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Ljungberg ‘privately disagreed’ with Emery before Arsenal sacked him

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Arsenal’s Swedish interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

Freddie Ljungberg privately disagreed with Unai Emery’s tactics at Arsenal prior to the Spaniard being sacked, according to reports.

Emery was axed following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, with Ljungberg being named his successor on an interim basis.

Ljungberg, who had been Emery’s assistant, took charge of his first game as boss against Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners drew 2-2 with the newly-promoted side at Carrow Road, suggesting the problems at Arsenal may run deeper than Emery.

Ljungberg will now get the time to implement his tactics in a bid to turn things around.

And the Swede will be hoping he can take the club in a new direction, as he didn’t see ‘eye to eye’ with Emery’s tactics, according to The Athletic.

Arsene Wenger recently spoke out about his former player Ljungberg taking over from Emery at Arsenal.

The legendary Gunners boss said: “I do not want to comment too much on Arsenal. My heart is with the club and I want them to do well.

“I wish Freddie well. He is fantastically committed. He has been doing his job for a long time and he has got an opportunity.

“What we want in life is an opportunity. They should get him to work with his ideas and support him.

“I am always happy to help my former players and my former club. I will always be available.”


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