Is Arsenal’s New Coach Freddie Ljungberg the next ‘B-rate’ Ole Gunnar Solskjær?

  • Unai Emery leaves Arsenal after 18 months – nearly two decades less than his predecessor.
  • Arsenal has gone for seven games without a win.
  • The North London soccer club has appointed Freddie Ljungberg to serve as the interim head coach.

After seven winless games, Unai Emery has been booted out of Arsenal as the head coach. This comes 18 months since he was hired to replace Arsene Wenger who had served as manager for over two decades.

Unai Emery,
Unai Emery never looked comfortable as Arsenal’s manager and was finally put out of his misery. | Source:

Following the sacking, a decision announced by Arsenal’s America-owner Josh Kroenke, the club now risks making the same mistake as rivals Manchester United.

The London-based soccer club has appointed Freddie Ljungberg as the interim head coach. Ljungberg, a former player who was part of the ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ that went undefeated in the 2003-04 season, had been Emery’s assistant before the ouster.

Did Arsenal just appoint a B-rate manager to succeed Unai Emery?

Like the Old Trafford club, Arsenal has appointed a former player from a golden era hoping for magical success. In the case of Manchester United, they brought in ex-player Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s initial successes as Manchester United’s interim manager is long-forgotten now as the club’s permanent manager. | Source:

Initially, Solskjær impressed but all that is now forgotten as the team struggles to remain in the top half in the English Premier League table. Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan even recently branded Solskjær a ‘B-rate’ manager. It could soon be Ljungberg’s turn to face the winter of discontent.

For one, Freddie Ljungberg is untried and untested at the highest level. His only prominent experience in this department has involved coaching minors. A short stint as an assistant coach at Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg ended with him alongside others getting fired.


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