Podcast: Freddie’s under pressure | Arteta and Marcelino linked | Feat Konstantinos Lianos of the Daily Express

Freddie Ljungberg

Host Harry Symeou is joined by fellow Greek Kostantinos Lianos of the Daily Express to discuss the rumours Freddie Ljungberg has lost the faith of the players, whether or not Mikel Arteta is in fact the front-runner to replace Unai Emery and why the appointment of Marcelino would cause uproar.

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Arsenal: Marceli-NO! Could the club be set to appoint another ex-Valencia boss?

Former Valencia boss Marcelino is being heavily linked with the vacant Head Coach’s role at the Emirates Stadium. Judging by the social media response the 54-year-old’s appointment (if it were to happen) would cause a meltdown like never seen before.

The truth is, it would be somewhat underwhelming – even more so than the appointment of Unai Emery back in the summer of 2018.

He’s certainly not my preferred choice and if truth be told he isn’t somebody I even considered when racking my brain about who I’d like to see replace Emery.

This next appointment will tell us a lot about the ambitions of our American owners KSE. Josh Kroenke told us to “be excited” during the summer and we find ourselves at the time of publishing four points above the drop zone – exciting stuff that…

I am not at all keen on Marcelino and despite the stories doing the rounds I would be shocked if the club were to go down that route. However, credit where it’s due he did a fantastic job at Valencia. He guided them to Copa Del Rey victory having beaten Barcelona in the final last season and led the club to Champions League qualification after a slow start to the campaign.

He’s not the answer to our problems but equally he’s not the poor manager some would have you believe. A decent coach who did a good job at Valencia and was ultimately dismissed due a disagreement with the ownership regarding ‘sporting matters’.

If anything, his track record of speaking out against his superiors at the Mestalla and at Vilarreal before that should be enough to put the Kroenke’s off of him. You’d have thought they would be after another ‘yes man’.