Interim Arsenal boss Ljungberg responds to bizarre Scholes fashion critique

Date published: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 4:54

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Freddie Ljungberg says he will decide on matchdays what he wears after being criticised this week for his dress sense.

The interim Arsenal boss wore a shirt and jumper for his first game in charge at Norwich on Sunday and Paul Scholes took exception.

“You would think he’d be out in a suit to show a bit of proudness that he took the job,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“To me that’s a great start… shirt and tie to show some discipline. I don’t think he’ll be the right man.”

The Manchester United man’s comments were put to Ljungberg at today’s news conference and he explained his decision not to wear a suit on his Arsenal managerial debut.

“It was so quick, the suit was at the dry cleaners so I couldn’t get it ready,” joked Ljungberg ahead of Thursday’s game with Brighton.

“I’ve seen coaches with a tracksuit, with a suit, a sweater so I’ll decide on matchday what I’ll use.

“I haven’t been fitted for a club suit but I will make sure you know what I wear.”

Meanwhile, Ljungberg intends to tap into the knowledge of Arsene Wenger and Sven-Goran Eriksson as he prepares for just his second game in charge of Arsenal.

The 42-year-old said Wenger, who brought Ljungberg to Arsenal as a player back in 1998, and Eriksson – the last Swede to manage in the Premier League before his compatriot landed the job at the Emirates Stadium – could offer valuable experience as he looks to build his own career.

Asked if he had spoken to former Arsenal boss Wenger, he replied: “No (not yet).

“I would really like to speak to him. I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoke to him because it’s been a bit hectic, but it’s on my list to do so.

“He was here for 22 years as the coach so he has a lot of experience. And he probably has some things that he thinks are important that he can share with me and make me a better coach. That’s what I wanted to ask.”

While Ljungberg never played under Eriksson, he admitted he heard good things about the former England manager.

“Sven is intelligent,” he added.

“I spoke to him a lot when he was the manager of England because he was watching our games.

“I know in the past, some stories of how he treated players and how he made them feel good and things like that.

“I have stolen a little bit of those ideas. He’s a great coach, it’s been a long time, and I hope I can speak to him soon.”


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