?Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has urged the club to make a decision over who their next permanent manager is going to be – stressing he’s struggling to really make an impact without a proper coaching team.
The club’s academy manager Per Mertesacker has stepped into the first-team set-up to help Ljungberg on an interim basis, but Arsenal are still short on numbers following the departure of Unai Emery and his backroom staff.
Ljungberg will once again be in the dugout for Arsenal as they take on Manchester City this weekend, but the Swede has spent his time ahead of the match urging the club to speed up their process of appointing a new manager.
“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, quoted by The Telegraph. “I have Per but at the same time he is the 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.
“It’s far from me to say [what’s best for Arsenal]. 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.”
Arsenal have picked up four points from a possible nine since Emery’s departure, while they also scraped through at the top of their Europa League group thanks to Eintracht Frankfurt’s loss to Vitória Guimarães on Thursday.
Expectations are low this weekend as Arsenal prepare to host the Premier League champions, but Ljungberg could cement his place in contention for the full-time job if his side can produce a good performance on Sunday.
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