Freddie Ljungberg explains why he left Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal coaching staff

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Freddie Ljungberg has explained why he left Arsenal's coaching staff in the summer.

The 43-year-old returned to his coaching duties last season after taking charge of the Gunners for a period.

After Unai Emery was sacked in November 2019, Ljungberg took over for a spell.

He managed Arsenal for six games, winning one, drawing three and losing two before Mikel Arteta was given the job.

Ljungberg had been a huge part of their coaching staff, taking charge of various age groups including the under-15 and under-23 squads.

But in August he departed, insisting that he wanted to spread his managerial wings elsewhere.

Freddie Ljungberg left Arsenal in August
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And he has broken his silence since leaving the Emirates, explaining why he had to go.

“What changed on a match day was that I would sit up in the stand to look down. I’d have an earpiece with the bench,” Ljungberg clarifies.

“I would say how the opponents pressed.

"If there was a hole somewhere, if one of their players was not holding the line, if we should attack on that side or we’re having a problem with something, our player isn’t doing what we’ve coached in the week.

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“It can be difficult to see everything when you sit down there (in the dugout), so I made notes, did drawings, I’d speak to the bench, come down at half-time and tell them what I’d seen.

"Of course, it was different from being on the bench but that was what Mikel’s staff wanted and (what) I had to accept and do."

After his departure, Arteta revealed he was sure he would take him on in the dugout in the near future.

Ljungberg has revealed why he left Arsenal
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He said: "Freddie has been a really important member of my team since my arrival.

"He did a great job picking the team up when Unai left and we all have 100 per cent respect for him as a man and a coach.

"I know I'll be facing him on the touchline in the future."

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