Arsenal academy head Andries Jonker leaving Gunners for Wolfsburg manager's job

"Both factors were vital in us achieving this top solution so quickly".

A fourth top-flight loss in five outings against Werder Bremen last weekend left Wolfsburg just two points above the relegation zone, prompting the Frenchman's exit. "He is an internationally experienced coach and an expert tactician, who provides the best possible requirements to get VfL back on track quickly and sustainably".

In a statement on their own website, Arsenal wished Jonker "every success" following his appointment, and paid tribute to his "transformation" of their academy.

Ismael is the eighth German league coach sacked this season.

Leading Arsenal's Academy since Liam Brady's departure in 2014, the Dutchman has overseen significant progress in the development of the club's infrastructure, particularly at Hale End which is undergoing a complete rebuild.

Gazidis believes that the Gunners have moved forward at youth level under Jonker, but insisted he is sure the club can identify and appoint the right person to replace the new Wolfsburg boss.

He has also seen the rise of academy players like Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin, who have become first-team regulars since Jonker joined the club, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide also getting playing time under Arsene Wenger this season.

And Jonker was reportedly offered the post over the weekend and has chose to leave London to take the job.

"I have had a wonderful three years at Arsenal", said the Dutch coach.

The 54-year-old Jonker will arrive in Germany having left his post as head of Arsenal's youth academy.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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