Arsenal to offer coach role to Invincible - report
By Joe Nelson
Arsenal are set to offer Invincible Freddie Ljungberg the Under-18s coaching role that was previously held by Thierry Henry, according to a report.
The Times claim Ljungberg is being lined up for the position after emerging as the outstanding internal candidate.
The former Gunners midfielder, 39, has recently been taking charge of Arsenal Under-15s and has impressed in the role, prompting the Gunners hierarchy to offer him a promotion to the Under-18s to assist Kwame Ampadu.
Manager Arsene Wenger is no stranger to offering former players roles within his coaching staff after giving Henry and Mikel Arteta the chance to develop Arsenal’s emerging stars.
Henry, the club’s leading goalscorer and former captain, left the role earlier this summer after being told by Wenger that he must quit his punditry job at Sky Sports if he wanted to stay at the club.
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The former France striker opted instead to pursue his coaching career elsewhere.
Metro report that the role was offered to Tony Adams ahead of Ljungberg, who turned down the move for a coaching role in China.
Ljungberg scored 71 goals in 317 appearances for The Gunners, and was a key member of the Invincibles team then went unbeaten in the 2003-04 Premier League season en route to winning the title.
He won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2002 and has since been named the 11th greatest Gunner of all time.
Following the departures of Patrick Viera and Arteta to Manchester City, Ljungberg’s promotion suggests the club are keen to reward ex-players who the next generation can look up to.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club have made their fourth summer signing after a player confirmed on Twitter that he has officially signed.