Premier League: Freddie Ljungberg leaves Arsenal as an assistant coach to advance his coaching career SPORTS UPDATES

Ljungberg also had a month as caretaker between Unai Emery’s firing and Mikel Arteta’s hiring last December.

London: Former Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has resigned as assistant coach at Arsenal, the English club announced on Saturday.

The 43-year-old Ljungberg made the decision because, after two years at the club where he also played from 1998 to 2007, he wanted to “improve my management experience”.

In June 2018 he returned to Arsenal as a coach, first with the U23 team and then with the seniors. Ljungberg also had a month as caretaker between Unai Emery’s firing and Mikel Arteta’s hiring last December.

“We’re really sad to see Freddie leave as we know how much he loves Arsenal,” said Edu technical director. “However, we know he has had different opportunities over the past 12 months and has stayed with Arsenal.”

Premier League Freddie Ljungberg is leaving Arsenal as assistant coach to advance his coaching career

File picture by Freddie Ljungberg. AP photo

“Now he has an opportunity to consider other options and that makes sense for his career at this time.”

Ljungberg has helped young players like Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock transition to Arsenal’s first team.

“I know I’ll see him on the contact line in the future,” Arteta said of Ljungberg.

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