“I have been extremely honoured” – Ljungberg
The Swedish manager testified he has been “extremely honoured” to have served as The Gunners interim manager, with his tenure set to draw to close this weekend.
He has spoken on his “Special month as Arsenal’s interim manager, deeply expressing how “proud” he has been to stand with the club fans at the hard moments.
Ljungberg took charge at Emirates Stadium with confidence despite the disastrous start to the 2019-2020 season which has seen a number of key players struggle to live up to expectations.
Although his stay at Arsenal didn’t change anything, the club still struggle to possess matches, The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw away at Norwich City on December 1, which set the tone what was to come, also a 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton four days later shows familiar weaknesses in the Gunners’ defence, but luckily for them they did manage to bounce back with a 3-1 win at West Ham which ended a nine match winless streak.
Meanwhile, the later draw 2-2 with Standard Liege in the Europa League and also suffered a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at home in their Premier League clash.
So the Gunners have to act fast on their managerial spot, and they finally decided to turn to their ex-player who was serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Etihad Stadium to take the club to the desired form, as the new head coach signed a three year contract on Friday.
Ljungberg has sent a message to the club supporters as he sets to take charge of the team for the last time as they visit Goodison Park for a match against Everton.
“It’s been a great experience. I have been extremely honoured to be the interim manager for this great club,” he told Arsenal’s official website.
“Of course, it is really nice to hear people say you have done good things, but also when you hear from players and other people close around you that you are appreciated in certain things that feels good. When people said we’d had progress in how we played and stuff like that, of course, that feels special.
“Maybe it is wrong to say now, but I am a little bit proud maybe. But the main thing is that we now have clarity and I want to thank as well, for example, when Unai left with a lot of staff and we didn’t have any staff.
“We were short but I want to say thank you to all those people who have been trying to do jobs that maybe are not their jobs. I am extremely grateful for that and I think, together, we have done the best we ever could and we pushed ourselves to the limit.”
The Swedish manager later added on the supports he has received during his short stay in the club; “The support that I have got, and the team, it’s been great.
“Of course, to hear that song is a bit emotional obviously and they sing it so loudly, it’s been special. Even though we know City and Liverpool are in different league, at home we had a young side on the pitch in end and the fans stood up and sang the whole stadium.
“I felt that showed. That’s the Arsenal I know. I was very, very proud to stand with them.”
Meanwhile The Gunners sits 10th in the EPL table, and will visit Goodison Park today for their Premier League match against struggling Everton, with Ljungberg rendering his last service to the club, but the new signed coach will also be there but will watch from the stand