Norwich City 2-2 Arsenal: Gunners winless run continues in Ljungberg’s first game in charge
The winless series of arsenal lasted with the first Premier League game as boss of Freddie Ljungberg against fighting Norwich, end.
The Gunners, after Unai Emery was sacked on Friday using Ljungberg in the helm in an interim basis and also haven’t won for eight games.
The result leaves Arsenal eighth seven things away a place in the top four, whereas Norwich stay 19th, three points.
Familiar defensive failings resurfaced as Teemu Pukki ended his goal drought with a shot that deflected off Shkodran Mustafi, while Arsenal started brightly.
The hosts’ lead only lasted eight minutes though, with Christoph Zimmermann penalised for handball and also Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelling to the people using a retaken punishment, if Tim Krul rescued his original effort after four Norwich players had encroached.
More defending allowed Norwich’s lead to be re-established by Todd Cantwell, using all the midfielder putting an effort to the bottom corner in the stroke of half-time and slicing via the Gunners defence.
But, Aubameyang again drew the visitors level, turning in the corner into a loose ball.
Arsenal have numerous issues which they will have to resolve before they can hope to compete to get a Premier League name and also the most pressing stays in defence.
The Gunners came having retained only two clean sheets in the league season and left using all the joint worst defensive record of some club at the upper half of this table.
A lack of quality or direction in areas that are defensive that are fundamental appears a basic flaw and not one easily addressed in the short term by Ljungberg.
Arsenal have bought defenders in the past couple of years, but none match the mold from a Tony Adams, Sol Campbell or Martin Keown, who had been famous for being commanding and that appeared to love nullifying their immediate opponents.
For both Norwich goals, the present defenders of Arsenal played a passive role. With the opener, David Luiz was not tight enough to prevent Pukki from turning once he had reached Kenny McLean’s ball.
His defensive partner Mustafi and the Brazilian compounded things by standing and encouraging the Finland forward to shoot.
For the moment of Norwich, Cantwell was permitted to run towards the Arsenal target and Mustafi remained stationary as the England placed his campaign to the corner in the remaining portion of the region.
Pukki was unlucky to not add to his tally after turning the German interior out on afternoon trying for Mustafi and Luiz.
The duo were also grateful to goalkeeper for pushing the attempt of McLean to the post Bernd Leno after he’d run through the middle of the Arsenal.
They could consider themselves unfortunate not to have claimed back-to-back Premier League wins, while Norwich may remain in the bottom three.
They matched that with the Gunners for shots to goal and possibly had better opportunities overall at a performance full of determination, grit and energy.
The willing running of pukki provided an outlet Max Aarons was solid in right-back and while Ibrahim Amadou revealed lots of industry.
The side of daniel Farke appear to have been buoyed by their central defensive partnership’s renewal – Christoph Zimmermann and Ben Godfrey.
The solidity of the pairing was noticeable when the Canaries captain returned in Everton from trauma eight days before, and here that he was outstanding while the German conceded a penalty.
The 26-year-old browse the match in exemplary style throughout and finished more clearances (eight) than any other player.
Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg told Sky Sports:”We started the game quite well, that’s how I need to play football.
“But we need to focus on the transitions, we dominated and they break us too easily. In the beginning I saw a great deal of stuff we worked in practice, but we need to score goals and take the lead. I want this club to perform it is only that counts. I wanted to win the matches so I’m disappointed but I have also noticed some items.
On the punishment episode:”From what I noticed it was rather obvious, that’s exactly what the results are for. The absolute most essential thing was Aubameyang to have the psychological strength to score the second punishment after missing the first one”
Norwich manager Daniel Farke told Match of the Day:”We place a terrific performance today against a wonderful side: 1 stage against Arsenal is always a fantastic outcome. But we deserved to take each of the three points.
“In general I was not happy with the caliber of the decisions, each throw-in or corner-kick was given . The situation that caused the punishment, it was never a free kick [Granit] Xhaka.
“And to retake this punishment was also a strange choice, simply because somebody’s foot was inside the region. There were some decisions . But also because of some top-class saves from Leno we have not been in a position to win this game.”
Norwich traveling to St Mary’s to face fellow strugglers Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday (19:30 GMT). Arsenal host Brighton within their next Premier League match on Thursday (20:15 GMT).