Arsenal academy manager Andries Jonker has left the club and been confirmed as the new manager of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
The 54-year-old joined the Gunners in July 2014 from Wolfsburg and has been credited with transforming the club’s academy.
Jonker has signed a deal until 2018 with the Bundesliga side and has thanked Arsenal for his time in north London.
“I have had a wonderful three years at Arsenal. We have made significant progress and it has been great to be part of a club which puts such an emphasis on developing young players through its academy,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“I leave a great team of people who will continue to do a terrific job and I would like to thank everyone, including the board, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Arsène Wenger for all the support.
“There are some top young players in the Arsenal academy. I look forward to seeing them progress their careers.”
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Jonker joins Wolfsburg with the club struggling in the table, just two points off the relegation play-off spot and replaces Valerien Ismael who only took over from Dieter Hecking in October.
The 54-year-old’s departure is a big blow for Arsenal but Ivan Gazidis is confident the club can succesfully replace him, while acknowledging the contribution he has made to the club.
“This is a great opportunity for Andries and we wish him every future success. Under Andries’ guidance, we have made huge progress in our academy operations,” said Gazidis.
“Arsenal is known around the world for its development of young players and we are confident we will find the right person to continue to lead our progress.”