Arsenal are open to the possibility of giving Freddie Ljungberg the manager’s job on a permanent basis should he oversee a dramatic transformation during his time as interim boss, according to a report from the London Evening Standard.
Ljungberg’s tenure began with a 2-2 draw with Norwich City on Sunday. Unai Emery only left the club on Friday, so it is perhaps not a huge surprise that the same problems seem to remain.
Bernd Leno needed to make some brilliant saves to keep the Canaries at bay. And some of the players brought back into the side by Ljungberg arguably did not take their chance.
Nevertheless, it appears that Arsenal’s hierarchy are hopeful that there will be changes. The London Evening Standard have reported that Ljungberg has been encouraged to treat the role as if he could get the job on a permanent basis.
The report suggests that the Swede is hoping to make changes and additions to the backroom team. And the door is open for the former Gunners star to prove that he can take the club forward.
Arsenal’s stance makes perfect sense. If Ljungberg can oversee a turnaround, the Gunners would be foolish to discount him from the running.
However, they must be wary of falling into the same trap as Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure has been extremely underwhelming since being given the job permanently.
That should not influence Arsenal’s decision too much. But perhaps, it should highlight the need for the Gunners to avoid making any rash decisions on Ljungberg’s future if the club’s form does improve.