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'I didn’t want to leave, but I haven’t looked back since' - Dundalk old boy Clarkin settled in Gunners' ranks

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Eoin Clarkin. Photo: Sportsfile

Eoin Clarkin. Photo: Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

Eoin Clarkin. Photo: Sportsfile

Mikel Arteta spoke respectfully about Dundalk in his press appearances ahead of Arsenal's first competitive clash with a team from these shores.

The Spaniard does not have any Irish players in his dressing-room, but there is a substantial Irish presence around the club, and the 38-year-old said they had given him some pointers on what to expect. He had even read up on the unlikely back story of coach Filippo Giovagnoli.

Mayoman Barry Solan is the closest to Arteta in his role as lead strength and conditioning coach, while Galway's Des Ryan is the head of sports medicine and athletic development at the academy. Tipp native Paudie Roche works with the academy's strength and conditioning team, while Dubliner Ken Gillard coaches the U-18 team. Limerick's Yvonne Tracy, the former Ireland international, also has a backroom role in the kit department.


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