As reports The Athletic, academy director Per Mertesacker will now be tasked with finding a replacement for Bould, who becomes the latest victim to the huge restructuring going on at the club.

A year before that former head of youth development Steve Morrow left of his own accord.

Several of Arsenal’s current squad have come through the club’s Hale End academy, including England international Bukayo Saka, midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and rising talent Folarin Balogun.