Five facts about Arsenal's new head of Youth Academy Andries Jonker

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Arsenal have announced the appointment of Andries Jonker as the head of their Academy from next season.

Arsenal have today announced that Andries Jonker will be the new head of their Academy from next season.

The Dutchman is currently the assistant manager at Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, and his appointment at the Emirates comes after Liam Brady decided to end his role as the Gunners' head of youth development.

In quotes published by Sky Sports, Arsene Wenger said of Jonker, "He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland."

So, what do Arsenal fans need to know about their newest member of the coaching team?  Below are five facts to give you more of an insight into Jonker and what he will bring to Arsenal.

1) The 51-year-old has considerable experience in the game, and has been assistant coach at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.  In both instances, he worked under Louis van Gaal.  

2) He also took the role of interim-head coach at the German side at the end of the 2010-2011 season following van Gaal's departure. In that time he oversaw five Bundesliga matches, with Bayern winning four and drawing one; in just five games Bayern scored 20 goals and conceded five.

3) Jonker has also been the full-time manager of FC Volendam, MVV Maastricht and Willem II, where he later became sporting director.

4) His playing days were not particularly note-worthy, but he played for Volendam - a club he would later go on to manage - and De Volewijckers.

5) His work at current club Wolfsburg has helped them to fifth place in the Bundesliga table this season.  Although it is his work with younger players that prompted Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis to say, "He has an outstanding track record in developing and identifying young players and creating systems to bring the best out of them."


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