Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will, of course, help Freddie Ljungberg should the Swede get in touch.

16 Apr 2001: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wishes Freddie Ljungberg a happy birthday during training ahead of the Champions League match against Valencia in Spain. Credit: Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT
16 Apr 2001: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wishes Freddie Ljungberg a happy birthday during training ahead of the Champions League match against Valencia in Spain. Credit: Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT

Speaking during his first press conference as Arsenal interim manager before Thurday’s match against Brighton, Ljungberg said when asked if he’d talked to the Frenchman about the job, “No (not yet), I would really like to speak to him. I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoke to him because it’s been a bit hectic, but it’s on my list to do so.”

Wenger, who was in Belfast on Tuesday in his new role as Chief for Global Football Development, was asked about Ljungberg’s comments, and his reply was everything you’d expect from him.

Arsene Wenegr and Patrick Nelson (Press Eye / IFA)
Arsene Wenegr and Patrick Nelson (Press Eye / IFA)

“Freddie is fantastically committed,” Wenger said. “He wanted this job for a long time.

“He has an opportunity. Let’s get him to work with his ideas and support him.

Members of the International Football Association Board meeting in Belfast today. Photo: William Cherry (Press Eye / IFA)
Members of the International Football Association Board meeting in Belfast on Tuesday. Photo: William Cherry (Press Eye / IFA)

“I’m always happy to help my former players and my former club. If he has that need then of course I will be available. My heart is with the club and I want them to do well.”

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It’s no secret that Ljungberg wants to be Arsenal manger, a former teammate already revealed that.

According to Anders Limpar, Ljungberg told him his goal was to become head coach of Arsenal, and, in 2018 when the conversation between the pair took place, was just about to start coaching classes, alongside Thierry Henry, at the FA in Wales.

They took this specific course on the recommendation of Patrick Vieira.

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