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‘Jonker brings international dimension’

Andries Jonker

Arsene Wenger believes Andries Jonker will bring an “international dimension” to the Club’s academy when he takes charge in the summer.

The Dutchman is currently the assistant manager of Wolfsburg, and has a wealth of experience after working with the Dutch FA, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

"We had many good candidates and he's the one who can bring an international dimension to the academy"

Arsene Wenger

Wenger is impressed by Jonker's CV and says the seven years he spent implementing youth coaching reforms for the KNVB make him the perfect candidate.

“What interests us more is the experience he has at a youth level, where he spent the biggest part of his life,” the manager said. “The spells [with] first teams help you to know what is requested at the top level.

“He has good international experience and experience of organising youth team programmes. We had many good candidates and he's the one who can bring an international dimension to the academy because you know that we want to put a big emphasis on youth development - where we are already strong.

“I must say that we have a history of very good work, of quality work here at the academy. He's at the right age and has the right experience to continue to expand that. He has worked in Holland, he has worked in Germany so he can help us to extend that work.”