Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein confirmed on Saturday night that former Gunner Freddie Ljungberg will return as a youth team coach, claiming ‘that deal is done’.
Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Ornstein gave the latest updates on the Arsenal managerial situation. Whilst the club are apparently considering former players such as Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira for the top job, Freddie Ljungberg is coming back to work alongside Per Mertesacker with the academy:
And as mentioned by others, former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is returning to the club this summer as a youth team coach on a permanent basis – that deal is done #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 12, 2018
It’s great news for the club that another legend is coming back to work with the next generation of players. Ljungberg won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Community Shield during his time with the club. He was also Premier League Player of the Season in 2001-02. He has a lot of experience at the very top level winning trophies.
After his retirement, the former winger came back to Arsenal to work as a club ambassador. He took over coaching the u15s in July 2016. Then, less than a year later, he left with head of the academy Andries Jonker to work as an assistant manager at VfL Wolfsburg.
It was a massive opportunity, so we can’t begrudge the 41-year-old for trying something new. Clearly he impressed the club with his work during his first academy spell though, and now he’ll return to help out some more. Hopefully with even more relevant experience from his spell in Germany.
We’ll have to wait and see where exactly he fits into the new youth structure.