Freddie Ljungberg now Arsenal’s new assistant coach

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Arsenal have confirmed a coaching restructure ahead of the new season.

Freddie Ljungberg, who was in charge of the under-23s last season, has been promoted to assistant first-team coach where he will work alongside Unai Emery and Juan Carlos Carcedo.

In his place will be Steve Bould who has spent the last few years acting as Arsene Wenger’s and Emery’s assistant.

The changes were announced on the club’s official website on Monday afternoon and will come into affect on July 1, 2019.

The main idea behind Ljungberg’s appointment is to bridge the gap between the Arsenal academy and senior squad as his work with the U23s won him much admiration in the Arsenal hierarchy, with the Swede impressing senior figures with his tactical variety and interpersonal skills with his young players.

This move should offer hope to some of the club’s most promising players such as Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Xavier Amaechi, Tyreece John-Jules and Eddie Nketiah.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi said: “Identifying, recruiting and developing young players is a key part of our strategy. We have some great talent coming through our younger age groups and, like all top clubs, the challenge is to help them make the most of their abilities.

“The hardest part is always the transition from academy football to senior football. We already have good programmes in place but these staff changes will ensure our plans are even more robust and clear for every single player.

“I’m confident it will make a significant difference to our ability to bring players through to the first team.”