Arsenal assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg has decided to leave the club to pursue new opportunities in the coming season.
The retired Sweden international has been with the Gunners for the past two seasons after leaving Germany, where he was assistant manager at VfL Wolfsburg. He has previously led the Arsenal under-15 and under-23 squads.
“I have decided to leave my first-team assistant coaching role at Arsenal to progress my management experience. I have been involved with this club on and off since 1998 and I am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me both as a player and as a coach,” Ljungberg said in a tweet.
“I wish Mikel (Arteta) and all the team every success for the season ahead. Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side. I hope we will all meet again soon.”
The 43-year-old was named interim manager following the sacking of Unai Emery late last year. He returned to the role of assistant coach when Mikel Arteta was appointed in December as the new boss.
Arsenal head coach Arteta said that Ljungberg had been a really important member of the team since his 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,” Arteta was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
Ljungberg won two league titles and three FA Cups as a player with the Gunners.