Freddie Ljungberg has told his pre-Brighton press conference – as quoted by Football London – as saying that he would like to remain in the coaching setup at Arsenal even if he does not get the manager’s role on a full-time basis.
Ljungberg, 42, has been given the task of looking after the Arsenal side until Unai Emery’s replacement is found. The Swede, though, is of course a contender for the role given the amount of times a caretaker boss can become the number one.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did it at Manchester United after replacing Jose Mourinho to begin with on a temporary basis. Since his permanent appointment, though, the Norwegian gaffer has struggled – with a win rate of just 27%.
Ljungberg has had no experience of managing a senior side previously, though has been Arsenal’s Under-23 manager and worked on Emery’s coaching staff. He responded when asked if he would remain at Arsenal, if he is not given the job.
“Yeah of course,” Ljungberg said. “I work for the club and what the club wants me to do, that’s where I’m going to be. Of course I’m very proud to have this opportunity but the future will tell what happens.”
TBR’s view – What does Ljungberg have to do to win Arsenal role?
If Ljungberg is to get the job, he must drastically improve results from his first time out – which saw Arsenal lucky to escape with a point from Norwich City’s Carrow Road. His first target must to be to pick his best defence – and stick with it.
The Gunners have chopped and changed at the back, making the defence a leaky one. Shoring up the backline would see Ljungberg taking a huge step towards the job. But there are other areas that need improving.
Failing to win in the league since October 6 means Arsenal need to win a run of games and have an excellent Christmas period. Ljungberg has three winnable games coming up against Brighton, Standard Liege and West Ham. Three wins out of three would point him in the right direction.