Ljungberg on a point at Everton, his team selection & meeting Mikel

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Freddie Ljungberg’s tenure as Arsenal interim head coach ended with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Everton.

The Swede is now set to stand aside for new man Mikel Arteta and it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around to be part of the Spaniard’s coaching set-up or if he’ll look for opportunities elsewhere.

Facing the BT Sport cameras at Goodison Park, he confirmed he’ll have a meeting with Arteta tomorrow.

Here’s what he had to say.

On the performance…

I was very happy. We put a very young side out there because I wanted energy. They worked really hard in training so I wanted to give them the chance. We tried to dominate possession and keep the ball and you could see Everton getting frustrated and tired. Of course, there’s more to come but this was a building block to have stability when you play football that you can fall back on. Playing from the back, keeping the ball and getting up [front] to have a shot was very good. Of course, we want to create more chances. But we have to build slowly. I thought maybe we’d won the game with Aubameyang’s [chance] at the back post. They fought really hard and I loved what I saw from the spirit on the pitch. When you play in the Premiership you need to have spirit or you don’t win, you lose.

On picking the kids today…

There’s a lot of potential in a lot of the players. What I said today was that I want to see people that will run and fight and go for it. We can’t just rely on our name, we still need to run and do the dirty things. Then we put Joe on and Laca on and the sprinting and the fighting and all that…if we can do that and with the quality we have, we have a bright future.

On sitting down with Mikel…

I’ve been told by the club that they want me to stay. Of course I’m going to have a meeting with Mikel tomorrow. Hopefully a good one.

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q8arse
q8arse

glad freddie gets to stay!

btw, AFTV get out of our club

Gooner
Gooner

Down votes can as well, AFTV are an embarrassment

Gooner
Gooner

Agree with The Boss, let’s rid negativity from the club. The fans will play their part in making this club great again

goonero
goonero

The nerve of those fuckers. Where do they get off sharing their opinions on public forums?! just who do they think they are?? Brb let me go share this opinion of mine on Arseblog and or twitter and or Reddit…(99% of the wastemen ragging on AFTV)

And if you really want to argue it’s different because you’re not getting paid for it, just stop and think how exceptionally petty that makes you sound.

Gunnerblog, Arseblog, Arsenalvision, Ian Wright, Keown, Dixon, all the rest of them. These are people who make a living talking about football and particularly Arsenal. AFTVs bunch aren’t as erudite and sophisticated or coherent or anything as you might like, but they don’t deserve to be the posterboys for “bad Arsenal fans” or whatever the fuck this odd little witch hunt is. And spare me the “they make the club look bad”, they aren’t racist ultras, they aren’t kicking people off trains for being “the wrong colour” they aren’t getting arrested for pushing locals into fountains, they’re home and away devoted fans, most of whom go to more games than you bother to watch on Tele, having a 5-10 Mon after game moan. This reaction to them is disproportionately stupid and smacks of people who are angry but with no viable target to direct their anger at they hit up AFTV. Are you angry about AFTV making videos after a loss or are you angry about the loss?

Unless you take yourselves for saints, all of us more or less say the same shit and have the same concerns they do, so I’m not sure how any of you can justify hating them without sounding like a hypocritical wanker. We all moan, we all ragg on the club for differing things, we’ve got our opinions, here’s a guy who figured hey why don’t I turn this into a YouTube channel so me and my mates can share our thoughts, years down the line it’s ended up giving them opportunities that they could’ve never dreamed of I’m sure, and here you little green dicks are hating on them and blaming them for all the ills in the Arsenal nation?

It’s a fucking YouTube channel for fucks sake, get a goddamn grip.

q8arse
q8arse

i didn’t read

Pookins
Pookins

A youtube channel made by morons for morons

goonero
goonero

As opposed to the bonafide scholars on here

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

After a loss, I read exactly what I heard on AFTV right here from the same people complaining.

Gooner
Gooner

Arsenal vision/Arseblog etc have well balanced reasons for their opinions not shouting at each other in the street. They give fans from other clubs and media ammunition to beat The Arsenal with and create negativity around the club which is embarrassing. Nothing wrong with free speech but they represent Arsenal in the wrong light, sorry but it’s true. No problem with voicing opinions – just the way it’s done is shit. The fanbase has had enough and is turning… Think Arteta is changing mindsets already from one chat- creating a change in culture.. Smart guy

kaius
kaius

How can you mention free speech while making an argument against their right to free expression?

You can’t say ‘nothing wrong with free speech’ and also ‘get AFTV out of our club’.

Choose one position or the other. You can’t have it both ways.

BODMAS
BODMAS

Thank you

RedHotHornBlower
RedHotHornBlower

“all of us more or less say the same shit and have the same concerns they do”. You don’t speak for me, matey. Make that ALL of us minus one.

RedHotHornBlower
RedHotHornBlower

Yep, the majority of their viewers are opposing fans. Numpty Dumpty TV for the brain cell impaired. Should be renamed ABAFTV.

Atom
Atom

Some of this is likely going to come down to what type of role he’s offered as it’s unlikely he’ll be the senior assistant given how little relationship he and Arteta likely have.

Interesting thing to me is even in just a few games to get a sense of players Freddie clearly does and doesn’t rate. Gendouzi went from a mainstay under Emery to not being much more of a peripheral player under Freddie while Xhaka was quickly returned to one of the first names on the team sheet. I really don’t see it with Xhaka but Wenger/Emery/Freddie all seem to love the guy. I thought Pepe has been one of the better players under Freddie when given a chance so was disappointed to see him dropped post Man City particularly as only Martinelli acquires himself well in that game.

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant

Seems Freddie is more Wenger than Arteta/Pep. Because I suspect Guendouzi will be forced into shape by Arteta

RedHotHornBlower
RedHotHornBlower

I think Arteta will be very good for Guendouzi’s career – although at maturity, that career may not be at Arsenal.

GEIORGE
GEIORGE

I think it was brave to start Smith Rowe but at the end of the day you could see they lack top flight experience. Arsenal needs dynamic creative players as well as proper tall defensive midfielders and center backs. I saw how many times torreira went for header and lost every single one. Aerial balls are important to win as well. since we lost Giroud we dont win any aerial balls in dangerous areas in the middle of the piitch. also shout out to Saka for stepping in at LB and putting an intelligent display. Martinelli and Chambers for me are MOTM . But i have to also say i think Auba didnt put in a shift today as he hasnt done for a while now only his goals have covered his bad performances. it feels like he’s only playing for himself to boost his stock by scoriing. It feels like he’s looking for a way out. Im looking forward to how arsenal play with Arteta next game. should be a good one. Its crazy how arteta has no top flight coaching experience but soounds like he’ll do a better job than Unai and I like this ruthless nature. Wenger tolorated so much crap and UNai was mr nice guy wants to mplease everybody. We needed a Ruthless type and that was the ONLY reason i wanted Jose MOurinho but quite frankly im happy we got ARTETA!! COYG

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

AFTV is part of our club most of them speak the truth and what we’re all thinking, get few di*k heads on there

Ian
Ian

Why should AFTV get out of our club?

Gooner
Gooner

They represent Arsenal Football Club in a poor manner and make the Arsenal fan base a laughing stock across the league and create internal divides.
Exploiting failures for personal profit is stabbing the club in the back not to mention the majority of participants have limited knowledge and a few can barely speak.

So to summarise…..its sh*t

GD10
GD10

Yeh fam, finally sum1 tellin it like it izzzz

Naija gooner
Naija gooner

They don’t boo the manager and players in the stadium, not everyone will like them but you can’t deny free men the opportunity to share their opinion, they only represent themselves as every other fan, our performance on the field is what the world sees and defines us

Gooner
Gooner

To be honest it’s a form of reality TV that many fans of premier league clubs watch for entertainment rather than the insightful football analysis. Basically they watch the channel to see a couple of blokes arguing with each other and find it funny at the expense of our club.

Zero to do with free speech – it’s the negative publicity it creates. Plenty of other outlets voice opinions in a way that actually complements the club not some geezer and his mates sensationalising some Talkshite radio style bullsh*t.

BODMAS
BODMAS

That’s not what they stands for. Arseblog too is making money but first of all,its the love of the ARSENAL

Tim
Tim

Because they don’t represent fans. They bring on the same bunch of overly angry armchair managers who have managed to monetise our decline. The worse things get the more they line their pockets.

That’s why they got to get out of the club. And that’s not even to mention how much of a joke it makes our club to other people’s fans.

Gooner
Gooner

Great shout.. 2 and half minutes too late though.

Great minds my man….

GD10
GD10

Maybe start s new channel. AFTVTV
A channel for fans to critique the views of the ‘fans’ that critique the club through AFTV.

BODMAS
BODMAS

What did AFTV done?

C.B.
C.B.

Young tram, a point away from home, clean sheet.

It’s already better than under Emery.

C.B.
C.B.

Team…

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

We needed three points not Freddie making his point.

Rich
Rich

We want you to stay
We want you to stay
Freddie Ljungberg
We want you to stay

Freddie’s a class act, speaks really well, knows the club, specifically the young players, who he has a good connection with.

Imperative we keep him.

Mo mo mo
Mo mo mo

It’s rather sad we didn’t think to sing this today.

Upamecano but downalego
Upamecano but downalego

Arteta as coach, Ljungberg and Alonso as his direct assistants, get Per and Pires contributing heavily and a sprinkle of Santi when he retires… I don’t know what we can expect in terms of results, but that there is a crew that can bring the style back to our game! The game is changing so fast that having a young coaching set up might actually be hugely beneficial, especially if they all stick together for a few seasons/generations.

tanned arse
tanned arse

He talks so well and understands and respects the building blocks of a functioning team. And every team selection has been based upon what he’s seen (he may say from training but it looks like from the previous game). I think he’s brave and has a real presence. May be difficult for him not to be ‘the’ boss as I see him as a guy who wants to lead

Artetas assistant
Artetas assistant

There’s no shame in apprenticeship at whatever age you may be

ach
ach

Does people seriously praise freddie over that performance or any of the game? The game felt more like freddie trying to make a statement rather trying to win a game tbh. I’m glad arteta will take over from now on.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Thanks ach, Freddie made the game about himself not Arsenal needing three points. He wanted to showcase his work at the academy and his principles.

Jera

dudes are just gonna dislike your comment because Freddie scored a cup final goal.

His team selection was awful

Comedian
Comedian

What are you three smoking???
Our performances have only got better under Freddie. He always talked about transition, he knew what he wanted. It’s better to stamp your authority then accept tantrums from players, he wanted the win and he knew he wouldn’t get it from his other first team.players. Guendouzi for all his mercurial talent has been found out for developing bad habits and has started to look lazy, he is young and he needs a coach like Freddie and Arteta who will put him in his place and others when they stop working hard. I very much hope Freddie is a part of Arteta’s set up, they almost have the same ideas. You don’t wanna mess up with these Two in charge.

Richard Wright
Richard Wright

Well done Freddie!!!! Class act!

Hantal
Hantal

We’ve got a very unpleasant run over Christmas, a couple more clean sheets would be very welcome

D.J.
D.J.

I am not hugely disappointed by a draw on the road. However it was frustrating to watch.

In particular, I lost count of the times that we gained possession in the offensive half, ignored an available forward or square option, then sent 2 or 3 long passes backwards all the way to Leno. If this was his strategy of “playing from the back” I want a different one. This felt like a continuation of the last 2 years. Remember when Emery said we were going to be protagonists? Hopefully Arteta gets us more confidence and brings back attacking play.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Our performances have improved under Freddie. It takes time. Some good performances out there today. Hopefully Arteta can get our players to pass the ball quick. I really find it frustrating how slow build up play is and the lack of movement into space with and without the ball. We need more Rosicky-style play.

Mark
Mark

Hope Freddie can stay on the staff under Arteta, he has a lot to offer and has done fine as the interim given the circumstances he’s been working under.

Santori
Santori

Thought it was a weird selection.

OK with energy bc the kids are more diligent and our off ball work much better than some senior players included (chiefly Pepe and Ozil), but we needed a bit more nous.

…would have had Guendouzi over Smith-Rowe in a forward mid position. Certainly preferred him over bringing on Willock.

Torreira and Granit bring more stability IMO but cancel each other out sometimes going forward but Smith-Rowe still a bit raw.

Good to see Nelson out there today. But would also preferred to have seen Laca on 60 minutes in cocert with Auba going wide right in lieu of Reiss.

Laca-Auba combination play should be encouraged. Putting on Pepe is more miss than hit too often. I’m not sure why we are resistant in playing both strikers at the moment bc we have no euro commitments midweek for a while and we need the points.

In any case, a very turgid match to say the least with both new managers watching from the stand.

Hard to phantom Everton with Carlo Ancelotti and we have Arteta.

I’m not entirely convinced by either, Ancelotti mainly cut his teeth with complete teams stacked with star players whilst Arteta as has been mentioned on a man management learning curve.

One evidence today, no new manager bounce (with the Freddy selection) but would have liked to see more players involved to give Arteta a full scope of the problem first hand more.

Bournemouth next which is a game we need to take the 3 points.

G-Man
G-Man

Question: if it was possible, would you swap Xhaka for Fabian Delph in Jan?

Lula
Lula

I think given the size of the mess, Freddie ha done really well to get us playing possession based football again. Plus a draw and a win away is not to be baulked as with this team. he’s done well with no support from the club