Published: 11:14 | 2/12/19

Ljungberg targets top four finish


Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes that the club can finish in the top four this season.

The former Gunners midfielder has taken temporary charge of the team matters at the Emirates following the sacking of Unai Emery last week.

Following the 2-2 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road on Sunday, the club are currently eight games without a win, their longest run since 1992, and are eighth in the Premier League table seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

However, Ljunberg still believes that the Gunners can qualify for the Champions League with a top four finish.

Speaking after the Norwich games, he said: "People drop points here and there, we drop points, so it's a bit of a crazy league at the moment.

"But of course I think Arsenal can go back to the top four.

"I don't know if you saw it but when we went 1-0 down, the players weren't shaking their heads, they were actually going 'come on guys we can sort this out'. That shows they believe they are quality players.

"I'm extremely proud of the players that they came back twice, especially as they scored just before half-time. You get that and morale goes down but they came out fighting and got it done.

"We need to change a negative trend plus, with our run that was a difficult game and the players did really well.”

He admitted that it is difficult to step into the role in mid-season, but is confident that he can galvanise the squad.

"Normally a pre-season is five-six weeks and you can implement how you want to play football but I don't have that," he explained.

"I just try to do small building blocks and try to change things in a slow tempo so people can understand and practice. Now players need to recover and we'll probably get one and a half sessions but that's football.

"I just try to make things simple as possible and hopefully we get better.

"I'm looking forward day by day and I'm honoured that they trusted me to do this.

"I hope the club knows what I can and can't do. I'm trying to help the players as much as I can and that's how I see it.

"Of course I was proud and honoured to be allowed to stand there on the touchline and lead this great club."

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