Freddie Ljungberg quits Arsenal coaching role and opens up on decision

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Freddie Ljungberg has decided to leave his role as a coach at Arsenal in order to pursue a job in management.

He revealed on Twitter: “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.”

Ljungberg took the reins for the six games between Unai Emery's departure and the arrival of Mikel Arteta last December, recording one win, three draws and two losses.

The Swede was given the role of assistant coach when the Spaniard arrived, having spent the previous five months as first-team coach.

But his departure is not a first in north London, though, having spent a year in 2016 as the club's U15 coach before taking an assistant role at Wolfsburg.

Arriving in the Bundesliga in February 2017, he only lasted seven months before facing the sack, taking a year off before a return to Arsenal saw him become U23 coach.

While the 43-year-old struggled for success in the manager's seat, the former forward became a Gunners icon in his playing days.

Spending nine years playing under Arsene Wenger, the Swede scored 72 goals in more than 300 games, forming a ket part of the Invincibles side that won the 2003/04 Premier League title.

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