Edu tells Freddie Ljungberg to work on game-by-game basis amid Arsenal manager search

 Interim coach Freddie Ljungberg holds up his finger on the bench for Arsenal
Ljungberg is not under consideration for the full-time position (Picture: Getty)

Edu has told Freddie Ljungberg to work on a game-by-game basis as Arsenal continue their search for a new manager.

Ljungberg got his first win as interim coach against West Ham on Monday night, with Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe sparking a second-half comeback, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 3-1.

The victory is a relief for Arsenal fans and players following a nine-match winless streak and Ljungberg has now revealed what technical director Edu told him before the game.

‘I speak with Edu,’ Ljungberg told reporters after the match. ‘Of course we played with each other, so we try to speak because I don’t have much staff so I talk to him sometimes about football.

‘I’ve been told to work on a game-to-game basis and that is what I try to do. I’ve said this is a club I love and I’ll try to help as much as I can and then it is up to them to do what they do.’

There is yet to be a consensus among the Arsenal board about who should take charge following the sacking of Unai Emery.

Arsenal are considering a number of candidates, including Marcelino, Mikel Arteta, Robert Moreno, Massimiliano Allegri and Patrick Vieira.

Arteta appears to be the leading name, but the club hierarchy will demand the Pep Guardiola’s No.2 undergoes an exhaustive interview process.

The former Gunner interviewed for the same position when Arsenal were searching for Arsene Wenger’s successor 18 months ago.

Arsenal Technical Director Edu is pictured before a game against Liverpool
Edu is a key figure in Arsenal’s search for a new manager (Picture: Getty)

Ljungberg is not thought to be in the running for the permanent position and has won one, lost one and drawn one since taking charge.

Pepe and Martinelli stepped up to save Arsenal from another embarrassing Premier League defeat at West Ham and Ljungberg heaped praise on the Gunners’ record signing.

‘People always ask me about Pepe, and he needs to adapt and that’s not so easy, especially with his price,’ he said.

Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe celebrates scoring their winner against West Ham
Pepe put Arsenal in front against West Ham (Picture: AP)

‘But he showed his quality tonight and he can sleep happy. He will get better and better.

‘I hope the win changes the mood. They look happy. But we are demanded to win football matches and I can sense the pressure that we have been under.

‘That lifted a bit today. You always hope one win can transform a season – but we can’t get carried away.’

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