Arsenal suspend two Under-23 coaches as club open investigation into allegations of bullying

The Gunners have confirmed that both Under-23 chiefs, believed to be boss Steve Gatting and his assistant Carl Laraman, have been placed on leave pending a club probe.

Eyebrows were raised when Under-18 coach Kwame Ampadu took charge of the U-23 side's 1-0 defeat to Porto in the Premier League International Cup final on Thursday.

An Arsenal spokesman said: “We have suspended two coaches and launched an investigation following complaints from some players.

“These are private matters and we will not discuss any further detail.”

The U-23 side were crowned Premier League 2 champions this season after finishing two points above Liverpool.

It is the first time they had won the title since the 12-team league was rebranded in 2012.

They suffered a blow in January when highly-rated midfielder Marcus McGuane, 19, quit to join Barcelona's 'B' team in Spain's second tier.

Gatting – the 58-year-old brother of former England cricket captain Mike – played for the Gunners at the start of his career before spending ten years at Brighton and two more at Charlton.

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He rejoined the club's coaching staff in July 2007.

Laraman, 56, has coached Gunners youngsters in two stints spanning over a decade, either side of a spell at Charlton.

He started out working with youngsters at U-9 and U-13 level before taking charge of the U-18s and while helping out with the U-23s.

The story was originally broken by the Islington Gazette, but the club has since confirmed to SunSport that they have launched an investigation.

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