Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Arsenal at Norwich tomorrow saying it’s an ‘honour’ to be at the helm of a club he represented with distinction as a player.

As a coach he has a tough task on his hands though, trying to arrest a slump in form that has seen Arsenal go almost two months without a Premier League win.

In his first big interview since Unai Emery’s departure and his interim appointment until a successor is found, the Swede touched on the way he might approach the job and how he can get more out of the players as we look to get our season back on track.

Speaking to the official website, he suggested he’s going to imprint his own ideas, but without much time to work with the squad it’ll be incremental.

“Of course small things will change,” he said.

“I’m not going to do anything radical because I don’t think that’s the best thing to do. I’m not going to just go and smash things up, but I’m quite clear with what I think I want to try.

“At the same time, we have one training session until the game tomorrow so we have to be intelligent with what you try to change because it needs to stick as well.”

Today’s Arseblog: Unai Emery – 23.05.2018 – 29.11.2019

As for the way he’ll get the team to play, he continued, “I’ve been at Arsenal for a long, long, long time, I like entertaining football but of course at the same time you can’t concede goals.

“That’s a tricky balance to find. For me, happy footballers play the best football. That’s a part I learnt as a player, there is a time to work hard but at the same time we need to enjoy what we’re doing.

“Often the players we have enjoy playing offensive football which makes them happy.

“I hope I have the values of the club, I understand the club, I think from the inside.

“That gives me a help, 100 per cent. I have been here for 20 years, so it’s very special to me. That’s why I’m saying it’s an honour to do this.

“When the club asked me to help them of course I said that’s a given, I will try to help them as much as they need. We will see from there.”

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aberinkula
aberinkula

I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow.

Futsboller
Futsboller

I think we all are, finally. And though it will take time for Freddie to alter our playing style and get results, I think, overnight, Arsenal have their intimidation factor back. The BFG on the sidelines will help with that!

Milky
Milky

We love you Freddie because you’ve got no hair. We love you Freddie because you’re everywhere. We love you Freddie because you’re Ar-sen-al through and through.

Gsevan
Gsevan

oi, i posted that yesterday :))

Gsevan
Gsevan

lol, down voting a joke, some people really need to get a grip

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

NO!

Original Big Dave
Original Big Dave

He’s so dreamy though.

Muneeb
Muneeb

Freddie! Lets put smiles on the faces again!

GoonerZA
GoonerZA

Emery was very offensive.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Yes his style of play, tactics and player management were very offensive.

Rostam Shah Baharuddin
Rostam Shah Baharuddin

Yes, very offensive to look at.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

A joke is always gone when you have to explain it.
Never explain jokes, the people who get it will get it. The others won’t laugh even if you explain it.

Explained

Maul Person
Maul Person

You just took it a little too far there…

Whisht
Whisht

Here’s hoping we can go from offensive football to offensive football as quickly as possible.

Obviously this time the right sort of offensive.

Good luck everyone!

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

I want people who know this club to have key roles. That’s what I’ve been advocating for. It’s good to have some outsiders as well but not at the detriment of what it means to be The Arsenal.

I’m hope Freddie is a smashing success and gets the job permanently. If he doesn’t, I hope we bring someone who knows what it means to be The Arsenal football club and who can deal with this increasingly demanding fan base

Gsevan
Gsevan

or put another way, emery clearly didn’t understand the club or the arsenal way, makes you wonder what Sanllehi saw in the interview, other than a way to give his mate the agent a nice 10%.

still got major concerns about his role at the club (Sanllehi)

GoonerZA
GoonerZA

You know Gazidis gave him the job right?

Gsevan
Gsevan

do we know that for certain? they were all in place when the appointment was made, so it was only Gazidis that gave him the job?

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

I thought Gazidis was pumping for Arteta?

Gsevan
Gsevan
Will
Will

Guys need to calm down. People have such short memories, was not too long ago that Emery was being praised for showing passion at tackles and being nimble with his substitution. Now we are cooking up conspiracy theories about how he was appointed because of an evil super agent. He did not work out, let’s just move on

Maul Person
Maul Person

We’re just doing for Freddie what, we did for UE when he started. Emery’s results spoke for themselves so he bore the brunt of our frustration. We hope it won’t be the same with Freddie and his past stellar work at the club, albeit with the U23s, suggests he’ll do better than Emery did. But if he doesn’t…

Gsevan
Gsevan

got keep your head on the sand, people who care will worry about the future of the club.

Gsevan
Gsevan

evil super agent your childish words, not mine, if you dont care about the possibility of undue influence of an outsider without the interest of club first, your being pretty short sighted.

Gsevan
Gsevan

evil super agent your words, not mine, if you don’t care about outside influences who don’t have the good of the club first, your being short sighted

Gsevan
Gsevan

don’t know who the fuck you are will, but seems no one allowed to question you, twice had perfectly reasonable replies to you removed, that’s a shame, no more blog then (like any one will give a shit), but thought this was a fair and open forum

Gsevan
Gsevan

‘The noises since then suggest it was in fact Sanllehi, who held the more lowly head of football relations title at that point, who got his man in the end. For every painstaking analysis of Emery’s failings there must be an acknowledgement that the biggest error in the first place was to decide he ticked more boxes than seven other interviewees.’

yeah, we need to calm down ….

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Well if the modern day impatient fans / Arsenal Fans TV etc cannot get behind Freddie then I give up. Great man – was a wonderful humble pro and a legend in my eyes!

G-Man
G-Man

I doubt any one (of the main speakers) from AFTV will be calling for the head of Freddie this season. The only way that would happen is if we are in the bottom 3 by February/March (and that would trigger reasonable panic tbh).

For now, there is a new dawn, we are all excited and a bit nervous because we want Freddie to do well. I will shed a tear if he is beaming with the team on a podium, with the EL trophy in hand and a top 4 place in the league secured.

Let us hope we see that scenario come to life. All true fans want that. If you don’t, find another club.

chopper4001
chopper4001

It’ll be interesting to see how Freddie can change the mid-set of the players, if he can. Hopefully it breeds new life into the squad.

It might be wishful thinking but I’d like to see him go with Holding/Chambers at CB and give them a run at being a partnership. They’re both young, so will make mistakes, but it’s not like our experienced options aren’t so incredibly error prone it makes small children cry. Tell Torreira to just sweep in front of them and stop the opposition taking pot shots or picking up the second ball and maybe (MAYBE) we have a chance.

Front 4 picks themselves and should just be given license. Puts pressure on whoever plays 8 (Willock or Guendouzi) as they’ll need to cover a lot of ground, but that’s an 8’s job.

Freddie will be a good mentor for Pepe too I think. He was a half decent winger in his day.

Leno
AMN Chambers Holding Tierney
Torreira
Pepe Willock Ozil Auba
Laca

Maul Person
Maul Person

Martinelli needs to start playing. The kid is special.

chopper4001
chopper4001

Yeah agree. First attacking sub in front of Saka and Nelson. Push him into first 11 if he continues to score/assist.

Maul Person
Maul Person

No, I mean he needs to start.

Mpls
Mpls

Not ahead of Auba, Laca, and Pepe (yet) for me.

We need to put a solid effort into really integrating Pepe because there’s a real quality player in there. He’s shown good flashes of it.

But Martinelli is my first attack sub if I need to change the game up front. So far he looks like He’s got drive and a real game-changer presence. Plus the ability to pop up in the right place.

If somebody goes flat then he and Saka will have their shot.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

“Half decent” lolz

chopper4001
chopper4001

😉

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Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Leno
Chambers Mustafi Holding Tierney
Torriera
Willock Guendouzi
Pepe Auba Martinelli

Laca unlucky but I want to see Pepe, Aubameyang and Martinelli all start.Unless you go 4-2-4 I don’t see how you can get them all + Laca in the team.

Mustafi in because he’s been no worse than anyone else at CB this season (not saying much, I know).

Flavoured Rice

That’s the first coherent statement I’ve read from an arsenal manager in about 15 months.

Grimandinio
Grimandinio

Legend.

Kran stoenke
Kran stoenke

Keep talking dirty to me daddy ljungberg! Imagine going into a game without bigging up the opponent in fear of defeat.

Santori
Santori

Yes.

We need to use our better assets.

We have SO much pace out wide with potentially Pepe (and Bellerin) right and Auba/Tierney (Kolasinac) left. Not to mention Martinelli and Nelson, Saka.

But we seem so tedious getting the ball to those players.

Our transition is still too ponderous and we take too many touches, and passes to get the ball to players. Without Xhaka (and Luiz or Mustafi), we also lack ability to drop long balls in (plus Auba has been poor competing for these balls)

We need to do better, also get Pepe and Auba working diagonals.

Also some way to cover the fullbacks going forward a must. If that means Torreira (or whoever plays deep midfield) staying more discipline in line with the Cbacks to cover breaks against us when our fullbacks are committed, then yes but it also means the rest of the midfield has to get back and organize fast.

We are not putting near enough effort as a team off ball and covering defensively (when you look at Sheffield)

Then if we finally do, the question will be to find a way to rotate the midfield to keep the engine running. This is why I mentioned many times this season midfield is key and has become disassociated. We have not enough to rotate as is let alone be prey to the idiocy of the fans in alienating a perfectly good asset in Xhaka.

If we can prosecute our attacks with far less forgiveness (finishing) it will help our defense.

Last game several good chances were created only to fall to an inexperienced Willock who blew two very good opportunities we need to tuck away.

Ditto the excellent dribble by the hobbling Xhaka second half early on which ended up to Chambers only for Calum to apply a defender’s finish.

We need above all focus and concentration through 90. Something not in evident against Soton.

So put the emphasis on attack but do not forget to drum in some discipline to these lads as well. They’ve been allowed to get away with way too much in recent seasons late Wenger and under Unai.

Mark WahlBergkamp
Mark WahlBergkamp

Any chance he’ll use Wenger’s swashbuckling 4-4-2?

Lehmann
Lauren Campbell Toure Cole
Gilberto Vieira
Ljungberg Pires
Bergkamp
Henry

Leno
Bellerin Sokratis Holding Tierney
Willock/Dani C Guendo/Torreira
Pepe Martinelli
Lacazette
Auba

Thoughts?

Just realised that leaves Ozil as the 12th man! Can start instead of Laca (Bergkamp role) the two wingers and fuck it we can give him the Edu role CM aswell.

Kalema Kayondo
Kalema Kayondo

Let’s work on defense. The goals will come naturally. Then flare will develop gradually.

Mark
Mark

Wins are important of course, but more than anything I want to see us playing attractive, competitive football again (and if we do that the wins will come). Obviously expectations are tempered for the first match knowing he hasn’t had much time in the role, but anxious to see the approach taking and the lineup selected.