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Arsenal coach DECLINES big management job as he wants to win something with Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg reportedly rejected Ajax’s proposal to become their next manager following the departure of Maurice Steijn earlier in the season.Sources close to the situation reveal that Stuivenberg believes he has “unfinished business” at the Emirates Stadium.

Stuivenberg arrived at Arsenal in 2019 alongside Mikel Arteta as part of his coaching crew and became Arteta’s right hand man following the departure of Steve Round before the start of the current season.

The 53-year-old was reportedly Ajax’s no 1 target following the sacking of Steijn. He is now set to continue in his role with the aim to win trophies alongside Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.


According to Philosophy TBG on X who claimed to have spoken with one of Ajax directors, Stuivenberg was their priority target but the Dutchman declined the offer: “Albert Stuivenberg was Ajax’s top target when Hetinga was sacked. Albert declined the opportunity for his first real managerial role, saying he had unfinished business to achieve with Arteta & Arsenal. Ajax will be back in for him this summer.”

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Arsenal assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg

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

Stuivenberg was on the dugout on New Year’s day of in 2022 when Arsenal narrowly lost to Rodri’s last minute winner to Manchester City, when Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to miss the match.

Arteta revealed that he shares the same philosophy with his assistant and was more than happy for him to lead the team.

“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, he’s more than capable, he’s done it before so in that sense, I’m very relaxed about it.”

Stuivenberg was also in charge of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this season when Mikel Arteta was banned from the touchline having received 3 yellow cards to that point in the Premier League.

He has spent time at Manchester United and the Wales national team as assistant manager, as well as taking charge of Belgian side Genk for a year.

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