Monday 16 December 2019

Ljungberg to become Emery's new assistant

POST: Freddie Ljungberg. Pic: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
POST: Freddie Ljungberg. Pic: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Freddie Ljungberg is to become Arsenal's new assistant first-team coach, switching roles with Steve Bould who will take charge of the club's under-23 team.

Former midfielder Ljungberg steps up from his position with the under-23s to work with head coach Unai Emery.

Arsenal said the changes, which come into effect from July 1, are designed to 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".

Former Sweden international Ljungberg, 42, was part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side under Arsene Wenger and had also been in charge of the club's under-16s squad since starting his coaching career.

"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," Ljungberg said.

"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."

Bould 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.

Arsenal also confirmed first-team goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo would take on additional responsibilities to help lead the transition of the club's young goalkeepers into senior football. Loan manager Ben Knapper will continue in his position to help player development by "identifying and recommending third-party clubs".

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