Unai Emery has been fired from Arsenal after just 18 months and has been replaced with former Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg on an interim basis. If you’ve been paying attention to Arsenal’s form lately, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise at all. Emery had taken over Arsenal after legendary manager Arsene Wenger left the post after 22 years in charge. Emery was appointed with high hopes after succeeding at Sevilla and PSG, but ultimately fell flat at Arsenal.
This will be Ljungberg’s first step into senior management. He has spent time managing Arsenal’s U23 and U15 teams, while also having a stint at Wolfsburg as an assistant manager. Freddie has been highly touted as a potential manager for a few years now, and now he finally gets his shot at the club that made him the player he was.
However long I oversee @Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work! pic.twitter.com/WdekcA4h5G— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) November 29, 2019
Arsenal released this statement via official channels:
”We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. The search for a new head coach is under way and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”
It’s uncertain if Freddie is in serious consideration for the position full time, but we’re certainly rooting for him to succeed.