Arsenal board and players already have concerns over Freddie Ljungberg after just one week

Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg is under pressure
The Arsenal legend’s appointment has not had the desired effect (Picture: Getty)

There are already significant doubts over Freddie Ljungberg’s credentials as Arsenal boss with the club’s hierarchy reportedly fearing he will not be able to stop the rot.

The Gunners are on their worst winless run in the league since 1977, having failed to claim a victory in the Premier League since beating Bournemouth at the start of October – two months ago.

That trend has continued since Ljungberg replaced the axed Unai Emery last week, presiding over a draw away to Norwich and then losing at home to Brighton on Thursday.

Players of Arsenal stand in the circle after Brighton's Neal Maupay scored his sides second goal during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Brighton
Arsenal looked abject and lethargic in their 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton (Picture: Getty)

Although Ljungberg has had precious little time to turn things around, The Daily Mail report that there are fears among both the board and players that the Swede cannot halt their current slide.

There is a belief within the camp that the team are conceding too many goals and the back-line should be sorted out as a matter of priority.

But there are significant fears that Ljungberg lacks the requisite experience and coaching skills to solve those deficiencies.

Ljungberg only played a peripheral role in training sessions under predecessor Emery and there were believed to be doubts about his coaching credentials even before he was appointed as interim boss.

Arsenal’s hierarchy had hoped Ljungberg would have a galvanizing effect much the same as what happened at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning their first eight games in a row.

Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Ljungberg’s chances of getting the Arsenal job full-time are decreasing (Picture: Getty)

But he has done little to suggest there is any possibility of putting together a similar run and, despite initially being in the frame to get the job full-time if he impressed, his chances of getting the gig permanently now look ‘bleak’.

Arsenal’s board are pressing ahead with the hunt for a new boss, but have been dealt blows with Brendan Rodgers committing his future to Leicester City and former Juventus manager Max Allegri refusing to take the job midway through the season.

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