Change of Academy backroom
Andries Jonker has left his position of Arsenal’s Head of Academy to become manager of Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga. Jonker had joined the club in 2014. Joining him at the struggling German club is Freddie Ljungberg, who was coaching the juniors as well as helping Jonker with the Under 19s. Arsenal legend Ljungberg played for the club between 1998 and 2007, and worked for the club as an ambassador before he returned last year as youth coach on a non-contract basis. Current potential replacements mentioned so far are Steve Morrow who is currently head of scouting for the clubs academy, former Rangers manager Mark Warburton, Dennis Bergkamp who is at Ajax, and Barcelona youth coach Pep Segura.
Wenger says no
According to numerous reports, Arsene Wenger has rejected a £30m a year offer to manage in China. As we know, Wenger has said he will be managing somewhere next season and a decision will be made in the next month or two where that somewhere will be. Arsenal have put a two year deal on the table for the Frenchman to stay on, worth around £10m a year.
Reports in The Sun suggest Arsenal are looking at Napoli duo Lorenzo Insigne and Faouzi Ghoulam. Italian Insigne is an attacking midfielder with nine goals this season whereas Algerian Ghoulam plays at left back. You have to wonder how Cohan Bramall is getting on in the Under 23s and if he is any nearer to breaking into the first team. Also, The Mail report Arsenal are keeping tabs on Nigerian winger Henry Onyekuru. The 19 year old plays for Belgium club Eupen. Celtic had bid £1m in January which was rejected. Onyekuru is currently valued at £6m.
Everyday there is a new team looking to buy Lucas Perez. Today’s lucky club are Seville, according to the Sun. Perez has had a direct hand in 11 goals in his 18 appearances this season.
Wojciech Szczesny has spoken to the media in Poland about his desire to continue as a number one keeper next season for a club. It means Arsenal have some big decisions to make regarding their goalkeeping position. Szczesny is in very good form with Roma this season, and with Petr Cech not at his best and David Ospina only able to perform well in Europe, you have to wonder if Szczesny is the answer and the one to take the gloves as Arsenal’s number one next season.