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KEVIN BETSY is emerging as a contender to fill the vacant Under-23s boss role at Arsenal.

The Gunners controversially axed club legend Steve Bould from the position in May.

3Arsenal want England Under-18s boss Kevin Betsy to replace Steve Bould as U23s chiefCredit: Getty 3Steve Bould was sacked as Arsenal Under-23s coach at the end of the 2020-21 seasonCredit: Getty

Betsy, 43, is currently head coach of the England Under-18s and is highly-rated within the system at the FA.

As a player, Betsy turned out for Fulham, Barnsley and Wycombe.

Since retiring, he has moved into coaching, also managing the Three Lions at Under-16 and Under-17 level in recent years.

And Arsenal hope Betsy can inspire a change in fortune after a dreadful 2020-21 season.

Last term, Mikel Arteta led the Gunners to eighth in the Premier League.

In May, Arsenal kicked-off their summer shake-up by axing Bould, 58, after three decades of service.

The Gunners icon had been at the club since 1988 - firstly as a player and then as a coach.

Bould had worked as Under-23s coach from June 2019 until last month after taking over from Freddie Ljungberg.

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But he was given the boot by Arsenal after the Under-23s finished TENTH in the 13-team PL2.

Academy chief Per Mertesacker took over from Bould on an interim basis.

But the club are looking to appoint Betsy with plenty of time before the new season.

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Arsenal eye £30m Bruno Guimaraes transfer after 18-month chase as cash-strapped Lyon may be forced into selling

ARSENAL are reportedly eyeing a £30million move for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Goal claims the Gunners see the Brazilian as an alternative to Manuel Locatelli.

2Arsenal are preparing a £30m move for Lyon midfielder Bruno GuimaraesCredit: Getty

And talks with Lyon have already started, as the cash-strapped French side need to raise funds.

Guimaraes, 23, has been at Lyon for just 18 months after a £15m move from Athletico Paranaense in January 2020.

In that time he’s impressed with three goals in 46 appearances.

And Guimaraes’ fine form was rewarded with a debut Brazil cap in November.

Arsenal are now said to be targeting him after struggling to secure a deal for Locatelli.

The Sassuolo ace, who helped Italy to glory at Euro 2020, is Mikel Arteta’s top target this summer.

However, Juventus are also in the running for his coveted signature.

And Locatelli would prefer to stay in Serie A after proving doubters wrong.

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Arsenal are now said to have opened talks with Lyon over a potential £30m deal for Guimaraes.

It’s reckoned the Gunners had been tracking him since his playing days in Brazil.

And with Lyon reportedly struggling to balance the books after losing Memphis Depay on a free transfer to Barcelona, they are open to doing business with Arsenal.

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