Arsenal interim boss Ljungberg coy about full-time managerial job

LONDON (AFP) – Freddie Ljungberg is unsure whether full-time management at Arsenal appeals to him.

The 42-year-old Swede – who was a member of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side under Arsene Wenger in the 2003/04 season – has been put in charge after Unai Emery’s undistinguished 18 month reign came to an end last week.

However, Ljungberg – who was an assistant to Emery – told Sky Sports it was too early to say whether being a manager on a permanent basis would be to his liking.

“We’ll see in the future,” said Ljungberg. “At the moment I’m learning the trade.

“This is a big responsibility and at the moment I’m just taking it game by game.”

Ljungberg’s first task will be to arrest the slump that has seen the Gunners fail to win in seven matches – their worst run since 1992 when George Graham’s side failed to win in eight.

Arsenal are presently eighth in the Premier League table, eight points off the fourth and final Champions League spot with a third of the league campaign gone.

Ljungberg – who played over 200 games for Arsenal in his nine years at the club and won the FA Cup on three occasions – has revealed no timescale has been set for his spell as Emery’s temporary replacement.

“No, no indication of how long or how short. They just said concentrate on your next game do as well as you can,” he said.