Freddie Ljungberg has described being appointed as Arsenal’s interim head coach as a ‘great honour’, but admits he doesn’t know how long he’ll be in charge.
Arsenal appointed Ljungberg as their interim head coach on Friday, with the former assistant coach taking charge of training sessions on Friday and Saturday ahead of his first game against Norwich on Sunday.
It’s certainly a quick turnaround, but Ljungberg says he’s proud to have the opportunity, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it.
“It’s a great, great honour,” Freddie Ljungberg told Sky Sports. “I feel this energy inside of me. It’s special. There’s sadness with what happened, and excitement for the chance we have to play tomorrow.
“I was proud, I was honoured that they thought about me for such an important thing and trusted me. I felt excitement, I feel we have some very, very good football players here.
The question on everyone’s mind is about how long Ljungberg is actually going to get in charge of the club. It’s not clear if he’s just taking over for a game or two while Arsenal finalise things with someone else, or if he could still be the head coach by summer.
Ljungberg claims he has no more idea than the rest of us, but he’s just going to take things one step at a time.
“No indication of how long or how short (I’ll be in charge). For me, it’s about the team and the club. At the moment, I’m concentrating game-by-game.”
Arsenal need to take things game-by-game as a team anyway. Right now, they just need to get a win on the board, to end six straight matches without one. We’ve had over three full months with just two Premier League wins, so that’s the first step.