Freddie Ljunberg and Steve Bould have swapped roles at Arsenal.
There was a readjustment to Arsenal’s coaching department as U23 manager Freddie Ljungberg got promoted to the first-team squad next season, while, Steve Bould — who was Unai Emery’s assistant manager during last season— will now operate as the new U23 manager.
This move from the Gunners executive members was somewhat surprising but it seems the best way to appreciate Ljungberg for his great work with the young lads over the years.
Reacting to his sudden promotion to the first-team setup via the club’s official website, Ljungberg couldn’t hide his happiness as he said:
“I’m really excited by this opportunity to continue helping develop and work with some of the great young players…”
He further stressed his commitment to helping Unai Emery achieve his goals for next season, which among them is winning trophies and helping the players produce fine display throughout the upcoming season.
“I’m looking forward to working in this new structure and to pass on my experience…. and to work alongside Unai and his coaching team to help Arsenal win trophies.”
Ljungberg helped the Hale End academy produce quality youngsters to the first-team squad over the years and his experience will be needed by Unai Emery, if the former PSG manager must succeed at the Emirates Stadium.
As for Bould, the U23 coaching job isn’t new to him as he was with the team for more than a decade before being promoted to the senior team where he worked with Arsene Wenger for four seasons before the Frenchman’s departure.
“I have always had a deep commitment to developing young players and am delighted to be back working in an area which is so important to the future of our club. We have great young players and my job will be to help them maximise their potential,” Bould told reporters.
He is expected to take-off from where Ljungberg stopped by providing a very strong team who will lay strong claim for UEFA Youth Champions League title, as well as the Premier League 2 glory next season.