Freddie Ljungberg ‘has Arsenal DNA’ – Josh Kroenke
Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg”has Arsenal DNA” says club manager Josh Kroenke, that revealed Unai Emery’s sacking had been discussed for”weeks”.
Later Emery was dismissed on Friday former Gunners midfielder Ljungberg was promoted from his coaching job.
“We feel he’s the right man in the second to take the team forward,” Kroenke told the Arsenal website.
“We began to fall short of numerous goals that we set. We still feel we could achieve these goals this year.”
International Ljungberg, 42, played Arsenal in 1998-2007, winning three FA Cups and two Premier League titles .
He returned and after a short spell to the training team at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017 he rejoined the Gunners as Under-23 coach in 2018, before being promoted to assistant trainer in June.
The first match in charge of ljungberg will probably be in Norwich off the top , with Arsenal in position, eight points on Sunday.
“First and foremost, Freddie has Arsenal DNA,” Kroenke, son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, said.
“Clearly he had been a participant here for a number of years, the supporters know him very well and he has worked diligently behind the scenes for the past several years.
“My message to Freddie and the players was let us get back to basics and above all let us get back to having a great time.
“I believe footballers are in their best when I see smiles on their faces and going out there and winning games. That is a winning formula to me.”
Emery was dismissed at the helm after having a winless bout of seven matches, the worst run without a victory as February 1992 of Arsenal after 18 months.
“Like most of our fans and supporters around the globe, we have been anxious about our recent string of performances,” Kroenke said.
“We wanted to support Unai and his team until we decided it was time to create a change and finally we came to that conclusion during the last several weeks as a band between myself, Raul, Vinai and [technical director] Edu.”