Mustafi, Luiz & Bellerin all doubts for Freddie opener

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Arsenal have confirmed that David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi are both doubts for Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in charge after suffering bruising to last night’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Luiz injured his ribs colliding with an opponent and had to be substituted before half time. The Brazilian had been deployed as a defensive midfielder alongside the returning Granit Xhaka.

Mustafi went off in the aftermath of Frankfurt’s second goal. Keeper Emi Martinez appeared to step on his left foot. It meant Xhaka moved back to partner Sokratis.

Sead Kolasinac, who’d been nursing a tight hamstring, is available for selection, however, Hector Bellerin is a doubt and Dani Ceballos remains sidelined for another couple of weeks.

Rob Holding wasn’t in last night’s squad but we’re assuming he’s fine and is an option to partner Sokratis. Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney are available in the full-back positions.

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T.A.
T.A.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m just going to take this game by game looking only for very slight improvements in organization and balance. I have absolutely no expectations of a top 4 finish or winning any cup. Still, I’m all for Freddie and I believe we will be heading in the right direction.

Mpls
Mpls

Same. Freddie is early in his career, so O have minimal expectations.

The youth he coached here seem to have come through with some spirit and confidence- it would be a huge bonus if he could bring any improvement at all in that department to the first team. But given how shorn we are of both, there is no way I’m going to have expectations about such things until it is a person in full appointment at the helm.

CALEB288
CALEB288

Id like Freddy to appoint a new captain i dont have confidence in auba as captain he doesnt take the role seriously. hes a jokestar. thats not saying thats a bad thing its just as a captain you want a leader not a clown

Oregoon

Freddie was a pretty hard nosed player is in day. Hopefully that rubs off on some of these guys. Togetherness, more intensity, and drive will bring back the confidence. Yes we have some holes, but we have been getting out worked for most of this season.

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

I’ll be happy when we can start stringing 3 passes together

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Freddie loses first five games.

Remember when Unai used to say Good Ebening?

Freddy's Ljung Berg
Freddy's Ljung Berg

Haha, that made me laugh, but judging by the downvotes, it’s still too early for jokes like this 😉

The Far Post
The Far Post

Or being a second too late for the ball and ending up chasing shadows when defending 🙁

Shay marmon
Shay marmon

Bang on! Let’s get behind the man, Freddie is a legend.

OBT
OBT

cautiously optimistic. hopefully the players respond to the fresh “air”

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

First order of business,
Stop this five captains BS

Badaab
Badaab

Six captains is clearly the way forward.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Every man and woman is a captain!

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

I’m a captain and so is my wife!

Dave
Dave

Gunnersaurus is the obvious choice

Goonerink

man, I didnt see luiz injure himself and when he went down clutching his chest I thought he was having a heart attack!
glad he wasn’t because A) I’m not a c**t and B) I think he was working well as a holding ball winner.

Mjabber
Mjabber

I don’t care so long as we stop being so negative. We set up to be scared of the opposition so no wonder the players wondered about how good they were

Dan
Dan

Let’s hope we can all start on a clean slate, forgive Xhaka for what happened and support the new manager when he arrives and for the time being Freddie with whichever players he chooses.
Let’s pls not boo the players let’s all stand together

Scwibble
Scwibble

Xhaka must go. Freddie knows he can never play for us again.

dont forget
dont forget

You realize he played for us yesterday right

Me2
Me2

Mustafi and Luiz out?
Permanently I hope….
As for Emery I feel sympathy for him, never nice to see anyone lose their job.
Its not all Emery’s fault mind you…
The squad is average at best – Mustafi, Socratis, Xhaka, Ozil etc. are just a waste of space.
The recruitment arrangements are pathetic.
Edu and Raul should be under more scrutiny – their signings aside from Guendouzi and Martineli have been very poor…
Arsenal are a shower – who would want to work in such a toxic club and with no money…

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Mustafi (next to Chambers at RWB) was quite solid yesterday and Luiz looked promising next to Granit last night in holding mf before he got injured, this is what we need the opposite of!! We need to inject confidence in our players, so let’s stop with the negativity because there’s plenty already in there that first needs to be drained – we can start off with a win against Norwich

Rich
Rich

Gary Neville saying Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi, Xhaka are uncoachable, and it’s hard to disagree, the type of mistakes they make, are unlikely to be rectified by better coaching, maybe if they legalised amphetamine or pumped them full of Ritalin, you could drug them into concentrating better?

But all are experienced internationals, and their flaws are otherwise here to stay.

Our recruitment has been very poor for a long time, as has our timing in allowing players to move on.

Emery appeared to have lost the dressing room ,and was no longer getting a reaction from the players, I’m just not convinced in the quality or character of our dressing room, we may get a new manager kick and goodwill toward a new manager for a short while, but ultimately our overall squad isn’t up to much….

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Yep, the recruitment has been poor for over a decade now. Far too many of our squad believe donkey work is beneath them, when in fact it’s the key to be successful.

A Different George
A Different George

Our attack is clearly better than all but two English clubs. Our first-choice full-backs are on a par with Champions League squads. Even our centre halfs are not, in fact, worse than (for example) Chelsea’s first choice of Zouma and Christensen. We absolutely are good enough to contend for top four.

Runzac
Runzac

The me2 revolution hit you hard poor fella.

JFPIV
JFPIV

Mustafi out…..so he’s got that going for him.

Shay marmon
Shay marmon

Chelsea number 8 is doing well I reckon Freddie can do the same!! Come on the boys

Santori
Santori

It never rains but pours.

To compound issues for poor Freddy just taking over. It will be difficult for him as well since the match is coming so quickly off the heels of the midweek debacle.

Frankly, whoever is available has to just up their game.

In defense, that would mean likely (if Holding is available) then Rob and Sokratis but potentially if not, Chambers may have to tuck in with AMN.

AMN will need to keep his head screwed on and see this as an opportunity. His discipline and concentration level (freddy should remind him) may see him out of the first team by January.

We need to crack the whip a bit as much as we need to bolster morale.

Up top, Pepe needs to do far more work as a wide player off ball. This can help his attacking game. If the crowd get behind his off ball exploits, he will gain the confidence to finish better as he shows some positives in recent games. BUT he needs to step up now and not find excuses.

Pity on Mustafi and Luiz because I felt they both had decent games. Bellerin has been carrying a niggle so this was always going to be an issue this weekend.

BUT we must not feel sorry for ourselves and make up excuses.

This team even without these players should on paper have the strength to beat Norwich.

Freddy really needs to kick them up the backside a bit.

Too many players (when you bear Sheffield in mind) performing way below potential.

Tighten up the back with some basic rules, no risky possession or cross field passes in our half, clearances not to five yards in front of our box, find an alternate receiver for Leno to pump the ball to midway line.

Then dictate to use our wing more, unleash our pace out wide with better efficiency. Means less touches, more concentration on the ball, front men (Auba) need to compete and hold the ball better, move to provide angles for midfield.

It isn’t a complicated game but sometimes people can end up mired in too much tactics which could be one of Emery’s problems.

Foremost, bring a bit of competitive spirit to every ball. If Sheffield can be bothered to do so, we sure as hell should be.

Come on Fast Freddy, lets get them going again.

Gunner0304
Gunner0304

When Santori speaks, we listen!

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

We’ll see what happens, but this was the right choice. If Freddie does well over the full year, then why not give him a shot long term? Lampard is working out well for Chelsea(though not so much for Oli), and Pep had only managed Barca B before he took over there.
If it turns out not to be the right choice, we can switch in the summer. But things can hardly get worse than they were under Emery. Freddie will get a lot more support from the fans, which should help all the way around.

Martin
Martin

We will have a new manager within days so talking about Freddie being in charge for a year is irrelevant.

Shay marmon
Shay marmon

Can’t believe all of these managers describing Unai as an outstanding manager etc and Gary Neville spouting his crap about us not signing the right players and how he’s been brilliant everywhere else??? Emery was scared to play everyone! We have the players to tear teams apart but we weren’t doing it. Hopefully now we will show our power

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

Good luck Freddie 👍🏻

Thesoulofpdavis
Thesoulofpdavis

As far as I’m concerned it’s a new start for everyone now. We will see if anything change with players who have underperformed. Then we can tell if it was tactics or they just can’t cut it here.

I would be ecstatic if we could just get scoring again. I would rather lose having fought than lose having been out fought.

momozemio
momozemio

Would love to see at least once a 4 2 3 1 with
Leno
Bellerin Chambers Holding Tierney
Luiz Torreira
Pepe Ozil Auba
Laca

A man can dream

Mizog
Mizog

If your of a certain vintage you’ll remember Highbury you’ll remember the invincibles you’ll remember Freddie’s red hair and you’ll remember that he’s arsenal through and through!!

Tomi
Tomi

LENO
CHAMBERS SOKRATIS HOLDING TIERNEY
PEPE TORREIRA MARTINELLI
LACA OZIL AUBA

I hope Ozil will be our power hourse again…