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Arsenal Academy Chief Andries Jonker Demands Complete Overhaul


It has been reported that new Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker is demanding big changes if they’re to match the very best youth programmes across Europe.

Andries Jonker

The 52 year old Dutchman says that the set up which he inherited from Liam Brady requires a complete overhaul.

“Arsenal want more talented players to come through, because that has been lacking,” he told Voetbal International.

“They want me to develop the players from the academy much better than it was done before.

“At this moment, considering the investments the club have made, players have hardly been developed properly. This is why they wanted me, a man who can guide the coaches and who can influence the other coaches.

“Ivan Gazidis [Arsenal chief executive] wants Arsenal to be the best academy in the world. He realises that will cost money and will take time, but that is his ambition.

“The scouting must be restructured all over again. It needs to be brought to a level so that we can bring in the absolute best talents from abroad and from England at an age that Wenger can immediately work with them.

“My chief scout at the academy, Steve Morrow, came and asked me what kind of players I wanted him to look for. So I said, the best player I have worked on, Xavi.”