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Ljungberg leaves Arsenal to take up Wolfsburg role

Ljungberg leaves Arsenal to take up Wolfsburg role

Valerien Ismael was relieved of his duties after Friday's 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers Werder Bremen. Ismael's predecessor, Dieter Hecking, was sacked seven games into the season.

The 2008/09 Bundesliga champions decided to make a change after Ismael, a former defender with the club, won six games in 17 matches in charge having taken over from Dieter Hecking in October 2016.

The Dutchman takes over with the club two points above the relegation zone.

The 54-year-old Jonker, who was last working for Arsenal's youth team, signed a deal to take over with immediate effect until 2018 as Wolfsburg's third coach of the season.

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Promoting from within their current academy set-up will be considered by Arsenal as they look for Jonker's replacement Morrow, who is current head of scouting for the club's academy, is highly-respected and could be an option if the club decide to make an internal appointment.

Wolfsburg are now 14th in the Bundesliga standings and face a Matchday 23 trip to Mainz on Saturday. "Both were decisive factors that allowed us find this top-solution in such a short timeframe", Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe said. "He's a coach with worldwide experience, and a renowned tactics expert, who has all pre-conditions to lead VfL back on track soon and sustainable".

Jonker, who was assistant to Felix Magath at Wolfsburg from 2012 to 2014, has also coached at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Jonker has 12 league games to turn the club's season around.

However, he has now been lured away by the Bundesliga outfit, where he will work alongside Jonker, who has also left the Gunners.

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