Arsenal want Freddie Ljungberg to remain as their interim manager until the end of the season, according to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti. Ljungberg was appointed as the temporary Arsenal boss last Friday following the sacking of head coach Unai Emery. The club announced at the time that they will start their search for a new, permanent successor to Emery.
However, Marcotti claims Arsenal already plan to keep Ljungberg in the role until next summer.
Former Gunners midfielder Ljungberg has not managed a senior side before but spent the first part of this season on Emery’s coaching staff.
A host of more experienced managers have been linked with the Arsenal job, including Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
But Marcotti cannot see why the northern Irishman would leave Leicester at this point, with the Foxes currently sitting second in the Premier League table after 14 matches of the campaign.
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“He’s second in the table with Leicester, okay,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.
“What good would it do for him to walk out on Leicester now and go to Arsenal, where you may have an impact next season?
“Look, Arsenal want to keep Ljungberg, they hope to keep Ljungberg until the summer.
“If you get Leicester in the top four and then you start thinking about Arsenal then A: you won’t be seen as a Judas walking out on Leicester, and B: you can have a fresh start at Arsenal after you’ve achieved something pretty incredible I think, like getting Leicester into the top four.
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“You might even want to stay at Leicester. So no, let’s take it one step at a time. He’s doing great, why does he have to leave in mid-season?”
Reports over the weekend claimed Rodgers views Arsenal as his dream job.
But the 46-year-old said at his pre-match press conference on Monday that he is not thinking about leaving the King Power.
“Why would I want to leave Leicester City at this time?” Rodgers said.
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“I am very happy so would have no need to look elsewhere.
“I have a contract here until 2022. Thus far, I know managers are losing their jobs, the club have not indicated to me that they are going to sack me.
“I am working with a group of players who have so much potential. I gave an honest answer about how all managers have some sort of clause in their contracts and suddenly that seems to have thrown a door wide open.
“For me, I repeat, I am happy here. Very happy here. I feel I want to continue with that. Take from that what you want.”
Arsenal played their first game under Ljungberg on Sunday, with the Gunners claiming a 2-2 draw at Norwich.
They are next in action on Thursday when they host Brighton at the Emirates (8.15pm).
Arsenal will be looking for their first win in nine matches in all competitions.
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