Arsenal legend Robert Pires makes worrying prediction for 'sick' Gunners

Robert Pires has predicted Arsenal's problems will take a long time to solve - as the players are still 'sick' from Unai Emery's reign. Freddie Ljungberg took interim charge for Arsenal's game against Norwich on Sunday after Emery sacked last week following a run of seven games without a win.

But Ljungberg's side were unable to end that miserable sequence, with the Gunners needing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise twice in a 2-2 draw at Norwich.

Arsenal are searching for Emery's permanent successor, with Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers the leading candidates, while the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Patrick Vieira and even Mauricio Pochettino have also been touted.

But former Arsenal midfielder Pires says whoever comes in, there will be no quick fix for the Gunners, who are currently languishing seven points adrift of the top four.

Robert Pires says Arsenal need to 'find the right medicine' (Image: X03813) Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'closely followed' as Inter Milan eye transfer Tim Krul opens up on Mesut Ozil clash during Arsenal draw with Norwich "This was a complicated and difficult game, stressful even sometimes," Pires told Canal Plus after the draw with Norwich.

"The bottom line is that the team is still sick.

"Freddie or someone else, they are going to have find the right medicine.

"They are going to have to be patient but this is a little bit what has been happening since the start of the season.

Freddie Ljungberg - or whoever takes over on a permanent basis - will their work cut out improving Arsenal's defence (Image: AFP via Getty Images) Jamie Carragher offers advice to Freddie Ljungberg on solving Arsenal defensive woes "We are weak, we are not calm. When you are lacking confidence, you take less responsibility. You try fewer things.

"I think going forward things look very good, but defensively, and Freddie knows this, with Per (Mertesacker), a lot of work is required."

Arsenal must stop leaking goals, having conceded 21 in 14 Premier League games so far - which is one more than they have scored.

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The Gunners host struggling Brighton in their next Premier League clash on Thursday night.