Goodbye Jonker – Now who can replace him as Arsenal’s Academy Coach?

Arsenal academy boss Andries Jonker has left the club this morning, after taking up the vacant managerial position at Wolfsburg in Germany.

The 54 year old leaves North London after almost three years, having joined the set-up in mid-2014. Jonker was previously the assistant manager of Wolfsburg before his move to Arsenal and he has worked under some well-known managerial figures during his managerial career. His experience was wanted heavily by Arsenal before the move materialised and the Gunners were very keen upon his arrival, to see Jonker join the coaching set-up.

Jonker was poised with the task of taking control as chief of the youth academy at Arsenal and impressed during his time at the club. He’s worked with some of the players that now grace our first team, including Iwobi and Bellerin. Whilst other fringe first team players such as Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide and Chuba Akpom have also worked under Jonker’s guidance.

On the move back to the Bundesliga, Jonker stated: “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.”

“There are some top young players in the Arsenal academy. I look forward to seeing them progress their careers.”

To know that Jonker is taking up a position at one of the biggest clubs in Germany, after spending a few years in the youth set up, just goes to show that the club was lucky to have him giving tips and advice to the younger members of our squad. Arsenal wishes him well in his move to the Bundesliga and like Jonker said in his statement, we look forward to seeing some of the young talents that the club has in its youth ranks, making in appearance for the first team in the not too distant future.

Freddie Ljungberg has also left, and we now need to ask who (or even if anyone) will be appointed to replace the Academy coaches. Could it be left vacant until the end of the season? Or maybe until the uncertainty surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future is finally cleared up?

Maybe Arsene could let Santi Cazorla look after them while he aims to build up his own fitness again? Will Steve Gatting be moved up a rung to cover for the rest of the campaign? I have also heard whispers that Dennis Bergkamp, Pep Segura (from Barcelona’s Academy) and Steve Morrow (Arsenal’s Head of Scouting in the Academy) are also in the frame.

What do you lot think?



  1. BUR says:

    Are you sure you have the right man. It was heavily rumourEd that wenger was seen in Germany on the break. I hope so.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I understand your confusion mate, here, let me help you ?
      Jonker has left, while Plonker gets another two years extension ?
      Got it ? ?

  2. Fab says:

    Waawoo! The very long awaited news will soon very soon be revealed from our official website. Dear do you know that we have two very important fixtures in the comming seven days which will end Arsene erra at our beloved club?. This Is for sure, if we loose by any margin against Liverpool on 4th and against Bayern on 7th, the man will surely step down.

    Since, the fourth place has nothing important to Arsenal fans and especially myself, the only thing I want to see is the change in management and that will only happen if we keep on loosing games the important fixtures. I will be very happy now to see Arsenal loose even against Lincon United in the FA cup.

  3. Twig says:

    How well does Lacazette bring other players into play?
    What is his link up play like?
    Can he play with his back to goal?
    How would you rate his ball control and technique?

    Anyone who watches the French league regularly, please provide answers 🙂

    1. Sam, need a striker says:

      “link up play, play with his back to goal” we do have a similar player who makes our play very slow, predicable, and boring, that’s why we need more direct and skillful strikers …

      1. Twig says:

        You actually think playing with back to goal is a bad thing???

  4. Onochie says:

    Steve bould should manage the Academy team,I don’t see his impact on the first team.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha? ?? Nooooooo,
      What.. Do you want him to ruin the Academy?

  5. N4NICOLAS says:

    What is Sanogo doing in Arsenal I need answers pls?

  6. aluz says:

    Arsene Wenger.

  7. marty53 says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Bergkamp back at the club in some capacity, he might be great with the youth team……

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