Immediate former Arsenal interim coach Freddie Ljungberg will remain at the club as part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff, the new boss has confirmed.
The Swiss tactician’s future at the club was up in the air following Mikel Arteta’s arrival at the club. He had been linked with a move to Swiss side, Malmo.
In a turn of events, however, the Gunners legend who served as U23 and Unai Emery’s assistant before will be part of the Spaniard’s backroom staff, this is after he held a meeting with the new boss.
Arteta was last week named as the new Arsenal coach following Unai Emery’s dismissal. The former PSG and Sevilla boss was shown the door due to poor results registered by the Gunners for the last few months.
The former Arsenal skipper returned to the club three years after he retired from active football and joined Manchester City as one of Guardiola’s coaching staff members. He was later elevated to role of an assistant coach by his Spanish compatriot.
His appointment divided opinion among the Arsenal faithful as to whether he is the right man to turn the team’s fortunes around. However, experienced coaches like Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino have vetoed his appointment saying he has what it takes to succeed at the Emirates Stadium.
He is expected to beef up his playing unit in January with his leaking defense and his forward line the main areas that need reinforcements.