Luiz Gustavo backs Andries Jonker to turn Wolfsburg around

Luiz Gustavo believes that new Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker will make "every single player better" as the 2015 DFB Pokal winners aim to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.

Former Arsenal academy head Jonker, 54, was appointed as Wolfsburg's third coach of the season on Monday. He replaced Valerien Ismael, who in mid-October took over from Dieter Hecking.

Despite a star-studded squad, Wolfsburg have picked up only 22 points from their first 22 league games and face a battle against the drop. Currently, they have two points more than Hamburg, who occupy the relegation playoff place, and a four-point lead on Ingolstadt in the drop zone.

Jonker was an assistant coach at Wolfsburg before taking over Arsenal's academy in 2014. He has previously served as an assistant to fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich, and also worked as caretaker manager for the final five matches of the 2010-11 season.

Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo, a Bayern player at that time, told reporters on Tuesday he's confident the new coach can achieve the turnaround.

"I know him. He will try and make every single player better. The whole team profits from it. He's very calm, he knows exactly what he wants," he said. "He will try to make everything easier for us."

Back in 2011, Luiz Gustavo featured for Bayern as a centre-back, and said he's ready to play in every position Jonker wants him to in order to help the team.

Ahead of Wolfsburg's trip to Mainz at the weekend, Luiz Gustavo added: "Everything's still in our hands. We decide where we are headed."