Jermaine Jenas has told Amazon Prime’s coverage of Newcastle United’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United that Arsenal fans need to much more patient with Freddie Ljungberg, if he is to remain in the interim role until the end of the season.
Ljungberg watched on as his side suffered a home defeat to Brighton in his second game in charge, as the Seagulls earned a 2-1 win over the Gunners at The Emirates. It comes after Ljungberg’s men drew 2-2 with newly-promoted Norwich on Sunday.
The Swedish manager, who was Under-23 Gunners boss before taking over as caretaker boss while Arsenal look to appoint a replacement for Unai Emery, is now coming under plenty of criticism from Gunners fans on social media.
Indeed, supporters booed his side off the pitch following the defeat to Brighton. Former Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Jenas has urged Arsenal fans to give Ljungberg time to implement his style, which “does not happen overnight”.
TBR’s view – Do Arsenal wait, or appoint a manager right now?
Arsenal can either write this season off right now, keep Ljungberg in charge and use the campaign as a way of blooding youngsters and reinstilling confidence – getting a squad ready for an incoming manager next season.
The other option is that things are so bad, that they need to immediately announce a new manager. After Thursday’s defeat, Arsenal need a new manager right now. One that can sort out their defence, a Max Allegri type.