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Arsenal powerbrokers hold manager summit as Ljungberg loses confidence

Arsenal powerbrokers are accelerating plans to install a new manager after the sacking of Unai Emery.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal's management selection committee met for dinner at a private London venue early last week to discuss their options, as faith in interim coach Freddie Ljungberg to hold the reins long-term diminishes.

Josh Kroenke, Raul Sanllehi, Edu, Huss Fahmy and Vinai Venkatesham held the summit to work out their strategy for the rest of the season and beyond, with Arsenal, who go to West Ham tomorrow, in the midst of their worst run for 42 years.

Arsenal are sifting through a variety of names and, as in 2018, have to decide on a wholesale rebuild with a younger candidate such as Mikel Arteta or to opt for experience.

Having missed out on Brendan Rodgers, who signed a new five-year deal with Leicester last week, and with Rafa Benitez too expensive to lure from China, Arsenal will focus on candidates such as Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli or Max Allegri, the former Juventus coach — although he says he won't work until the summer.

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