Arsenal hero Freddie Ljungberg is the latest former player to start coaching a youth team at the club.
The Swede scored 71 goals in 313 appearances during his time in north London, and is now working as an ambassador for the club. Apparently, though, that isn’t all he’s doing.
Hope everyone had a happy new year. Enjoying my last week in #CapeTown before I go home to coach Arsenals u-15! V excited 🙂 @Arsenal
— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) January 7, 2016
Set to take u15 training sessions must mean something. Last year, along with Thierry Henry, Daily Cannon reported that Ljungberg was at the Welsh FA to start on their coaching qualifications. Mikel Arteta was also in Wales for the same reason back in November, and has been coaching Arsenal youth teams sporadically since the back end of last season.
Fellow Arsenal legend and current Ajax assistant manager Dennis Bergkamp has previously admitted he is interested in returning to the club one day, so we could have quite the array of ex-players involved with the coaching staff before too long. Steve Bould is currently assistant manager to Arsène Wenger and, if this trend of players coming back to the club continues, will be joined by more ex-Gunners sooner or later.