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Ljungberg’s first Arsenal address to players after replacing Emery – The News


 Freddie Ljungberg has told the Arsenal players they can still reach the top four after a dramatic morning at the club’s training ground  Ljungberg gave a rallying cry to the players after Unai Emery was sacked this morning and the Arsenal legend then took training ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich  Former Sweden midfielder Ljungberg tried to lift the mood after Emery’s departure and a run of seven games without a win left Arsenal eight points outside of the Champions League places  But Ljungberg’s first message was to tell the players they have enough time and quality within the squad to make it  Ljungberg will also appoint his own coaching team, although it may not be ex-first team coach Steve Bould who now works with the club’s under-23s  And despite bizarre reports, Ljungberg does have all his necessary coaching badges and Arsenal are baffled as to where that rumour came from as he is a respected youth coach and would not have got this far without qualifications  Arsenal are hoping that Ljungberg can lift the mood after Emery’s final weeks in charge left the club flat, the team in disarray and also doom at the training ground  There had been ongoing concern about results but also performances and the hierarchy organised a meeting in the United States with owner Stan Kroenke and his director son Josh last Monday, just 48 hours after the Southampton game  It was ultimately at that meeting that Arsenal decided to sack Emery – and then it was just a matter of timing as to when they would pull the trigger  Head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham flew to the States on Monday for the crunch meeting  But they wanted to be respectful to Emery, wanted to give Ljungberg time to get himself ready and then Arsenal lost to Eintracht Frankfurt and they took the decision overnight to axe him immediately  Emery reported up to the club’s London Colney training ground where he had a short meeting with Sanllehi who broke the news, before being joined by technical director Edu and Venkatesham  They then spoke to Emery’s coaches and it is understood the Spaniard was respectful, understood the decision and said goodbye to staff, even hugging those that he had worked closely with There seemed to be an acceptance that it just had not worked out.  Then when all of the players reported up, they were called into a dressing room and Sanllehi addressed the group to explain the decision in a meeting which lasted roughly ten minutes Edu joined shortly afterwards to issue a rallying cry before Ljungberg then took over Read More Arsenal sack Unai Emery  It was Ljungberg who took the session this morning and the feeling is that he will immediately have the respect of the players  Arsenal will begin the process of finding a successor with Wolves boss Nuno, Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri among those touted  But Arsenal’s attitude is that Ljungberg has a genuine chance and, if he can emulate what Frank Lampard has done at Chelsea , then he could get the job permanently

Reader Comments

  1. Freddie alone can't change the truth from happening again. He doesn't have a team to train the goalkeeper and the defendants. He will only know the midfield and how to overall set the team. Arsenal FC had Pat Rice and etcetera back in the days.

  2. unbalanced team ..our defenders in the middle dont have speed ..our midfield is young and foolish and our attackers can only do so much with what is below them …chaos ..and this video is fake as lol

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