Having secured the signing of former PSG Manager Unai Emery, The Gunners are also looking to sign some backroom staff to support him during his new spell at The Emirates.
The news this week is that we have resigned club legend Freddie Ljungberg as the Head Coach for the U23s and Sky Sports confirmed the dea and Arsenal fans were more than happy with the Swede’s return on Twitter:
I love how we’re bringing back former players
— ItsMadda (@ItsMaddaVines) June 12, 2018
Well come bck👏👏👏👏👏
— TSK (@Tseko14349319) June 12, 2018
Great to have him back. Goof luck to him.
— Gooner82 (@Gooner1682) June 12, 2018
Very positive. Now bring back Bergkamp and Pires!
— Nilo (@sirgunner1886) June 12, 2018
Freddie had left the club originally for a new role as Assistant Coach at German club Wolfsburg, but before that he had coached the Gunners U15s and also assisted the U19s too.
Per Mertesacker was also pleased with the move and 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…”
During his spell at Arsenal, he scored a total of 46 goals in 216 games and also won two Premier League titles (the same amount as Spurs have won in over 125 years), one of which was in the 2003/04 season when the club went unbeaten (Spurs have never done this).
“I’m delighted to be returning to the club, Arsenal has always been a special place for me and I’m really excited at this opportunity to work with our U23 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…”
On the other hand, Arsenal are still to announce signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but have confirmed the signature of Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus last week, so watch this space for any further announcements on that score.