Freddie Ljungberg has returned to Arsenal to coach the club’s Under 15’s as he looks to take his first steps into coaching.
The Swede spent nine years at the north London club winning the Premier League twice and the FA Cup on three occasions. He was also part of the ‘Invincibles’ team that went the entire 2003/04 season without losing a league match.
The midfielder, now 38, revealed on Twitter that he would returning to the club to help coach as he looks to complete his UEFA badges.
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“Hope everyone had a happy new year. Enjoying my last week in #CapeTown before I go home to coach Arsenals u-15! V excited :) @Arsenal,” he tweeted last week.
Arsene Wenger spoke of Ljungberg’s return to the club where he scored 71 goals in 313 appearances.
“He wants to get his license and we are happy to give him the chance to do that,” the French boss said.
On Monday, Ljungberg took his first session and will remain at the Hale End academy as he looks to kickstart his coaching career.
Ljungberg will be joining former teammate Thierry Henry and current midfielder Mikel Arteta as they also work towards their coaching badges at Arsenal’s academy.
The Swede joined the Gunners from Hamstad in 1998 for just £3 million. After leaving the Emirates, Ljungberg signed for West Ham on a four-year contract but only spent one season at Upton Park.
Spells in the United States with Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire followed before he headed back to the UK to join Celtic in 2010. After only eight matches he headed to Japan to join Shimizu S-Pulse where he played another eight games before announcing his retirement in 2012.
He wasn’t finished there though as Ljungberg announced a comeback from retirement to sign for Mumbai City FC in 2014. However, he was blighted by injuries and only made four appearances before returning to London.