Freddie Ljungberg has left his role as assistant coach at Arsenal in order to pursue management opportunities. 

Ljungberg was appointed interim boss by the Premier League club after Unai Emery was sacked in November 2019. 

The former Sweden international, who was part of Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles' squad at Arsenal in the 2003–04 season, was retained on the coaching staff following Mikel Arteta's appointment. 

Ljungberg, who also led the London club's under-15 and under-23 squads, has now decided to move on and take the next step in his career. 

The 43-year-old said: "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. Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side. I hope we will all meet again soon." 

Arsenal 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."

New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta will be assisted by Freddie Ljungberg, Albert Stuivenberg and Steve Round, the club confirmed on Tuesday.

Ljungberg served as interim boss following the departure of Unai Emery, including taking charge of the 0-0 draw away at Everton while the recently appointed Arteta watched on from the stands.

The duo held talks after the game at Goodison Park and Arteta revealed on Monday that the Swede would be staying on at the club as part of his revamped coaching staff.

Now the Gunners have announced the appointments of Stuivenberg and Round, while goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana Pavon joins from Brentford.

"I am delighted to have this talented group of coaches alongside me," Arteta said. "They bring a great mix of experience and fresh thinking.

"Along with the talented people we have in the club already, they will be key people to get us back to winning ways."

Stuivenberg worked in the Premier League with Manchester United during Louis van Gaal's reign at Old Trafford. 

The Dutchman is also assistant to Wales boss Ryan Giggs and will combine that role with his duties at Arsenal until after Euro 2020.

Round, meanwhile, has served as a coach at Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Everton, Manchester United and the England national team, while he also had a spell as director of football at Aston Villa.

Arsenal face Bournemouth away from home on December 26.

Arsenal's players will have a "clean slate" under Mikel Arteta, who has confirmed Freddie Ljungberg will remain at the club as part of the coaching staff.

After watching Saturday's 0-0 draw at Everton from the stands, Arteta will take charge of his first game on Thursday, as the Gunners travel to Bournemouth.

Ljungberg was instead at the helm at the weekend, the interim boss picking a youthful, inexperienced line-up for the game at Goodison Park.

Mesut Ozil was left out of the squad due to injury, though Ljungberg confirmed the ex-Germany international would not have been selected anyway due to his reaction to being substituted during the loss to Manchester City.

However, Ozil - and the rest of his team-mates - will get the chance to enjoy a fresh start under Arteta, who has left his role as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City to return to Emirates Stadium.

"My job started straight after the game, so I had to pick the players up first of all mentally and then put them in the work frame that I want," he said.

"With me, they have a clean slate. I told them that. You're not going to be judged on things you've done in the past, whether they are negative or positive.

"This is evolving every day and I'm expecting you to perform and be in the right mindset every single day for me. If you do that, you'll have a chance to play. If you don't, you won't."

The new head coach will lean on Ljungberg for assistance after the pair held discussions at the weekend.

"I spoke to Freddie after the game. I told him my idea and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities of each of them," Arteta said.

"I wanted to know what he was feeling, I wanted to know what he had in mind, what his expectations were. We talked and we made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us.

"I think he can be very available. I think he knows the players, he knows the situation, he knows the history of where we're coming from and also his knowledge of the game is going to really help us to be better."

Arsenal announced on Monday that Ozil will be available to face Bournemouth, while Hector Bellerin and Dani Ceballos are both back in full training.

Freddie Ljungberg says a lack of staff hindered him during his spell as Arsenal interim boss.

Saturday's 0-0 draw at Everton brought an end to Ljungberg's time in charge with Mikel Arteta set to take over after leaving his post as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Unai Emery's dismissal saw various members of his staff depart Emirates Stadium with Ljungberg left to operate with a skeleton backroom team as the recruitment process continued.

Per Mertesacker stepped up to help Ljungberg, who will remain at the club in some capacity under Arteta's leadership.

"I think we had six people leaving so there were no people there and you try to fill the gaps and try to do a lot of things," Ljungberg told reporters after the goalless draw at Goodison Park. 

"I learned a lot of things about myself and tried to organise things and get it done but of course, it's been a big, big honour and as well a challenge to sort these things out. 

"I must say Per Mertesacker - he's our academy manager and he's been academy manager plus being my assistant. 

"It's not been easy for him, he's been going to kids Christmas parties and then coming back to me, going here and there, so a big thank you to him."

Mesut Ozil was left out of the squad to face Everton due to injury but Ljungberg confirmed the midfielder would not have been selected after his frustrated reaction to being substituted during last weekend's heavy home loss to Manchester City.

"For me, I got asked after the game about Mesut," Ljungberg added. "He walked off the game and took the things [gloves] and kicked it. 

"The fans were not happy, I got asked about it and said for me, at Arsenal, that's not what we do and I stand by that. 

"Mesut was injured but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that's not what I expect from an Arsenal player. 

"That's my decision and I want to make the decisions again, but that's what I think." 

Duncan Ferguson joked he could become Carlo Ancelotti's co-manager after ending his interim spell in charge of Everton with a 0-0 Premier League draw at home to Arsenal.

Ferguson's Toffees have taken five points from matches against the Gunners, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Carlo Ancelotti will take over for December 26's home game with Burnley after the former Chelsea boss was confirmed as Everton's new manager just over an hour before kick-off.

Ferguson welcomed Ancelotti's appointment and joked he is hoping to be given a key role in the new set-up.

"It's brilliant. It's fantastic for the club, a guy of that pedigree coming here. I can't wait to start working with him and I'm sure I'll learn a lot," Ferguson said to BT Sport. 

"Hopefully we'll have a chat tonight with a glass of red wine. I'll get a few bottles of red wine down him and I'll become the new co-manager or something."

Everton were unbeaten under Ferguson and he led them to their first Premier League clean sheet since October at Goodison Park on Saturday.

"We wanted three points but what a fantastic performance from us," Ferguson said. "The boys didn't half dig in. I couldn't have asked any more from them - they've been fantastic for me.

"I'm glad I've ended on not a defeat. I'm delighted we got the draw, it's an extra point. We end undefeated, so we're absolutely delighted."

Ferguson's counterpart Freddie Ljungberg is also stepping aside for a new boss, with Mikel Arteta taking charge of Arsenal from Sunday.

Ljungberg was without the injured Mesut Ozil and was impressed by his inexperienced side despite a lack of chances created for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"I was very happy. We put a very young side out there because we wanted energy," Ljungberg told BT Sport. "We worked hard in training and I wanted to give them a chance.

"We tried to dominate possession and keep the ball. You could see Everton getting frustrated and tired. Of course, there's more to come but it's a building block to have that stability we can fall back on.

"There's a lot of potential in a lot of the players. But I wanted to see people who would run and fight and go for it. We can't rely on our name - we still need to run and do the dirty things.

"Then Joe [Willock] comes on and Laca [Alexandre Lacazette] comes on, sprinting and fighting and all that. If we can do that, with the quality we have, it's a bright future.

"I've been told by the club that they want me to stay. I'll have a meeting with Mikel tomorrow and hopefully, it'll be a good one."

Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta surely departed Goodison Park on Saturday suspecting they had each arrived just in time.

Everton initially improved under Duncan Ferguson following Marco Silva's sacking, but new boss Ancelotti - watching in the stands - struggled to hide his frustration as they contributed to a dreadful Premier League encounter.

Arteta, a former Toffees favourite, was also in attendance and might even have been the more encouraged of the two coaches-in-waiting, yet his side Arsenal were only marginally better.

Freddie Ljungberg has failed to inspire Arsenal, and it was clear on Merseyside that both the Gunners and Everton were each in need of a lift.


MESUT MESS CONTRIBUTES TO CAPTAINCY CONCERN

Ljungberg's stint ends with one win in six matches in all competitions, having muddled through the same assortment of teams and tactics that saw off Unai Emery while further exacerbating the issues around Mesut Ozil, Arsenal's eternal enigma.

The injured Ozil's absence - having reacted angrily to his substitution last week - neatly encapsulated the lack of leadership on the pitch for Arsenal.

Emery named Ozil among a quintet of skippers in each of his two seasons, but the warring five families in 'The Godfather' were less disparate. Only Granit Xhaka - stripped of the role - and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the former coach's group started on Saturday.

Ozil and Xhaka were in 2018-19's selection of five, too. Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey have all since left - in controversial circumstances, on a free transfer, and retiring to join rivals Chelsea's staff, respectively.

Former Arsenal captain Arteta appears reluctant to intervene decisively, though, saying on Friday: "I want to see what they are doing at the moment and, after that, slowly, we will make some decisions to help them."


CLEAN SHEETS COURTESY OF CREATIVITY VOID

Everton collected just a second clean sheet in 16 league games, while Arsenal - having conceded the first goal in more Premier League games than any other side this season - could also welcome a rare shut-out - their first in 15 matches in all competitions.

But this goalless game owed more to aimless attacking play than defensive interventions, with passes from both sides regularly going astray at key moments.

Arsenal named their youngest league XI since May 2011, with many of the rookies in forward positions, yet Arteta would have been concerned as the visitors waited until the 44th minute for their first attempt.

Jordan Pickford was called into action before Bernd Leno, though, saving well six minutes after the break, as Everton likewise toiled.

Goals under Ferguson have largely come as a result of defensive errors, which the Gunners avoided, despite the presence of stars like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.

Ancelotti is renowned for getting the best out of talented players, and for all Everton's back-line issues, a key focus must be to ensure future displays are more incisive going forward.


IMMEDIATE RESULTS REQUIRED REGARDLESS

These two sides are stuck in the mid-table mire, and it was not hard to see why in a pair of hopeless performances. But such is the need to get their seasons back on track that both teams would have welcomed a late winner regardless of what went before.

Neither truly deserved the three points, yet triumphing without playing well will be the early expectation for each new coach.

Arsenal's captaincy concerns need to be addressed, while Everton must have more edge up front and be less edgy at the back, but frustrations will not be abated for long if results see the two toiling in the bottom half.

Everton's pre-match optimism was sapped by full-time, and Arsenal's Friday talk of Champions League qualification and "eventually" the title looks pie in the sky.

Only once victories are belatedly strung together can serious discussion of fulfilling ambition be considered.

Freddie Ljungberg said Mesut Ozil would not have been involved for Arsenal in Saturday's Premier League contest against Everton even if injury had not ruled him out.

Interim boss Ljungberg named a youthful line-up for his final game in charge before handing the reins to new boss Mikel Arteta, who was appointed the Gunners' new head coach on Friday.

Ozil, who reacted petulantly to be subbed off in last week's defeat against Manchester City, was conspicuous by his absence and, while he confirmed a foot problem for the ex-Germany international, Ljungberg cast more doubt on the midfielder's long-term future in north London by admitting he would not have been part of his plans at Goodison Park.

Ljungberg told BT Sport: "Mesut has something on his foot, but we have things happening there so Mesut wouldn't have been in the squad today anyway, [after] what happened in the last game."

Nicolas Pepe, Sead Kolasinac, Matteo Guendouzi and the suspended Sokratis Papastathopoulos are also out of the starting XI that lost 3-0 to the champions last weekend, with Arsenal naming a new-look side that will be out to impress Arteta.

Emile Smith Rowe was awarded a first Premier League start as Ljungberg turns to youth, with Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson included in attack.

Arteta will be watching from the stands at another of his former clubs, who named Carlo Ancelotti as manager ahead of kick-off.

The Italian has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Marco Silva and, like Arteta, will begin work after Saturday's fixture.

The Toffees have welcomed back Lucas Digne, Djibril Sidibe, Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson as Duncan Ferguson concludes his spell as caretaker manager.

Freddie Ljungberg believes he can work successfully alongside new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta once the "difficult" handover is complete. 

Ljungberg will oversee the final match of his interim spell in charge when the Gunners visit Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

He suggested it could be challenging for the players to find motivation despite the incentive to impress the incoming head coach, who officially takes over from Sunday.

Arteta could not confirm at his introductory news conference whether Ljungberg, previously an assistant to Unai Emery, would have a role with the team going forward.

But the Swede, a firm fan-favourite during his playing career in north London, insisted he could be an asset.

"I'm looking forward to it a lot," Ljungberg told the club's website when asked about his planned talks with Arteta.

"Of course it's going to be a difficult one [against Everton] because everybody knows he's taking over the team and the club.

"I just hope the players will still try to be motivated and go for it.

"With me and him, I'm really looking forward to sitting down and discussing things. I met him before, I have the deepest respect for him and his football knowledge. Together, I think we can do this very, very well."

Ljungberg has previously spoken of the difficulties endured while working with a lean backroom team but felt it had been a "great experience" in his nascent coaching career.

"I've been extremely honoured to be the interim manager for this great, great club," he said.

"Of course, everybody knows, it's been difficult circumstances, confidence has been low.

"Unfortunately we've had many injuries, but that's life. For me, the main job has just been trying to steady the ship and help as much as I possibly can. I feel honoured to have been able to do that.

"I've learned so much and I'm looking forward to meeting Mikel, and talking to him, talking about football.

"I think we can get this club back to where it belongs. It's been a great, great honour again."

New head coach Mikel Arteta has been welcomed back to the "Arsenal family" by his former Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil.

Arteta has penned a three-and-a-half-year contract with Arsenal and will take up his new role on Sunday after leaving Manchester City, where he has been Pep Guardiola's assistant for the last three seasons.

The former midfielder joined Arsenal from Everton in 2011, spending five years with the Gunners before retiring in 2016 and moving into a coaching role under Guardiola.

He replaces his compatriot Unai Emery, who was dismissed after a dismal run of form that interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has been unable to significantly improve on.

Ozil, who played alongside Arteta for three seasons and found himself out of favour for long periods under Emery, tweeted his support for his new coach.

"Welcome back to the Arsenal family," the playmaker, who has been linked with a move away from the club, posted to his official Twitter account.

Arsenal's board believe that, in Arteta, they have found the ideal candidate to take the club forward, with the Spaniard understanding the Gunners' expectations.

"We're delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal," director Josh Kroenke told the club's official website.

"He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.

"I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks. He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism."

Head of football Raul Sanllehi, added: "We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us.

"Mikel understands Arsenal and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.

"I must also pay tribute to Freddie Ljungberg for his hard work and leadership. Together with Per Mertesacker, he has done a vital job for us in difficult circumstances. Freddie and Per are important parts of the Arsenal family and care deeply for this club."

Ljungberg is set to continue in his temporary role for Saturday's contest with Everton, before Arteta takes the reins.

Freddie Ljungberg believes Arsenal now need to make a swift decision in their search for a new manager.

Arsenal slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday, with Kevin De Bruyne playing the starring role with two excellent goals and an assist.

The Gunners have managed just one victory in 12 games across all competitions, with Ljungberg having overseen the last five matches on an interim basis following Unai Emery's dismissal.

However, the search for a new permanent boss does not appear to be nearing its completion, with reports suggesting City assistant Mikel Arteta is still a primary target, and Ljungberg has urged Arsenal to make a decision soon.

"We all have to look in the mirror. What I felt is that the West Ham game [a 3-1 win for Arsenal] was a big step in the right direction," Ljungberg told a news conference.

"I haven't seen that from a team in a long time. Today, they [City] are a top side, they are a lot better than us. 

"For me it's a great honour to do this, but Per [Mertesacker, serving as Ljungberg's assistant] is an academy manager and he is doing two jobs. I think it needs to be cleared up, so everybody knows.

"That's what I've said but it's totally up to the club. I'm very honoured and I will do what I can, but I think we need to make a decision, regardless of what it is."

Many fans appeared to have left Emirates Stadium well before full-time on Sunday, but Ljungberg insisted he was proud of the support offered to his side.

"I'm an Arsenal man and we try everything but we need to be a bit realistic as well, there is a gulf between City and Liverpool and the rest," Ljungberg said.

"I am happy and proud of the fans, they responded well to the young players that came on. Of course they can see there's a difference. They sang in the end and appreciated the young boys trying it.

"We know in the last couple of years we have struggled against City at home. When we countered on them which was one of our game-plans they took five yellow cards just kicking us down.

"Maybe we can learn to be a bit more cynical and not let our opponents counter on us. It's a bit of a weakness of ours. We need to take those fouls.

"That's intelligent by City. It's tactical, there's no other way. Maybe we need to be cynical as well, take the free-kick and nothing happens."

Kevin De Bruyne produced a masterclass as Manchester City breezed to a 3-0 win over a listless Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday 

The Belgium midfielder scored two high-quality goals and provided an assist for Raheem Sterling in a one-sided victory for City.

Defending champions City are 14 points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind second-place Leicester City.

Arsenal remain in ninth – seven points off Chelsea in fourth spot – in a defeat that will have done little to enhance interim boss Freddie Ljungberg's prospects of landing the job on a permanent basis.

Gunners forward Gabriel Martinelli brought an early save out of City goalkeeper Ederson but Pep Guardiola's side began the rout in the second minute.

An intelligent pass from Fernandinho released Gabriel Jesus down the left flank, and he cut the ball back for De Bruyne, who side-footed a clinical half-volley high into the net.

City strengthened their grip on the game when De Bruyne rounded off a brisk counter-attack with a low ball across the box – via a slight deflection – that Sterling steered home from close range.

De Bruyne curled in City's third from outside the box five minutes before half-time after a smart pass from Phil Foden, on his first league start of the season.

Only a spectacular fingertip save from Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, on the stroke of half-time, denied De Bruyne a first-half hat-trick.

The second half was largely a non-event as City dominated possession and Arsenal, who managed one shot on target in the contest, chased shadows.

Boos and jeers from the home supporters at half-time and near silence at full-time at the Emirates summed up the current mood of the Arsenal fanbase while the visitors chanted De Bruyne's name.

 

What does it mean? City rediscover swagger

Liverpool have been near flawless as the Premier League season closes in on its mid-point while City have stuttered and stumbled in their wake.

On their day, though, Guardiola's side are still capable of some mesmerising football. Against Arsenal they regained some of their swagger as they rebuilt confidence following last weekend's chastening Manchester derby defeat.

City are clinging onto the coattails of Liverpool, and this was a reminder to Jurgen Klopp's side that, despite their strong position, they will need to keep glancing over their shoulder.

Masterful display from majestic De Bruyne

Afforded the freedom of the Emirates, De Bruyne produced a peerless midfield display. He showed superb technique with his right and left feet for his two goals. 

A first Premier League hat-trick was the only thing missing from an individual showing among the best from any player this season.

Ozil among AWOL Arsenal players

The list of pitiful performances by Arsenal's players was a long one: Matteo Guendouzi, Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all dreadful.

However, a traffic cone may have provided more impetus in attack than Mesut Ozil against City, such was his anonymity. He cut an equally unenthusiastically figure as he trudged off the pitch when substituted just before the hour, before kicking his gloves in frustration.

What's next?

Manchester City head to Oxford United in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup on Wednesday before they return to Premier League action with a key home fixture against Leicester on Saturday. Arsenal head to Goodison Park next Saturday in the day's early kick-off.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola handed Phil Foden a first Premier League start of the season in Sunday's clash at Arsenal.

Midfielder Foden has made seven league appearances for City this season but all had come from the bench before his promotion at Emirates Stadium.

The 19-year-old's inclusion came as one of four changes made by Guardiola to the side which lost the Manchester derby last weekend as Nicolas Otamendi, Bernard Mendy, Ilkay Gundogan were also recalled.

John Stones, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Angelino were the players to make way.

Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg made two changes to the side which beat West Ham on Monday.

Sead Kolasinac and Matteo Guendouzi were included in the starting line-up with the injured Kieran Tierney and Granit Xhaka the players dropping out.

Freddie Ljungberg admitted Arsenal must be ready for a backlash from their own fans in Sunday's Premier League game against Manchester City.

The Gunners were booed off after a dispiriting 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in their last Emirates Stadium appearance.

Hector Bellerin insisted the team had given "100 per cent" but another poor result against champions City will only add to the sense of discontent in north London.

"It's the right of the fans to be this way," said interim boss Ljungberg.

"Of course I want them to be with us and I know how much it means to the players, and I can see sometimes when it happens they can go a little bit down.

"But that's something I will talk to them about. They already know about it but I will try to prepare them for if and when it happens.

"But I think when we play City at home, the fans know it will be a very tough game and will be with us regardless.

"I want to make sure I respect the decisions and voice of the fans. In my opinion they are the club and we try to do the best we can for them. We try to respect them and make them know we are doing this.

"I hope they have seen that in the last fortnight."

Arsenal triumphed 3-1 at West Ham on Monday but have not won a Premier League home game since the narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in early October.

Unai Emery lost his job on November 29 and club chiefs are still considering potential successors, with Ljungberg now set to oversee his fifth match.

The Swede warned there was no quick fix to the malaise.

"I am a fan, too, and I want Arsenal back winning trophies, but as I say this won't happen overnight," he said.

"Of course, there are things to fix now and that we can do better. I have a list of about 10 to 15 things we need to urgently get right, but you can't do all those things at once."

Freddie Ljungberg admitted he cannot spend "months and months" as Arsenal's interim head coach without adequate support staff.

The Swede will oversee a fifth match when the Gunners host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal sacked Unai Emery on November 29 and though they have reportedly been receptive to the idea of Ljungberg seeing out the season, he has not been allowed to strengthen the coaching team.

Academy manager Per Mertesacker continues to serve as a makeshift assistant.

"The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so yeah, I can't do anything at the moment," Ljungberg said.

"I have Per but, at the same time, he is academy manager. But he is helping me with coaching. The club has said when they make a decision that's it, or I am obviously leaving, or maybe then we can do something with the staff.

"But it is up to the club."

Links to Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and ex-Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti have thus far come to nothing as Arsenal delay the appointment of a full-time replacement for Emery.

Asked if a quick decision would be best, Ljungberg said: "It's far from me to say.

"If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don't have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy. But that's totally up to the club."

"I haven't got any indications of if I'm here or not," he continued.

"What I've said to the bosses and the club is I will do everything in my power to do as well as I can for this club and the players.

"Then obviously it is up to them to make a decision. I try not to put any emotions into that. It's totally business and up to them."

Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg was thrilled by 18-year-old Bukayo Saka's "amazing" rescue act against Standard Liege.

Saka capped a fine individual display with the equaliser for Arsenal as they drew 2-2 with Standard in their final Europa League group game on Thursday.

The teenage winger had also provided the cross for Alexandre Lacazette's close-range headed goal as Ljungberg's side battled back from 2-0 down to earn a point.

It helped the Gunners secure top spot in Group F, ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt, and means they will be one of the seeded teams in the draw for the last 32 on Monday.

"He was amazing," Ljungberg said of Saka in his post-match news conference. "His final ball, and last bit, is always effective.

"He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He's a tremendous talent.

"I feel sorry for our young players. A lot of them haven't been on loan, they've not had that exposure to men’s football.

"Some of them made mistakes but they'll learn from those mistakes and won't do them again. But Bukayo had a tremendous night."

Arsenal's display was characterised by defensive uncertainty as Ljungberg put his faith in youth against Standard.

However, the 42-year-old former Sweden international preferred to focus on the manner in which his side fought back to draw.

He added: "I'm really proud of them. They showed belief in how they can play football. It's good for us in the future. The energy, they go and go. They don't stop.

"We played really well in our game-plan in the first half. They didn't have any shots on target. We should have maybe been one or two up at half-time.

"We got sucker-punched a bit, they scored two deflected goals. You can't really slam the players for that.

"We could have folded but we didn't. At 2-2, we could have got a 3-2 but I had the information about the other score so we didn't go too hard.

"Of course, it was a small gamble but I believe in those young players and they pulled through and we're top of the group."

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