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Why Emery’s plan for Ljungberg is great news for Arsenal starlet Swede says ‘needs to be playing’

Arsenal are set to promote club legend Freddie Ljungberg into their first-team coaching setup ahead of the new season, according to the Times.

They report that Emery is plotting a major coaching reshuffle on the back of his maiden season in charge of the Gunners and Ljungberg has made a big impression on the Spaniard.

Ljungberg spent last season in charge of Arsenal’s Under 23 squad, but Emery is apparently looking to make changes around him after the senior side’s season petered out.

In his role with the young Gunners, the Swede worked with Eddie Nketiah, who broke into the first team picture last term but found himself behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order up top.

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Back in February, Ljungberg was full of praise for the young hotshot, feeling that he is ready for the next step in his career.

Speaking to the Islington Gazette, Ljungberg said: “If he gets the call, he’s ready to play without question. It’s important for Eddie to play games. As a striker, you can’t just train because you want to feel that feeling to get yourself in the right place at the right time to score.

“It was important for Eddie to play [for the U23s] so he’s ready when he gets a chance in the first team. He needs games, as a striker he always needs to be playing.”

With Danny Welbeck leaving the Emirates, Nketiah could well be Arsenal’s third choice striker next season and having someone who is a known admirer of him moving closer to Emery’s inner circle is only going to boost his hopes.

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