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Freddie Ljungberg
Spelling Fredrik Ljungberg
Gender Male
Ethnic Swedish
Job Swedish Footballer
Desc Won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, scoring in two finals. A key part of the legendary team which won the title without tasting defeat in 2003/04

Affiliation

Club as Coach Arsenal FC [Interim Manager]
Club as Player Arsenal FC

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Twitter @freddie

2002 05 09 Retrieve

[Arsene Wenger wants his Double-winners to go on and dominate English football in the years to come] I’ve been waiting for three years for this - it’s a sweet moment

2018 10 31 Retrieve

[Such maturity both on and off the pitch has seen Emile Smith Rowe become something of a beacon for other potential graduates of the club’s Hale End academy] Of course we’re proud. The whole academy is proud. Nothing really fazes him. He’s always calm and works really hard in training. He takes steps and steps. I think Zech [Medley] was in the squad at Crystal Palace, he had never been before. Now I think we have four more going [against Blackpool]. For us that’s great news of course. It’s harder in games but that’s what we get judged on, trying to get them up there

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg first spotted Bukayo Saka three years ago when he was Under-15s coach] Bukayo is a great talent. He takes it all in his stride and he’s just going to get better and better. It has been amazing to see the development he’s made and the improvement in his decision-making

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg is keen to get Arsenal fans back on side as he begins his tenure as interim head coach of the north London outfit] However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work!

2019 11 29b Retrieve

[It was a brief speech, lasting no longer than 60 seconds, but Freddie Ljungberg left the Arsenal squad knowing exactly what he wanted from them] However long I oversee Arsenal for, I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support

2019 11 29c Tweet

[Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg speaks to fans ahead of taking the reins for the first time. Following the dismissal of Arsenal coach Unai Emery] However long I oversee @Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work!

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Ljungberg unsure how long he’ll be at Arsenal helm, with future talk branded ‘irrelevant’] (There’s) no indication of how long or how short. They just said: ‘Concentrate on the next game and do what you can and we’ll see from there’. I’m focused on the players and the game tomorrow and doing the best I can

For me, it’s about the team and the club, I try to concentrate for the future, we have a game tomorrow. Maybe there’s a few other games. That’s what I look at. The other stuff is totally irrelevant

We’ll see in the future. At the moment, I’m learning the trade. I’m trying to do everything I can to prep myself. It’s an honour that the club thinks I’m ready to take this big responsibility but at the moment I’m going game by game

[Asked who he intends to make skipper] I’m not going to try to make enormous, massive changes. I’m going to keep those things as it is, there has been so much, so many discussions in the media […] so many discussions within the club. I’m going to concentrate on how we can play and what we’ll do on the football pitch

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Malmo enraged by Ibrahimovic’s Hammarby move] Zlatan has never given a damn about how people will react. He’s a football genius but a very complex person. He was totally unaware of what the reaction would be but if you look at his career he has made controversial decisions like going from Juventus to Inter and then later to Milan

What he said has caused outrage and his reputation has been damaged forever. He’ll be remembered as a great player but the magic has been broken. I don’t believe that you should raise a statue to a living person as it can have consequences later on

2019 12 01b Retrieve

[Ljungberg ‘disappointed’ but sees positives in Arsenal draw at Norwich] We started the game really well, that’s how I want to play football. We dominated away from home at the start on the game. But we need to work on the transitions, we dominated and they break on us too easily. In the beginning I saw a lot of things we worked on in training, but we need to score goals and take the lead. Twice they went behind and showed a great mentality to come back. I want this club to do well, it is only winning that counts. I wanted to win the game so I am disappointed but I have also seen some positive things

[On the penalty incident] I think I had a heart-attack twice! But from what I heard it was quite obvious, that’s what the results are for. The most important thing was for Aubameyang to have the mental strength to score the second penalty after missing the first one

2019 12 01c Retrieve

[When asked if they can make the Champions League places] 100 per cent. People drop points here and there, we drop points, so it’s a bit of a crazy league at the moment. But of course I think Arsenal can go back to the top four. I don’t know if you saw it but when we went 1-0 down, the players weren’t shaking their heads, they were actually going ‘come on guys we can sort this out’. That shows they believe they are quality players. I’m extremely proud of the players that they came back twice, especially as they scored just before half-time. You get that and morale goes down but they came out fighting and got it done. We need to change a negative trend plus, with our run that was a difficult game and the players did really well

[Ljungberg revealed he is the process of finalising the makeup of his temporary backroom team] Normally a pre-season is five-six weeks and you can implement how you want to play football but I don’t have that. I just try to do small building blocks and try to change things in a slow tempo so people can understand and practice. Now players need to recover and we’ll probably get one and a half sessions but that’s football. I just try to make things simple as possible and hopefully we get better

I’m looking forward day by day and I’m honoured that they trusted me to do this. I hope the club knows what I can and can’t do. I’m trying to help the players as much as I can and that’s how I see it. Of course I was proud and honoured to be allowed to stand there on the touchline and lead this great club

2019 12 01d Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg explains why Nicolas Pepe was axed for Arsenal’s draw against Norwich City] So of course, I have an opinion about how we can play and players. But I try to see it just like that, everybody has a fair chance.What I see in training and games, that’s what I’m going to judge it on.

[When asked directly about Pepe’s omission against Norwich] Pepe’s a very good player. But like I said, I try to look at what’s being done in training and what I see every day, and that’s how I judge it

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg took charge of his first game as interim Arsenal boss at the weekend but had to settle for a point after a 2-2 draw at Norwich City] We have a problem in transitions, and that’s what I will try to fix

[When quizzed on why Nicolas Pepe didn’t feature against Norwich] Pepe is a very good player. But I looked at what we did in training and what I see every day and that is how I judge it.

[The last couple of months of Emery’s reign took their toll in terms of the atmosphere inside the club] I’m here to help as much as I possibly can and try to get a good atmosphere around the club. That’s what I’m focusing on at the moment. For me, happy footballers play the best football. That’s a part I learnt as a player, there is a time to work hard but at the same time we need to enjoy what we’re doing

2019 12 03b Retrieve

[When asked if criticism of his backline is justified] No. I think my players try to defend. Of course, you can have different types of players in the squad. That’s just a fact. We’ve had a gameplan we’ve tried to execute and I want to defend. We need to find solutions. If players are not super quick and we say ‘you’ve got to sprint for this or that’, that’s going to be difficult for that player. In general terms, we try to put out a structure that everybody knows what to do. The main thing I saw in the game [against Norwich] is that we let them get into situations where it was just a sprint. It was not about football or technical stuff, they just went in a competitive sprint with our player. We want to stop that

[Pressed further on what he has learned from the 2-2 draw at Carrow Road] There was a lot of reflection after the game, I’ve watched it twice now. The general feeling is probably the same as I had after the match. We started extremely well, played very well offensively but had a problem transition-wise - they got shots on target and chances just from the transition of an eight-yard sprint, which we need to stop. Another thing is that my feeling that we got in behind their midfield and behind their backline a lot has been backed up by data within the club. We have been sky-rocketed up to be one of the top teams in the league in getting into the pockets and behind them. That feels very good that it has been backed up by the data and the feeling I had after the game, and of course we will try to keep on doing that. My feeling was that I wanted to win the game, very disappointed not to win it, but if we play a transition game like we did, we won’t win any games, so that’s something that I can coach and try to improve

2019 12 03c Retrieve

[Ljungberg admits to ‘stealing’ coaching ideas from Sven-Goran Eriksson & is yet to speak to Wenger] Sven is intelligent, I spoke to him a lot when he was the manager of England because he was watching our games. I know in the past, some stories of how he treated players and how he made them feel good and things like that. I have stolen a little bit of those ideas. He’s a great coach. It’s been a long time and I hope I can speak to him soon.

[When asked why there has been a lack of Swedish coaches in the Premier League] I don’t know why that is. I think there are a lot of great Swedish coaches. Of course, it’s an honour and it feels special. I lived here for a long time now and I’ve just being trying to work as hard as I can to get a chance and they gave me a chance. At the same time, I don’t think it matters where you’re from, I just try to do a job

[When asked if he’d spoken to the 70-year-old Wenger] No. I would really like to speak to Wenger. I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoken to him yet because it’s been a bit hectic. But it’s on my list to do so

2019 12 03d Retrieve

[With the Gunners having failed to win in the league since early October, Ljungberg has outlined a plan to fix the team’s leaky defence] We need to find solutions. If players are not super quick and we say ‘you’ve got to sprint for this or that’, that’s going to be difficult for that player

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Ljungberg plans talks with Nicolas Pepe over Arsenal struggles] Nico is someone who is a very, very good player but sometimes when you come from a different league it takes time to adapt. But Nico is someone I plan on talking to. We are going to have a little chat about things, how he feels, because he is an important football player

[When asked if he believed Pepe’s poor form was down to a loss of confidence] No, I don’t. I just think it’s a new country and a new way of playing. I’m going to have a chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play

[For interim boss Ljungberg, though, what may happen in the transfer market is not of concern] At the moment I’m just looking at the next game. I don’t look at the transfer window. If I’m there at that time then maybe that’s a discussion to be had, but at the moment I’m here on a game-to-game basis and that’s what I’m trying to fix

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Ljungberg laments Arsenal’s crisis of confidence] It was tough. We didn’t show up in the first half, didn’t work hard and want to play. You can’t start like that. Second half we had a word and were better but we are suspect on the counter and we have no confidence. We gave them 45 minutes at home. I need to work on that and get confidence back into the boys. It’s a concern for any coach, a lack of confidence

At half time we said ‘This is not Arsenal, we have to give it a crack’. That’s what I want to see from them. Of course, it’s disappointing but we’ve got to keep on going. The players are low on confidence, I think you can see that. There was a little bit of a reaction in the second half, but you’ve got to start games like that. We’re in a difficult situation, we’ve lost a lot of games and the confidence has gone down. We started the game flat with no energy. It’s my job to get them to be aggressive and play with energy

2019 12 05b Retrieve

[Arsenal divided as angry Mesut Ozil appears to yell in the direction of Alexandre Lacazette at the full-time whistle of Brighton loss as struggling Gunners languish in 10th spot following home defeat] Of course it is disappointing but you have to keep on going. The players are low on confidence. We had a bit of reaction in the second half, but we need to start the game like that. At least second half they gave it a crack. We’re in a difficult situation, we’ve lost a lot of games. We started the game no energy, very flat. It’s my job to get them more aggressive. We thought we had won it with the var thing and then that happened. Players do as good as they can, they are a bit low on confidence and that’s what we have to fix

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg Says Arsenal Were ‘Scared’ During Defeat to Brighton] They [the players] look very short of confidence. In the first half they were scared to get the ball, scared to move. We didn’t show up in the first half. We had a chat at half-time, all of a sudden we look like the team we want to be. That’s how we have to play the whole game

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg has called on his senior players to step up and haul the Gunners out of their worst run in 42 years] We need to change this downward spiral. They [West Ham] have great fans, it’s going to be a great occasion but maybe that is good for our players, they can relax a little bit and concentrate on the game

[Mesut Ozil started both and appears to be firmly back in the fold following the difficulties he suffered under Emery] Mesut is a very, very good football player. When he is on the ball and he can do things and things happen. I haven’t said I’m going to build the team against specific players but I wanted to play the experienced players when it’s such a difficult situation like it is at the moment. I’ve made a conscious choice to put down the older players to take the responsibility and change the games

I had Joe Willock on the pitch because I wanted power and speed. He has something that we don’t really have in the squad, But Joe was passive like everyone else. I felt I would make a change and we had Nico to get his chance to show and I thought he did that well. He showed intensity, he tried to dribble and he worked defensively well to get the ball back. So that was a positive

[Ljungberg remains adamant that his side are still in with a shout of securing a Champions League spot] I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four. But for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways. We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg identified belief as the key to a turnaround that ended a seven-game Premier League winless run for Arsenal after they beat West Ham 3-1] It means so much for the players. They have been living under enormous pressure and you see it in their performances. I could feel West Ham getting tired and our passing getting crisper. The boys did amazing. The boys stepped up in the second half. They worked so hard and that’s something we talked about. This is down to the players. I’m just there to guide them. You can see the players have been a bit low and you see in the dressing room the relief and how happy they are. We enjoy tonight and we continue working tomorrow. We have to work on our belief - that was the difference

2019 12 09b Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg reveals why Martinelli, Pepe and Chambers start with Lacazette & David Luiz dropped] There’s a lot of games in December so there’s fatigue and stuff. I wanted to get some energy into the team so thought I’d shake things up a bit

[Martinelli will make his first start for Arsenal in the Premier League, having impressed in the Europa League, and Ljungberg expects him to take that form into domestic action] He’s done very well in Europa League games, scores goals, works hard so I think he will do really well

Pepe I thought did really well when I brought him on in the second half in the last game. I want him to be who he is. I want him to go one against one and be difficult to read. At the same time I want him to do his defensive work, that’s important, we’re playing away from home.

[On the decision to bring Chambers in for Luiz, he added] I think he’s been doing well, training really well, being competitive. When we were at Newcastle and had our away win he played

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg has said that Gabriel Martinelli is like a Duracell battery] The players have belief and tried to move the ball with more tempo. West Ham got tired. The players ran their socks off and fought. I believe in them. When I could see them put their shift in, I could see the quality. I thought: ‘It is here for the taking’. Martinelli did amazingly. He is like a Duracell battery, he keeps going

[Ljungberg went with Martinelli ahead of Alexandre Lacazette, a decision which raised a few eyebrows given that Martinelli, 18, was making his first start in the Premier League] Laca is a tremendous player but I had to make a tough decision. We have a lot to work on. A lot of things to fix. [The team] have been under a lot of pressure but they had the mental strength to win. I tried to keep calm and see what was happening on the pitch. They sorted it out themselves. It is amazing what they did today. I just want to enjoy the day and then get to work tomorrow

[Asked what it meant to get his first victory in his post-match interview] It’s a great feeling and it’s a lot better to win than to lose. We shouldn’t get carried away

2019 12 10b Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg always knew it would take Nicolas Pepe time to find his feet in the Premier League] People always ask me about Nico and I try to explain. He comes from the French league to the Premier League, in my opinion, the best league in the world, it’s a lot faster and a lot harder. He needs to adapt and people put pressure on him and it’s not easy, but I thought what he did [on Monday], he worked really hard offensively and defensively and showed his quality. I’m so pleased for him because at the same time he was a big, big buy for the club and there comes pressure with that as well

2019 12 10c Retrieve

[It was a run that stretched 46 days but Arsenal’s win at West Ham on Monday night finally brought an end to the club’s worst slump in 42 years] It means so much for the players and I’m delighted for them. They’ve been playing under immense pressure. I could feel West Ham getting tired and our passing was getting crisper. We sliced through them and the result is amazing. Football throws a curve ball at you all the time but the players responded. They worked so hard, and in the Premier League you have to. It’s all down to the players - I’m just there to guide them a little bit

I don’t think any of us can really imagine [how hard it has been]. They’ve been low but you could see in the dressing room how relieved they are. I try to not get carried away because I still feel that there are things we need to work on and we’re not near to where I want us to be. But, of course, I hope that the happiness the players could feel, and that spirit and belief in themselves, will have a positive effect

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Kieran Tierney set for three months out as injury blitz hits Arsenal] Kieran Tierney, I think it’s something with his shoulder but I don’t know exactly what it is. But obviously we had to take him off so I think he’s going to maybe go to hospital and check what it is

2019 12 11b Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg has insisted he has not had any say on who will take over as Arsenal’s next permanent head coach] It’s not a conversation I’ve had with the bosses. My job is to go from game to game. All of those decisions are up to the top dogs

[Asked specifically if Ancelotti would be a good choice to take over at Emirates Stadium] I’ve been asked questions like this a lot since I took over. I just try to concentrate on my job, which is to win football games and get better. Who they choose it is totally up to them and I stay out of it

It does a lot of good when you haven’t won for a long time. For me it’s about how we won the game. We kept the ball well. West Ham couldn’t get a hold of the ball. Everybody was in the dressing room after the game except the owner. They were very happy with the result and the victory. You can see players do things in training that aren’t a problem but they can’t in a game situation. You have to work on it, relax and be brave

We have a few injuries. We’ve played a lot of games lately and have another game on Sunday. We brought a lot of firepower here. We have younger players that played in the group stages. It’s a big game and we’re here to get a result. We have a lot of respect for the opponents. We play a lot of games. Sometimes we have to change. We have a lot of respect for the game. We don’t take it lightly. We want to win and get a result

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg immediately after Monday night’s 3-1 win against West Ham] Laca is a tremendous player but I had to make a tough decision. Gabriel Martinelli is a fantastic player. He’s very young but he has that energy about him so he goes and goes. He is like a Duracell battery. He has no fear. It’s a pleasure to see him on the pitch and for him to have success brings a smile to your face

2019 12 12b Retrieve

[Sensational Bukayo Saka to the rescue as Arsenal survive scare in Liege] Bukayo had a tremendous night. He was amazing and is a tremendous talent. His final ball and last bit is always effective

2019 12 12c Retrieve

[Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg was thrilled by 18-year-old Bukayo Saka’s amazing rescue act against Standard Liege] He was amazing. His final ball, and last bit, is always effective. He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He’s a tremendous talent. I feel sorry for our young players. A lot of them haven’t been on loan, they’ve not had that exposure to men’s football. Some of them made mistakes but they’ll learn from those mistakes and won’t do them again. But Bukayo had a tremendous night

I’m really proud of them. They showed belief in how they can play football. It’s good for us in the future. The energy, they go and go. They don’t stop. We played really well in our game-plan in the first half. They didn’t have any shots on target. We should have maybe been one or two up at half-time. We got sucker-punched a bit, they scored two deflected goals. You can’t really slam the players for that. We could have folded but we didn’t. At 2-2, we could have got a 3-2 but I had the information about the other score so we didn’t go too hard. Of course, it was a small gamble but I believe in those young players and they pulled through and we’re top of the group

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Arsenal interim boss Ljungberg hints he will be replaced by permanent manager soon] It is a very tough run of games that we have, so of course we will learn a lot. I will if I am here, or you guys [the media] will learn a lot about our players

[Ljungberg has also revealed that the number of backroom staff he is working with is limited] The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so yeah, I can’t do anything at the moment [regarding coaching staff]. I have Per [Mertesacker] but at the same time he is academy manager, but he is helping me with coaching. The club has said when they make a decision that’s it, or I am obviously leaving, or maybe then we can do something with the staff. But it is up to the club. It’s far from me to say [if an appointment should be made quickly]. If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy. But that’s totally up to the club

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg admits Arsenal must be ready for a backlash from their own fans in Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester City] It’s the right of the fans to be this way. Of course I want them to be with us and I know how much it means to the players, and I can see sometimes when it happens they can go a little bit down. But that’s something I will talk to them about. They already know about it but I will try to prepare them for if and when it happens. But I think when we play City at home, the fans know it will be a very tough game and will be with us regardless. I want to make sure I respect the decisions and voice of the fans. In my opinion they are the club and we try to do the best we can for them. We try to respect them and make them know we are doing this. I hope they have seen that in the last fortnight

I am a fan, too, and I want Arsenal back winning trophies, but as I say this won’t happen overnight. There are things to fix now and that we can do better. I have a list of about 10 to 15 things we need to urgently get right, but you can’t do all those things at once

2019 12 15b Retrieve

[Ljungberg responds after Ozil his hauled off to a chorus of jeers] I took Mesut off because I wanted some more energy in the team. How he reacts is up to him and we will deal with it later. I’m here on a day-to-day basis but of course we want players in the right way

2019 12 15c Retrieve

[Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg has told the club’s board they ‘must make a decision’ on their next appointment soon as the team continue to drift deeper into crisis] I’ve said to them [the board] they need to make a decision. We are here to help and the staff are trying to chip in but a decision has to be made so we can have the same resources as other clubs. When I say that they say I have to wait and see

It shows the quality Manchester City have in their side. Kevin de Bruyne showed his quality. We had worked on our structure and we had five against two but they still managed to score. They are the champions. I was proud of our boys. When you look at the age of the side that finished it was not an old side. I felt we kept the ball OK and played well. But we couldn’t get that final spark and when you are 2-0 and 3-0 down early it takes the edge off. The players showed spirit but it is hard to play at 3-0 down. If you look you see the players and price tags they put in from the bench, we have young kids who we put on. There is a gulf but I am still proud of the boys

2019 12 15d Retrieve

[Arteta casts shadow over Ljungberg as Arsenal’s potential new manager arrives with Man City] The club have said I have to wait, so yeah, I can’t do anything at the moment [regarding the coaching staff]. I have Per Mertesacker but at the same time he is academy manager but he is helping me with coaching. The club has said when they make a decision that’s it, or I am obviously leaving, or maybe then we can do something with the staff. But it is up to the club

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg said it himself after Arsenal’s loss to Manchester City on Sunday - it’s time for the club to make a decision] As I’ve said to the club, it’s a great, great honour to do this. Per is the academy manager and he’s doing two jobs in one go. It needs clearing up to make a decision so that everybody knows. That’s something I’ve said. I’m very honoured and I’m trying to do things as well as I can, but I think that it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Ljungberg wanted to make a change to try and brighten up a dull afternoon] We have a lot of talent but I wasn’t happy with the talent we put in. They are a top, top team. They are very good. But you still need to run. You need to put in an effort.

What I did here, I know they are young and some don’t have experience, some were making their Premier League debut, we had an 18-year-old winger playing at left-back. But, hey, they did really well away from home against Everton and dominated the game so we should be proud of that as a club

2019 12 21b Retrieve

[Ljungberg explains Ozil’s absence for Arsenal as World Cup winner is dropped once again] Mesut has something on his foot. He wouldn’t have been in the squad anyway after what happened in the last game

[Ljungberg added on the situation he and Duncan Ferguson have faced, with both men preparing to pass on their respective reins] That’s the way it is, that’s what football is. I said that I love this club and I tried to help them as much as I possibly can. That’s how it is and there’s nothing I can change

2019 12 21c Retrieve

[Arteta asked for attitude: Arsenal’s young guns answered the call against Everton] I loved the spirit we saw and that’s what you need in the Premier League

2019 12 21d Retrieve

[Freddie Ljungberg has reflected on his special month as Arsenal’s interim manager] It’s been a great experience. I’ve been extremely honoured to be the interim manager for this great, great club. Of course, it’s really nice to hear people say you’ve done good things, but also when you hear from players and other people close around you that you’re appreciated in certain things, that feels good. When people said we’d had progress in how we played and stuff like that, of course, that feels special. Maybe it’s wrong to say now, but I’m a little bit proud maybe. But the main thing is that we now have clarity and I want to thank as well, for example, when Unai left, he left with a lot of staff and we didn’t have any staff. We were short but I want to say thank you to all those people who have been trying to do jobs that maybe are not their jobs. I am extremely grateful for that and I think, together, we’ve done the best we ever could and we pushed ourselves to the limit

[Ljungberg added on the support he’s received during his temporary spell in the dugout] The support that I’ve got, and the team, it’s been great. Of course, to hear that song is a bit emotional obviously and they sing it so loudly, it’s been special. Even though we know City and Liverpool are in a different league, at home we had a young side on the pitch in the end and the fans stood up and sang, the whole stadium. I felt that showed. That’s the Arsenal I know. I was very, very proud to stand with them

2019 12 21e Retrieve

[Ljungberg confident he can work with Arteta to get Arsenal ‘back where it belongs’] For me, the main job has just been trying to steady the ship and help as much as I possibly can. I feel honoured to have been able to do that. I’ve learned so much and I’m looking forward to meeting Mikel, and talking to him, talking about football. I think we can get this club back to where it belongs. It’s been a great, great honour again

[When asked if he is relishing the prospect of a meeting with Arteta after his final game in charge] Of course. I’m looking forward to it a lot. Of course, it’s going to be a difficult one tomorrow [against Everton] because everybody knows he’s taking over the team and the club. I just hope the players will still try to be motivated and go for it. With me and him, I’m really looking forward to sitting down and discussing things. I met him before, I have the deepest respect for him and his football knowledge. Together, I think we can do this very, very well

[on an eventful year honing his coaching skills at Arsenal] It’s been a bit full-on. I’ve learned a lot and if a year’s eventful, hopefully, that’s a positive thing

2019 12 21f Retrieve

[When quizzed on his future] I’ve been told by the club they want me to stay but I will have a meeting with Mikel tomorrow and hopefully it’s a good one

[On the display against Everton] I was very happy. We had a very young side out there because I wanted energy and I wanted to give them chances. We dominated possession and chances, and you could see Everton getting tired and frustrated. I thought we could have won the game with the chances we had. But I loved the spirit we saw and that’s what you need in the Premier League. I wanted to see people that would run and fight for the team. We can’t rely on our name - we have to fight and do the dirty things

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[Quizzed again on Ozil after the outing against Everton] For me, I got asked after the game about Mesut. He walked off the pitch [in the Man City game] and then kicked his gloves. The fans were not happy. I got asked about it and said, ‘At Arsenal, that’s not how we behave and not what we do’. I stand by that. Mesut was injured but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that it’s not what I accept from an Arsenal football player. That’s my decision. I won’t make the decisions again but that’s what I think

[Asked about the size of the challenge faced by Arteta and how far Arsenal have fallen] It’s a difficult question to answer. For me, of course we’re a big club. We’re a bit low on confidence and it’s been a difficult time we’re going through, but we won away at West Ham and that was the first time we won away since the first day of the season at Newcastle. That changed us a little bit. Now here, we kept a clean sheet and got a draw away from home. We feel a bit stable. For me, the important thing is that we’re Arsenal Football Club, we need to have possession. We should be keeping the ball and dominate. I know Everton were really strong from their long balls, their throw-ins and their set-pieces. That was difficult but that’s what I’ll take with us. I know Mikel Arteta is a great coach and he will make us even better