Thierry Henry sends message to Arsenal about Freddie Ljungberg

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is urging the Gunners supporters to be patient with Freddie Ljungberg

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg (Photo: Sky Sports)

Thierry Henry has urged Arsenal supporters to be patient with caretaker Gunners manager Freddie Ljungberg.

The former Sweden international took over the reins of the north London side on a temporary basis last week following Unai Emery’s sacking.

Ljungberg has no experience of Premier League management but the 42-year-old has worked as a coach at Arsenal over the past four seasons.

The Gunners interim manager led Arsenal to a 2-2 draw with Norwich City in his first Premier League game in charge last weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice but the Gunners paid the price for sloppy defending upon Granit Xhaka’s return to the team.

Arsenal’s performance was akin to the type of displays that they were producing under Emery before his dismissal.

The Gunners are on their worst domestic run since 1992 following eight games without a win in the Premier League and League Cup.

However, Arsenal legend Henry has urged the club’s supporters to be patient with Ljungberg given the size of the task at The Emirates.

“Well I think what we’ve seen so far, it’s very difficult to change anything in I think he had one session, or two maybe,” Henry told Amazon Prime before Thursday’s clash with Brighton.

“It’s virtually impossible to change anything. And what we saw is what I’ve seen before. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang scored two goals and we escaped – when I say ‘we’ you know why.

“But that’s what I saw, you know, without the goals of Aubameyang I don’t know where we would have been right now.

“So it’s interesting to see how we are going to play against Brighton, and see what Freddie is about. Because that game [against Norwich] was very difficult to see what was happening really.”

Arsenal finished in fifth place in Emery’s first and only full season in charge of the north London side.

The Gunners signed six new players in the summer transfer window but Arsenal have been unable to make progress in the Premier League.

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