Former Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has explained why he left Mikel Arteta’s coaching team this summer.
Ljungberg was handed the reins when Unai Emery was fired and took charge of six games before Arteta was appointed.
The Swede took over shortly after Emery was axed in December last year, winning one, drawing three and losing two of his six games at the helm.
But the 43-year-old, who returned to Arsenal in 2018 as an under-23 coach, decided to leave in August.
The official rule was that he went to “Pursue new opportunities” and are statement read that he was keen to “further develop my management experience”.
However, three months at Ljungberg is still looking for a job while working as an expert.
And now, having been moved to the stands, he has explained why he left The Emirates.
“What changed on match day was that I sat up in the stands to look down. I’d have an earpiece at the bank, ”Ljungberg said in quotes Mirror.
“I would say how the opponents pressed.
“If there was a hole somewhere, if one of their players wasn’t holding the line, if we were to attack on that side or if we have a problem with something, our player isn’t doing what we’ve been coaching for the past week. .
“It can be hard to see everything when you sit there (in the dugout), so I took notes, made drawings, I spoke to the sofa, came down halfway and told them what I had seen.
“It was of course different from sitting on the couch, but that was what Mikel’s staff wanted and (what) I had to accept and do.”
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Arsenal are sad to see him go
Upon leaving the club, Arteta was confident he would face Ljungberg in the future.
He said, “Freddie has been a very important member of my team since I arrived.
“He handled the team very well when Unai left and we all have 100 percent respect for him as a man and coach.
“I know I will meet him on the sidelines in the future.”
Edu added: “We are very sad to see Freddie leave because we know how much he loves Arsenal.
“We know, however, that he has had several opportunities over the past 12 months and kept his job at Arsenal. Now he has the opportunity to consider other options, which makes sense for his career at this point. “