Arsenal hero Freddie Ljungberg pinpoints reason for leaving Arteta’s side this summer
Freddie Ljungberg called time on his period at Arsenal this summer to further his career.
The 43-year-old former Sweden international joined the coaching staff under Unai Emery after spending time as an assistant coach at Wolfsburg.
Ljungberg, who won nine major trophies during his nine years as a player at the club, has now revealed why he left north London following the arrival of Mikel Arteta.
After taking a backseat following the Spaniard’s entrance, he now wants a top job of his own.
“Yeah, 100 per cent [it was a tough decision to leave],” Ljungberg said on Sky Sports .
“Everybody knows how much I love that club.
“I’ve had a lot of very good relationships and stuff like that, so of course it would be easy for me to have a comfortable life and stay there.
“But I felt that I’ve been an assistant a lot for a manager and I felt I’m ready to manage myself.
“To be able to do that I felt I had to leave and try to stand on my own two feet. Not an easy decision but I think it was the right thing to do for my career.
“I want to be a manager. I’ve tried to do all the work and tried to learn from a lot of good managers, and [now] I try to do it myself.
“Yeah exactly [I’m just waiting for the opportunity], something that fits all parties, and we’ll wait and see.”
Arteta said when Ljungberg’s exit was confirmed: “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.”