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Arsenal player released by Arsene Wenger now manages one of the world's worst teams

Arsenal player released by Arsene Wenger now manages one of the world's worst teams

The forward spent three years at Arsenal.

An Arsenal player who left the club for free under legendary manager Arsene Wenger now manages one of the world's worst international teams.

Chris Kiwomya joined the Gunners from Ipswich Town in a £1.25 million deal in January 1995 after impressing in the old Second Division.

He was one of George Graham's final signings before his departure in February, which impacted Kiwomya's career in North London.

The arrival of Dennis Bergkamp the following summer, in addition to competition from Ian Wright and John Hartson, saw Kiwomya spend the next few years on loan at French side Le Havre and Malaysian outfit Selangor.

Wenger eventually decided Kiwomya wouldn't fit into his team and let him move to Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer.

After retiring in 2002, Kiwomya did his coaching badges and took a role in Arsenal's academy before becoming Ipswich's reserve team coach.

In 2013, he took his first permanent manager's job at Notts County. During his time at County, he managed a young Jack Grealish and snatched a draw away at Liverpool in the League Cup.

Kiwomya during his time as Notts County manager. (Image

After departing later that year, he had to wait eight years before being appointed British Virgin Islands manager.

The British Virgin Islands are currently ranked 204th out of 207th in the world on FIFA's official rankings.

When Kiwomya arrived, the British Virgin Islands hadn't won a game since 2012. That all changed under the 53-year-old.

He guided his side to a 3-1 win over Turks & Caicos in the Concacaf National League.

Kiwomya during his time at Ipswich Town. (Image

Kiwomya told reporters in his post-match interview per TWTD: "I'm really happy that we the team could make history for the BVI.

"It's a difficult situation with the players because they are not professional apart from one and I don't get to train all the squad together on a regular basis.

"However, I like a challenge and developing players and they have taken on board what I've asked from them. It also helps that the BVI has beautiful islands!"

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Topics: Arsenal, Arsene Wenger