Arsenal legend ‘delighted’ to return in coaching role

Date published: Tuesday 12th June 2018 10:15

Freddie Ljungberg will rejoin Arsenal this summer as head coach of the club’s Under-23 side.

The former Sweden midfielder, who spent nine seasons with the Gunners until 2007 and was a key member of their 2004 Invincibles, returns to the club after a stint as Wolfsburg assistant coach.

The 41-year-old had a coaching role within Arsenal’s youth ranks before heading to Germany in 2017.

“I’m delighted to be returning to the club,” Ljunberg told Arsenal’s website.

“Arsenal has always been a special place for me and I’m really excited at this opportunity to work with our under-23 team.

“I look forward to working with the talented young players we have at the club. I know many of them well and will work hard to help them continue developing and become the best players and people they can be.”

Academy manager Per Mertesacker added: “It’s great to have Freddie back at the club.

“He brings great footballing experience and the highest possible levels of enthusiasm, energy and encouragement for our young professionals.

“He understands the club’s values and how important it is to give young players the opportunity to grow and develop.

“When Freddie left for Wolfsburg it was with the club’s blessing and with a return to Arsenal some day in mind. Everyone knows Freddie loves the club and we look forward to him developing his career with us.”


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