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Freddie Ljungberg uncovers biggest regret as Arsenal manager and the battle to get Bukayo Saka promoted


Freddie Ljungberg has opened up on his time in the burrow with the north Londoners.

One of the Gunners invincibles has spoken straightforwardly about his time as interim Gunners boss.

The Swedish International was accountable for the north Londoners for four matches in the period between Emery’s excusal and Arteta’s arrangement in 2019.

Before that, he had worked inside the club’s foundation instructing the under-15s, under-16s, under-19s and the under-23s, helping numerous players including Saka, Nelson, Willock and Smith Rowe in transit up to the primary group.

Presently however, the Invincible has pondered his time in control in north London and uncovered what he would jumped at the chance to have done any other way.

“It was an astounding honor,” he told The Coaches’ Voice, considering his short spell in the burrow with the Gunners first group. “So it’s blended feelings.”

It was a troublesome period for Freddie Ljungberg who had wanted to have the option to make some mentor staff in to help him during his time in control, yet rather was left with institute head Mertesacker as his super right hand man during his four games in control.

“Everyone realizes I needed to have a type of staff. I needed to have an aide with me and I didn’t get that.

“Then, at that point, it was extreme since it’s hard to get everything rolling, except I took in a great deal and the players reacted. I felt in the end I pushed through in light of the fact that I realized I wouldn’t be administrator of the club notwithstanding.”

Freddie Ljungberg’s splitting gift to the Gunners was to carry through a few youthful players into the primary group, as he gave Smith Rowe his absolute first PL start in quite a while last match against Everton instead of Ozil, who the Swede uncovered he would have dropped at any rate notwithstanding a physical issue he got.

“I knew what the fate of the club was and it’s the youthful players,” he said.

“So I gave the presentation I think for Smith Rowe, I think he began at Everton.

“For me that was significant. That is the eventual fate of the Gunners football club and I figured out how to basically put a stamp on that I could push those players to that.

“Clearly as a Gunners man it’s a significant privilege to say I’ve done that and from that you could push on.”

Just as allowing Emile Smith Rowe an opportunity at senior level, Freddie Ljungberg additionally assumed a critical part in the ascent to noticeable quality of Saka, highlighting him intensely in his under-23 side.

From that point forward Bukayo Saka has proceeded to turn into the north London club’s player of the period and a full England global, yet not every person was constantly persuaded of the 20-year-old’s ability.

“Bukayo Saka clearly accomplished practically everything himself, buckled down, was an excellent expert,” said Freddie.

“At the point when I had the 23s at north London, I said ‘I will take up Bukayo to the 23s’ and I got battled a smidgen on that. They said ‘no he’s playing with the 18s, he’s not prepared’.

“I said ‘there’s zero chance. In case I’m the supervisor of this group, he’s coming up preparing with me and I’ll show you he can play’.”

Bukayo Saka is set to be involved when England take on Andorra in their World Cup qualifier this Saturday, while Freddie Ljungberg is expecting to get into the board at a senior level.

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