Mikel Arteta press conference: Arsenal manager confirms Freddie Ljungberg will remain as coach, discusses

Freddie Ljungberg will remain on Arsenal’s coaching staff following Mikel Arteta’s appointment as head coach, the Spaniard has confirmed.

Ljungberg, the Swedish former Arsenal winger, had taken charge of the Gunners on an interim basis following the sacking of Unai Emery last month, but he appeared to be in limbo as the club named Arteta as their new boss on Friday.

Arteta departed Man City to become Arsenal manager – will he be a success upon his return to the Emirates?

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Arteta departed Man City to become Arsenal manager – will he be a success upon his return to the Emirates?

He had only been promoted to Emery’s first-team coaching staff throughout the summer after working in Arsenal’s academy, and a return to the youth set-up had been mooted as a possible destination if Arteta didn’t want the 42-year-old around.

However, he confirmed Ljungberg will remain one of the senior staff during his first pre-match press conference since taking charge of the Gunners.

“I spoke to [Ljungberg] after the game,” said Ateta. “I told him who I want to bring in and I wanted to know what he was feeling.

“We decided the best thing would be for him to carry on with us. I knew him a little and we will start a new chapter and he was very positive.”

Arteta was in the Goodison Park stands on Saturday to watch Ljungberg’s final match as caretaker, and officially took charge shortly after.

His first match takes place on Boxing Day with the Gunners visiting Bournemouth, and you can listen to full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT 2!

Arteta discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…


On time at Arsenal so far

“I think that we have a really good team with a lot to improve. The two things I demanded they have done so it was a good starting point. They have a bit of the picture that I expect from them.

“We are much more committed. The body language was much better and they had much more passion. That is non-negotiable.

“I need them all on board. All the meetings we’ve had is to get everyone on board and so far I’m very happy with the reaction.”

On Freddie Ljungberg’s Mesut Ozil comments

“It’s a question for Freddie. I just wanted him to pick the best possible lineup for the game.

“You’re not going to be judged on what you done in the past, positive or negative.

“We will try to put the most competitive team out, we are to be ready and nullify them as much as possible.”

On January transfer window

“We had many other conversations. We have a meeting soon and some ideas but we have to put them together.”

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  • Leicester vs Liverpool (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
  • Wolves vs Man City (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT

On racism in football

“I think if that continues another type of reaction will be needed. The message to drive it out has to be even stronger after yesterday.

“Every situation is different so it’s difficult as a player can react in different ways.”

On Eddie Howe

“Very impressed since the age he started, it’s a very good sign for me.

“He’s a coach I like and I value the work he’s done because what he’s done isn’t easy over many years.”

On working under Pep Guardiola

“I helped as much as I could. I gave everything I had to improve [Man City] and the players to make them more secure.

“Jumping into Pep’s door was a big challenge but I did it.”

On plans at Arsenal

“What we are going to transmit to the team is accountability to play for this football club. This is the basic.”