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Arsenal’s search for new manager continues.

Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has apparently been told that he has to compete for European qualification if he wants to stay at the club beyond this season.

Ljungberg took over from Unai Emery last month and he’s taken charge of four games already, picking up one win, one loss and two draws.

Arsenal have shown steady signs of improvement since Ljungberg’s appointment, but The Daily Mail claims the Swede will not be allowed to stay on in north London if the club don’t compete for a place in either European competition this season.

It’s expected that Ljungberg will at least be Arsenal’s interim manager in the medium term, with a club source telling the Daily Mail the club are not going to be rushed to appoint a new permanent head coach.

The club are prepared to keep the faith with Ljungberg until the end of the season as it would open up more opportunities to appoint a new manager who is currently at another club.

On Arsenal’s long list of managerial targets include some who are currently available to take over, although it’s expected at this stage that neither Carlo Ancelotti or Mauricio Pochettino will be brought in.

Former Valencia manager Marcelino García Toral is also available after he was sacked due to a falling out with their owner Peter Lim.

Waiting until the end of the season, however, would apparently increase Arsenal’s chances of being able to bring either Patrick Vieira or Mikel Arteta back to the club as their next permanent manager.

RB Leipzig’s managerial wonderkid Julian Nagelsmann and Dalian Yifang’s Rafa Benitez are still in their first seasons at their respective clubs so are unlikely to be available anytime soon, while it’s also looking increasingly unlikely that Nuno Espírito Santo will be allowed to leave Wolves.

But with Ljungberg still in some kind of limbo over where he really stands, Arsenal’s interim boss has urged the club to let him appoint some of his own backroom staff to help improve the club over the next few months.

“The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so yeah, I can’t do anything at the moment [regarding the coaching staff],” Ljungberg said ahead of their match against Manchester City. “I have Per but at the same time he is the academy manager, but he is helping me with coaching.

“The club has said when they make a decision that’s it, or I am obviously leaving, or maybe then we can do something with the staff. But it is up to the club.

“It’s far from me to say [what’s best for Arsenal]. If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy. But that’s totally up to the club.”

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2-2: Ljungberg sees positivity in Arsenal’s draw against Sheffield United

Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg says despite needing two fight backs to take a point in his side’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United he still saw positives in the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his first game as caretaker manager, he said: “We started the game really well, that’s how I want to play football.

“But we need to work on the transitions, we dominated and they break us too easily.

“In the beginning I saw a lot of things we worked on in training, but we need to score goals and take the lead.

“I want this club to do well, it is only winning that counts: I wanted to win the games so I am disappointed but I have also seen some positive things.”

But Ljungberg could not end Arsenal’s long wait for a win as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double only salvaged a 2-2 draw at struggling Norwich on Sunday.

The Canaries twice led through Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell only for Aubameyang to level, first from the penalty spot and then with a clinical finish after the break.

But Arsenal also had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for coming away with a point as the German saved brilliantly from Kenny McLean, Pukki and Emiliano Buendia.

Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager after seven games without a win in all competitions that had seen the Gunners fall well off the pace in the race for a top-four finish.

Ljungberg remains a fans’ favourite from his title-winning days as an Arsenal player, but he suffered the same problems as his predecessor as the visitors’ firepower up front was needed to cover up their defensive problems.

Granit Xhaka returned to the Arsenal side for the first time in the Premier League since an explosive clash with the club’s fans as he was substituted against Crystal Palace last month that cost him the captaincy among four changes from Emery’s last starting line-up in the league.

Shkodran Mustafi was surprisingly recalled for his first outing in the Premier League this season, but it did not take Ljungberg long to realise the German is not his answer to Arsenal’s problems a centre-back.

Ljungberg’s side had made a bright start, but fell behind to Norwich’s first dangerous attack when McLean’s pass played in Pukki, who twisted and turned David Luiz before seeing his shot deflect in off Mustafi for his first goal in nine games.

However, Norwich have also made a habit of giving themselves a mountain to climb this season with defensive errors and gifted Arsenal a route back into the game when captain Cristoph Zimmerman handled a free-kick inside his own box.

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Arsenal’s Boss, Freddie Ljungberg Unsure Full-time

Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) and teammates react after Frankfurt’s Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada scores his team’s second goal during their UEFA Europa league Group F football match between Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates stadium in London on November 28, 2019.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Arsenal for the first time as interim manager on Sunday against Norwich but said on Saturday he is unsure whether full-time management appeals to him.

The 42-year-old Swede — who was a member of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side under Arsene Wenger in the 2003/04 season — has been put in charge after Unai Emery’s undistinguished 18-month reign came to an end on Friday.

However, Ljungberg — who was an assistant to Emery — told Sky Sports it was too early to say whether being a manager on a permanent basis would be to his liking.

“We’ll see in the future,” said Ljungberg.

“At the moment I’m learning the trade.

“This is a big responsibility and the moment I’m just taking it game by game.”

Ljungberg’s first task will be to arrest the slump that has seen the Gunners fail to win in seven matches — their worst run since 1992 when George Graham’s side failed to win in eight.

Arsenal are presently eighth in the Premier League table, eight points off the fourth and final Champions League spot with a third of the league campaign gone.

Ljungberg — who played over 200 games for Arsenal in his nine years at the club and won the FA Cup on three occasions — has revealed no timescale has been set for his spell as Emery’s temporary replacement.

“No, no indication of how long or how short. They just said concentrate on your next game do as well as you can,” he said.

Ljungberg, who away from the pitch was a successful underwear model, said he was honoured to have been entrusted with the job of at least for the moment reviving Arsenal’s fortunes.

“It’s a great, great honour,” said Ljungberg.

“That’s how I feel. I feel this energy inside of me. It’s special.

“Of course there’s sadness because of what’s happened to the club and where we are, but also excitement for what we can do for the future and also for tomorrow.

“Its a great honour and that’s what I said to the players — ‘you guys do the job and I’ll try to help and support you’.

“If you play good football and get results then there’s nothing better than that to raise spirits.”

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Freddie Ljungberg Organize First Training As Arsenal Coach.

Arsenal legend, Freddie Ljungberg, on Friday oversaw training of the Arsenal first team for the first time, hours after the club placed him as interim manager following the sack of Unai Emery on Friday morning.

Arsenal lost to Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night and the club decided it was time for a new manager following the club’s disastrous 7 games winless run.

See photos of Ljungberg preparing Arsenal players for the Sunday clash against Norwich below.

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

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