Bukayo Saka sends touching message to Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal exit

Bukayo Saka has hailed the impact that outgoing Arsenal coach Freddie Ljungberg has had on his fledgling career at the Emirates.

Ljungberg, who took temporary charge of the club when Unai Emery was sacked last year, has left his role as first-team assistant at Arsenal to pursue a role in management.

The 43-year-old 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."

Saka had a spectacular breakthrough season, excelling in a variety of positions and providing 11 assists and scoring four goals.

And he paid tribute to Arsenal legend and 'Invincibles' member Ljungberg with a Twitter post.

"You did so much for me and for our club ! Forever grateful. Legend!"

Joe Willock also sent a message via his Instagram story, writing: "Freddie I'm going to miss you, you've helped me in so many ways.

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"Good luck in your new adventure."

Ljungberg had coached the Arsenal U15 and U23 squads before moving to Germany, where he spent two seasons as assistant manager of Wolfsburg.

“He’s [Ljungberg] been with me since I was 15 and seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble and keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player,” Saka said after a 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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“He’s been a player before so he understands how I would feel. He’s played in my position and it’s just so good to have him there, an Arsenal legend giving me advice. There’s not much more I can ask for.

“Freddie’s information, he’s been a player at this level before, and it’s vital for me because I play in the same position and he’s been a big part in my progress.

“He gives a lot of advice to me every day but the best piece of advice he’s given me is to stay humble."

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