OFFICIAL: Arsenal appoints former player as new assistant coach
OFFICIAL: Arsenal appoints former player as new assistant coach

OFFICIAL: Arsenal appoints former player as new assistant coach

English Premier League side Arsenal has named their former attacker Freddie Ljungberg as the new first-team assistant coach to manager Unai Emery.

The Swede is replacing Steve Bould, whose new role includes taking charge of the under-23 team.

Arsenal said the changes, which come into effect from 1 July, will help "create a 'transition team' which will collectively manage a player's development through some of the hardest and most challenging periods of their professional lives".

Ljungberg, who played 214 games and scored 46 times for Arsenal told the Arsenal website: “I’m really excited by this opportunity to continue helping develop and work with some of the great young players we have coming through in the first-team environment and to work alongside Unai and his coaching team to help Arsenal win trophies.

Looking Forward

“I’m looking forward to working in this new structure and to pass on my experience and knowledge about what is needed to succeed at this level.”

The former Sweden international was part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side under Arsene Wenger. Since starting his coaching career, 42-year-old Ljungberg has also been in charge of the club's under-16s squad.

Bould, meanwhile, is to take up a new role back in the academy, which he ran for 11 years before becoming Wenger's assistant manager in 2012, staying on to work alongside Emery last season.

The former Arsenal defender, 56, will also help oversee the under-23s and under-18 'phase programme' with current Arsenal Academy manager Per Mertesacker.

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