Arsene Wenger Confirms Freddie Ljungberg's Return to Arsenal in Coaching Role

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2016

Former Arsenal footballer, Fredrick Ljungberg of Sweden takes part in an interactive session with fans during the launch of Arsenal Football Club kits in Bangalore on August 12, 2014. Fredrick, who is the brand ambassador for Arsenal Soccer Schools, launched sports brand Puma's Arsenal Home, Away And Cup Kits for 2014/15 football season in India.  AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN        (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed former Gunners star Freddie Ljungberg is helping the club's under-15 side as he looks to qualify for his coaching badges.

Simon Collings of Hayters Teamwork confirmed the news on Friday, and Wenger informed the media his old charge has taken a role with the youth team as he looks to begin a career from the touchlines:

Ljungberg arrived at the north London club in 1998, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cup crowns during his nine-year stay with the club before moving to West Ham United in 2007.

Earlier this week, the Daily Mail's John Downes reported another member of the 2003-04 Invincibles team, Thierry Henry, was also coaching at Colney, helping train the under-18 and under-19 teams.

According to the Press Association (h/t ITV), Ljungberg will remain with the under-15s until the end of the 2015-16 campaign, during which time he'll look to impart some of his considerable wisdom at the top level.

The Swede announced his excitement at the prospect of coaching at Arsenal via his official Twitter account, with Ljungberg scheduled to assume his duties at the beginning of February:

While the 38-year-old didn't come through the Gunners academy himself, Ljungberg will have developed a keen understanding of the club's ideals and traditions during his time under Wenger.

The fact the Frenchman is still at the helm of the first team now, 19 years after first assuming the role, will undoubtedly help Ljungberg's return to the club and ease his transition into a coaching position.

Ljungberg was also a Champions League runner-up with Arsenal in 2006.
Ljungberg was also a Champions League runner-up with Arsenal in 2006.Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Fellow Invincible Dennis Bergkamp has in the past hinted at a coaching position with Arsenal, per the Telegraph (h/t Guardian), and the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reported last month that Mikel Arteta, 33, will be offered a backroom role.

Wenger has grown a reputation as a farmer of young talent during a tenure of almost two decades at Arsenal, but it seems in the tactician's latter days, he's now taken to breeding a dynasty of future coaches.