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Freddie Ljungberg claims leaving Arsenal was tough decision to make

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Freddie Ljungberg claims leaving Arsenal was tough decision to make

The former midfielder left shortly after Mikel Arteta arrived at the club.

Former Arsenal player, manager and coach has admitted on Sky Sports, as per the Daily Mail, that choosing to depart the Emirates Stadium was a tough decision.

The former cult hero was placed in temporary charge of Arsenal following the departure of Unai Emery – whilst he stayed on briefly when Mikel Arteta was appointed as the new permanent boss.

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Ljungberg is currently out of work after leaving the Emirates Stadium and it seems likely he will want to try and forge his own managerial career.

The Swede served the club with distinction as a player made 325 appearances, scoring 72 goals and helping the club to two Premier League titles.

He was working as a pundit on the Sky Sports coverage of Arsenal’s clash with Leeds yesterday and admitted how difficult it was to decide to leave.

He told Sky Sports, via the Daily Mail: “Yeah 100% everybody knows how much I love that club and I have a lot of good relationships.

 

“I felt that I am ready to manage myself and to be able to do that I felt I had to leave and stand on my own two feet. It wasn’t an easy decision but I needed to do it.”

TBR View – Ljungberg ship has sailed but Arsenal could utilise more ex-players

With Steve Bould managing the under-23 outfit and Arteta in charge of the first-team, it’s clear the club isn’t averse to get former heroes on board at the club.

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There is a sense that perhaps more ex-players could be utilised.

Arsenal is a proud football club and one with strong values and a rich history, with plenty of trophies won, particularly in the Premier League era.

There are perhaps plenty of other icons out there who could be beneficial to Arsenal going forward and perhaps it’s an area for the club to look at.

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