Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg took charge of his first game for the club today, and it’s safe to say that it was quite the rollercoaster ride. The Gunners were only able to salvage a point from their clash with Norwich City, extending the club’s winless streak in all competitions as they remain seven points behind the pace of the top four.
A thrilling encounter
The visitors looked lively at Carrow Road but it was Teemu Pukki who popped up with his first goal in eight games to give the hosts the lead. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was handed the chance to equalise just a few minutes later, and while he may have seen his first attempt get saved, he did manage to score the second attempt as the first was ruled out courtesy of some Canaries players encroaching.
Todd Cantwell restored Norwich’s lead, and while it appeared as if Arsenal were heading for another loss, Aubameyang came to the rescue once more to ensure they left with a point.
“We started the game really well, that’s how I want to play football.
Ljungberg spoke about the game in Norfolk as well as what the squad have been working on in training in the last few days.
Is Freddie the answer?
“But we need to work on the transitions, we dominated and they break us too easily. In the beginning I saw a lot of things we worked on in training, but we need to score goals and take the lead. I want this club to do well, it is only winning that counts. I wanted to win the games so I am disappointed but I have also seen some positive things.
In regards to the penalty incident, the boss had the following to say.
“From what I heard it was quite obvious, that’s what the results are for. The most important thing was for Aubameyang to have the mental strength to score the second penalty after missing the first one.”
The attention will now turn towards a big home game for Arsenal against Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday, which is an encounter they’ll strongly believe they can win. Their hectic run of three PL games in just over a week will end on Monday Night Football a few days later, as they go head to head with a West Ham United side that have just beaten Chelsea.
How do you feel about Ljungberg’s first game in charge?