Unai Emery begins to lose belief of Arsenal squad as players turn to Freddie Ljungberg


Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly two games away from the sack.

Arsenal players are beginning to rely on assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg for instructions over manager Unai Emery.

Emery is reportedly two negative results away from the sack after a poor start to his second season in charge.

Arsenal players have ostensibly struggled to understand tactical instructions from the Spanish coach this season and football.london now claim younger players are turning to Ljungberg for advice.

Emery still has a basic grasp of English despite coming on leaps and bounds from his first press conference in May 2018.

The 48-year-old has worked diligently to improve his command of English, with a language teacher a often present at the training ground, but some players are still left confused by his messages.

Ljungberg, in contrast, is fluent in the language after growing up in Sweden and moving to Arsenal as a player in 1998.

The former winger has the trust of many young first-teamers having coached the Under-23s last season.

Ljungberg’s impressive work with the youth side led to him being brought into Emery’s set-up and it is believed the coach could take caretaker charge if Emery is sacked.

Bukayo Saka, who worked under Ljungberg last season, admitted earlier in the season that he seeks out Ljungberg for advice over Emery.

“It helps so much,” Saka replied when asked how useful it is to have Ljungberg’s input.

“Sometimes when I don’t understand, when [Emery] is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English.

“Freddie’s information, he’s been a player at this level before, and it’s vital for me because I play in the same position as me and he’s been a big part in my progress.

“He gives a lot of advice to me every day but one of the most, the best piece of advice he’s given me is to stay humble.

“He’s been with me since I was 15, seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble, keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player.”


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