Arsenal Under-23 boss, and former Reading coach, Mehmet Ali has taken the next step in his development by securing his UEFA Pro License.

Ali, who joined the Royals from Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, enjoyed two-and-a-half years as youth development phase coach.

The latest in a long line of highly-promising coaches in Berkshire, the likes of Tyrell Ashcroft, Jahmari Clarke, Mamadi Camara and Dejan Tetek all broke into the first team under the management of Ali.

Moving on to Arsenal in 2021, the promising coach returned to the SCL Stadium as Arsenal boss in 2023 during the group phase of the EFL Trophy, with the Royals winning 5-2.

The UEFA Pro License is the highest level of qualification a coach can secure, requiring one to work in the top tier of any European country on a permanent basis.

He was joined by fellow 2023/24 alumni, including former England defender Leighton Baines and Lincoln City boss Michael Skubala, at an award ceremony at the National Football Museum in Manchester on Wednesday.