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Former Premier League striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Arsenal should appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager. The Gunners are looking for a permanent boss having sacked Unai Emery with Freddie Ljungberg currently in caretaker charge of the club.
The Swede has taken charge of four games so far, winning just one with Arsenal’s performances remaining average.
A host of names have been linked to the permanent role at the Emirates including Mauricio Pochettino and Mikel Arteta.
Ancelotti is available having been sacked by Napoli this week, despite guiding the Serie A side to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
And former Manchester United star Berbatov believes Ancelotti is the best option to take over in north London.
“The Gunners’ performances go up and down, as we’ve seen in Freddie Ljungberg’s four games in charge,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“On Thursday, they were poor against Standard Liege before two late goals grabbed them a draw.
“You really don’t know how Arsenal will perform but I expect them to raise their game for City’s visit.
“The Blues have scored more than any other team in the top flight, and Arsenal are strongest up front, so I can see a high-scoring draw.
“Long term, Carlo Ancelotti could be a good fit for Arsenal as their next permanent manager.
“He did well in his two years at Chelsea, winning a league and cup double, and every footballer I know who’s played under the Italian rates him highly.
“They say he knows when to be firm and how to get the best out of players.
“But first we need to see how Ljungberg performs as caretaker. Arsenal could go on an unbelievable run and leave the board with no choice but to appoint him permanently.”
Ljungberg was asked about the possibility of Ancelotti arriving in north London this week.
“I have been asked these questions a lot since I took this over,” he replied.
“I try just to concentrate on my job and that is to try to win football games and to get us to play better football.
“What the club decides to do or who they choose is totally up to them. I stay totally out of it.”