How Freddie Ljungberg got from Premier League superstar to Arsenal interim manager
Coaching
29 November 2019

How Freddie Ljungberg got from Premier League superstar to Arsenal interim manager

By Callum Ellis and Jack Cook

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg, who completed his coaching badges with the FAW Trust, has been placed in temporary charge of the Gunners.

Ljungberg, an FAW UEFA Pro Licence holder, will step in on an interim basis following Unai Emery’s dismissal at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Sweden captain, who has previously worked with Arsenal’s under-15 side and more recently with the under-23s, was named as Emery’s assistant in the summer.

But after a poor run of form, the Spaniard was sacked after 18 months in charge following his side’s 2-1 Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

Ljungberg is regarded as a club legend at Arsenal, where he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups and was a part of the famous Invincibles’ side.

Ljungberg will take charge of the Premier League club, as they search for Emery’s successor.

The 43-year-old carried out his coaching courses in Wales, alongside former Arsenal stars Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arleta and Thierry Henry.

They all studied at Dragon Park centre in Newport and have been linked as contenders to succeed Emery in the hot-seat on a permanent basis. 

Ljungberg took training on Friday ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Norwich City this weekend and the club say they have “full confidence” in the Swede to guide them forward.

A statement on the club’s website reads: “The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required. 

“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. 

“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”

The former Wolfsburg assistant will be looking to guide the Gunners to their first Premier League win since October when they travel to Carrow Road on Sunday.

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What Freddie Ljungberg has done since his Arsenal career finished

After leaving Arsenal in 2007, where he won many honours with the club such as two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. He then had short spells with clubs in England, America, Scotland, Japan and India before retiring in 2014. Ljungberg earned 75 caps for Sweden, while scoring 14 goals for his country.

Outside of his footballing career he has been involved in many different endorsements in his life. The biggest endorsement Ljungberg has done in his career was modelling for Calvin Klein. He has also been sponsored by a number of different companies such as Nike, L’Oréal, Puma, Beats and Pepsi.

In his personal life, he met the love of his life Natalie Foster and the pair married in 2014. Ljungberg has also become a father which has probably change his perspective of life.

Ljungberg has now turned his attention to management.

He began his career back at Arsenal as a part of the Arsenal’s academy where he started out as the under 15s coach.

He later moved to Wolfsburg where he joined Andries Jonker and became his number two. The spell didn’t last very long as six months later the pair left after a poor run of form. 

Ljungberg returned to Arsenal where he took over as head coach for the under 23s. He was later appointed by Unai Emery as his number two but has now taken over as interim head coach.

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