Arsenal urged to get rid of Freddie Ljungberg ahead of West Ham clash

Freddie Ljungberg shouts instructions to his Arsenal players
Ljungberg hasn’t got off to the best start (Picture: Visionhaus)

Arsenal should stop ‘pussyfooting around’ and find Unai Emery’s real replacement rather than sticking with interim manager Freddie Ljungberg, according to former striker John Hartson.

Ljungberg has stepped in as caretaker manager following Unai Emery’s sacking but has got off to a rocky start, drawing with relegation-threatened Norwich before losing to Brighton at home.

Given the difficult start to life in the dugout, it’s hard to see Ljungberg being handed the full-time position and Hartson called for Arsenal chiefs to be decisive.

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson works as a pundit
Hartson wants Ljungberg to be moved on (Picture: AMA/Getty)

‘Arsenal can’t afford to dally, to pussyfoot around or give Freddie Ljungberg a chance,’ Hartson told The Sun ahead of Monday night’s clash with West Ham.

‘He may be a favourite with Arsenal fans as a player but to manage Arsenal you need a bit more about you and a bit more experience.

‘There are good managers out there. Go after somebody. Be pro-active. Do what Spurs have done by bringing Jose Mourinho in straight away.

‘If you’re going to sack a manager, bosh — go and get another one in.

‘Arsenal need direction, they need leadership, they need a freshness and they need somebody to get hold of that dressing room because it’s like a sinking ship at the minute.

‘A lot of managers will fancy the job because it’s a huge challenge.

‘It’s not taking over a fantastic group of players like Mourinho has at Spurs. It’s about going in and working with what you have.’

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