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() Freddie Ljungberg made a career out of spotting little gaps, picking the perfect time to make his move into them and pouncing.

The former attacking, goal-scoring midfielder clearly retains that happy knack, years on from his retirement and now he is a coach.

When Arsenal were plotting a summer reshuffle of their coaching set-up Ljungberg identified a pocket of space he felt he could move into in the Gunners' backroom team which would get the best use out of his qualities as a coach.

Freddie Ljungberg is proving to be a valuable addition to the coaching staff at Arsenal

Freddie Ljungberg is proving to be a valuable addition to the coaching staff at Arsenal

Under 23s manager last year, the Swede believed he could be utilised to help some of Arsenal's promising youngsters make the leap from youth to senior football.

The idea was put to head coach Unai Emery for his take having built up a rapport with Steve Bould in his first season in charge at the Emirates.

Once he gave the positional moves the green light, Ljungberg was promoted to assistant first-team coach, while Bould replaced him in charge of Arsenal's second string, returning to work with the academy which he had done during a previous 11-year stint.

Along with his first team coaching duties, Ljungberg's position also comes with a secondary role, in which he is effectively a transitions manager tasked with helping smooth the path for some of the players he has worked with in Arsenal's youth set up into the first team.

He was Under 23s manager last season and also had a previous spell in the 2016-17 season coaching the club's Under 15s and also their Under 19 UEFA Youth League side.

Ljungberg has quickly made his presence felt.

Ljungberg's work with Joe Willock (right) in particular is paying dividends for the Gunners

Ljungberg's work with Joe Willock (right) in particular is paying dividends for the Gunners

Midfielder Joe Willock has made some big strides forward continuing his progress after a handful of first-team appearances last season.

His running stats during Arsenal's matches and fitness tests are understood to be among the highest of all of Emery's players.

And that work he has been putting in has been rewarded, not just with game time in pre-season but a place in Emery's Premier League team.

Willock started all of Arsenal's big friendlies during their pre-season tour of America against Bayern Munich, , Lyon and Barcelona and has impressed Emery sufficiently to retain his place for Arsenal's opening three league games.

Willock praised Ljungberg for the part he has played in his ongoing development.

The 20-year-old said: 'Freddie is not only such a legend at the club, he's an unbelievable manager and coach.

The coach is helping young players such as Reiss Nelson and his personal touch is appreciated

The coach is helping young players such as Reiss Nelson

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