Unai Emery reveals the impact Freddie Ljungberg has had since joining Arsenal staff – Metro.co.uk

Unai Emery reveals the impact Freddie Ljungberg has had since joining Arsenal staff
The Swede has been credited with helping to integrate Arsenal’s youth players (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised the impact of Freddie Ljungberg since joining the first-team coaching staff, highlighting his work with the club’s clutch of emerging young players.

The 42-year-old, who spent almost a decade with the Gunners as a player, was promoted to assistant first-team coach over the summer after his impressive work with the Under-23s side.

Much of his role focuses on integrating the young players he coached previously – such as Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock – into the senior team, and Emery has been very happy with what he’s seen from Ljungberg so far.

Unai Emery reveals the impact Freddie Ljungberg has had since joining Arsenal staff
Ljungberg effectively replaced Steve Bould on Emery’s coaching staff (Picture: Getty)

‘He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players, he helps us every day in training, the matches and before,’ said the Arsenal manager after Tuesday’s thumping Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest.

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‘He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him.

‘Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players. We are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments.’

Gunners legend Ian Wright also revealed that, having spoken to many of Arsenal’s youngsters, they all enjoy working under Ljungberg and he was a very canny appointment by Emery.

Speaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: ‘They speak very highly [of him]. All the youngsters, you speak to Joe [Willock], Reiss [Nelson], all the young guys, they’ve got nothing but great stuff to say about Freddie.

Unai Emery reveals the impact Freddie Ljungberg has had since joining Arsenal staff
Arsenal’s youngsters are thriving right now, with Ljungberg playing a key role (Picture: Getty)

‘And I’m sure that Freddie, his involvement now with the transition from the academy into the first team, is vitally important. I suppose that’s why he’s been brought in and every single one of them [the young players] that have come in have not disgraced themselves.

‘I thought the other day [against Frankfurt] was the perfect game for them to come in, but I don’t think anybody was expecting Saka to do as great as he did. I think there’s a lot of optimism about someone like Joe Willock, you’d like to see him play more, but I thought they were brilliant in a time for Arsenal when it’s not the greatest defensive-wise, they’ve come in and given everyone a little bit of a lift.’

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