning on many levels both on and off the pitch.
“I was very impressed with Eben and Preston’s vision for the club. Following discussions, l knew I would be working for bright and genuine people that share the positivity and energy to take this club forward.
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"I will work extremely hard and put my heart and soul into every single day to help make us successful.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and faith shown in me by Eben, Preston and the others I have spoken with. I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone at the club.
"Together, we can look to Crawley Town to be a club that people enjoy coming to watch and that players and staff love coming to work every day.
"Crawley will be a positive place to bring our local community together and attract the next generation of supporters globally to the club.
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“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Arsenal, all of the staff and players for a wonderful time at the club.
"The club has been first class in how things have been conducted and allowing me to take this chance to progress myself with the opportunity at Crawley Town.”
Joining as his assistant manager is Arsenal U18s boss Micciche.
Like manager Betsy, Micciche spent time with the England youth setup before making the switch to Arsenal.
Betsy said on Micciche: "Dan has an outstanding coaching background, he is one of the best in the country and will complement our staff very well.”
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