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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed that the Guanners’ younger players have ‘nothing but great stuff’ to say about Freddie Ljungberg since he took up his new role at the club.
The Swede, part of Arsenal’s Invincibles side, effectively replaced Steve Bould as assistant first-team coach over the summer, having impressed with his work for the Under-23s side.
Many of the academy players he coached are now part of the first team squad under Unai Emery, with the likes of 18-year-old Bukayo Saka starring in Thursday’s Europa League win over Frankfurt.
Part of the reason for Ljungberg’s promotion was to help transition Arsenal’s blossoming generation of young stars into senior regulars, and Wright says they all love working under him.
Speaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: ‘They speak very highly [of him]. All the youngsters, you speak to Joe [Willock], Reiss [Nelson], all the young guys, they’ve got nothing but great stuff to say about Freddie.
And I’m sure that Freddie, his involvement now with the transition from the academy into the first team, is vitally important. ‘I suppose that’s why he’s been brought in and every single one of them [the young players] that have come in have not disgraced themselves
‘I thought the other day [against Frankfurt] was the perfect game for them to come in, but I don’t think anybody was expecting Saka to do as great as he did.
‘I think there’s a lot of optimism about someone like Joe Willock, you’d like to see him play more, but I thought they were brilliant in a time for Arsenal when it’s not the greatest defensive-wise, they’ve come in and given everyone a little bit of a lift.’