Ainsley Maitland-Niles is filled with reward for Freddie Ljungberg’s coaching strategies and believes that Arsenal’s assistant first-team coach has improved the attacking aspect of his game.
Following a training reshuffle on the Emirates over the summer season, Ljungberg was promoted right into a outstanding place in Unai Emery’s teaching crew with Steve Bould changing him as U23 supervisor.
Ljungberg, an necessary member of Arsenal’s Invincibles aspect in 2003-04, has reportedly impressed in his new position and is being tipped as a possible successor to Emery ought to the Spaniard depart on the finish of his contract in 2021.
Explaining how Ljungberg has helped him this time period, Maitland-Niles mentioned: ‘There’s fairly a number of issues [I have learnt from Ljungberg] actually. He is aware of me as a winger, so attacking-wise he’s helped my game quite a bit.
‘Defensively, I go to someone else to help me because they’re two totally different types that I’ve to play. Him personally, he’s pulled me to the aspect quite a bit and has proven me totally different strategies and methods of beating gamers, methods of crossing the ball and taking pictures.
‘It’s serving to me and I’m comfortable to have him round as a result of he’s such a giant determine within the crew.’
As properly as serving to Maitland-Niles on the coaching pitch, Ljungberg has additionally been credited with helping Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka’s growth throughout his position with Arsenal U23s final season.
Speaking final month, Emery praised the impression Ljungberg has had on the squad, saying: ‘He is aware of Arsenal completely, the younger gamers, he helps us every single day in coaching, the matches and earlier than.
‘He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very pleased with him. Each assistant has their work. We are collectively to talk with the gamers. We are within the dressing room, we spoke about all of the conditions individually. We share some moments.’
Maitland-Niles has been closely concerned for Arsenal within the opening weeks of the marketing campaign, beginning six of the membership’s eight Premier League matches though he faces competitors at right-back from Calum Chambers and fit-again Hector Bellerin.
The England U21 worldwide defended himself from criticism of his kind earlier this season by suggesting that Emery is enjoying him out of place after he got here by way of Arsenal’s academy as a box-to-box midfielder.