Freddie Ljungberg, a member of the Invincibles side that went through the 2003-4 season unbeaten, has announced that he’s set for a coaching role at the club in the near future.
He did not take to Twitter, he simply used his Twitter account in the way most of us do, to post some information:
— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) January 7, 2016
He’ll become the latest from that generation to become involved in the club’s set-up, with Robert Pires a regular dreamy presence at first team training, and Thierry Henry doing his coaching badges with the club’s U18s.
Indeed, Henry spoke this week about learning from Arsene Wenger, the manager who helped turn him into the best striker in England during his time in North London.
He spoke to the Arsenal Magazine about how he’s picking up tips from his old boss, saying, “We speak about training youngsters and how it’s different to training senior players. We talk about being a manager, we talk about players from the academy.
“I will ask him questions on how to deal with certain situations. I’m obtaining my badges right now with the Welsh FA and looking to gain the A-licence. It goes without saying that I asked Arsenal if I could do that with them and be involved with the team.
“I asked the boss and he said to come, train with the under-18s and 19s and help conduct sessions. I’m just an assistant at the minute, I’m not a coach but it’s great, as you can imagine.
“It’s the place I love, there’s so much emotion for me here so this was always going to be where I wanted to start my coaching.”
It’s got to be quite something for these young players to learn from former legends of the club who can tell them, with experience, what it takes to be winners.
Good luck, Freddie.