Freddie Ljungberg Admits He Wants Arsenal Head Coach Job on Permanent Basis

Carlo Ancelotti

Ljungberg's first halftime team talk saw the Gunners come out with renewed goal and they equalized after 57 minutes when Aubameyang curled home, following Ozil's corner, for his 10th league strike this season.

Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager after seven games without a win in all competitions that had seen the Gunners fall well off the pace in the race for a top-four finish.

Ljungberg made five changes to the team that lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette among those recalled.

"I would really like to speak to him". "We're in contact, I have not spoken to him (since taking over) but that's on my list".

"Of course there's sadness because of what's happened to the club and where we are, but also excitement for what we can do for the future and also for tomorrow".

"Arsenal are going through a transition after losing Mr (Arsene) Wenger, who had been there for over 20 years, and results haven't gone as they would've liked with their previous coach", Potter said.

"We play at home so I take into account how I think they will play but I have to develop the gameplan how we want to play football and that's what I try to concentrate on". I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half.

"I've done two training sessions now and I don't want to talk about the coaches before", Ljungberg told a pre-match news conference.

"But they're still a top club with high-quality footballers and they will be looking for a positive reaction". Freddie is fantastically committed ... he has an opportunity.

"He nearly tries to get out of the way, instead of being a defender who's desperate to stop the ball going in."He just lets people walk through him".

"Sven is very intelligent and I spoke to him a lot when he was the manager of England because he was watching our games", said Ljungberg.

On why he turned to 18-year-old striker Bukayo Saka, rather than record-signing Nicolas Pepe in his search for a victor, Ljungberg added: 'Pepe is a very good player, but what is done in training and what I see every day is how I judge it'.