OFFICIAL: Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg seals return as U23 coach
Freddie Ljungberg has returned to Arsenal to take over the club’s Under 23 side as Unai Emery’s new era gets underway.
‘I look forward to working with the talented young players we have at the club. I know many of them well and will work hard to help them continue developing and become the best players and people they can be.’
Mertesacker, who retired at the end of last season to take up his new role as academy manager, said of the appointment: ‘It’s great to have Freddie back at the club. He brings great footballing experience and the highest possible levels of enthusiasm, energy and encouragement for our young professionals.
‘He understands the club’s values and how important it is to give young players the opportunity to grow and develop. When Freddie left for Wolfsburg it was with the club’s blessing and with a return to Arsenal some day in mind. Everyone knows Freddie loves the club and we look forward to him developing his career with us.’