Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has been praising Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg, who is now in charge of the under-23. Nelson has been part of both the senior and the under-23 squads in recent years.
Ljungberg became the under-23 boss in June after the appointment of Unai Emery as the clubs new senior coach. The Swede is a club icon having made over 325 appearances for the Gunners and was part of the Invincibles squad.
Not just a top player
Ljungberg was a top player and underrated at times during his Gunners career. However, according to Nelson the former Arsenal midfielder is a top coach too. Talking about Ljungberg, the youngster told the Mirror: “They’re very high [Ljungberg’s demands],”
“He’s a great coach as well and I think he’s got very high standards for the young group that we have. I think we can go on to carry our trophy again this season if we play well and train hard.”
Good to have an ex-Arsenal player on the coaching staff
It is always nice to see former heroes of the club on the coaching staff, especially if they were part of a successful team, as Ljungberg was under boss Arsene Wenger.
The likes of Thierry Henry, Jens Lehmann and of course Steve Bould have all been part of the Gunners backroom set-up in recent years. For some reason, it feels like a nice tradition to have these figures still at the club in some capacity.
Employing former players only works if those players have the coaching talent and acumen to succeed. It seems that Ljungberg has some coaching ability, as he was formerly part of Andreas Jonker’s coaching staff at Wolfsburg in Germany.
Interesting to see the pairs progress
It will be interesting to say how both Nelson and Ljungberg develop over the next few years. Hopefully this season we will see more of the exciting young Nelson in the Gunners first-team and will not get to enjoy Ljungberg’s coaching for long.
The youngster has impressed in his cameos for the first-team. However, Emery has got a lot of options in the positions he can play.
It will also be interesting to see how Ljungberg progresses as a coach, as he attempts to help nurture Arsenal’s young players of the future. If Nelson’s opportunity of the Swede is anything to go by then he may well be a promising head coach in the future.
Can Reiss Nelson break into the Arsenal team on a regular basis this season?