Guillaume Norbert from Arsenal to Racing

Guillaume Norbert, a former resident of the Arsenal Academy since the age of 16, is one of the first young French footballers to try his luck with the Gunners. He has fond memories of it.

In a lengthy interview on his website 13:00 Football, William Norbertin particular, the former professional player from Lorient, Nantes and Angers looks back on his time at Arsenal between 1997 and 2001. We have forgotten him, or perhaps he has been under-emphasized, but he was one of the first French youths. Hired by Arsene Wenger’s Gunners two years before Jérémie Aliadière: “It was the experience of a lifetime. I signed my first professional contract there. I was actually an intern for the first two years. The principle is different from France, I don’t know how it works today, but in England at that time all young players were placed in pairs in families, there was no training center. I fell into an Anglo-Italian family with Latin roots, which was a good thing! It was a great experience, I learned English, it’s the moment you become a little bit of a man, at least you think you are after the first few trips. explains.

Guillaume Norbert discovers professional football there

William Norbert He then discovers a club and team that have progressed and reached great heights under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage: “Then there was football in a big club, practically only international players, English, French, Dutch, FA Cup-Premier League doubles. Overmars, Bergkamp, ​​Ray Parlour, Ljungberg… I was 16 years old, I discovered that , it was a great experience. And then there was this great coach, Arsene Wenger, who had already achieved a lot, very humble, very kind. Afterwards I decided to return to France because I thought it would be easier to start my career fully at one of the biggest clubs in England I thought. adds.

12-year professional career in France before becoming a coach

He would continue his career in France with clubs such as Lorient, Créteil, Angers, FC Nantes and Le Havre, where he would finish his professional career before starting his technical career, which will now make him the coach of Racing. A mythical club in France that faced Arsenal many times in the 30s, 40s and 50s in the prestigious friendly before the creation of the European Cup.

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