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Arsenal coach could be set to leave the club due to Jurgen Klopp departure

With Jurgen Klopp leaving Liverpool at the end of this season, their search for a replacement could lead to changes at Arsenal

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Recent reports from Dutch publication AD, relayed via SportWitness, suggest that Liverpool’s interest in Feyenoord coach Arne Slot could have implications for Arsenal, with the Eredivisie side eyeing Mikel Arteta’s assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, as a potential replacement.

Liverpool’s pursuit of Slot escalated on Wednesday morning when they officially approached Feyenoord, marking a significant move in their search for Jurgen Klopp’s successor. Initial reports from Dutch media expressed confidence in Liverpool’s ability to strike a deal with the Eredivisie side.

Albert Stuivenberg, affectionately dubbed ‘Airpod’ Albert, has been a cornerstone of Arteta’s coaching setup at Arsenal since December 2019. Following the departure of Steve Round, Stuivenberg has emerged as Arteta’s closest and most senior adviser, often taking the reins in the manager’s absence due to illness or touchline bans.

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Stuivenberg’s coaching journey began with the Netherlands’ under-17s and under-21s before he joined forces with Louis van Gaal at Manchester United. His tenure at Old Trafford overlapped with a role as an assistant for the Wales national team, where he was initially hired by Ryan Giggs.

Arsenal assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg

Arsenal assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg (Image credit: Getty Images)

Despite a brief stint as manager of Belgian side Genk, where he guided them to the Europa League quarter-finals in 2016/17, Stuivenberg’s career path has been closely watched by clubs in his homeland. Last October, he was linked with the top job at Ajax but opted to remain committed to Arsenal, citing ‘unfinished business’.

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Born in Rotterdam, Stuivenberg’s ties to Feyenoord run deep, fueling speculation that he may be tempted by a return to his roots. While Arsenal remain focused on their final four games of the season, rumours abound about potential changes to the backroom staff.

Arteta has full confidence in Stuivenberg and said in 2022 that they share the same beliefs and values. “We have a really good connection, we have the same beliefs, we see the game in the same way, we share all of the values that we believe have to be installed at the club and he’s someone that is very close to me.”

The Spaniard is already on the lookout for a potential replacement with former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze tipped to join the coaching staff ahead of next season.

There are other reports that Norwich City, among others, are monitoring another Mikel Arteta’s assistant Carlos Cuesta, hinting at a potential reshuffle within Arsenal’s coaching setup amidst Liverpool’s pursuit of Slot and Feyenoord’s interest in Stuivenberg.

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