The legendary Frenchman, who was in charge of Arsenal for 22 years before the club decided to part ways with him and appoint Unai Emery in his place last year, is now working with FIFA as their Chief of Global Football Development. He was interviewed by Sky Sports recently in that capacity, and naturally, the subject of Arsenal and their actions and fortunes these days were an inevitable item on the agenda.
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It’s safe to assume that nobody really knows what direction Arsenal Football Club are going to go in next. The expectation for this season has always been that they will challenge for the top four and may go after a trophy or two, but with Unai Emery being sacked before we even hit December, a lot of fans can be forgiven for thinking that everything is a bit up in the air now.
The Premier League season is in full flow right now and we’ve got a lot of fun European football to look forward to alongside that. However, we’re not so sure that anything compares to the thrill that comes with the FA Cup. The oldest club football competition may have lost its spark in the eyes of many, but for Arsenal fans, this has always been a competition that has agreed with them.
Brendan Rodgers has moved to quash the rumours linking him with the Arsenal job following the sacking of Unai Emery.
Currently doing a wonderful job with Leicester City, the Northern Irishman started his managerial journey with Chelsea’s youth setup where he learned the ropes from Jose Mourinho between 2004 and ’08. His first full-time projects were Watford and Reading, but he really made his name when he guided Swansea City into the Premier League and helped them establish themselves as a stable top-flight side, before leaving to join Liverpool in 2012.
On implementing his style on the squad:
I say in the pre-season, in five or six weeks, you can implement how you want to play football. That’s the good thing about pre-season. It’s not what I have and I just try to do small building blocks and try to change things in a slow tempo, so hopefully we can understand it and practice it, but right now we have players who need to recover and we probably only get one and a half (training sessions) again before the next game. That’s football, for me I just try to make it as simple as possible for the players and hopefully we can get better.
It wasn’t the ideal start to life as Arsenal caretaker manager for Freddie Ljungberg this weekend, but in many ways, it doesn’t really matter. He’s only at the beginning of his journey and regardless of how long it lasts, the Gunners were probably somewhat fortunate to come away with a point from this game.
Today, we’re going to take a look at his press conference following the 2-2 draw against Norwich.
Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg took charge of his first game for the club today, and it’s safe to say that it was quite the rollercoaster ride. The Gunners were only able to salvage a point from their clash with Norwich City, extending the club’s winless streak in all competitions as they remain seven points behind the pace of the top four.
A thrilling encounter
The visitors looked lively at Carrow Road but it was Teemu Pukki who popped up with his first goal in eight games to give the hosts the lead. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was handed the chance to equalise just a few minutes later, and while he may have seen his first attempt get saved, he did manage to score the second attempt as the first was ruled out courtesy of some Canaries players encroaching.
Arsenal came into the game against Eintracht Frankfurt knowing that they desperately needed a big result. Emery’s team selection was strong and it certainly appeared as if they were going to go for it, with the home side really taking the game to Frankfurt. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal just before half time, but from there, it all fell apart.
Daichi Kamada scored twice in less than 10 minutes to give the German side the advantage, and when you mix that together with some bizarre substitutions from Unai Emery, you get a defeat that signed, sealed and delivered Emery’s fate. The man himself spoke with the media after the disappointing result.
Arsenal have officially confirmed they’ve parted ways with Unai Emery.
“Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success”, Josh Kroenke said, speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and the club owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
Kroenke went on to explain that the decision, which appeared imminent after the home defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday, as the consequence of the results as well as the performances not being on the level expected.
As reported exclusively by the ever-reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic, Arsenal are likely to part ways with head coach Unai Emery today (Friday).
The Spaniard has been in charge of the team for 18 months, and it’s fair to say that no tangible progress has been made in that time. He failed to improve on the results of the last stretch of Arsene Wenger’s reign and qualify for the Champions League. He had been backed in the transfer market during the summer window. The season started well enough, losing only once in the opening 11 games in all competitions, but the wagon soon started rolling downhill.