Potential Unai Emery replacements – Freddie Ljungberg: The pros and cons

How prepared is Freddie Ljungberg to becoming Arsenal manager?

You have to think that Arsenal is going to be forced to fire Unai Emery if results on the pitch don’t change soon. There have been several candidates who could become the next Gunners manager and we continue our series of articles with former Gunners star, Freddie Ljungberg.


Ljungberg is still an unknown quantity as far as being a manager in world football is concerned, however, being a former Gunner we can make a case for him being a candidate who understands the club’s culture and desire of their fans.

Having won two Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, and one Community Shield, Ljungberg may be able to restore the winning mindset into the current group of Arsenal players.

He has worked with the youngsters and knows them inside out. He is probably very respected by the players and that in itself is essential for the next manager.


For an inexperienced manager, the Arsenal job is probably too high profile for Ljungberg. Unai Emery has had success in different countries and across the continent yet he has struggled to get Arsenal firing, Ljungberg would probably also struggle.

The 42-year-old has also had too little experience with managerial success, his stint as assistant manager at Wolfsburg lasted just six months before he and the head coach were fired, as the assistant to Emery they have also not achieved any tangible success to suggest that he can be a better manager.

Ljungberg’s time will come to be a senior manager, but he is too much of a risk for Arsenal at this time.

This is the seventh in a series of articles that I will be doing and all words are my own perception and opinion.


  1. towny 254 says:

    Viera would be a good choice he is Arsenal through and through

  2. brimzim says:

    enrique would be the ideal coach

    1. gotanidea says:

      Prepare to see 3-2-3-2 formation and Andre Gomes as our playmaker then

    2. Grandad says:

      Where exactly is the risk factor in appointing Ljumberg on an interim basis?.He cannot be any less effective than our current Manager.He is already on the payroll.He is aware of the strengths and weaknesses of virtually every player from the Academy to the first team squad.As an ex Gunner he will have the backing of a large majority of fans?As a successful international he will have the respect of the players.All in all I fail to see the risk in appointing Ljumberg until the end of the season.

  3. gotanidea says:

    On the contrary, he is the safest choice. Because Arsenal can demote him if he can’t improve the team as a caretaker

  4. Le Coq Monster says:

    Stevie Bould would be a great choice as he would sort our defense out like he did when he was Wenger`s assisstant manager !

  5. Daulat says:

    With Ljumberg, benefit is that he might get the young players more reinvigorated perform better and to their full potential. Also, being a part of the prestigious heritage of Arsenal, he might fir up the squad to do their best, and probably implement some entertaining football. Apart from that, nothing substantial can be said about how it might go. That being said, I would replace Emery with him right away though.

  6. Innit says:

    Emery, Brenda, Maureen, Freddie, Arteta, Henry

    Our Ambition is at an all time low

    We might as well get Sam Allardyce or Benitez. At least Benitez has won Champions league

  7. Reggie says:

    On the face of it and forget any Arsenal allegiance, i dont see where or why Freddie is going to improve our defence or have any better knowledge than wenger or Emery at working on defending. Because that is and has been our problem for years. Freddie has influence there now, he isn’t without voice, whats to say he isn’t part of the present problem, we dont know. I think it would be just a huge risk, a shot in the dark and i cant believe people actually think he is going to make things better so confidently.

  8. Le Coq Monster says:

    From a friend who I would class a an ITK on Arsenal matters, he tells me that Emery has a speech impediment whether in speaking spanish or english, so please less pee taking of him.
    It doesn`t mean that I have changed my mind about him though and still want him gone by this ebening !

  9. Invisible says:

    Goat havening

  10. ken1945 says:

    The obvious choice until the end of the season in my opinion.

    Let’s see what he can do, as finishing in the top four seems a distant wish under UE.

    At the end of the season, assess his impact, then based on that, offer him the job or ensure we have been busy behind the scene and lining up a big name replacement.

    What nobody has thought about is the fact that Freddie might not want it anyway – why be blamed for what UE is going to leave?

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