Freddie Ljungberg took charge of his first match following his appointment as caretaker boss on Sunday, with the Swede having seen his side coming from behind twice to secure a point against Norwich City at Carrow Road. The former Arsenal favourite could well find himself in charge until the end of the season, with many of the potential top-class candidates for the permanent position believed to be unwilling to make such a move halfway through the current campaign.

Unai Emery was dismissed following a run of seven matches without a win in all competitions, with the former Sevilla and PSG boss having lasted just 18 months in North London. The Gunners find themselves seven points off the top four in the Premier League, with both performances and a lack of identity having seemingly pushed the Spaniard out of the door in the end.

Top rated bookies have marked these possible replacements since his departure, with Massimiliano Allegri, Brendan Rodgers and Mikel Arteta being the favourites at this stage. Allegri was believed to be among the leading candidate following Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club after 22 years, with the Italian having been learning English after leaving Juventus at the end of the 18/19 season.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has led Leicester City to second place in the Premier League standings, leading to speculation that the former Liverpool manager could be under consideration by those in charge at the Emirates. Meanwhile, despite being viewed as a potential gamble by many, Arteta is believed to be keen on taking his first step into management, having acted as No.2 to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City over recent years.

Whatever happens, it would appear that it will be some time until Arsenal are challenging at the very top of the English game, with more than the upcoming January transfer window being needed to fix the issues on the field. Despite David Luiz and Kieran Tierney having arrived over the summer, the Gunners are still struggling defensively, failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 matches.

Meanwhile, failing to qualify for the Champions League once again would undoubtedly enhance speculation surrounding the futures of key players such as Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The first job facing any new manager is to motivate such players, with Emery having seemingly lost the trust of his squad.

Ljungberg takes charge for now with a tight end of the year schedule – Arsenal might want to recover quicker with similarities to United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjær caretaker going permeant lack of success looming over the Emirates.

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