Mikel Arteta could look to bring in Wales’ assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg as part of his new team at Arsenal as it all starts to come together.
Steve Round has already confirmed he will be joining Arsenal and, along with Inaki Cana Pavon, goalkeeping coach at Brentford, is set to form part of Arteta’s team.
Freddie Ljungberg will also remain with the senior team.
But it is Stuivenberg, 49, the Mail claim whom Arteta wants next despite the club not yet making a move for the Dutchman.
Speaking about Freddie, Arteta said, “I told him my ideas and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities. I wanted to know what he was feeling, his expectations.
“We made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us. He knows the players, he knows the situation. I got a good impression. He’s ready to help. He was very positive.”
Mikel Arteta will take charge of his first Arsenal game on Boxing Day when Arsenal face Bournemouth.
Who is Albert Stuivenberg?
Albert Stuivenberg is a Dutch coach who has managed the Dutch u17 and u21 sides as well as Eredivisie side, Genk.
He has also served as assistant at Manchester United alongside Louis van Gaal, and is the current assistant manager of Wales alongside Ryan Giggs.
Born in Rotterdam, Stuivenberg started his footballing career as a youngster with Feyenoord before moving on to HFC Haarlem and SC Telstar, although he doesn’t seem to have made any senior appearances for any club.
While manager at Genk between the end of December 2016 and December 2017, he took charge of 50 games and averaged 1.76 points per game, a slight improvement on the 1.70 and 1.71 he managed with the Dutch youth sides.
Stuivenberg has also served as Director of Football for RWD Molenbeek’s u19s and as a youth coach for Al-Jazeera.
He was appointed to his role as Wales’ assistant in March 2018. His first game on the bench was a 6-0 win over China seven days later.
In total, Wales have played 19 matches since he was hired, winning nine, drawing three and losing seven.
Stuivenberg also helped guide them to Euro 2020, only the third major tournament in their history.