Rangers dealt ‘big blow’ as Cowen starts work at Arsenal

Talent-spotter Cowen begins work after swapping Rangers for the Emirates Stadium

Academy chief Phil Cowen has started work at Arsenal after quitting Rangers last year, sources have told Football Insider.

The new head of the Gunners’ academy scouting department has his feet firmly under the table at the London club after joining during the January.

Cowen informed Rangers of his intention to leave for Arsenal in October 2023 and departed two months later.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the talent-spotter’s departure is widely regarded as a “big blow” for the Gers.

His last role at Ibrox was as the head of talent identification, but he spent 15 years with the Glasgow giants in total in various capacities.

The transfer chief will now help Arsenal continue to recruit the best young talents as well as develop a clear plan for the future at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal already have a wealth of young talent on the books at the Emirates Stadium.

Ethan Nwaneri, 16, and Myles Lewis-Skelly, 17, are regarded as the top talents at London Colney.


Both players have been involved with the first-team this term, with Nwaneri making a 13-minute cameo in the 6-0 win over West Ham on Sunday (11 February).

Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson are among the current Arsenal stars to graduate from the club’s reputable academy.

In other news, major update on Scotland international quitting Rangers.

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