With the summer budget seemingly limited to just £40m this summer, Arsenal will have to look to their academy more than ever.
Big signings are unlikely to be the case, with Unai Emery certainly needing to dip into the Gunners’ youth sides for some players to step up to the plate next season.
With many of the big Premier League sides struggling to get their highly-rated youngsters into the first-team step-up on a consistent basis, news of Arsenal promoting U23s manager Freddie Ljungberg to becoming Emery’s assistant has certainly gone down well.
Many fans of the north London side took to Twitter to reveal their delight at the former ‘Invincible’ being given a new role with the senior team, and felt that the progression from the academy may have just been made a lot smoother.
Gunners supporters seemed to be encouraged by the decision to give Ljungberg a new role after his impressive work with the U23s, and also revealed their intrigue at seeing Steve Bould go back to coaching the academy sides.
With the club enjoying a golden period of talented youngsters coming through like Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, many seemed excited for the side’s future and felt there were great things to come at the Emirates.
Check out some of the delighted reaction of Arsenal fans below:
An invincible stepping up as an assistant coach after proving himself with the U23 team. Excellent news and recruitment.
— P™ (@Cechque) June 17, 2019
Glad to hear that Freddie is getting a promotion after his great work with the youth. Interested to see how Bould handles the U23 squad as coach.
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) June 17, 2019
Yes Freddie pic.twitter.com/fDYmCCZM5F
— Z (@mesutmagic) June 17, 2019
— Gift of A Gunner. (@giftofagunner) June 17, 2019
Positive news, am really pleased we seem to have a plan for our bright prospects. But please back this up with a couple of good signings #afc
— CaptainBellerin (@nuanced_arsenal) June 17, 2019
Very happy with this, like the idea of a transitional team, and bould, Ljungberg, mertesacker all being involved is good news
— Billy David (@BillyBoyDav) June 17, 2019
Super Freddie! Great news. pic.twitter.com/7lr9OEzLPb
— Matt (@49Matt49) June 17, 2019
I like the way that was put together and explained. Sounds like a process that has had plenty of thought and reasoning behind and that everyone involved is fully on board and understand the role expected of them.
— Chris (@AFC_Doug) June 17, 2019