The Gunners’ former head of global scouting speaks to Goal about his 24-year stay in north London, which came to an end this month
Francis Cagigao was a 16-year-old when he first arrived at Arsenal in the late 1980s looking to make his way in the professional game.
Little could he have imagined when he first walked through the doors of Highbury’s Marble Halls that it would be the start of a relationship that would last five decades before finally coming to an end earlier this month.
Cagigao’s time as a player in north London was brief. It did feature one FA Youth Cup success in 1988 but ended when Barcelona came knocking before he had even signed a professional contract with the Gunners.

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