Freddie Ljungberg sees Arsenal positives despite draw at Norwich
Freddie Ljungberg insists that he saw plenty of positives from Arsenal despite his side held to a 2-2 draw at Norwich in his first game in temporary cost.
The Gunners started shining in their very first game since Unai Emery’s sacking, however they were made to come out of two events as the double rescued of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a stage at Carrow Road.
The draw extends Arsenal’s winless streak to eight games in all competitions and they are seven points at the struggle.
Ljungberg was frustrated by the outcome but there were also a variety of positives for the Swede before their next game with Brighton on Thursday.
“We began the match very well, that is how I want to play soccer,” he said. “We ruled completely and that’s when we needed a goal.
“We couldn’t get that although we must work on the alterations, we ruled and they break us too readily, and that’s where both goals came from.
“That’s tough to choose but the players showed good mindset. They arrived back and went a goal down twice away, that shows that we have want.
“We have things to work on.”
Ljungberg had to prepare his side for the trip to Norwich following the dismissal on Friday of Emery, but, despite the preparation time, Arsenal boss saw a number.
“Initially, once the players were new, I saw a lot of things we worked on in training,” he said. “This was pleasing and I believed it worked also. We need to evaluate targets and take the lead, although I believed we got into some places that were great.
“When you have had a single training session the day ahead of the game when everybody must take it easy, it’s difficult, but hopefully I get sessions now.
“They can now relax, but I want to work on this and we see a much better game on Thursday.”
Analysis from Sky Sports’ Oliver Yew…
“Ljungberg is right to take the positives out of his side’s draw at Carrow Road. What can he do?
“In only a couple of times, the Swede captured the Gunners attacking with greater intention than they’d completed in several weeks beneath Unai Emery. Because they clung to get a point thanks largely to a range of great saves from Bernd Leno they showed plenty of personality.
“But clinging to a stage at second-from-bottom Norwich is not great enough for a club of Arsenal’s stature, and Ljungberg knows it.
“Despite the positives, the old failings were still there for all to see as the match highlighted the problems confronting the club’s former midfielder in their battle for a top-four finish.
“Defensively, Arsenal were over the place and had it not been for Leno, they would’ve definitely lost the match.
“Ljungberg appeared a surprise prior to kick-off by pairing Shkodran Mustafi using David Luiz in the heart of Arsenal’s defence, but time after time that they, alongside right-back Calum Chambers, were vulnerable. Meanwhile, although the balance of Arsenal’s midfield will be called to question with Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi beginning ahead of Lucas Torreira Mesut Ozil failed to affect the game significantly.
“Time really was not about Ljungberg’s side ahead of the encounter, though.
“It turned out to be a short turnaround from the defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt along with Emery’s sacking to Ljungberg’s appointment, however, with three total days now until the Gunners’ next clash against Brighton on Thursday, Ljungberg, with the support of Feb Mertesacker, should get to work on the training field.”
Arsenal currently sponsor Brighton on Thursday at 8.15pm, prior to going to West Ham following Monday at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.