Arsenal have announced the appointment of former Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta as their new head coach.
The Spaniard has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract to succeed Unai Emery, who was sacked last month.
After agreeing to take his first step into management, Arteta told the Arsenal website: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke (owner and club director, respectively) and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.
“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
He will face the media at the Emirates on Friday evening, but watch on from the stands on Saturday when the Gunners visit his old club Everton as Ljungberg once again takes the team.
It remains to be seen who will be appointed to Arteta’s backroom staff and it is unclear if Ljungberg will drop back down to an assistant’s role or leave the club.