Date: 27th February 2017 at 12:06pm
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A rumoured Andries Jonker exit from Arsenal has been confirmed with him appointed as Wolfsburg’s new boss.

The academy boss has been heading up the next generation of Arsenal players for the past three seasons with plenty of positive changes made. But Jonker – who arrived in July 2014 – hasn’t been able to resist a return to his former club.

Commenting on his exit chief executive Ivan Gazidis told arsenal.com.

‘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. 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.’

Jonker has backed the staff he has left behind to continue the work he started with a number of ‘top young players’ coming through the academy.

He added.

‘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. 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.’

The new Wolfsburg boss has also worked with the KNVB (Dutch FA) previous as well as working as assistant to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Jonker also held an interim head coach role with Bayern.

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