Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has revealed Wenger played a key role in his decision to become a manager after he ended his playing career.
Wenger has been criticized for the low number of ex Gunners working with the club at the moment but Ljungberg has stood up for the French boss claiming it was him who advised him to become a manager instead of an assistant.
Ljungberg is currently in charge of the club’s U16 team as he attempt to gain his coaching license and has praised Wenger for the role he played in his career.
“In the future you hope to be a manager but I’ve got to my earn my stripes first,” Ljungberg told Goal.
“Arsene advised me to do that and be a head coach, not assistant anywhere, because then you have your own staff and you have to look at the management of staff and it’s not so simple as doing a training session.
I’m trying to learn on all levels and earn my stripes when I get a chance.”
Ljungberg was part of Arsenal’s invincibles that won the league in 2004. He made 328 appearances for the Gunners between 1998 and 2007.