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Report: Arsenal eyeing 43-year-old as replacement for Bould after legend was axed as under-23s boss

Arsenal have identified Kevin Betsy as a replacement for Steve Bould in the role of under-23s manager, according to Daily Mail.

The publication is claiming that England face a fight to keep a hold of the 43-year-old. It comes just a few weeks after the FA lost another Justin Cochrane to Manchester United. The figure left his role as under-19s head coach to join the Red Devils.

Bould ended his 33-year association with the north London giants earlier in the week. He was axed by the club after the under-23s endured a tough season in the Premier League 2. The youngsters escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth, winning just six of their 24 league games.

However, they enjoyed some success in the form of players breaking into the first-team. Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were regular features for Mikel Arteta’s side in the second-half of the campaign.

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TBR View: Arsenal under-23s need direction amid Betsy links

Last season was a desperately poor campain for Arsenal under-23s, who need direction amid links with Betsy.

The lack of direction under Bould was incredibly noticeable as the Gunners struggled for much of last season. His axing wasn’t a surprise and a change is needed for next year.

A sign of how far the club fell under the club legend is Saka and Smith Rowe. The duo developed extremely well under former boss Freddie Ljungberg, earning regular first-team football at home and abroad on loan.

However, no player made the breakthrough under Bould upon his return to the junior side. Planning with be key for the club as they look to continue creating a pathway into the first team.

Amid a lack of consistency from senior players and money for transfers, the youngsters have become key for the outfit.

The next appointment will be extremely appointment as the team look to continue developing players for the future.

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