OFFICIAL: Arsenal make academy appointment

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Arsenal have confirmed that Andries Jonker will replace legend Liam Brady as head of their academy and youth development this summer.

The Gunners have been searching for some time for the ideal candidate to take up the reins from the Irishman, who informed the Emirates Stadium club last year that he would be stepping down from the role.

Arsene Wenger welcomed the appointment of Jonker by the club, claiming he was a well respected figure in the area of youth development and believes he can have a positive impact on the club.

The Arsenal boss also expressed his gratitude for the job done by Brady, who has been at the club for the entirety of the Frenchman's career in north London.

"I am very pleased that Andries is joining us," said Wenger in the statement on the official Arsenal website.

"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. I look forward to working with him.

"I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years."

Wenger was alluding to Jonker's work within the Dutch FA's (KNVB) youth development department, where he played a role in reforming the coaching set up of the nation's youngsters.

Jonker also served as assistant Louis van Gaal during the Holland manager's spells in charge of Barcelona and, more recently, Bayern Munich - Jonker was even appointed caretaker manager of the Bundesliga giants after Van Gaal was dismissed in 2011.

The 51-year-old is currently assistant manager at another Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg, and will start his new role with the Gunners on July 1 of this year.

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