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John Jensen confirms Arsenal return as Gunners' Scandinavian scout; The former Arsenal player is back at the club as he joins Unai Emery's backroom staff.

Byline: John Cross

John Jensen is returning to Arsenal as the club's Scandinavian scout.

Former Gunners midfielder Jensen, 54, who became a cult hero during four years atArsenalin the 1990s, has described it as a "dream job" and hopes it will lead to a bigger role in the future.

Jensen told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: "It is true that I have to work for Arsenal. On July 1, I started my job as head coach for the club in Scandinavia.

"Initially, I need to find talents for the club's academy, but in the long term I hope to contribute with scouting players to the Premier League squad.

"After more than 20 years as a coach, I feel that I have my finger on the pulse of the football industry.

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"Since I stopped in Fremad Amager, I have worked a little for an agent company in the USA, where I have scouted players in Europe and especially Scandinavia.

"It has been extremely exciting. Now I continue in the same track with a focus on the young talents.

"There is a new trend where the clubs pick up the young talents very early today. They do it so they can shape themselves.

"The competition is therefore great, and that means that we must have followed the talents from maybe 12-13 years to assess whether they are ready for such a big leap that Arsenal will be when they can change clubs."

Jensen signed for Arsenal after scoring a spectacular goal for Denmark as they win the European Championships in the summer of 1992.

But despite that moment, Jensen struggled to find the net until finally breaking his duck in a home defeat to QPR in December 1994 which prompted fans to wear T-shirts with "I saw John Jensen score" emblazoned on the front.

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Jensen has confirmed his return to Arsenal

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Jensen in action for Arsenal at Highbury during his playing days

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2019
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