As per a report from James Olley of the Evening Standard, Arsenal view interim boss Freddie Ljungberg as a candidate to be named as the club’s next permanent manager.
The news that Gunners fans across the globe had been waiting for finally arrived last Friday morning.
A Europa League group stage defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt the night prior proved the straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to Unai Emery’s time in charge at the Emirates, as the Spaniard was officially relieved of his duties by the Arsenal hierarchy:
‘We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.’
‘The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.’
Club statement: Unai Emery
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 29, 2019
Ljungberg to take over on permanent basis?
As outlined above, club legend Freddie Ljungberg has since been handed the role of interim boss in north London.
The Swede took charge of his first outing yesterday afternoon, with Arsenal having been held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-battling Norwich City.
The reaction to Ljungberg’s debut on the Gunners bench has since been widely varied, with some having pointed to the attacking intent showcased over the opening half-hour as cause for optimism.
Others, though, couldn’t help but focus on Arsenal’s continued struggles on the defensive end.
It should of course also be taken into account that Ljungberg had only two days to prepare his side for their meeting with Norwich, following Emery’s sacking.
If the latest reports in England this afternoon are to be believed, though, then the Arsenal board are giving serious consideration to the possibility of appointing the club icon on a permanent basis.
As per the aforementioned update from James Olley, if Ljungberg manages to ‘trigger a big enough change in fortunes’ over the coming weeks and months, then the 42-year-old could be handed the reins at the Emirates on a permanent basis.
Exclusive: Freddie Ljungberg viewed as a genuine contender to be permanent #afc manager. A shortlist will be drawn up in the coming weeks but if Ljungberg triggers a big enough change in fortunes, he could get the job full time. https://t.co/utxSBlyoeK
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) December 2, 2019