Arsenal hero Freddie Ljungberg’s stance on replacing Unai Emery emerges after Wolves draw


Arsenal hero Freddie Ljungberg has been backed to replace Unai Emery with Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves increasing the pressure on the Gunners boss.

Arsenal have been linked with appointing Freddie Ljungberg as their new boss amid their struggles under Unai Emery.

And, in the wake of their 1-1 Premier League draw with Wolves on Sunday, the Independent say the former Gunners star is ready to step in as caretaker boss should Emery’s head roll.

The Spaniard is under pressure at Arsenal. His side have not won four of their last five games with the draw against Wolves coming after defeats to Sheffield United and Liverpool, as well as another stalemate with Crystal Palace.

Arsenal want to resist calls to sack Emery until the end of the season.

But the report says that Ljungberg is ready to spectacularly step in as caretaker should they have a change of heart.

They’d still rather give Emery time to turn things around, particularly given he steered them to the Europa League final last season.

But they’re aware that the feelings of anger among fans are rising and that, simply put, they should be doing better.

Arsenal thought Emery was the right man to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018, choosing the 47-year-old over the likes of Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira.

But while he steered them to a European final, they’ve arguably regressed as a side over the last 18 months.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his ninth goal of the season in the game against Wolves yet the Gabon international has toiled of late.

Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal’s other two main forwards, have also found themselves unable to deliver.

The Gunners’ defence remains suspect with David Luiz’s summer arrival doing nothing to change things.

And the midfield looks flat and insipid – even when Mesut Ozil is back in the side.

Meanwhile, speaking after the Wolves draw, Emery bizarrely claimed his side had won the battle of the tactics.

“It’s a bad result, but tactically it worked how we wanted,” he said.

“It was an equal match and maybe we deserved more. It’s disappointing. I think the players tried and we scored the first goal but we needed a second for more confidence.

“I am frustrated because we are dropping points at home like we did last year.”

Emery also shut down claims that Arsenal players didn’t understand him due to a language barrier.

“I think they understand me, yes,” he added.

“They feel the responsibility to win and when we draw they are sad.

“We can improve the balance defensively. But the key was to have more clear chances to take the result for us.”


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