Freddie Ljungberg has confirmed his departure from the club.
Via Twitter he said, “I have decided to leave my first team assistant coaching role at Arsenal to progress my management experience.
“I have been involved with this club on and off since 1998 and am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me both as a player and as a coach.
“I wish Mikel and all the team every success for the season ahead. Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side.
“I hope we will all meet again soon.”
The former Invincible was a hugely popular figure in the coaching set-up, particularly for the crop of young players who have made a breakthrough this season.
Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah all worked with him at U23 level, and last year Saka paid tribute to how much he’d learned working with the Swede.
“He gives a lot of advice to me every day but one of the most, the best piece of advice he’s given me is to stay humble,” he said.
“He’s been with me since I was 15, seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble, keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player.”
His former teammate, and now Technical Director, Edu said, “We’re really sad to see Freddie leave as we know how much he loves Arsenal.
“However, we know he has had various opportunities over the last 12 months and stuck to the job at Arsenal.
“Now he has the opportunity to consider other options, and it makes sense for his career at this time.”
Mikel Arteta said via the club’s official website, “Freddie has been a really important member of my team since my arrival.
“He did a great job picking the team up when Unai left and we all have 100 per cent respect for him as a man and a coach.
“I know I’ll be facing him on the touchline in the future.”
He’s not wrong there. Best of luck Freddie ❤️