Freddie Ljungberg takes the charges now but Gunners are still in a mess
Arsenal are clearly not getting better any time soon as their win-less streak extends to eight matches in all competitions.
If the Interim manager, Freddie Ljungberg wasn’t fully aware of the length of the task that he is going to face in this his interim spell in charge; hopefully he would have known by now.
His first match against Norwich City on Sunday displayed some positive signs but ultimately Arsenal fell short once again coming from their usual Achilles heel defending.
Meanwhile, it was recorded as an improved performance when compared to the other weeks under the the former coach, Unai Emery. There was more structure to the side.
They possessed the game in a statistical manner and it’s been a fair while since that has happened. Though there inability to deal with the threat of a counter-attack was exposed again by the hosts who went into the game sitting second from bottom in the League table.
Ljungberg’s men dominated the first half of the game, but yet went into the break 2-1 behind, with the hosts scoring twice on the counter.
The Finland international, Teemu Pukki scored the first goal with Todd Cantwell making it two before the interval with a twice taken penalty by the ex-Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang make the first half 2-1.
It was a lovely finish from Cantwell with Calum Chambers caught high up the field, just as he had been when Pukki opened the scoring.
Though Arsenal forward Aubameyang put much effort up early in the second half, but unfortunately, the expected push for a winner didn’t really materialize for the visitors. In fact they got worse.
Two fine saves from Bernd Leno which came from Kenny MacLean and then secondly Teemu Pukki denied Norwich going in front for a third time.
The 2-2 draw in the Sunday game saw Arsenal now gone eight games without a win in all competitions and it leaves them seven points down off the top four.
Arsenal have made it clear they won’t be in a haste to appoint a permanent manager to succeed Emery and that they believe they have a competent coach, in Ljungberg, who can guide the ship until a new coach is appointed.
It was clearly known that it will take Arsenal long time to heal the scars of the past few months, based on the way they ended Sunday afternoon’s game. The Gunners were totally mess for the final half hour and a better side would have certainly punished them.
The Gunners need a top coach to handle this, Ljungberg will no doubt give it his all and, as he gets his feet under the table, you would hope to see some improvements, but it would be unfair to expect someone with his lack of top-level experience to adjust a team posed with so many major problems.
Ljungberg’s side have now secured 21 points from their first 14 league games. No team has ever gone to finish in the top four from that position at this stage of the season, so this serves as a big task facing the Swedish interim manager, Ljungberg.
The reliance on the Gunners striker, Aubameyang remains absolute and the manager need to find a source of getting his other forwarders scoring because the way things look, clean sheets are going to remain difficult to come by.
There may have been a new man in the technical area, but it was the case of same old Arsenal at Carrow Road.