Freddie Ljungberg is to leave Arsenal with immediate effect to take up a coaching role with Wolfsburg.
It was announced this morning that Andries Jonker, who held the position of Academy Manager, would be leaving to become the new manager of the Bundesliga club as they try and halt their slide down the table.
He’s their third manager of the season, and he’s bringing some of his Arsenal staff with him, including the Swede who was the coach of the Arsenal U15s.
Speaking back in September, Ljungberg spoke about his ambitions as a coach, saying, “My vision is I want to go as far I possibly can. But I’m trying to earn my stripes and do it the right way.
“I was offered roles as assistant here and assistant there, but I spoke to Arsene about things and it’s important to make your own mistakes and be the one making the decisions.”
It’s still not 100% clear what his role at Wolfsburg will be, but it’s hard not to imagine it’s a more senior position as he develops his coaching career.
Update: Looks like he’s going to be one of the assistants to Jonker with the first team.
— VfL Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) February 27, 2017
Arsenal do not anticipate any further departures at Academy level with no more of Jonker’s staff expected to leave.
It leaves Arsenal with some big gaps to fill and adds to the uncertainty around the club which goes from the top, with manager Arsene Wenger, through to senior players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and now down the to academy.