Arsenal confirmed last night that Terry Burton had been appointed the new coach of Arsenal Reserves in time for the second string’s return for pre-season training on Monday.
Burton’s first task will be to liaise with Arsene Wenger, and possibly Neil Banfield and Steve Bould, who have both been promoted to the first-team coaching staff, with regards to which young players he will have at his disposal for the forthcoming campaign.
Joel Campbell has already joined Real Betis on a season-long loan, while the likes of Nico Yennaris, Kyle Bartley and Conor Henderson are likely to travel to Asia with the first-team in the hope of imposing themselves in Wenger’s plans. It is likely that Burton will be given a younger group, including the likes of Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and Kristoffer Olsson, to work with and develop throughout the season.
Despite the departures of several young players already, decisions are yet to be made on the long-term futures of Bartley and Henri Lansbury, while suitable offers are yet to be received for Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt, who have been made available for transfer.
Burton, who has stated that he is looking forward to meeting his fellow coaches and the players, will also take charge of Arsenal’s maiden campaign in the NextGen Series, the youth equivalent of the Champions League, where he will manage an under-19 side.
Meanwhile, Arsenal under-18s return to training on Monday still unaware who their coach will be, although it is expected that another former Gunners player, Steve Gatting, will be promoted from his role with the under-16s