Arsenal Players Refuse To Back Interim Manager Freddie Ljungberg Ahead Of West Ham Clash

Arsenal’s players appear to be less than convinced by the methods of interim manager Freddie Ljungberg at the club, with not one of them willing to publicly back the Swede ahead of their game against West Ham  on Monday.

Ljungberg was acting as a first-team coach before making the step up to interim manager following the sacking of Unai Emery earlier this month, but has yet to impress in the role.

The Gunners drew 2-2 with struggling Norwich in his first game and then slumped to a limp 2-1 home defeat to Brighton  on Thursday, a result which means they are now on their worst run of form since 1977.

They are now without a win in seven games in the Premier League and travel to West Ham on Monday in desperate need of a victory to keep their slim hopes of finishing in the top four alive.

But for the second week in a row ahead of the clash no Arsenal player spoke out about the current situation at the club, refusing to either lend their support to Ljungberg or discuss who they would like to become the next permanent boss.

It may be that they have been instructed by the club to not talk about the topic, but the silence certainly speaks volumes about the current uncertainty around the Emirates.

Former club legend and current Nice manager Patrick Vieira has appeared to suggest he could be tempted back to Arsenal, however, when he told Canal+ : “You know, a club that you spend nine years in cannot leave you unmoved.”

Others names linked with the job include former Juventus manager Max Allegri, another former player Mikel Arteta and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

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