Date: 2nd March 2017 at 3:43pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has said that former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg still has an Arsenal future following his switch to Wolfsburg.

With a playing career that spanned 328 game, two league titles and three FA Cups, Ljungberg took on an ambassadorial role with the club back in 2013 and this season, our Academy Director had taken on coaching duties with our Under 15 side as well.

The 39 year old did however move on to Wolfsburg in recent weeks to take up the role of assistant manager to Andries Jonker but speaking to the Official Site in his pre Liverpool press conference, Wenger confirmed that the door certainly wasn’t closed on Freddie and the agreement allowing him to leave for Wolfsburg was with a promise that he would return if the situation arose in the future.

‘Freddie has done extremely well with the under-15s here. I was in touch with him constantly during his experience there. We gave him permission to go, 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.’

Wenger went on to say that it will be a good experience for Ljungburg and he wished him the best for the future.

‘Andries has been at Wolfsburg before. 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.’

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