June 12, 2018 / 11:18 AM / 2 months ago

Soccer: Ljungberg returns to Arsenal as Under-23 coach

(Reuters) - Former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg has returned to the Premier League club as coach of the Under-23 side, Arsenal said on Tuesday.

Football Soccer - VfL Wolfsburg - German Bundesliga -Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany - September 13, 2017 SC Wolfsburg's assistant coach Fredrik Ljungberg. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

The 41-year-old Swede, who coached Arsenal’s Under-15 team in the 2016-17 season, was part of “The Invincibles” side who won the north London club’s last Premier League title in 2003-04.

“He understands the club’s values and how important it is to give young players the opportunity to grow and develop,” Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker told Arsenal’s website.

“Everyone knows Freddie loves the club and we look forward to him developing his career with us.”

Ljungberg played for Arsenal from 1998-2007 and made 216 appearances, scoring 46 goals. He was named the Premier League’s player of the season in 2001-02.

Reporting by Anirban Paul in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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