Wenger: We made Freddie promise to come back

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Freddie Ljungberg to leave Arsenal for Wolfsburg coaching role

Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal will benefit from the experience Freddie Ljungberg gains in his new position as assistant coach at Wolfsburg.

The Swede was lured to Germany this week by Andries Jonker who has swapped his role as chief of the Gunners youth academy to become head coach at the relegation-threatened Bundesliga club he departed in 2014.

Reflecting on the double loss Wenger wished both men well and underlined his eagerness to see ‘Invincible’ Freddie back at London Colney in the future.

“Freddie has done extremely well with the under-15s here,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “I was in touch with him constantly during his experience there.

“We gave him permission to go [to Wolfsburg], but with a promise that he will come back if there’s a possibility to come back here. Overall, I think it’s part of his education to become a coach, to have this kind of experience. Hopefully, we can use that later at Arsenal.

“Andries has been at Wolfsburg before,” Wenger added. “They knew him and they took advantage of the fact they know him to attract him there.

“Wolfsburg is a good opportunity because they have the third [highest] budget in the league. If you look at their team, their squad, they have very good players, so I think he has a good opportunity there to get them out of the relegation battle and as well to prepare to be their long-term coach there.”

Ljungberg isn’t averse to new experiences. After leaving Arsenal in 2007 the roving midfielder took in stints in the United States, China, Scotland and India. We wish him all the best at the Volkswagen Arena.

We’re sure he’ll do ‘f**kin excellent’.

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