By Danny Wright
Arsenal have confirmed that academy manager Andries Jonker has left the club to become the head coach at Wolfsburg in Germany.
The Gunners confirmed the news on their official website as Jonker left the Emirates after three seasons on Monday.
The former Arsenal academy wizard will take charge of his first game on Saturday when his side travel to Mainz.
He will have to wait until March 18 to manage his first game at the Volkswagen Arena when they face Darmstadt.
The 54-year-old is not a new face at the German club as he was the assistant manager there for two years before he left in 2014 to join to Arsenal academy.
Before his first spell at Wolfsburg, the Dutchman was the assistant manager of fellow countryman Louis Van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he would also spend a period of time as interim manager.
Jonker takes charge of a Wolfsburg side who are currently sitting 14th in the Bundesliga with 22 points – just four shy of the relegation zone.
It did not take long for the club to find a replacement for Valerien Ismael, who was sacked by the club on Sunday after a run of poor form.
Arsenal will now be looking for a suitable replacement for Jonker as the head of their academy.
Football Insider Verdict
This is unfortunate news for Arsenal as Jonker has a very accomplished CV for someone who is in charge of an academy. The role of Wolfsburg definitely suits him but it remains to be seen what he will be like in charge of a first-team that are under pressure to find form fast. He knows the club well and has a great history of working with some of the best young players and managers in the business. It’s a good move for Wolfsburg and Jonker and a loss for Arsenal.
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