Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Arsenal at Norwich tomorrow saying it’s an ‘honour’ to be at the helm of a club he represented with distinction as a player.
As a coach he has a tough task on his hands though, trying to arrest a slump in form that has seen Arsenal go almost two months without a Premier League win.
In his first big interview since Unai Emery’s departure and his interim appointment until a successor is found, the Swede touched on the way he might approach the job and how he can get more out of the players as we look to get our season back on track.
Speaking to the official website, he suggested he’s going to imprint his own ideas, but without much time to work with the squad it’ll be incremental.
“Of course small things will change,” he said.
“I’m not going to do anything radical because I don’t think that’s the best thing to do. I’m not going to just go and smash things up, but I’m quite clear with what I think I want to try.
“At the same time, we have one training session until the game tomorrow so we have to be intelligent with what you try to change because it needs to stick as well.”
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As for the way he’ll get the team to play, he continued, “I’ve been at Arsenal for a long, long, long time, I like entertaining football but of course at the same time you can’t concede goals.
“That’s a tricky balance to find. For me, happy footballers play the best football. That’s a part I learnt as a player, there is a time to work hard but at the same time we need to enjoy what we’re doing.
“Often the players we have enjoy playing offensive football which makes them happy.
“I hope I have the values of the club, I understand the club, I think from the inside.
“That gives me a help, 100 per cent. I have been here for 20 years, so it’s very special to me. That’s why I’m saying it’s an honour to do this.
“When the club asked me to help them of course I said that’s a given, I will try to help them as much as they need. We will see from there.”