Invincible Freddie Ljungberg is to rejoin the club in July as head coach of our under-23 team.
The Swede, who coached our under-15s and was assistant to the under-19 Uefa Youth League team during the 2016/17 season, left us to join Wolfsburg in 2017 and gained invaluable experience as assistant coach in the Bundesliga.
Academy manager Per Mertesacker said: “It’s great to have Freddie back at the club. He brings great footballing experience and the highest possible levels of enthusiasm, energy and encouragement for our young professionals.
"He understands the club’s values and how important it is to give young players the opportunity to grow and develop. When Freddie left for Wolfsburg it was with the club’s blessing and with a return to Arsenal some day in mind. Everyone knows Freddie loves the club and we look forward to him developing his career with us.”
Freddie made 216 appearances for the club, scoring 46 goals and winning the Premier League title twice and the Emirates FA Cup three times. He also represented Sweden 75 times. He was the Premier League Player of the Season in 2001/02.
“I’m delighted to be returning to the club," Freddie said. "Arsenal has always been a special place for me and I’m really excited at this opportunity to work with our under-23 team.
"I look forward to working with the talented young players we have at the club. I know many of them well and will work hard to help them continue developing and become the best players and people they can be.”
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