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Ljungberg: I'll soak up advice from Wenger and Eriksson

 

Good times: Freddie Ljungberg and old boss Arsene Wenger
Good times: Freddie Ljungberg and old boss Arsene Wenger

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Freddie Ljungberg intends to tap into the knowledge of Arsene Wenger and Sven-Goran Eriksson as he prepares for just his second game in charge of Arsenal.

The Gunners appointed Ljungberg as interim head coach on Friday after sacking Unai Emery, and the former Sweden international oversaw a 2-2 draw at Norwich on Sunday.

And ahead of tomorrow's Premier League visit of Brighton, both Wenger and Eriksson should be expecting phone calls as Ljungberg aims to garner as much wisdom as possible.

The 42-year-old said Wenger, who brought Ljungberg to Arsenal as a player back in 1998, and Eriksson - the last Swede to manage in the Premier League - could offer valuable experience.

Asked if he had spoken to former Arsenal boss Wenger, he replied: "No (not yet). I would really like to speak to him. I'm in contact with him but I haven't spoke to him because it's been a bit hectic, but it's on my list to do so.

"He was here for 22 years as the coach so he has a lot of experience. And he probably has some things that he thinks are important that he can share with me and make me a better coach. That's what I want to ask."

After Wenger, Ljungberg is likely to contact former England manager Eriksson.

While he never played under the 71-year-old, Ljungberg has heard good things about a man who also had stints in charge of Manchester City and Leicester.

"Sven is intelligent," he added. "I spoke to him a lot when he was manager of England as he was watching our games.

"I know some stories of how he treated players and how he made them feel good and things like that. I have stolen a little bit of those ideas. He's a great coach, it's been a long time, and I hope I can speak to him soon."

Ljungberg refused to criticise his predecessor.

"I think Unai did a great job and was a great leader, a fantastic coach," he said. "That's not for me to judge. I look forward."

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