Arsenal legend could replace Unai Emery in future

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Freddie Ljungberg is taking steps to get himself indispensable at Arsenal having been pushed to the senior coaching set-up in the summer.

The 42-year-old Arsenal legend returned to train the club’s young players last summer following a short stint in Wolfsburg as an assistant to former Arsenal academy boss Andries Jonker.

Having played a vital role in the progress of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, Ljungberg finally swapped positions with Steve Bould during the close period and, according to The Athletic, he is becoming an increasingly leading figure behind the scenes.

Ljungberg is said to harbour the hope to be a No.1 shortly and wants to station himself as a credible possible successor to Unai Emery, who is now almost midway through his current three-year deal.

News is said to be an area the Gunners boss continues to struggle with, highlighted by Saka’s revelation last month that he frequently struggles to understand his boss’s tactical instructions.

Ljungberg is reportedly studying Spanish in a bid to ingratiate himself with Spanish tactician and Arsenal’s Latin members, as well as relay the former Sevilla coach’s recommendation to the younger members of the first-team dressing room.

Before games, Ljungberg will often take the likes of Reiss Nelson, Willcok and Saka aside and talk them for specific guidance on an iPad, while back at the training centre he will put himself forward to lead new shooting and dribbling drills.

Cohen Bramall, who was joined by Arsene Wenger but discarded by Emery without having made a first-team game under the Frenchman’s successor, believes Ljungberg is among the most talented coaches he has worked with to date.