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Former Arsenal Player Returns to North London Club In Scouting Role

This former Arsenal player has signed a three year contract with the Gunners, joining the London club as a scout…

In a somewhat shock move, former Gunner and ex-Reading manager Brian McDermott has signed for Arsenal as a scout.

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After being sacked by Leeds earlier in the year the Mirror have linked McDermott to Arsenal, with reports suggesting he has signed a three-year contract with the club.

The 53-year-old will work under chief scout Steve Rowley and will be a major feature of the Premier League side’s recruitment department.

McDermott actually started his football career at Arsenal, coming up through the youth team and making his full debut in 1979. He continued on at Highbury for a further five years before moving to Oxford United in 1984.

The former Leeds United manager made 61 appearances for Arsenal during his five year spell, scoring 12 goals along the way.

He was cheif scout at Reading under Alan Pardew back in 2000, finally taking the reigns at the club in 2009 when Brendan Rodgers moved on. He brought the side into the Premier League, but was sacked towards the end of the season following a poor run of form.

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