I made my Arsenal first-team debut aged 20 and scored the winning goal… 17 years later now I run their IT department

DANNY KARBASSIYOON has gone from wing-back wizard to internet wizard since returning to Arsenal.

The American, 37, joined the Gunners in 2003 from US newbie outfit Roanoke Star the place he starred for the youth groups.

GettyDanny Karbassiyoon (No46) celebrates after his strike knocked Manchester Metropolis out of the League Cup in October 2004[/caption]

Arsenal FCKarbassiyoon now works for Arsenal of their IT Division after retiring[/caption]

Initially introduced in as a ahead, the left-footed maestro was transformed right into a full-back.

And he was rewarded with a primary crew debut in October 2004 within the League Cup third spherical tie away at Manchester City.

The previous USA Below-18 worldwide had an immediate influence off the bench as he fired in a ninetieth minute strike into the far nook after being performed in by Cesc Fabregas.

It turned out to be the winner after Robbie Fowler rifled residence a free-kick moments later on the Etihad.


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Karbassiyoon would go on to characteristic twice extra for Arsenal within the League Cup in opposition to Everton and Manchester United, who Arsene Wenger’s facet have been knocked out by.

In November 2004 the defender was loaned to Ipswich, the place he made 5 appearances for the Tractor Boys.

Having failed to ascertain himself in Wenger’s facet resulting from Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy, Karbassiyoon was launched in 2005 the place he linked up with Burnley.

However accidents restricted him to simply 5 appearances together with his contract terminated a yr later, and after an unsuccessful trial at AZ Alkmaar, Karbassiyoon retired in early 2007 on the age of twenty-two resulting from recurring knee issues.

GettyKarbassiyoon (center) scored a ninetieth minute winner in opposition to the Residents on his debut aged 20[/caption]


Nevertheless he remained within the stunning recreation the place he grew to become an Arsenal scout for the American area, the place he’s credited for bringing Gedion Zelalem and Joel Campbell to the membership.

After leaving to start out a profitable on-line gaming firm, he returned to Arsenal as soon as once more the place he’s now a product supervisor of their IT division.

His position combines his data of scouting footballers and expertise the place he helps technical director Edu and the recruitment crew.

Chatting with Arsenal’s website about his position, he stated: “Primarily I lead the course and design of our two bespoke, in-house platforms.

“The primary is our recruitment platform, geared in direction of the gamers that we need to carry into the membership, and is led by Edu and the recruitment crew.

“Secondly, the efficiency hub is pushed by our coaches, sports activities science crew, medical and energy and conditioning workers.

“They are both unique to us at Arsenal, and I was able to combine my experience from my days as a scout, with my knowledge of tech and development.”

He continued: “When Edu first arrived as technical director, he wanted to make three or 4 totally different calls if he needed info on a particular goal or new participant.


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“He would name the StatDNA guys, the scouts, the analysts – it might take some time. My resolution was to have all that info prepared by simply typing in a participant’s identify to a database.

“It’s a bit more sophisticated in that the various stakeholders are given the information that’s relevant and pertinent to them, but essentially it brings everything together in a usable platform.”

Karbassiyoon added: “I’m a part of the IT division, so I’m technically primarily based at Highbury Home, however I additionally work intently with the blokes at Colney, and am often there a few instances every week.

“I work across the departments, which is great, because there is input from the medical team, recruitment, sports science, Edu as well of course.”