The softly spoken Swede, who is preparing for his first home game as Arsenal’s interim head coach, knows he must act fast to rescue their season – and he has Arsène Wenger’s backing

In terms of punctuality, it was a move straight out of the Arsène Wenger playbook. Half an hour past the appointed time, Freddie Ljungberg strolled into the press room at London Colney and took a seat in the chair his mentor occupied for more than two decades.

The softly spoken Swede has been thrust into the spotlight after replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal’s head coach, at least on an interim basis, and it must have seemed surreal even for one of the heroes of the club’s 2004 Invincibles side.

Freddie is fantastic and committed and will want to do this job for a long time. Let’s get him to work with his ideas and support him

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