Unai Emery says he’s very pleased to have Freddie Ljungberg as one of his assistants this year and praised the Swede’s spirit.
Having enjoyed a successful season coaching the club’s under-23s, the Swede was promoted to first team duty in the summer with a view to facilitating the transition of young players from the Academy to senior football.
Often seen in deep conversation on the bench and cutting a more animated figure than Steve Bould, with whom he swapped places, Ljungberg appears to have embraced the responsibility of his new role.
“The club decided to change with Steve Bould as a coach of the U23s and Freddie with us.
“It’s perfect. He helps me a lot. His spirit is very good. He’s a Gunner! We are very happy with him.
“He is an assistant like Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, like another. Usually tactically and technically we are working as a four.
“With the young players he has an advantage because he knows them. The communication with them is through me and also through Freddie. We have communicated a lot with him.”
While Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock were already known to Emery before this summer, the Spaniard has previously mentioned that Ljungberg’s in-depth knowledge of the club’s other teenage prospects, including midfielder Robbie Burton, proved very useful when picking sides in pre-season.