Aubameyang explains why ‘special’ Ljungberg is right interim for Arsenal


Date published: Monday 2nd December 2019 6:31

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said that Freddie Ljungberg’s decorated and personal association with the club make him the perfect interim head coach.

Ljungberg was installed at the helm last Friday following the sacking of Unai Emery, who left after a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

The Gunners followed that up with a 2-2 draw away to Norwich in Ljungberg’s first game in charge on Sunday, with Gabon international Aubameyang twice cancelling out the Canaries’ lead to earn his team a point.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Aubameyang offered his support for Ljungberg, saying: “He can give us something special.

“Everybody is respectful of Freddie. He was part of the Invincibles. His career speaks for himself. He played for Arsenal and he has this in his heart.

“We will try to follow him and give the best for him. For me personally I think it’s good for us. It’s interesting to have him.”

As for who could replace Ljungberg as permanent head coach at Arsenal, recent speculation has been rife that Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers could leave the East Midlands for North London.

The Northern Irishman – whose side earned a dramatic late win over Everton on Sunday – hinted after the game that he has a release clause in his contract allowing him to be snapped up at the end of the season.

When pressed on the topic in a press conference on Monday, however, Rodgers was quick to reiterate that his sole focus is on the Foxes, who are second in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

Leicester’s next game sees them take on Watford on Wednesday, while Arsenal play Brighton on Thursday.

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