Former footballer Chris Sutton believes it is time Arsenal moved on from Freddie Ljungberg after the Gunners were outclassed by Manchester City in a one-sided game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sutton felt that the nature of Arsenal’s performance meant that drastic action was required – and that the club need to get someone in to replace the former Gunners midfielder at the helm.
He said (via Metro): “Manchester City strolled through the game and it was far too easy. There has to be questions asked about Freddie Ljungberg now.
“They are worse than under Emery and they are going backwards. They need to make some decisions quickly and put Ljungberg out of his misery. He looks like a rabbit in the headlights.
“Get someone in who has some clout. The decision-makers will have watched the game and seen the difference in class.
“We know Manchester City are good, but Arsenal should not have been that bad.
“It was embarrassing. Arsenal made it too easy. Was there passion from Arsenal? Probably, but they are just not that good. How low is Freddie’s bar? That’s why they have to get someone in who has some credibility.”
Sutton may be right in that Arsenal need to hire a new manager as soon as possible given their fortunes have not changed since parting ways with Emery a few weeks ago.
However, to seemingly attack Ljungberg for failing to improve the Gunners having been thrust into the limelight by Emery’s failings appears harsh on the Swedish interim boss – especially considering Ljungberg has not previously managed at the top level – not to mention Sutton’s own lack of managerial experience.
There may be no getting away from Arsenal’s poor performance yesterday (with one shot on target in 90 minutes), but it looks as though their lack of direction on the pitch is down to those ‘decision-makers’ while Ljungberg babysits a squad whose display at the weekend was hardly the first sign of a steep decline.
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