Ex-Arsenal star is new coach at Dubai soccer school

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Former Arsenal player Ian Selley

Former Arsenal player Ian Selley

Former Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley has been appointed as the new head coach at Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai. 

Selley, who was known for his tight control, firm tackles and intelligent distribution, will start work at the soccer school on September 24.

As head coach at Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai, Selley will oversee all coaching at the facility, which was set up in 2009 as a joint venture between Arsenal and Emirates, based at 7he Sevens, the airline’s dedicated sporting facility on the Al Ain Road.

“This is the perfect job for me,” said Selley. “With my Arsenal background and my passion for coaching, this is an ideal opportunity, especially as it’s based in Dubai, a city and lifestyle that I have always admired.

“I have updated the training programme and there are some new and exciting surprises for those who sign up. My aim is for us to deliver sessions that are great fun and very satisfying at the same time, in a safe and educational environment.” 

Selley, now 38, made his debut with Arsenal in 1992 and chalked up a total of 60 appearances – winning the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1994/95 season - before spells at Southend, Fulham and Wimbledon.

Aged 18, he also represented England in the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championships.

The school runs three 10-week terms each year. Enrolment starts at AED1,750, which covers the cost of an Arsenal Nike training kit, water bottle, cap and sports holdall.

The school is open to boys and girls aged five to 18 of all abilities.

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