Arsene Wenger ‘happy’ to advise ‘fantastically committed’ Freddie Ljungberg as Arsenal interim boss prepares for Brighton clash

4 Dec

Arsene Wenger says he would be ‘happy’ to offer advice to Freddie Ljungberg as Arsenal’s interim boss looks for his first win in charge of the club.

Ljungberg was handed the reins at the Emirates last week following the dismissal of Unai Emery, and led the Gunners to a 2-2 draw at Norwich at the weekend.

Ljungberg is going to seek Wenger for advice

The Swede admitted he wants to speak to to Wenger, who coached him during his time in north London, and the Frenchman has now insisted he would be happy to give him advice.

“I’m always happy to help my former players and my former club,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “If he has that need then of course I will be available.

“My heart is with the club and I want them to do well. Freddie is fantastically committed. He wanted this job for a long time. He has an opportunity. Let’s get him to work with his ideas and support him.”

After Wenger, Ljungberg has said he may contact former England manager Eriksson.

While he never played under the 71-year-old, Ljungberg has heard good things about a man who also had stints in charge of Manchester City and Leicester.

Ljungberg is hoping for his first win as Arsenal interim boss

“Sven is intelligent,” Ljungberg said.

“I spoke to him a lot when he was the manager of England because he was watching our games.
“I know in the past, some stories of how he treated players and how he made them feel good and things like that.

“I have stolen a little bit of those ideas. He’s a great coach, it’s been a long time, and I hope I can speak to him soon.”

Ljungberg found himself thrust into the managerial spotlight after Emery’s exit was confirmed on the back of a run of seven games without a win.

The Spaniard had lost the faith of the Arsenal supporters before ultimately losing the backing of the club’s hierarchy.

But Ljungberg, who was promoted from manager of Arsenal Under-23s to be an assistant to Emery at the start of the season, refused to criticise his predecessor.

“What I try to focus on is going forward,” he said.

“I’ve been here, I’ve done two training sessions now and I don’t want to talk about the coaches before.

“I think Unai did a great job and was a great leader, and a fantastic coach. That’s not for me to judge. I look forward.

“The main thing for me was that when we were at Norwich we hadn’t won an away game since the first game of the season.

“I felt that the players could react that way and in my opinion we played well offensively. It was good. But now we go forward.”

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