Arsenal explain reason Freddie Ljungberg in dug out vs Everton not Mikel Arteta

Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Saturday's clash at Everton, with Mikel Arteta set to take over as Arsenal head coach on Sunday.

The Spaniard was appointed as the long-term successor to Unai Emery on Friday.

However, interim boss Ljungberg will oversee the duties of tomorrow's game with Everton.

That is because despite taking this evening's press conference in place of the Swede, Arteta does not officially take up his duties until Sunday.

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Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has thanked Ljungberg for his efforts over the last few weeks whilst in charge, while also revealing his delight at being able to bring Arteta back to the Emirates Stadium.

“We’re delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal,” Kroenke said.

“He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.

“I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks.

“He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism.”

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Arteta said that he is “confident” he can get Arsenal competing for trophies once again, having seen them slide in recent years since his departure from the club.

“This is a huge honour,” Arteta told Arsenal’s website.

“Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.”

Arteta's first game in charge will therefore be the Boxing Day clash at Bournemouth.

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