Freddie Ljungberg has responded to Paul Scholes' criticism of his attire
Freddie Ljungberg has hit back at Manchester United hero Paul Scholes over his criticism of his attire in his first outing as caretaker Arsenal boss. The Swede’s first match in charge of Arsenal since temporarily succeeding Unai Emery saw the north Londoners take on Norwich on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners drew 2-2 with Daniel Farke’s side, a result which saw them fall further behind their rivals in the race for Champions League football.
Scholes wasn’t impressed by what he saw of the Gunners but was more irked by Ljungberg’s failure to wear a suit for the match.
He said: “You would think he'd be out in a suit to show a bit of proudness that he took the job.
"To me, that's a great start - shirt and tie to show some discipline. I don't think he'll be the right man."
Scholes’ comments were put to Ljungberg during his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s visit of Brighton, in which he made light of the former England international’s thoughts on his dress sense.
The suit was at the dry cleaners so I couldn’t get it ready
The 42-year-old said: “It was so quick, the suit was at the dry cleaners so I couldn’t get it ready!
“No, I have seen the Premier League and seen coaches in a tracksuit, coaches with a suit, and I have seen coaches with a sweater, so I will decide on a matchday what I will use.”
Ljungberg, who won five trophies during his time at Arsenal as a player, then went on to reveal he’s yet to have been fitted for a club suit.
He added: “We will see if I have one or not, we haven’t had one fitted yet with the club suit but I can’t see that is a discussion but I will make sure you know what I wear.”
Arsenal haven’t tasted victory in the league for two months, a run of form which prompted club chiefs to relieve Emery of his duties as manager.
Ljungberg is refusing to focus on the team’s past performances ahead of his first home match, saying: “What I try to focus on is going forward.
“I’ve been here, I've done two training sessions now and I don't want to talk about the coaches before.
“I think Unai did a great job and was a great leader, and a fantastic coach. That's not for me to judge. I look forward.
“The main thing for me was that when we were at Norwich, we hadn't won an away game since the first game of the season.
“I felt that the players could react that way and in my opinion, we played well offensively. It was good. But now we go forward.”
The Swede is hoping for a positive atmosphere at the Emirates but insists his players must do their utmost to create it.
He said: “I think the only way to change an atmosphere in the stadium is by how you play. Like you said, the fans were amazing at Norwich.
“I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half. We were on top of Norwich and I think the Arsenal fans got energy from that.
“That helped. But they were great, even when we went 1-0 down or 2-1 down, they were even louder and they helped us. That's important for the players.
“When it comes to the Emirates, the fans want us to win football games. They want us to play good football and I think the only way to try to get a good atmosphere and get them going is to try to achieve that.
"Whether that's me or someone else as a coach, I don't think that matters so much.”