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Ex- Arsenal player, Freddie Ljungberg has been named first-team assistant coach to Gunners manager Unai Emery.


The former Swedish international is replacing Steve Bould, whose new role includes taking charge of the under-23 team.

Ljungberg, who played 214 games and scored 46 times for Arsenal, says he is “really excited” to work with Emery.

However, the 42-year-old Ljungberg has also been in charge of the club’s under-16s squad Since starting his coaching career.

Bould, meanwhile, is to take up a new role back in the academy, which he ran for 11 years before becoming Wenger’s assistant manager in 2012, staying on to work alongside Emery last season.

The former Arsenal defender, 56, will also help oversee the under-23s and under-18 ‘phase programme’ with current Arsenal Academy manager, Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal said the changes, which come into effect from 1 July, will help “create a ‘transition team’ which will collectively manage a player’s development through some of the hardest and most challenging periods of their professional lives”.

It would be recalled that Ljungberg was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side under Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club.

Photo: Evening Standard

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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