Oleh Luzhnyi, a former Arsenal defender, wishes to put his coaching dreams on wait in order to fight for his homeland of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

Oleh Luzhnyi, a former Arsenal defender, has declared that he intends to put his coaching career on wait in order to fight for his homeland of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

He told Sky Sports that the situation is “horrible.” ‘I want to come to the UK to coach, but first and foremost, I will stand firm and fight for my people, my nation, and democracy.’

‘We all hope this ends soon because innocent lives are being lost and families are being torn apart.’ What is the point of invading and destroying a country? We must come together as one to put an end to this criminal battle.’

Luzhnyi, 53, spent four years at the club between 1999 and 2003, making 110 appearances for them in total. He was also part of the side which won the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2001-02 season, and later left for Wolves.

Former Arsenal defender, Oleh Luzhnyi plans to put his coaching ambitions on hold to take up arms for his native Ukraine after their invasion by Russia

He played 60 times on the international stage during his career, captaining Ukraine 37 times. Luzhnyi also previously represented the former Soviet Union.

After hanging up his boots in 2005, he moved into coaching and had hoped to continue by taking up a job in England.

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