According to The Times, Arsene Wenger and Andries Jonker will give Freddie Ljungberg a chance to take on the vacant coaching position with Arsenal’s under-18s.
The Gunners began the summer offering the role to Thierry Henry only for Wenger to veto the decision when his compatriot refused to give up his punditry responsibilities with Sky Sports.
Former captain Tony Adams had been tipped to fill the vacancy alongside Kwame Ampadu after undertaking a five-week trial. The ex-Gunner subsequently moved to China to work with Chongqing Lifan’s Academy.
While there’s no particular rush to fill the gap, Ljungberg’s regular presence at the training ground appears to have worked in his favour. The Swede, 39, returned to London Colney in January to help out with the under-15s and has since impressed Wenger, even helping out in training during the recent tour of California.
Freddie joined the Gunners in 1998 from Hamlstads, scored on his debut off the bench against Manchester United and went on to become a true legend of the Wenger era. The roving midfielder won three FA Cups and two league titles during a stellar nine years in North London.