Freddie Ljungberg insists he will not be distracted by speculation linking Italian boss with a transfer to Arsenal

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Freddie Ljungberg declares he will not be distracted by speculation linking Carlo Ancelotti with a transfer to Arsenal.

The hugely experienced Italian tactician was inspired by Napoli on Tuesday evening, a matter of hours after presiding over a 4-0 win versus Genk which established the Serie A club’s place in the knockout steps of the Champions League.

Freddie Ljungberg, meanwhile, has been placed in charge of Arsenal’s first team on an interim basis following the firing of Unai Emery a fortnight ago and celebrated his early success at helm on Monday evening following a morale-boosting 3-1 triumph over West Ham.

Arsenal are told to be favouring Mikel Arteta as their primary candidate, but Carlo Ancelotti’s sudden availability has seen him appear as a genuine contender, not that Freddie Ljungberg is at all concerned.

‘I try just to concentrate on my job,’ he said ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League match against Standard Liege.

‘Who the club decide to choose is totally up to them. I stay out of it.’

The Gunners will develop to the next round should they avoid a 5-0 defeat in Belgium and with a raft of injuries to contend with, Freddie Ljungberg has taken a young squad to Belgium with a game versus Manchester City on the horizon.

‘We have a few injuries. We’ve played a lot of games lately, we have another game on Sunday,’ Ljungberg added.