Freddie Ljungberg has hinted that he does not expect to continue as Arsenal’s interim head coach for much longer, saying it will not be easy for him to lead the team for “months and months” without a proper coaching team.
Ljungberg is unable to bring in his own coaching staff until Arsenal’s executives have madea final decision on who will replace the sacked Unai Emery on a permanent basis. The Swede has been assisted by academy manager Per Mertesacker but does not have the same manpower at his disposal that Emery had at the club.
“The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so yeah, I can’t do anything at the moment [regarding the coaching staff],” Ljungberg said. “I have Per but at the same time he is academy manager but he is helping me with coaching.
“The club has said when they make a decision that’s it, or I am obviously leaving, or maybe then we can do something with the staff. But it is up to the club. ”
Asked if it is best for the team that a quick decision is made on the managerial appointment, Ljungberg added: “It’s far from me to say. If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy. But that’s totally up to the club. ”
Ljungberg also said he will learn a lot about his players in the coming weeks, when Arsenal face a tough run of fixtures, “if” he is still at the club to oversee the matches.Arsenal meet Manchester City on Sundaybefore games against Chelsea and Manchester United during the busy festive period.
“It is a very tough run of games that we have, so of course we will learn a lot,” said Ljungberg. “I will if I am here, or you guys [the media] will learn a lot about our players.”
Meanwhile, defender Sokratis has said Arsenal must do the “dirty work” against City if they are to achieve a result that would allow them to “Explode” back into life this season.
“Sometimes, these games are games where you can explode,” Sokratis said. “I think we need one good game in our home to explode and I hope we will have that on Sunday.
“It’s not about quality. The team has quality. But to show the quality you have to do the dirty work. If you do the dirty work and you’re structured you can win, you can do a lot of things. But first of all you have to work on intensity, pace and organization. ”