Fredrik Ljungberg has this afternoon taken to Twitter to post a message to Arsenal’s fans, after being named as the club’s interim manager a short time ago.
Following weeks of mounting speculation, the news was finally made official this morning.
Amid a dismal recent spell of form, which culminated in a 2-1 Europa League defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last night, Arsenal confirmed that the club had taken the decision to part ways with manager Unai Emery.
In a statement across the Gunners’ official website and social media platforms, it was announced:
‘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
‘Let’s get to work’
Emery’s sacking was followed by confirmation that the Arsenal hierarchy have opted to hand temporary responsibility of first-team management duties to club legend Freddie Ljungberg.
‘We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.’
Former Swedish international Ljungberg lined out for Arsenal for 9 years between 1998 and 2007, and returned to north London to take charge of the club’s U23 side last summer.
On the back of his new role being made official this morning, meanwhile, the 42-year-old has since taken to social media to post a message to the Gunners faithful:
However long I oversee @Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work! pic.twitter.com/WdekcA4h5G
— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) November 29, 2019