If more evidence were needed of Unai Emery’s beleaguered status at Arsenal, that has been provided by reports that a number of the club’s players are turning to coach Freddie Ljundberg for guidance.
That is because the Spaniard’s English has not markedly improved despite being at the club for 18 months now, and his communication is often muddled, and he fails to offer “clear and consistent instructions”.
The news comes hard on heels of rumours that Arsenal’s young players have taken to openly mocking their manager, amidst signs that is beginning to lose the dressing room, having already lost the support of the vast majority of the supporter base.
Ljundberg, who coached the under-23 side at the Emirates last season before stepping up to a first-team role in a job swap with Steve Bould is a very popular figure at Arsenal with players and fans alike, and has been tipped as an internal candidate to replace Emery if, and when, the Spaniard is fired.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.