Freddie Ljungberg’s tenure as Arsenal interim head coach ended with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Everton.
The Swede is now set to stand aside for new man Mikel Arteta and it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around to be part of the Spaniard’s coaching set-up or if he’ll look for opportunities elsewhere.
Facing the BT Sport cameras at Goodison Park, he confirmed he’ll have a meeting with Arteta tomorrow.
Here’s what he had to say.
On the performance…
I was very happy. We put a very young side out there because I wanted energy. They worked really hard in training so I wanted to give them the chance. We tried to dominate possession and keep the ball and you could see Everton getting frustrated and tired. Of course, there’s more to come but this was a building block to have stability when you play football that you can fall back on. Playing from the back, keeping the ball and getting up [front] to have a shot was very good. Of course, we want to create more chances. But we have to build slowly. I thought maybe we’d won the game with Aubameyang’s [chance] at the back post. They fought really hard and I loved what I saw from the spirit on the pitch. When you play in the Premiership you need to have spirit or you don’t win, you lose.
On picking the kids today…
There’s a lot of potential in a lot of the players. What I said today was that I want to see people that will run and fight and go for it. We can’t just rely on our name, we still need to run and do the dirty things. Then we put Joe on and Laca on and the sprinting and the fighting and all that…if we can do that and with the quality we have, we have a bright future.
On sitting down with Mikel…
I’ve been told by the club that they want me to stay. Of course I’m going to have a meeting with Mikel tomorrow. Hopefully a good one.