Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is reportedly set to turn to one of his ‘Invincibles’ to replace the recently ousted Thierry Henry as U18 coach.
Freddie Ljungberg was teammates with Henry during the early 2000’s and together they became ‘Invincibles’ in 2004 when Arsenal won the Premier League title without losing a single game all season.
Earlier this summer Henry suffered an acrimonious exit from the Emirates stadium when Wenger reportedly gave the Gunners’ legend a choice – coach full time and leave his Sky Sports media job, or leave the club.
Having recently signed a lucrative deal with the broadcaster, Henry had been willing to coach for free. Ultimately however, the Frenchman left the club, under somewhat dubious circumstances.
Now, Wenger is, according to the Times, preparing to offer the coaching role to Ljungberg. Already working for Wenger as part of the U15 coaching staff, the Swede has reportedly impressed his boss and is set for a bump up to the U18’s.
Were Ljungberg to accept Wenger’s offer, he would become one of the first former players who served under the veteran Frenchman, to become a senior coach at the club.
Many, including Tony Adams, Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira, have turned down the chance to work in a coaching role under Wenger. The 66-year-old will be hoping that perhaps one of his storied players can finally step up and into a coaching role.
This would then see him emulate his long term nemesis, Sir Alex Ferguson, who has seen many of his own former players become successful coaches for Manchester United.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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