Arsenal coach leaves for Monaco: Kwame Ampadu, the head coach for Arsenal U18s, has left the club to work under Thierry Henry at Monaco.
Arsenal has been in sublime form this season. After losing the two opening Premier League games to Man City and Chelsea, the Gunners are yet to drop points in the league. Unai Emery’s side currently sits at 4th in the league, with only two points behind league leaders Manchester City.
The Gunners are also on a nine-match winning streak in all competitions, which include a win in their first round of Carabao Cup over lower-league side Brentford, and two Europa League group matches.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have found their goal-scoring boots, as both scored a brace in their last match against Fulham this weekend. Arsenal thumped the newly-promoted side 5-1 at Craven Cottage to take a lead over Tottenham in the table.
However, Arsenal faced a huge setback this week, when their u18 head coach, Kwame Ampadu left the club to join AS Monaco. Thierry Henry, the Arsenal legend, took charge as manager of the French club after Monaco parted ways with Leonardo Jardim.
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Ampadu coached Arsenal at the schoolboy level and later rose to rank with the U18s. The Irish coach played a key role in the development of Arsenal stars like Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock.
Thierry Henry is joined by assistant coaches João Carlos Valado Tralhão, the former Benfica U23s manager, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, the ex–manager of the Arsenal academy at AS Monaco https://t.co/5DDapvULmX
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He was also key to the promotion of various U18 stars to the U23 sides, such as Xavier Amaechii, Tyreece John-Jules and Bukayo Saka. His son, Ethan Ampadu plays at Chelsea.
Thierry Henry, 41, will take control of the group on Monday. He will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, U23 coach of Benfica Lisbon, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at the Arsenal Academy. pic.twitter.com/oVqgVD9rq7
— Enock Kobina Essel (@firminorob39) October 13, 2018
Kwame Ampadu began his footballing career at Arsenal, where he made 3 appearances between 1988-1991, before becoming a regular at Exeter City and Swansea City later in his career. As a coach, he rejoined Arsenal in 2012 at youth level, before graduating to U18s two years ago.
📄 @ThierryHenry is the new coach of AS Monaco.
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 13, 2018
Ampadu will now assist Thierry Henry at AS Monaco.
Arsenal’s search for a new U18 head coach is on. However, there hasn’t been a formal announcement by the club.
The senior team, meanwhile, continues to enjoy their winning run under Unai Emery and will return to Premier League action on October 21 against Leicester City, before taking on Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.
Arsenal are yet to drop points in the European competition this season. The Spanish head coach has won Europa League on three occasions with Sevilla FC.
Mesut Ozil and Ainsley-Maitland Niles have fully recovered from their injuries and returned to training earlier this week, which also provides a huge boost for the Gunners.