Freddie Ljungberg says he’s going to stick with experience to get Arsenal back on track, but has made it clear we need more from the senior players than we’ve been getting.
The interim head coach returns to West Ham where he had a season as a player, looking to take his first one in charge of the Gunners.
Form has been patchy, confidence is at an all-time low, and when asked if he needed his experienced heads to step up, he told Sky Sports, “We do. We need to change this downward spiral.
“I haven’t said I’m going to build the team against specific players but I felt I want to play the experienced players when it’s such a difficult situation like it is at the moment.
“I made a conscious choice to put down the older players to take the responsibility and change the games.”
It will be a serious test of character for a group of players who have shown some deficiencies in that regard, and while erring on the side of experience is understandable, some of these guys have been the most culpable in this recent run.
Let’s hope we can turn it around tomorrow.