Wenger: Many candidates to head up Academy

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are weighing up a number of candidates to take over from Andries Jonker as head of the Arsenal Academy.

The Dutchman, who joined the club in 2014, left his role last week to take up the head coach position at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Confirming that the search for a replacement is underway, the boss underlined the importance of finding someone who shares the club’s values.

“We have many candidates and we have a lot of time now to choose the best one,” he said on Thursday morning.

“That’s a process we have started and ideally you want people with the Arsenal spirit.

“We have special values here. If it could be a person who reflects our values, then of course that would be even better.”

Does that mean a former player? Possibly someone already working inside the club? Only time will tell.

The likes of Mark Warburton, most recently manager at Rangers, Pep Segura, who has experience running academies from Liverpool to Barcelona, and Dennis Bergkamp have all been touted as possible candidates.

Imagine if Dennis came home. That would be lush.

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