first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Aug 2020 3:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Ljungberg was briefly Arsenal’s caretaker manager earlier in the season (Picture: Getty)‘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.‘Freddie has made a huge contribution in his coaching role, most importantly when he led the team during that difficult period between Unai’s departure and Mikel’s appointment.‘We will forever be grateful for what he did then and what he’s done since but fully recognise his desire to move on and be a head coach himself.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Freddie Ljungberg quits role as part of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal coaching teamMORE: Gabriel Magalhaes left stunned by Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal transfer ‘I’m just so grateful that I’ve been able to work alongside and learn directly from someone like him at this early part of my career.’Arteta added: ‘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.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I know I’ll be facing him on the touchline in the future.’Arsenal technical director Edu, meanwhile, said he was ‘sad’ to see Ljunberg leave but understands his reasoning.‘We’re really sad to see Freddie leave as we know how much he loves Arsenal,’ he said. We love you, @Freddie! ❤️— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 22, 2020 Bukayo Saka pays tribute to Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal hero leaves club Bukayo Saka has paid tribute to Freddie Ljungberg after the coach left Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Bukayo Saka has paid tribute to Freddie Ljungberg after the Arsenal legend left his role as Mikel Arteta’s assistant manager to pursue new opportunities.Gunners legend Ljungberg returned to the club in 2018, first working with Arsenal’s U23 side and then acting as interim boss following Unai Emery’s sacking.Ljungberg was Arteta’s assistant during the second-half of the 2019-20 season but has left Arsenal ahead of the new campaign to ‘progress his management experience’.Sweden hero Ljungberg enjoyed a special relationship with a number of Arsenal academy players, including Saka, who says he is ‘grateful’ to have worked with the former midfielder during his time at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReacting to Ljungberg’s departure, 18-year-old Saka said: ‘Freddie has given us all so much valuable advice and support. He’s a fantastic coach and someone we all look up to. Advertisementlast_img

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