Arsenal have identified the man they want succeed Gunners legend Liam Brady to become head of their youth academy.

According to the Daily Mail, Emirates Stadium chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been leading the search for the right man, not manager Arsene Wenger, and Jonker is leading the race to land the job.

Brady was a former favourite among Arsenal fans in the Gunners midfield before leaving for Juventus in the Serie A and playing most of his career in Italy.

The Irishman returned to the club in 1996 to take over as head of youth development and has held the role since. However, he is due to step down come the end of the season and the search for a replacement has been conducted for some time now.

Jonker is a Dutchman who has managed a number of clubs in his homeland, the report claims he is most famous for being Louis van Gaal's assistant while his compatriot was in charge of Bayern Munich.

The 51-year-old is currently assistant Dieter Hecking at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

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