Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta identifies Brentford coach as Ljungberg replacement

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly looking to appoint Brentford coach Andreas Georgson to his backroom staff after the departure of Freddie Ljungberg.

The Swede left his role with the Gunners on Saturday in order to pursue a career in management and Georgson has been identified as a replacement, according to the Evening Standard.

Georgson is currently Brentford's head of set pieces and individual development, having joined Thomas Frank's set-up in September from Malmo.

Arteta has previously appointed goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana Pavon from the Bees and Georgson looks set to follow suit.

Club legend Dennis Bergkamp has also been linked with a coaching role.

Ljungberg announced his decision to leave Arsenal on Twitter, writing: "I have decided to leave my first team assistant coaching role at @Arsenal to progress my management experience.

"I have been involved with this club on and off since 1998 and am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me both as a player and as a coach.

"I wish Mikel and all the team every success for the season ahead.

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"Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side. I hope we will all meet again soon."

Technical director Edu said: "We're really sad to see Freddie leave as we know how much he loves Arsenal. However, we know he has had various opportunities over the last 12 months and stuck to the job at Arsenal.

"Now he has the opportunity to consider other options, and it makes sense for his career at this time.

"Freddie has made a huge contribution in his coaching role, most importantly when he led the team during that difficult period between Unai's departure and Mikel's appointment.

"We will forever be grateful for what he did then and what he's done since but fully recognise his desire to move on and be a head coach himself."

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