Paul Merson tells Freddie Ljungberg he has ‘no chance’ of becoming permanent Arsenal manager

Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg
Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson believes Freddie Ljungberg has ‘no chance’ of becoming the permanent Arsenal manager.

Gunners legend Ljungberg was placed in temporary charge of his former club last month after Unai Emery’s sacking.

Arsenal have endured a mixed run under the interim boss, winning just once since Emery’s departure, and have identified a number of candidates to take over on a full-time basis.

Ljungberg is said to be hoping to convince the Arsenal board that he can lead the club permanently but Merson says he would be ‘shocked’ if the Sweden legend got the job.

‘Arsenal are going to struggle to find a big name to replace Unai Emery because it’s just not that attractive a job any more,’ the Gunners hero told Starsport.

‘Freddie Ljungberg has found out just how much work there is to be done at that club.

‘Without being horrible, their game against West Ham was one of the worst I’d ever seen for 60-odd minutes.

‘I think they want him to do well, steady the ship, get through the season and not panic into getting a new manager.

‘But they are not a top four club. And they don’t need a ten-minute fix, they need a long-term plan. They won’t be getting Brendan Rodgers now.

Unai Emery was sacked by the Gunners last month
Unai Emery was sacked by the Gunners last month (Picture: Getty)

‘There’s talk of Carlo Ancelotti but would he be there for four or five years? Probably not. And why would someone like Max Allegri take it? He’s just managed Juventus.

‘This league has Liverpool and Manchester City in it and Arsenal have no chance of challenging them.

‘Arsenal get beat this weekend. I said last week that United would test City, and they did. But I can’t see how Arsenal do.

‘Will Freddie get it full time? No chance. I’d be shocked if that happens. I think they want a big name. But they might have trouble finding one.’

Arsenal, who are currently ninth in the Premier League, welcome defending champions Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

City could find themselves 17 points adrift of leaders Liverpool by the time they make the trip to north London.

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