Scout Shaun O’Connor makes Arsenal return


Shaun O’Connor, the renowned scout credited with discovering Jack Wilshere, has returned to Arsenal after a five-year absence.

O’Connor, who also recruited Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Sanchez Watt and Cedric Evina during his initial ten-year stint at the club, left in 2009 owing to in-house politics and relocated to Brentford.

However, he has now returned to Arsenal and it is hoped that he will be able to put his vast collection of contacts to good use as the Gunners attempt to drastically improve the quality of players coming through the club’s academy. Wilshere and Ashley Cole are the only players to have established themselves as first-team regulars since the Academy’s reformation who have come all the way through the club’s system.

With Andries Jonker about to commence his tenure as the club’s Academy Manager, this is a time of considerable re-shuffling for the club beyond first-team level.

 

 

10 comments

    1. The article said: “Wilshere and Ashley Cole are the only players to have established themselves as first-team regulars since the Academy’s reformation who have come all the way through the club’s system.”

      What about Kieran Gibbs? An inaccuracy like that does the article no favours at all. Having said that, welcome to the bloke returning from Brentford.

      1. Gibbs joined at 14. I was referring to players who have come all the way through the system from the younger teams at Hale End to the first-team. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

  1. We need to push the kids more. Its like they think they are already superstars when they are in the academy. Brazilian kids train their socks off in the streets while here they got the best equipment and and facilities. Tempo and tactical knowledge needs to improve a lot.

    1. Hmmmm and they did really good in the world cup didnt they. You are talking total crap im afraid. If you had ANY academy knowledge , you would understand how hard the kids train pal. Oh and they also do Futsal. So do yourself a favour and go eat another bag of chips or something yeah!

  2. Another arsenal fan ??? They love pointed out any wrongs in articles don’t they … Your worst answering jeorge😉 keep you the great work u do

  3. Have got into scouting in the last year myself & have worked for Shaun at Brentford. Sorry to see him go as I’ve learnt a lot from him. His knowledge & wealth of contacts is amazing. A few of the lads still coming through the ranks at Arsenal were spotted by him in his first spell with you.

  4. JB – sorry if this is off topic, but can you clarify if ryo and campbell are classed as homegrown or non-homegrown?

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