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Arteta: Ljungberg will fill coaching role

Freddie Ljungberg (PA Images)
Freddie Ljungberg (PA Images)

Cape Town - Newly-appointed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Freddie Ljungberg will stay at the club to work as part of the backroom staff.

The 42-year-old Swede had taken charge of the Gunners on an interim basis following the sacking of Unai Emery last month but appeared to be in limbo as the club named Arteta as their new boss on Friday.

Arteta, who rejoins the club where he ended his playing career, has no managerial experience and his first game at the helm will come in the Boxing Day clash away to Bournemouth.

He has yet to confirm his full coaching team but, with former Manchester United assistant Steve Round on board, Arteta revealed Ljungberg will also take up a position after the pair discussed a potential role over the weekend.

"I spoke to Freddie after the (Everton) game," he said. "I told him my idea and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities of each of them.

"I wanted to know what he was feeling, I wanted to know what he had in mind, what his expectations were. We talked and we made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us.

"I think he knows the players; he knows the situation; he knows the history of where we're coming from and also his knowledge of the game is going to really help us to be better."

- TeamTalk Media

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