Freddie Ljungberg has urged Arsenal to find a permanent manager following another nightmarish Premier League evening at the Emirates
The Gunners were utterly outplayed by rampant Manchester City side that secured a commanding 3-0 victory on Sunday thanks to a stunning first-half performance.
Kevin De Bruyne notched a brace while Raheem Sterling added one more to make it 3-0 for the visitors inside the opening 45 minutes, heaping more misery on the struggling home side.
What’s more, Arsenal’s toothless attack produced a single shot on target for the entire game, with Ljungberg’s men often looking indifferent and sloppy in possession.
Arsenal’s poor run of form has now seen them pick up only one win in their previous nine league outings, with their last top-flight home success dating back to early October.
During the post-match interview, the Gunners interim manager has called the club hierarchy to find a long-term solution as soon as possible, explaining how Per Mertesacker works as his assistant and runs the youth academy at the same time.
“It’s a great honor to do this, but Per is doing two jobs,” Ljungberg told reporters after the match, as reported by ESPN.
“I’ve said it [the managerial situation] needs to be cleared up, and it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.”
The North Londoners have been struggling to find an ideal candidate to fill the vacancy since cutting ties with Unai Emery in early November.
As a consequence, they have pulled off only one victory in their last five games in all competitions, conceding two or more goals on four of those occasions.
Stuck in mid-table with just five triumphs after the opening 17 league fixtures, the Gunners seem incapable of reducing the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea.