Arsenal legend, Freddie Ljungberg resigns from his role at the North London club, to seek managerial opportunities elsewhere.
Freddie Ljungberg who before his resignation, was assistant coach to Mikel Arteta, has been at the position for the past two seasons after returning from Germany where he was assistant manager at VfL Wolfsburg.
Freddie has previously led Arsenal’s under-15 and under-23 squads.
Freddie Ljungberg resigns his role at the club where on Saturday 22nd August 2020, he released a statement saying:
“I have decided to leave my first-team assistant coaching role at Arsenal to progress my management experience. I have been involved with this club on and off since 1998 and am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me both as a player and as a coach.
“I wish Mikel and all the team every success for the season ahead. Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side. I hope we will all meet again soon.”
Technical director Edu who also spoke about the resignation, said:
“We’re really sad to see Freddie leave as we know how much he loves Arsenal. However, we know he has had various opportunities over the last 12 months and stuck to the job at Arsenal. Now he has the opportunity to consider other options, and it makes sense for his career at this time.
“Freddie has made a huge contribution in his coaching role, most importantly when he led the team during that difficult period between Unai’s departure and Mikel’s appointment. We will forever be grateful for what he did then and what he’s done since but fully recognise his desire to move on and be a head coach himself.”
Freddie has had a big impact on players such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock in their transition to the first team.
Bukayo explained: “Freddie has given us all so much valuable advice and support. He’s a fantastic coach and someone we all look up to. I’m just so grateful that I’ve been able to work alongside and learn directly from someone like him at this early part of my career.”
Head coach Mikel Arteta said: “Freddie has been a really important member of my team since my arrival. He did a great job picking the team up when Unai left and we all have 100 per cent respect for him as a man and a coach. I know I’ll be facing him on the touchline in the future.”
The 43-year-old played for Arsenal for nine seasons between 1998 and 2007 – making 325 appearances. He went on to play for West Ham and Seattle Sounders before retiring and joining Arsenal as an ambassador in 2013.
While both the club and Freddie did not say whether or not the resignation is part of the laying off ongoing at the club, we are certain the likes of Freddie are part of the 55 member staffs making way due to financial constraints at the club.
In the last few days, we have seen the Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao, UK head of recruitment Pete Clark and former Reading and Leeds manager Brian McDermott, head of football Raul Sanllehi, another key member of the scouting department, who have been cut loose.