Report – Arsenal ready to name two former Gunners on a temporary basis

Arsenal lining up Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Bould as temporary managers.

Arsenal’s Unai Emery is ever so close to getting the sack and it seems the Gunners won’t have to look too far to get a temporary replacement for the Spaniard.

Emery has failed to lead the Gunners to a win in the Premier League since October.

Their fans had expected them to get all three points when they faced Southampton at the weekend, but the Saints almost got all points before Alexandre Lacazette saved Arsenal’s blushes with a late equalizer.

The recent result has seen more fans call for the sacking of Emery and it seems his end is nearer than ever.

Among the media outlets reporting this news, The Express claims that Arsenal has already lined up Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Bould as their temporary manager, while they sort out their new managerial appointment.

Ljungberg was an Arsenal player not so long ago and he would understand what it means to play for the shirt.

He also won several trophies under Arsene Wenger and probably can return the club to the good old days.

The Swede has been helping the team to integrate youngsters from the academy into the first team. A good spell as temporary managers could see them land the job permanently.


  1. S says:

    A report suggesting TWO managers will replace one? Sorry but there can only be one head coach. Take this article with a pinch of salt.

    1. towny254 says:

      Bould was a defender so what has been his input of our defensive structure Arsenal need a good clear out of the backroom staff. Bring in, Viera. Bergkamp, and with Freddie then give them a free hand

  2. Sergio says:

    Not sure this would be the wisest move.

    I wonder if I’m alone in this but I struggle to find what sort of impact Bould has had under both Wenger and Emery and what he has been responsible for at the club.

    I doubt tif Ljungberg is ready to take on such a challenge as this yet either, though he is maybe someone the players would get behind.

  3. Siamois says:

    It’s not the time for experiments,if the board had any common sense they should have a list of potential managers already, it’s been going on for a good while now so if they haven’t thought about it until now but shows utter incompetence!!

    1. Diogenes says:

      Mid-season is exactly the time for experiments.


      Because the stupidest mistake you can make is give a 3 or 4 year contract to someone who may not be good enough but is ‘available’.

      Mid-season is the time to get a caretaker manager and then in the summer get a proper long-term replacement when there will be at least 5 times as many decent options.

      1. Siamois says:

        When I said experiments I was not talking about the sacking but the calibre of manager we should bring in!Why not do like Chelsea have done many times bring an experienced manager until the end of the season remember Benitez,Scolari,Ancellotti….you don’t have to give 3 or 4 years,by the way Chelsea are not the only example!!

  4. Sean Williams says:

    Steve Bould doesn’t know what day it is. Look at the defense when he had input. Useless.

  5. Viera Lyn says:

    I dare you to think of dumber idea considering the state of the franchise…let’s face it, if Bould wasn’t a former player he wouldn’t even be allowed in the building, let alone be given a more influential role in the organization…this can’t be a “stop-gap” or band-aid decision or we’re going to slip so low that we’ll almost assuredly lose some of our most valued assets come the summer

  6. Allanball08 says:

    I cannot beleive that this is the best we can come up with
    Are the board that out of touch of what is going on that they have no plan in place if they decide to get rid of UE.
    It should not be if they get rid but when they get rid and when is 2 weeks ago or right now

  7. Sue says:

    Steve Bould?? Oh dear 😩

  8. Ham Neves says:

    Arsenal need a coach like Erik ten Hag of Ajax who can play exciting football with little known footballers

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @Ham Neves
      Exactly… 👍🏿

  9. Georgy says:

    I think that the Board (Raul Sanhelli) acting on instructions from Kroenke is prepared to let Emery to run down his contract unless that by Christmas we are fighting for relegation.They realized that there is no hope for CL neither for EL and with a new Coach and not investment in new players they will not reverse the situation with the actual squad;so,save money and forget everything else.

  10. Atid says:

    i dont think arteta freddie bould or any other ex player are currently at the desired level to manage arsenal.

    for me it has to be the best available and that has to be pochettino. however i think he will want his own men in and that could mean curtains for edu, raul,freddie and bould

    1. David Rusa says:

      What has Pochetino ever won?

  11. SAGooner says:

    I distinctly remember that during Wenger’s time, when the defence was starting to fall apart, everyone was asking what role Steve Bould was playing in the coaching staff. The answer inevitably was that Wenger did not listen to anybody, and took all decisions by himself. I do not know anymore what the role of assistant coaches at Arsenal is, because it is not possible that Emery, like Wenger, is listening to anything they are saying.

  12. Mikki says:

    I don’t need any ex player to be our coach for the now, man u is a perfect example despite their wealth they look like a team doom for relegation like us,by the end of the season maybe they will employ a new coach that’s not good enough,…I think arsenal need a quality coach to sort out everything for once….this is not the right time to experiment cos we are fading away right now so we need quick response to be where ought to be,I think the board are not passionate as we are(fans),I don’t see what Emery is still doing there as a coach… We need quality coach to rise again,

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