Interim head coach has impressed with the club’s under-23s and would relish taking the job on a permanent basis

There appears to be two Freddie Ljungbergs. One is relaxed, carefree and spontaneous – the other is incredibly stubborn and ruthlessly ambitious. “I am not particularly disciplined,” the Swede once said, “but I am stubborn like few.”

On Friday the 42-year-old was appointed Arsenal’s interim coach after the sacking of Unai Emery, and there is no doubt which Ljungberg will throw himself into his new role. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the former Arsenal midfielder and, like always, he will do everything possible to succeed. As he said in that same interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri: “As a child I could lie in bed and do absolutely nothing for hours but once I decided to do something, big or small, I could not stop until it had been completed. That is my driving force, for better or worse.”

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