Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has criticised the club’s lack of planning with no news of a permanent successor to Unai Emery weeks after his dismissal.
However, interim boss Freddie Ljungberg took three games to return the Gunners to winning ways and has just one victory from his five matches in charge.
Speaking on Sky Sports as Arsenal were outplayed by champions Manchester City, Sagna blasted the club’s owners for their lack of organisation and their handling of the matter.
He said (via Daily Mail): “Unless you have someone in mind, you shouldn’t be firing a manager without having a replacement.
“We have owners we never see. You never know what’s going to happen.
“They got rid of Unai Emery and didn’t have a plan. It’s a big mess. They need to find the right manager.”
While plans to secure a successor seemed to escalate overnight as Gunners officials were reportedly snapped leaving a meeting with ex-midfielder Mikel Arteta, it has now been over two weeks since Emery was sacked with little change of fortunes under Ljungberg, who called on the board to take decisive action.
Although Ljungberg may now be getting his wish, the club had suggested that their search for a new manager would be thorough, while previous reports had indicated the club would be happy for the Swede to hold the fort until the successful candidate had been identified.
Arsenal’s board may therefore be in a catch-22 situation, with the alternative that Sagna suggests being to keep faith with Emery despite the drastic downturn of results that would otherwise have warranted a sacking.
Perhaps the Gunners hierarchy should have prepared for that eventuality – or perhaps Ljungberg was their backup plan all along. Either way, the lack of noise until recently has had Arsenal heading towards an abyss that has left their season in disarray and Sagna in understandable frustration.
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