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Freddie Ljungberg in contention to be named permanent Arsenal boss

Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:13 IST
Norwich City v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Norwich City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

According to The Evening Standard, Arsenal are looking at Freddie Ljungberg as a permanent replacement for the position of first-team manager after Unai Emery was recently sacked following poor performances in the Premier League as well as Europa League.

Ljungberg is currently the caretaker manager at the Emirates and was in charge of his first game against Norwich yesterday evening, where the Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw by the Canaries.

The club management has revealed that Emery's future had been subject of internal discussions amongst the Board members for the past several weeks. The previous Paris Saint-Germain boss was relieved of his duties last week after a 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Arsenal have shortlisted a few big names for the managerial job in London, with Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta, Carlo Ancelotti, Massimiliano Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo being a few, but they are ready to give the former Swedish national ample time to prove his shot at his permanent appointment.

However, Ljungberg will have to immediately reverse the current slump in the Arsenal camp due to the recent results, and get the team back to winning ways to have a realistic chance of landing the job on a permanent basis.

Club director Josh Kroenke has also claimed that the temporary appointment draws similarities to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment by United last season, where the latter revolutionized the club's form earning himself a permanent job at Old Trafford before the start of the current season.

Ljungberg has the Arsenal DNA to replicate what Solskjaer did at United, and if Kroenke's claims convert into results in the upcoming matches, the Gunners will surely have exciting times watching their team play.

The former Arsenal winger who was part of the coveted 'Invincibles' under Arsene Wenger, has a good relationship with many of the academy graduates who are currently part of the first-team squad, due to his stint as the coach of the under-23 team.

What will be interesting to see is how the Swede proves himself at the highest level of the Premier League. Arsenal take on Brighton next in the Premier League at the Emirates which will be his first home game as the interim head coach.


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Published 02 Dec 2019, 19:03 IST
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