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EPL: Three names emerge as replacements for former midfielder

Timothy Aiyeku

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A former Arsenal player and an assistant to manager Mikel Arteta, Freddie Ljungberg has left the club for a new opportunity and that leaves the club in the search for his replacement.

The Gunners announced Freddie Ljungberg’ exit on Saturday in a statement noting that he seeks other opportunities with Mikel Arteta while hailing him as an important member of the team that will be missed.

However, the search now begins for a new replacement with football.london listing three names as possible candidates for the vacant role.

Per Mertesacker has been named by the English outlet as a possible replacement for the role, especially as he has impressed with the academy. The fact that the former defender knows the club well and has an experience and relationship with the first team makes him a good candidate but Mikel Arteta has the final say.

Jesus Casas is another name being mentioned as a possible replacement for Freddie Ljungberg because of his Spanish link with Mikel Arteta. He is currently the assistant to Luis Enrique at the Spanish national team but will be happy to have this experience.

Xabi Alonso has been developing as a coach at Real Sociedad which makes him fit for the role at the Emirates Stadium. Knowing that he has a good relationship with Mikel Arteta, working together may be a good deal.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.