Freddie: I want to put smiles on faces again

84

Freddie Ljungberg says it’s his job to ‘put smiles on faces again’ after he was appointed interim caretaker head coach at Arsenal.

The Swede was handed the responsibility on Friday morning after Unai Emery was sacked for the Gunners awful recent run of form.

Ljungberg, who has previously coached the club’s under-15s and under-23s, will take charge for the first time on Sunday when we take on Norwich at Carrow Road.

In a message to supporters shared on social media, the 42-year-old wrote: “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!”

 

Arsenal have not ruled out the possibility of Ljungberg taking the head coach position on a permanent basis.

Max Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Mikel Arteta, Rafa Benitez, Mauricio Pochettino, Patrick Vieira, Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti have also been tipped as possible successors.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the first to apologise to Unai Emery for the first team squad’s failings on the pitch.

 

Taking to Twitter, the Argentine said: “Thank you Unai Emery and [goalkeeper coach] Javi [Garcia] I’m sorry we let you down, it’s our fault for not performing the right way, I’m sure we will meet again.”

84
Leave a Reply

avatar
newest oldest most voted
Archer
Archer

And now the cycle of hiring and firing starts.

Faxe
Faxe

So our Moyes has been sacked, and we’ve gone straight for our Ole Gunnar.

Steve
Steve

What did you want them to do?

Gunnertron
Gunnertron

I hope not. But there seems to be a bit more of an edge to Freddie then Gollum, I mean Ole. It would an amazing story if he proves to be a success.

Martin
Martin

It’s temporary in case you have missed that.

Anthony
Anthony

The club have not ruled out the poaaibility of him taking the reigns on a permanent basis.

Lets get behind him and hope he does well!

Mpls
Mpls

Given the club’s track record (albeit short) for manager replacement prep, it’d be silly for them to rule him out on the chance he takes it and runs.

Freddie’s got personality and he got the academy boys up for it.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

I guess that that’s because our Van Gaal is still working on his philosophy and our Mourinho has gone over to the Spuds.

KingThroughBall
KingThroughBall

It’s apart of the modern game. Managers don’t exist anymore for the most part. Nowadays it’s about being a cog in the wheel. Coaches aren’t guaranteed long tenures. We’ve been satiated by mediocrity too long, if we’re able to get our future appointments right in a similar vein to Chelsea, I’ll be happy. We need to get back to winning ways. I want to be challenging, I’m tired of the season being written off by the first two quarters of the season.

David C
David C

The happiest person on the planet that Freddie is now the Arsenal manager is probably my wife! Haha. Might get her to watch more games with the me and the kids.

Rich
Rich

We should go all out for Pochettino.

Knows the league
Knows the language
Improves young players
Will send Spurs fans tumbling over the edge.

It’s long overdue that the Kroenke’s invested in their asset

Offer Poch the job along with a £300 million war-chest, back a talented coach now whilst he’s available, rather than create yourself a massive headache later, that’s likely just going to cost you further down the line.

Frank
Frank

Personally I would love Ralph Rangnick, I think he fits our style and ambition perfectly, but I think Poch would do well too. I’d love for him to come here and start winning trophies and send Spurs into a meltdown

Dave
Dave

As far as I know, Ralph is pretty happy (I read Bayern wanted him after they sacked Kovac) at his job as head of development for the Red Bull teams. Would be amazing sure, but he is one I think won’t come back to coaching in a while

Martin
Martin

Poch has never won anything in 12 years of management. Surely we have higher standards than taking on a man who just improved a team without any success.

Kanu Believe It
Kanu Believe It

George Graham had won sod all.

Not saying I want Poch, just that we shouldn’t be limiting our scope to managers who have won something.

Badaab
Badaab

No thanks to Poch- his teams play in a style which is unsuitable for me… they’re grabby, cheaty, and divey. His connection to that lot is the icing.
Also, you think KSE are going to offer a 300m war chest after what they splashed this summer (which was an attempt to quiet fans anyhow)?

jw1
jw1

“unsuitable for me… they’re grabby, cheaty, and divey.”

Needed to be repeated.
Wish I could make this 72pt. and double-bold!

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

“Grabby, cheaty and divey”: brilliant.

The Spuds should have that motto on their match day programs.

TeeCee
TeeCee

They have a rotational fowl as their emblem. Is that not enough?

Onenil
Onenil

I wish we could make 72 points. Not so sure about double Steve Bould.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

Underrated reply.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

There’s a very strong possibility that Poch is simply burnt out right now, and may require a long sabbatical to get his cojones back. Four years with the scum would do that to anyone.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Ever worried about FFP?

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Fuckin’ excellent.

jw1
jw1

Yes!
Though two f^ckin’ months later than necessary.
(Six months truth-be-told.)

Adam
Adam

‚Arsenal have not ruled out the possibility of Ljungberg taking the head coach position on a permanent basis.’ Well i think that by saying that Freddy is ‚interim head coach’ and that ‚new head coach will be announced separately’ that’s exactly what Kroenke did in his statement – ruled this possibility loud and clear.

chepetin
chepetin

Those two statements have nothing to do with one another. Freddie is interim today because they just had to do something about the Emery situation, as it couldn’t go on any longer. Now they will figure out who they want to hire for the permanent job. After they run their recruiting and hiring process, the permanent job could certainly go to Freddie.

kaius
kaius

No, I don’t think this is correct.

The language isn’t 100% clear, but Adam’s take is the right one. “A further announcement” implies the replacement will be a different person.

Chrispy
Chrispy

Come on Freddie you fucking Legend. Please make it work. I want to love supporting the Gunners again.
At this precise moment its good to feel hope again…..
COYG!!!!!

Kran stoenke
Kran stoenke

Well you’re already successful as I’m already smiling Mr. Ljungberg! A step in the right direction is always welcome

ramgooner
ramgooner

Please let the new guy be Arteta. We’ll get to keep Wenger’s values and steal some of Pep’s ideas.

wardy
wardy

something had to change, sorry he got the chop but he’ll get paid out a ton of cash and get some time off. look forward to see if there is any kind of reaction from the squad and interested to see how Freddie does, wish him all the best

Mark
Mark

I have a smile on my face just to know that we will see someone new on the sideline going forward. Nothing against Emery, but was way over his head it seemed with this appointment and glad they finally put him out of his misery finally.

BlowHound
BlowHound

You already have, Freddie, you already have….

Gsevan
Gsevan

We love you Freddie, even without the red hair,
we love Freddie, now you can be everywhere,
we love you Freddie, show us your still Arsenal thru & thru

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

You‘re

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

We get it. You’re from Berlin.

Steve
Steve

Best of luck Freddy, you’re going to need it

HoofHearted
HoofHearted

At least Freddie is Arsenal through and through. Let’s get behind him and the team (all of them) and put this behind us.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

FREDDIE: I WANT TO PUT SMILES ON FACES AGAIN

Freedie, you already did. Good luck!

Good Ebening
Good Ebening

It is a good ebening finally.

jon

I am afraid we are in for some bumpy years. I wish Ljungberg all the best. He seems very sympathetic and has relevant experience too. But Arsenal’s supporters have very little patience. Come March/April, and the hashtags will be back.

Goonerink

i know how it looks, but I’m hoping his playing career shields him from that a bit.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

I bet you’re a wow with the family after Christmas dinner. Come on, at least give Freddie a chance.

Anzu
Anzu

Freddie interim head coach and Bobby as an assistant. The sex appeal of this club, we’ve got our Arsenal back.

H2k
H2k

🙂

^I’ve got a smile on my face today. Good start Freddie, keep it up!

Gunnertron
Gunnertron

Freddie, Freddie, Freddie!

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

Freddie? Fuck yeah!!! I like the look of him. He inspires respect. LEGEND!! Can’t say for sure how good he will be but I have a good feeling and a smile on my face.

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

Let’s hope the positive vibes and some clear instructions from Freddie will unleash the considerable talents of this squad, create a nice “new manager bounce” and propel us up the table. And, there’s still the Europa League that we can absolutely win. Can’t wait to watch the Gunners thrash Norwich. COYG!

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

It can only get better now!

Nachos in Montreal
Nachos in Montreal

Hearing whispers that apparently the players took the Mickey out of Emery, making fun of his accent and imitating him when he’s not looking. The whole liking posts on social media dissing Emery wasn’t accidental after all. And after his sacking, Martinez is the only one coming out saying his goodbye

I’m shocked. Shameful. This isn’t what Wenger taught us. Looks like the players have had more to do with the mess than we might’ve thought. And it seems that ridding Emery won’t likely be the magic bullet, after all.

KingThroughBall
KingThroughBall

Not true, David Luiz also came out with a statement.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

So did Bellerin

Goonerink

thats fair, martinez has had his best chances of first team football under emery.
honestly think it was one of emery rare accomplishments/ideas at arsenal.
martinez deserved the number 2/cup keeper spot.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Sad if the players behaved like that. Still, they were probably angry with Unai for playing them in wrong positions and insisting on a fucktarded strategy and substitutions game after game.

El Capitan
El Capitan

And that was how Ozil outlasted Emery at Arsenal.Well it finally puts to a rather acceptable end the debate of who would go first. Quite happy it was the latter.

Dave
Dave

Well, best wishes to Freddie, hope he does well. His u-23 team, afaik, played some entertaining football, and if rumors are true that he managed the team in some of the early cups games, I think at the very least this team have the promise to be entertaining again.

Now, as for next coach, maybe someone like Ancelotti? The dream would be someone like Ten Hag or Naggelsman, but I think they’re happy at their teams right now. Poch is another one, but I find it hard to see him making the switch from spuds to us after so little time. Allegri maybe so he can sort the defense, but I can see something similar happening with him as what happened with Emery (but at least Allegri has reached UCL finals so he have more pedigree). Simeone would be a choice too, but his teams are more reactive than proactive.

Or maybe we could even go for someone like Gallardo, whom has been nothing short of amazing in South America and is one I can see making the jump to Europe quite soon, I mean, the likes of Pep and Bielsa rate him quite high. But at the end of the day, I’m just a fan so I know about this as much as I know about quantic physics. My only hope for the new manager is: Be classy, play attractive and keep the values that made me, and many others, fall in love with the team. Upwards and onwards!

chepetin
chepetin

Yes, some interesting options out there to be sure. I read an interesting point in an article this afternoon [not sure which paper it was because the articles are all running together at this point], in which the author suggested that the makeup of our current squad might not be conducive to a manager who is a facilitator, like an Ancelotti or an Allegri. I need to think about that for a bit but I wanted to share it with you all and get your perspectives.

jw1
jw1

Like a lot of what you and Dave mentioned. Like to add that Ljundberg was necessary no matter what. We as a club have to re-cultivate the club’s identity– and Ready-Freddie was the first, best way to get it started. Honestly feel we can bolt things down on defense by planting Torriera in front of it. The real need is coordinating what we have in midfield to accentuate Mesut’s best abilities.

If Freddie can sort those things? Then we can start looking at a Newman whose style fits what the players offer.

Till then there is little to predict as to who– if not Freddie– no?

Dave
Dave

I’m all out to give Freddie the chance if he shows promise, but we shouldn’t jump on either bandwagon (neither wanting him out asap if he doesn’t get results soon, nor to thinking he will be our savior if we get some form), just let’s give him the chance to prove and take it easy with him. I’d be really happy tho if he ends being a success with us!

Sue

Can’t remember the last time I had a smile on my face while watching the Arsenal!!

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

We need some joy and smiles, wishing Freddie the best, but Xhaka still needs to go. We need to get rid of any player who is happy and smiling after such a terrible run, and performance. Xhaka is an absolute disgrace, and I hope he leaves ASAP.

Roy Molloy
Roy Molloy

A good thing that Unai has gone and expect a short term lift from Freddie. How sustainable it is,given his combative mentality and inexperience, remains to be seen.

I have concerns around the next appointment given Raul’s connections to super agents and a playing squad that contains many who have essentially packed it in with two consecutive experienced and successful managers when they didn’t fancy it anymore. While both managers had major flaws, the playing staff has enormous flaws too. We’re in the new era of Arsenal now with a quick turnover of managers rightly or wrongly, influenced if not selected, by a combination of agents and social media demand.

With player power, agent power and fan influence now dictating coaching appointments more than ever, strong leadership from the top is fundamental. The main job of the new head coach will be to be a strong leader and remove the disruptive/underperforming aspects of the dressing room whilst unifying the home support with the team again under a visible and relatable philosophy of how to play.

Concessions should perhaps be given to online fan media to make them more involved and dependent on the club for content, as they influence decision making increasingly. The more dependent they are on the club for access and content the harder it becomes to disrupt that same club for clicks.

Given the trend in football I suspect before the end of next season we’ll in all likelihood be recruiting for a new head coach again, regardless of who is appointed now, as change sells more than stability. The roles of Edu and Raul are now, worryingly, more important than ever.

I remember laughing at Wenger’s suggestion about the future of the sport involving fan participation in selection and substitutions in-game. Given the direction of travel of football and it’s relation to online hysteria and increasing fan impatience perhaps, again, he was thinking ahead of his time.

VZ1
VZ1

we are at the crossroads where the worst of the blues met the worst of united in terms of managing a team and a club….(((((((

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Great. You get the van and I’ll knock Klopp out.

The Peter Simpsons
The Peter Simpsons

A few decent performances and some clean sheets will put a smile on my face pretty damned quick Freddie – good luck son.

Badaab
Badaab

Freddie is a great guy, with unlimited patience (evidenced by his ability to deal with my mate shouting at him in a cold MLS away match… then smiling and taking pics with us after).
I wish him well, even if its just for the interim. The appointment likely came too soon for his development as a manager, but this spell could give him some insight into what he needs to develop as his career continues.
One thing that he will bring to the touchline is that same passionate and combative nature we saw in him when he played- and thats something which was sorely lacking in the last 18 months (as someone who loves to yell at officials myself, I find it endearing).

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

First coaching session: late run into box from wing ala freddie style. Va va voom time.

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Had been expecting the news ever since I read in the morning ‘upper arsenal hierarchy to meet at Colney early morning’. Oh well, band aid’s been ripped off and things could be a lot more worse if freddie wasn’t already in place. However, as much as I would love to have Freddie be in charge for the rest of the season, didn’t blogs mention something like he doesn’t have his full UEFA licence yet which means he can’t manage more than 3 months?

Goonerink

quite surreal, one of my favourite arsenal players is now the ‘manager’.
madness.

i really hope it works, but at this point I’m sure it will be better than emery.

Goonsquad
Goonsquad

I’m very optimistic about Freddy taking over, he may lack experience managing in the Premier league, but his knowledge of the players and his role in developing quite a few of them off sets some of that, throw in his drive, focus and the fact that he’s a bloody Invincible and I’m happy to see him get a chance.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

It’s fucking excellent. Go Freddie!

Kolasinac
Kolasinac

Now I want to see energetic performances and fans getting behind the team. All the joy from the games has been sapped away lately.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I’m hoping he dyes his hair red for the Norwich match! Oh wait…:-)

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

An Invincible at the helm who knows all the young players through and through. I’m smiling. I’m definitely smiling.

Oregoon

Freddie, RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

For those going to the next game and have a freddie jersey please wear it.

Santori
Santori

This is the correct decision.

the board has been spot on and methodical with current proceedings.

Fans have been far too hysterical to see things clearly.

Options for replacement is an issue and its not as if we can go out there next day, Allegri and Ponch will be lining up to join :

1) We have lousy atmosphere.

2) We are outside CL

3) We have back loaded on future windows with Pepe and (non available ) Saliba. and we have far from resolved many key positions.

4) PL now has Moanrinho to add to Pep and Klopp. Far safer for Allagri and Ponch (who are hot property at the moment) to bide time and await Bayern or Barca over next 6 months.

5) Viera is mediocre never mind inventions of him potentially sparking at Arsenal. This would be derelict of the board and risky. Arteta would try and play the same deep possession type football as Emery and his mentor Pep wholly not suited to us.

Nuno I have my doubts he can replicate what he does at Wolves without a healthy contingent of Portugese.

So as I mentioned before, should Unai fail to deliver, the best short term solution is Freddy.

a) He knows the players best at the moment (we are still in season) and needs to work both on morale/confidence issues but also discipline/concentration.

b) as a former invincible and winger, he would appreciate this team’s strengths is on the wings with plenty of potential pace and threat in Pepe/Bellerin on the right, Auba/Tierney left not to mention Nelson, Martinelli and Kolasinca. We have NOT utilised the wide areas anywhere well enough and in fact have become far narrower in recent games.

c) Also transition issues from turnovers. Midfield has not been efficient and certain players like Auba have not competed or protected for the ball well enough Less touches to get to where we want to, more protection and show for the ball higher up to offer options for midfield.

d) Defensively I’m not sure how strong Freddy will be but surely he must appreciate at least –

i) Clearances. Basics, do not clear into two yards ahead of our box.

ii) Touches, do not play risky passes or hold on to the ball, try and dribble out from deep areas.

iii) Playing out from the box…no two players stationed on either side of keeper telegraphing opponents to press high. Develop a long out ball (wenger use to employ Sagna) We have Kolasinac and Pepe potentially to receive from Leno at midway line.

iv) Set pieces. Adopt a more mixed approach. Zonal is fine but we need a number of players to also float and pick up developing dangers depending on opponents.

v) Midfield needs to sustain. And in many ways it will be linked to improvements as well at the back and up front. Maybe (obvious but not executed) play with someone in more discipline function just ahead of the defenders (Granit or Torreira at the moment…come January should Granit leave may be we can have a look at Can from Juve)

Finally, we also need to find some semblance of leadership.

One of Unai’s biggest weakness is he would refuse to have a single captain. This means no one is at fault and there is too much room to hide. We need someone to come in and be culpable for transmitting instructions from off the bench but also enforce some discipline.

I was happy to see Unai finally take the plunge with Granit but then the fans being their own worse enemies instigated to ruin it and we were back to a rudderless ship without the Swiss.

Currently, I would say we need someone either in midfield or at the back to lead bc it is critical we have some defensive organization when the ball is turned over against us and in set pieces.

There are no perfect choices so I’d say Sokratis probably would be my pick (even if recently less than convincing) Granit bc he has now departure issues wait and see. The vice could be Lacazette simply for his graft.

What Freddy brings hopefully is a better mood both in the stadium (which will be over games won) but mainly in dressing room. We just need a boost of morale right now and to feel we have options to play through a different approach.

Its good upside to have Freddy as there will be little expectations. Meanwhile if he doesn’t prove the mettle, we have Dec/Jan coming up.

So over to you fast Freddy. Lets bring some positive play back into our game and play to our strengths again.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

Long may the “new manager bounce” last.

Ant
Ant

Emery has now gone, before we all get our knickers in a twist let’s get behind him and the rest of the squad!

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Troops on Saturday. “Go Freddie! Give him time to sort things out! My manager!”

Troops on Sunday if we don’t win. “Emery out, fam!”

Acually, as an invincible he’s probably got credit in the bank with some of our more excitable fans. So he’s probably got until next week then, unless he turns Joe Willock into Lionel Messi by then?

The Unai Bomber
The Unai Bomber

We love you Freeeeddddiiieee 🎶

Optimistic Gunner
Optimistic Gunner

All the best Freddie..loved you as a player and hoping you will succeed as a manager as well..

my 3 cents, if i may..

..pls pick the back 4 and let them play regularly till winter break
…sign a defender in Jan
…play Torreira as *DM*, not higher up the pitch
…put an end to playing out from the back s***
… try to involve our attacking firepower more often, that is our main strength.
..let the game happen in opp half instead of trying to play suicidal passes in our own half

n all the best again! bring on Norwich!

NMArsenal
NMArsenal

Welcome Freddie we are long overdue for some smile.

Now I wonder if Ozils insta post “you make me laugh” was about Freddie